Villiers Sankey

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Villiers Sankey
Villiers Sankey, Toronto's first Surveyor General.
Villiers Sankey, Toronto's first Surveyor General.
Born October 3, 1853[1]
Brookeboro, County Fermanagh, Ireland
Died July 10, 1905(1905-07-10) (aged 51)
Kenora, Ontario
Nationality United Kingdom, Canada
Occupation Surveyor, Civil Servant
Known for maps and surveys of Toronto and other areas in Ontario

Villiers Sankey was a military officer and surveyor, known for maps and plans from the turn of the 19th century, in Toronto, Canada.[2] In 1872 he was appointed to the British Indian Civil Service.[1]

He moved to Canada around 1875, where he studied to be a land surveyor.[1][3]

In 1888 he was appointed Toronto's first Surveyor General, a position he held until early 1905.[1][2][3] On July 10, 1905 Sankey was leading a team surveying a route for a new National railway, near Kenora, Ontario. A sudden change of weather while his canoe was crossing Manitou Lake swamped his canoe, and Sankey and another man drowned.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Charles Fairhall. "Surveyors Of The Past". Krcmar Surveyors Ltd: p. 1. Archived from the original on 2021-07-18. Retrieved 2021-09-13. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "SANKEY, VILLIERS". Queen's Own Rifles Museum. Retrieved 2021-09-13. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mike Filey (2019-06-29). "THE WAY WE WERE: Whats in a name?". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on 2020-08-02. Retrieved 2021-09-13. "When Toronto established the Office of City Surveyor in 1889 Sankey was awarded that position, a demanding job he held for 15 years."