Rock Garden – In Postcards

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

Currently undergoing  a several million dollar renovation, the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Rock Garden is closed to the public.


Above and below, two of the many, many postcards  of the Rock Garden which have been available for purchase, since the gardens were opened in the early 1930s.



Postcards from my own collection

Coronation Day Parade

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

It was said to be the biggest parade in Hamilton’s history. On June 2, 1953, the Coronation Day Parade took over an hour and a half to pass any one point. 2o bands, 32 floats and over 3, 200 participants.


Above and below, the parade approaches the corner of Main and James streets.



Beloww, the crowd near Man and James streets on the parade route,


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

WW2 Wounded – Convalescent Hospitals

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

The reality of World War Two was brought to mind in an additional way in the fall of 1943 with the arrival of patients at two area mansions.

Photo and caption from the Hamilton Spectator.



“FIRST PATIENTS ARRIVE — Wynnstay, Ancaster, former residence of F.F. Dalley, and Auchmar, Mount Hamilton, owned by A.V. Young, are now convalescent hospitals of the R.C.A.F. L.A.C.L.A.M. Stephens, Montreal; Cpl. Frank Pitcher, Hagersville, and W.O. 2 Gerald Emes, Edmonton (left to right), were enjoying themselves in the games room of Auchmar, when visited yesterday afternoon. W.O. 2 Emes was shot down in a Spitfire over the English Channel and drifted eight days in a dinghy before being rescued. He is receiving treatment for shock and “immersion feet.” Cpl. Pitcher was accidentally shot in the head while cleaning a .38 calibre revolver.” The Hamilton Spectator. October 20, 1943Photo courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library


Hamilton’s Coat of Arms – 1944

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2014 by henleyshamilton1


“City of Hamilton / I Advance / Commerce Prudence Industry / Canada”

Coat of Arms of the City of Hamilton, as reproduced on black silk by a Japanese artist for a member of the Burkholder family. The original, framed, hangs in Dundurn Museum — the gift of the Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society, 1944. 

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


Gore Extension – Veteran’s Place

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

When the large open space formerly known as The Gore was transformed into Gore Park, the grass, flowers and fountains were all located just between James and Hughson streets. Late in the 19th century Gore Park was ‘extended’ to John street.


Above and below, undated postcard views of the Gore Extension, after the Cenotaph had been put in place in 1923


The space between Hughson and John, currently is known as Veteran’s Place, and is undergoing redevelopment (July 2014).

From my own collection

Bruce Seed Company Fire – 1948

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

2 a.m. , Saturday, March 20, 1948. Below, members of the Hamilton Fire Department in action at a fire at 51 King Street West, Bruce Seed Company.


Below, the aftermath. Business completely destroyed, damage estimate $200,000.

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


One Way Streets in the Core – The Beginning

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

Published in the October 23, 1956 edition of the Hamilton Spectator, the following two images capture traffic in Hamilton’s downtown core during the first’s implementation of the one-way street system.


A 1957 Ford turns from King street onto James Street South at the head of Gore Park.



Traffic on James Street South at Main street. Truck at left heads south on James while others about turn east onto Main following the crossing of pedestrians.


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


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