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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Hewgill General Store, ca. 1904

Hewgill General Store, ca. 1904

Image of the Month: Hewgill General Store in Vellore, ca. 1904

This postcard shows the Vellore General Store (ca. 1904), with its owner D.A. Hewgill. Pictured left to right are Jack McNeil, Jim Elder, George Hunter, Alma Hewgill, M. Hewgill, Mrs. Hewgill, D.A. Hewgill and Archie Cummings.

John McDonald Collection

John McDonald Collection

Collection of the Month: The John McDonald Collection

The John McDonald Collection consists of records relating to the McDonald family and their time spent in the hamlet of Vellore. Immigrating to North America from the highlands of Scotland around 1803, John and his wife Sarah MacInnes eventually settled into Vaughan Township ca. 1905, occupying the south half of Lot 19, Concession 3. The John McDonald collection spans the years of 1804-1970 and consists of copies of transcriptions of abstract indexes to deeds, census records, photos of the McDonald Family, histories of Vellore and textual records regarding the Vellore Old Boys Association.

Jill Shaw
Archival Records Analyst
City of Vaughan Archives
City Clerk’s Office



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