The Temperance League
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Category Historical Organisation
Episode Mild Mild West
The Green Muse
Winston's Lost Night
Murdoch Au Naturel
Murdoch in Ragtime
Crabtree Mania
The Local Option

The Temperance League (of Toronto) made it's first notable appearance in Season 2 of Murdoch Mysteries (2009). Inspector Brackenreid's wife Margaret is a member as well as Miss Jean Hamilton.


  • The Temperance Movement began in the early 19th century. The earliest temperance societies, inspired by the Belfast professor of theology, and Presbyterian Church of Ireland minister John Edgar, who poured his stock of whiskey out of his window in 1829. The first British organisation that promoted temperance was the Glasgow and West of Scotland Temperance Society, which was formed in 1829. In 1876 the British Women's Temperance Association was formed to persuade men to stop drinking. Temperance spread through the British Empire, including Canada.
  • The Local Option, a prohibition measure that curbs liquor sales. The passage of the Canada Temperance Act (1864) allowed any county to forbid the sale of liquor by majority vote. Due to some loopholes in the legislation, the sale of alcohol for "sacramental" or "medicinal" usage was legal. In Ontario, Provincial Prohibition was enacted from 1916-1927, despite having laws until 1927 against the consumption of alcohol in Ontario, the government allowed numerous exceptions.
  • Carrie Nation was an American woman who was a radical member of the Temperance Movement. She described herself as "a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn't like", and claimed a divine ordination to promote temperance by destroying bars.

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