Built in 1871. A definite gem of architectural and historical heritage – the Ancaster Town Hall was completed in 1871, architect William Thuresson.
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, LOcal History and Archives, Hamilton Public Libraro
Below is a colorful illustration from a local Hamilton newspaper in the late 19th century depicting the excitement, colour and energy on display when the city’s beloved 13th Battalion was on parade. The scarlet tuniced soldiers are turning off James Street onto the south branch of King street at Gore Park. Note the tower of Hamilton City Hall in the background.
From my own collection.
Final installment showing examples for Thompson’s Photo Postcards of Hamilton, dating from the early 20th century.
Hamilton Waterworks Reservoir (remnants still in place).
Casket Company factory, Strathcona Avenue North
Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway Tunnel (under Hunter Street) Looking west from Park street end)
From my own collection.
A well-known series of Hamilton postcards from the early 20th century were sold under the brand name of Thompson’s Photo Post Cards.
Three examples of that series follow.
Members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on James Street. Photo taken just south of the corner of Main and James.
13th Battalion on parade.
Dundurn Castle (Thompson often tried to include someone in his photos to give a sense of proportion and scale – in this note the woman standing to the right of the columns)
From my own collection
A poem and some images relating to the prolonged and occasionally riotous Hamilton Street Railway strike of 1906.
‘Tis here we have a street car strike,
Which now is all the talk;
And as the street cars do not run,
Is therefore why we walk.
The street car company would like
To see the union broke;
And if they could, they therefore would,
And think it a good joke.
The wage they pay is very small,
Nor willing to pay more,
And at the union they, no doubt
Are feeling very sore.
They care not for the citizens
Nor for the city’s right;
To make enormous dividends
Is always their delight.
The rolling stock is very poor,
The tracks need much repair,
The cars run like a rocking horse
From many years of wear.
They had an arbitration but
It was of no avail;
To live up to the text, we know
The company did fail.
And that’s why the men did then
Inaugurate a strike :
Although they did not fancy it
It’s what we all dislike.
But strikes have sometimes got to be
That justice may be done;
They are not here for petty spite,
Nor gotten up for fun.
- J. Pottringer
Hamilton Street Railway Office – james North at Gore – broken windows
HSR electric car – broken windows
Stone Terrace – Hunter St. E. Broken windows. Scabs boarded there.
Located on what has always been one of the prominent piece of real estate in the City of Hamilton, the complex of buildings pictured below dominates Queen street, between King and Main streets.
The first postcard shows the Towers, the sumptuous Tuckett mansion facing Queen street, a very high end luxury home for its day. During World War it was turned over for the use of local patriotic organizations. After the war, the home on the grounds surrounding it were purchased by the Masonic organization and the substantial addition, facing King street west, readily seen in the second postcard, was constructed. The whole complex then became known as the Scottish Rite.
Postcard views courtesy http://www.hamiltonpostcards.com. Thanks Janet