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.

To view more from the City’s archival collections, visit the City of Vaughan’s Facebook page.


Image of the month: Purpleville School S.S. No. 11 Dailey Registers, 1909-1928

Purpleville Public School Registers (M016.13)

This image features daily attendance registers for Purpleville School S.S. No. 11, which was established in 1853 on Lot 26, Concession 7 (near the intersection of Teston Road and Pine Valley Drive). Teachers would write down the names of the students in each of their classes in the leftmost column of the register and mark the number of days present each month over the course of the school year.  At the end of every month, a final tally was done to determine the average attendance. In addition to listing student attendance, registers also outlined instructions to teachers on managing codes of conduct, which included, among other things, overseeing  the duties of pupils, monitoring the protection of insectivorous and other types of birds, and administering proper dental care.

Collection of the month: Del Brocco Family Fonds

Del Brocco Family fonds (M989.49)

One of the first Italian families to settle in Vaughan Township, the Del Brocco family emigrated to Canada in 1913, taking up residence first in Toronto before moving to the hamlet of Carrville in 1919. Consisting of 28 photographs taken from 1919-1949, the fonds chronicles the daily lives of the Del Brocco family, with an emphasis on Carrville School S.S. No. 3 and Carrville Mill, and also provides a glimpse into the prevalent occupations, working conditions, modes and systems of transportation, architecture, landscapes, and styles of dress in early to mid-20th century Vaughan Township.

Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at

  • |
  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *