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Strathroy, Ontario

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Strathroy (2001 population 12,978) is a community in southwestern Ontario, Canada. In 1998 the town government merged with the outlying township of Caradoc to form the Township of Strathroy-Caradoc.

Manufacturing and food processing are major industries in Strathroy.

Strathroy has two secondary schools; Strathroy District Collegiate Institute and Holy Cross Secondary School.

Strathroy is known for turkeys and its largest yearly event is the Strathroy Turkey Festival run by the Strathroy Lions Club. Cuddy Farms' Canadian headquarters is located here, the world's top turkey hatching company and Strathroy is known locally as the turkey capital of the world (perhaps incorrectly).

Strathroy-Caradoc's current mayor is Mel Veale.

History

Strathroy was first settled in 1832 by John Stewart Buchanan at a location on the Sydenham River with flow and fall sufficient enough to power a grist mill. It was incorporated in 1860 as a village and became a town in 1872. Buchanan named Strathroy after his hometown of Strathroy, Ireland.

George Orton, Canada's first Olympic champion, was born here.

General Sir Arthur William Currie attended Strathroy District Collegiate Institute in the early 1890s.

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