Hamilton Women’s Volunteer Air Naval Corps

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

One of the first of many Hamilton organizations formed to help the war effort of World War Two on the home front was the Hamilton Women’s Volunteer Air Naval Corps.

In the following image, remembrance is paid to those Hamiltonians who died in service during what was first known as The Great War. Since the outbreak of the war declared in 1939, the Great War would become known as the First World War, the second being in progress.

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: “HONOUR WAR DEAD — Members of the Hamilton Women’s Volunteer Naval Air Corps, a newly-formed organization, paid tribute to the Great War’s dead yesterday when they laid a wreath on the cenotaph. Pictures shows the corps commander, Capt. Elizabeth Hesp, laying the wreath on the cenotaph; at right is Rev. S.B. Russell, who officiated at the ceremony.” The Hamilton Spectator. June 9, 1941.

Photo courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.


Royalty on James Street South – July 1959

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

For many, it would be just a passing glimpse, but it would be a memory to last a lifetime.

Thursday, July 2, 1959 was the day that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip paid a return visit to Hamilton. A motorcade took the royal party throughout the city to a series of scheduled appearances.


With many buildings decorated for the occasion, including the Pigott Building on the left, James street had a festive appearance, as the crowd awaited the appearance of the motorcade.


Waves and cheers as the Queen passes Gore Park, the motorcade heading south.

Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.

Mountain Sanatorium – 1930s View

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

From its beginning early in the 20th Century, the Mountain Sanatorium was a source of pride among Hamiltonians as the care provided for sufferers of tuberculosis was known nation-wide. In the 1930s, the institution was considerably enlarged prompting the photograph shown below.


Panoramic view of the Mountain Sanatorium.

Larger buildings from left to right: Wilcox Pavilion, Kitchen & Boiler House, Southam Pavilion – two story building, Evel Pavilion – on extreme right.

Photo courtesy PreVIEW, LOcal History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.

Competitive Shooting – Greensville 1955

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

During the afternoon of Sunday September 11, 1955, gun shots, and lots of them, could be heard in the vicinity of Greensville.


A provincial championship meet was held at the shooting range under the auspicious of the Hamilton Rifle and Revolver Club.



Over fifty registered participants took part in the competitions.


Above, left, is Deputy Sherriff of Pleasant Valley, New York State, a special invited guest.


A group of unidentified competitors.

Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library

CWAC Recruitment – 1943

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

With so many men off fighting across the ocean in World War 2 theatres of operation, there was a serious shortage of military personnel to perform the everyday duties of the military in Canada.

To that end, representatives of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) were busy recruiting, all across the country including Hamilton.

Below is a photograph which appeared in the Hamilton Spectator of October 14, 1943, along with the article which accompanied it.


“C.W.A.C. RECRUITING BOOTH — The Canadian Women’s Army Corps continues to enlist scores of local and district girls to relieve soldiers in Canada for combat duties abroad. At the Tivoli Theatre, this week, the corps has set up a recruiting booth where information concerning enlistment is provided without obligation. Demonstrations of certain types of work performed by girls in the corps are given at this booth. In the photograph, Miss Florence Smith is receiving information from Cpl. Cathryne Blackley, of the local recruiting centre. On the extreme right, Pte. Dorothy Albright, and Pte. Vera Wismer, who is seated beside her, demonstrate the type of work they do at the Canadian Army Trades School here.” The Hamilton Spectator. October 14, 1943.

Photo courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.

Up On the Roof – Hamilton City Hall 1960

Posted in Uncategorized on April 14, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

It was a building project that attracted intense public interest. As the Hamilton City Hall project was advancing to its final stages, the Hamilton Spectator sent a reporter and photographer to accompany some city official on the roof of the new structure the following pictures of that inspection ran in the newspaper on April 4, 1960.


The photographer captures two construction in the view that looks towards the north-west (Federal Building, Main and Caroline in centre of photo.)



Checking the plans – this views looks towards the east. Stone spire of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, James Street South at Jackson Street, visible to the left.)


Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.


Hamilton Harbor Police – 1961

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

It was a photo-op to show the improved rescue capabilities and equipement in use by the Hamilton Harbor Police.

The photos appeared in the May 16, 1961 issue of the Hamilton Spectator.


Left to right: Habour Police Chief Howard Sager; A.B. Smith, of Red Cross; Mayor Lloyd D. Jackson; C.G. Pirie, of St. John Ambulance and Deputy Harbour Police Chief, H.B. Bayley. 



A second snap taken at the same time once the participants got in the rescue boat.

Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.




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