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: Tally Ho! For the Woodbridge Fair, 1896 


Taken on October 21, 1896, this image depicts individuals seated in two open carriages, as well as a number of spectators, preparing to set out from Toronto for the Woodbridge Fair. Agricultural fairs were popular events, as they encouraged mill owners, farmers and their families, business owners and residents to meet and have a good time before the winter months. The Woodbridge Fair has been an annual tradition since 1847 and is now in its 169th year.

Collection of the month: Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (Toronto Region Conservation Authority) Fonds 


The Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (MTRCA) fonds, known presently as the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, is a unique collection consisting of 2 cm of textual records and 6 photoprints. Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel (October 15, 1954), the Authority works to conserve the Toronto Region’s archaeological and natural resources to promote a Living City. Spanning the years of 1955-1981, the fonds consists of memoranda, correspondence, programs and textual records pertaining to the Woodbridge area and Hurricane Hazel.

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