Past Event: Meeting: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tales of Toronto Transit

1-178: TTC PCC streetcar 4328 Dundas St. W. at McMurray Ave. looking west, 3030-3038 Dundas W. buildings, hoardings at Bad Boy store, photographer John Thompson source John Thompson 'date acquired' August 1999

1-178: TTC PCC streetcar 4328 Dundas St. W. at McMurray Ave. looking west.

Local transit enthusiasts Trevor Parkins-Sciberras (and WTJHS member) and David Reigate will be giving a presentation on our beloved TTC, and its predecessors. Starting with horse-drawn public transit in Toronto, prior to the founding of the West Toronto Junction, the presentation will then shift to focus on the Junction and its public transit history, including the suburban & civic railways, the early Humberside double-decker bus, the 40 Junction trolley bus, and the Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension.

Featured will be a many archival photos of transit in the Junction, as well as historic video clips of old streetcars, and the new bus routes.

The Presenters

  • Trevor’s family history is well connected to the Junction. His dad’s grandparents immigrated from Malta to the Junction in the 1920s. Trevor has lived in 9 houses around the Junction area, and attended Indian Road Crescent School, Howard Park Alternative, Annette St. Public School, Humberside CI, and Western Tech. Trevor continues to live in the Junction.
  • David was born and raised in Etobicoke. He is a lifelong transit enthusiast with a passion for history involving transit and the areas it served. David started to do volunteering on the Halton County Radial Railway when he was 13 years old, which was 23 years ago

The Archives will open at 6 pm.  The meeting room doors open at 6:30 pm.  Social Time 7:00 pm, Business Meeting at 7:30 pm, Presentation at 8:00 pm,
Annette Public Library, Lower Level, 145 Annette Street, Toronto.


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WTJHS’ Tour of the City of Toronto Archives – Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am – Space is Limited!

6-090: Heintzman & Co. employees picnic date 1890s or early 1900s Panoramic view of employees posed on Grand Trunk passenger train; Grand Trunk 4-4-0 locomotive no. 334 photographer unknown source Ontario Archives 13917-11 'date acquired' 1980s

Are you interested in researching your house?  Have you ever wondered when was your house built?  Who lived in your house?  Who built it?  Who else lived there?  What did the community look like?  Find out all this and more from the City of Toronto Archives.  There will be a tour of the Archives and presentations on:  West Toronto Junction Records held by the Archives and Researching your house.

This session has been organized for WTJHS members.  You must register to attend the session.  There is a limited number of spaces.  Please send an e-mail to the Society at junctionhistorical@gmail.comPlease title your e-mail – Tour of City of Toronto Archives.   Please include the names of who will be attending and phone numbers

City of Toronto Archives are located at 255 Spadina Road.  The City of Toronto Archives is located on Spadina Road, one block north of Dupont Street.   The Toronto Archives building is wheelchair accessible.
By public transit: 
The City of Toronto Archives is easy to get to by public transit: the Dupont 26 Bus stops at Spadina Road and walk north or exit the University subway line at Dupont Station and walk north.
There is very limited free parking. A pay parking lot is available on the south side of MacPherson Avenue, west of Spadina Road.

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How to Research Your House: Sources from our February Meeting

6-110: Bungalow built in a day - publicity stunt in 1921 by A. E. LePage in which people were invited to to the new subdivision to watch tradesman build the house complete with finished basement, Georgia pine floors, plumbing and electrical fixtures. A newsreel of the publicity stunt was shown in movie theatres across North America. It was built on the subdivided Rowntree Estate north of St. Clair Ave. W., east of Old Weston Road. It was auctioned at dusk for $2,975. (See May/June 1989 Leader & Recorder p. 8.) photographer ? source City of Toronto Archives SC 244 32 30 'date acquired' 1989If you missed our February meeting on Researching your House, listed below are some sources and links to assist you in your research:

  • West Toronto Junction Historical Society Archives – Lower Level of the Annette Street Public Library,145 Annette Street, Toronto. Public hours are 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mondays [except holidays], and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursdays.
  •  City of Toronto Archives – 255 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario Public Information, 416-397-5000.
  • Toronto Public Library, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto.



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Past Event: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Researching Your House: Discover the Hidden History of Your Home

Presented by just a few of the many multi-talented volunteers of the WTJHS Archives.

Creator: Galbraith Photo Co. Date: 1909 Archival Citation: Fonds 1587, Series 409, Item 3 Credit: City of Toronto Archives Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required.

Creator: Galbraith Photo Co.
Date: 1909
Archival Citation: Fonds 1587, Series 409, Item 3
Credit: City of Toronto Archives

The most common question we receive is “Can you tell me about my house?” This casual and interactive presentation will provide detailed instructions to enable you to pursue your own historical research project! Both high tech and low tech methods will be presented. This will also be an excellent opportunity to visit and learn about the WTJHS Archives, which is a good place to start your research.

You are welcome to bring along your mobile devices and / or computer so that you can join in on the fun and take advantage of the Annette Street Library WiFi to get started.

The doors open at 6:30 pm for set up and meeting old and new friends; the WTJHS business meeting starts at 7:00 pm; and the evening’s presentation starts at 8:00 pm.


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