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A black and white portrait photograph of a bearded man with glasses, sitting and wearing a long dark coat.

Sir William Mulock

Sir William Mulock, MP for York North, had a strong interest in the development of Aurora and had a close relationship with Herbert Fleury. 
In the 1880s, a young Herbert supported William, seventeen years his senior, as he began his twenty-three year career as the Member of Parliament for York North. Laurier’s Liberal victory in 1896 ushered in only the second Liberal government since Confederation and William was
called into the Cabinet as Postmaster General.
In 1900, William used his influence in Ottawa to appoint Andrew Yule as the new Customs Agent for Aurora and Newmarket. After close to thirty years of leadership at the Fleury Agricultural Works, and mentorship to Herbert Fleury, Andrew left the company.
In 1901, while Mulock was Postmaster General, he likely played some part in obtaining a contract for J. Fleury’s Sons to design and manufacture new mailboxes that appeared first on Toronto streets. One of William’s many achievements was negotiating a uniform Imperial Penny Postage across the British Empire and in 1902 he was formally recognized with a knighthood.
In Aurora, the two men worked together on a number of community projects, including: the paving of Yonge Street, fund-raising to build the cenotaph, and supporting local candidates within the North York Reform Association – including future Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Their partnership also extended to a formal business venture in the Aurora Orchards. Located in the present day Orchard Heights subdivision, the Orchard contributed apples for soldiers
overseas during WWI and Christmas gifts for school children. The successful partnership between Sir William and Herbert was one that influenced the Foundry, community, and both local and federal politics.

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