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Ontario Tourism Region : Kawartha and Northumberland
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- Pop. 719. In Mariposa and Eldon Ts., Victoria c., on a branch of the Beaverton R. and C. Rds. 2, 9 & 46, 27 km. W of Lindsay.
- In 1828 a number of Scots were brought to the area by a Squire Cameron, who sold them land at a dollar an acre. The community was first called Irish's Corners after settler Eldridge Robinson Irish who came in 1832.
- In 1853, John Calder Gilchrist who was postmaster, and later village clerk, gave the community the name Woodville when the post office was established in 1853.
- In 1877 a plebiscite was held to rename the community Otago, the name of a region in New Zealand's South Island said to mean 'kangaroo' in the Maori language.
- Although the plebiscite carried by one vote, (46 to 45), the name was not changed.
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