Unveiling the Cenotaph – 1923

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

May 22, 1923 was a much-anticipated day as the impressive Cenotaph in the east section of Gore Park was to be unveiled by the then Governor-General, Lord Byng


Although not specifically captioned, the above photograph appears to show the official party gathering around the Sir John A. Macdonald statue.


The The ceremony is underway, the Cenotaph still draped with an immense flag.


Thye flag has been drawn away and the soldiers, sailors, and boy scouts, salute.

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

Fifties in Hamilton Downtown

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

For visitors to downtown Hamilton in the 1950s, there were two distinctive places to visit.

Visitors wishing to tell and show their friends and family were able to purchase commercial postcards illustrating those spots.


Above, Hamilton’s downtown “oasis” – Gore Park.


Hamilton’s open air farmers’ market.

Postcards from my own collection.

Hamilton Mothers – WW2

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2014 by henleyshamilton1



: “W.V.N.A.C. GIVES A PARTY — Last evening, in the Crystal ballroom of the Royal Connaught Hotel, the Women’s Volunteer Naval Aid Corps entertained at its second annual dance, the annual business being transacted earlier in the evening. Ten mothers, who lost sons on active service were honoured guests, and received roses and cards expressive of gratitude for the sacrifices made by their sons. In [this] picture, two of these mothers are seen. From left to right those shown are: Capt. Elizabeth Smith, Mrs. William Ayers, whose son died at sea; Mrs. C.L. Aitchison, chairman of the evening; Mrs. Thomas Dearden, whose son was lost at sea, and Cmdr. Elizabeth Hesp, commandant of the corps, whose own son, now at sea, has seen considerable action.” The Hamilton Spectator. May 12, 1943

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


City Hall Scenes – 1956

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

Following are photographs taken in Hamilton City Hall, and published in the January 18, 1956 edition of the Hamilton Spectator.

The images were taken to show city politicians participating in a discussion regarding a potential strike, and a settlement proposal proposed by the Deputy Minister of Labour with the provincial government.


Above, Controller Sam Lawrence.


Controller Jack Macdonald.


Controller Ada Pritchard.

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



Hamilton Waterfront – 1914

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

In 1914, the lake passenger steamer Macassa  which had spent the winter in Toronto, was scheduled to resume its regular service on April 1, 1914.


The Macassa under full steam.


Macassa passing through the Burlington canal from Lake Ontario into Hamilton Harbor.


Passengers disembarking the Macassa at the Hamilton dock. Below a link to one of my Hamilton 1914 stories.


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

Dundurn in Winter – Postcards and Words.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

Following are three commercial postcards showing different locations in Dundurn Park during the pre-WW1 era.


As seen from York street.


Deer pen near the bluff.


Cages to south of castle.

An article from the Hamilton Times, January 9, 1914 :

“Anyone who cares to take a trip through Dundurn Park at this season of the year will be immediately impressed with the scene of desolation that this summer beauty spot now presents. Slush is everywhere, the castle is closed and shrouded in gloom, and to see the animals, it would be necessary to hunt up the caretaker to have him take you into the cages, which are heated to tropical warmth, and even at that, one or two of the monkeys would rush to the corner and whimper as the cold air from the door would strike them. It is interesting to note that the bears do not go to sleep for the winter, though occasionally one will take a nap that lasts for several days. It is said that during the winter months they eat very little, spending most of their time in a semi-conscious state. The rest of the animals have a normal appetite, and the feeding of these and the shoveling of snow keeps the caretaker pretty well employed.”

Postcards courtesy http://www.hamiltonpostcards.com. Thanks Janet


Invasion and Repulse – WW2 Comes to Eastwood Park

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 by henleyshamilton1


Above and below, two photographs taken at Eastwood Park, May 13, 1942. Arranged by the 4th Victory Loan Committee, the event, which attracted thousands of onlookers, involved a mock invasion and repulse exercises.

Above, a 4 inch Mark 23 was on display with an HMCS Star sailor, accompanied by women war workers.

Below, soldiers “firing’ from behind ground protection.


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


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