[ Headstone for Tom Thomson ]

Headstone for Tom Thomson, Gregory Klages, 2007, Leith Church cemetery, Leith, Ontario

Tom Thomson’s family, friends, and business acquaintances each responded to his death in different ways depending on their relationship to him. Pursuing their own interests, those involved in Thomson’s life and death sometimes clashed regarding how he should be remembered. These differences of interest might also have shaped the development of theories about how Thomson died.

As your investigation begins to consider the aftermath of Thomson’s death, you will likely find it useful to familiarize yourself with the various theories of Thomson’s cause of death that began to emerge, along with who was interested in advancing these theories and what each party stood to gain from the popularization of their ideas.

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