First Here: What happened when in Hamilton by Margaret HoughtonFirst Here: What happened when in Hamilton by Margaret Houghton

First Here: What happened when in Hamilton

EditorMargaret Houghton

Paperback | October 15, 2008

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When were streetlights first introduced to light Hamilton’sstreets?<_o3a_p>


Or, when was the first movie shown, or coming forward a few decades, when did Hamilton get a glimpse of their very own television programming?<_o3a_p>


These are just a few of the stories in First Here, a look at when things first happened in Hamilton. The firsts are not necessarily the first in Canada, or even in Ontario, although in many cases, that is how it is recorded in history.<_o3a_p>


The first British Empire Games, for instance, now known as the Commonwealth Games, were held in Hamilton – with a budget of about $100,000 and just two short years from inception until the last of the 500 athletes headed home.<_o3a_p>


Hamilton was also the first Canadian city to implement Daylight Savings Time, but it really wasn’t a timely introduction back in 1916, as the residents forced city council to reverse the decision.<_o3a_p>


The first Miss Canada contest was held in Hamilton, growing out of a Miss Hamilton contest that was suggested to promote Hamilton’s Centennial back in 1946.<_o3a_p>


Readers will learn that the first tavern opened its doors before the Steel City was known as Hamilton, that Empire Day was first introduced here, that Shorty Greens replaced communal cups for Hamilton’s thirsty shoppers, and that while Hamilton erected a statue in honor of Sir JohnA Macdonald in 1893, it was moved – and turned around – in 1905 after the firechief’s rig hit the statue – then located in the middle of an intersection.<_o3a_p>


These and many more stories – with lots of photographs – make First Here a fascinating look at Hamilton’s history.

Title:First Here: What happened when in HamiltonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:162 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.4 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:North Shore PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1896899439

ISBN - 13:9781896899435

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