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Some Incidents in the Waterdown Area Concerning the Militia during the Troublesome Months of the Mackenzie Rebellion, 1837-1838

Originally published in Heritage Happenings, June 1983.

Major incidents in history are often felt in the smallest of communities, as shown by this Heritage Paper.

Throughout the year 1837, there were many rumours and much discontent in Upper Canada Read more

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Building Waterdown

The life of Alexander Brown, Part 2

In 1819, Alexander Brown was among the residents of East Flamborough Township who signed the circulated questionnaire from Robert Gourlay, commenting on the conditions and incentives for those interested in settling in Read more

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The Changing Boundaries within Southern Ontario 1777-1983

Originally published in Heritage Happenings, May 1983.

During the past two centuries, there have been enormous changes in the boundaries for municipal and judicial affairs in the province of Ontario. This Heritage Paper examines the various changes that have Read more

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Meat Preservation and Smoke Houses

Originally published in Heritage Happenings, April 1983.

Before twentieth century refrigeration, farm animals were customarily slaughtered in the late Fall after being fattened during the summer months; consequently there were feasts of fresh meat during this season. However, most Read more

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The Cook House

50 Mill Street North, Waterdown (Conc. 3, Lot 6)

Originally published in Heritage Happenings, March 1983.

This Heritage Paper looks at the history and architecture of one of the very fine stone buildings in the village of Waterdown, 50 Read more

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Settling Flamborough

The life of Alexander Brown, Part 1

The first European settler to establish himself on the escarpment in East Flamborough Township was Alexander Brown. Born in the Parish of Glencairn, Dumfriesshire, Scotland on December 24, 1776, he was just Read more

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Early East Flamborough Township Marriages

Originally published in Heritage Happenings, February 1983.

The last Heritage Paper listed extracts of marriages from early Upper Canada and Canada West newspapers. Such newspaper notices are a very valuable source of information for people researching family records, as Read more

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Early East Flamborough Township Marriages

Originally published in Heritage Happenings, January 1983.

Marriage records before 1869 when civil registration in the Province of Ontario became compulsory are unfortunately far from complete. Before civil registration started, records of early marriages are to be found mainly Read more

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Murder on tap

Between 1860 and 1870, the commercial section of Dundas Street was filled with hotels and taverns; directory listings of Waterdown businesses record that there were as many as eight hotels in operation during this decade – one more than Read more

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A Victorian Christmas c.1855

Originally published in Heritage Happenings, November-December 1982.

This Christmas Heritage Paper is taken from “Christmas in Canada — A Victorian Innovation”, by James Bannerman. This description of an imaginary Toronto family’s Christmas celebration shows what great changes have occurred Read more

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