EST. 1903 - Presenting global influential leaders from business, labour, education & government through events
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A few points out of the many that in one way or another have an important bearing upon the story of the foundation and development of the community of Toronto. Getting a glimpse of the humble beginnings, the slow but steady progress, the persistence and industry of its citizens in the face of many discouragements from the few pictures remaining of the early days. Other means whereby we can follow the early history of the town. The significant and origins of street names, with examples. The works of many writers on history and on travel with references to Toronto, with examples. Early days of Toronto, and its near demise. Results of the Constitutional Act of 1791, and the appointment of Col. John Graves Simcoe as Lieutenant-Governor of the new Province of Upper Canada, for Toronto. Mrs. Simcoe's drawing of Toronto Harbour in 1793. The town of York. Some details of early buildings, and town planning. The absence of Yonge Street on these early plans, and an explanation for it. Details of the history of the growth of Toronto, naming many well-known and historical sites and locations. Industrial and educational developments. William Barlett's illustrations of Toronto, still much sought after by collectors. A map from 1842, showing the extent of the city. A detailed description of Toronto in the 1860's, in contrast to the period before that, from 1835. Some landmark buildings and events during that time period. The University District. The speaker concludes by showing a series of pictures contrasting the vicinities of the King and Yonge Street corners at different periods during the last century.