The Way We Were: Archives Collection and Image of the Month Series

The main role of the City Archives is to manage government records with long-term business value. The City of Vaughan Archives also collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage of the City of Vaughan. Every month we’ll share pieces of Vaughan’s heritage in a regular feature called The Way We Were.

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Image of the month: Donald Cameron Home, 1881

Vellore Donald Camerons House 1881

This image of the Cameron property, located on Lot 30, Concession 5 (southwest of Jane Street and Kirby Road), was taken in 1881 and shows various members of the Cameron family. From left to right: Mary Cameron, Minnie Cameron, Tena Cameron, Mrs. Donald Cameron, James Cameron (Warden of York County in 1914) and Elizabeth Cameron. Jane Cameron was not pictured as she was sick in bed with measles and scarlet fever and was being looked after by her mother, Mrs. Alex Cameron. Jane recovered and later married into the Ireland family.


Collection of the month: Uplands Golf and Country Club fonds

Uplands Golf and Country Club fonds (M993.7)

Established in 1922, the Uplands Golf and Country Club (located at 46 Uplands Ave.), sits on a property that was originally owned by the Page family in Thornhill. As one of the earlier families to settle in the Thornhill area, Lewis Page received a 200 acre Crown Grant in 1838, which was eventually passed down to his grandchildren and subsequent heirs before being sold and developed into a golf club. Originally designed as an eighteen-hole private course by Stanley Thompson, the Uplands Gold and Country Club was downsized to nine holes in 1989 as a result of urban sprawl. Although fragmented, the fonds spans the years of 1954-88 and includes aerials, images of various 1950 golf tournaments held on-site and a stock holder’s certificate.

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