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: Aerial of the Maple Airport, 1985
This aerial depicts the land southeast of Major Mackenzie Drive and Jane Street, which was once home to the Maple Airport (1955-1987). This small airfield consisted of two runways in an “X” pattern and was once the third busiest private civilian and commercial airport in Canada. Increased urbanization and development in Maple led to the airports’ closure in 1987 and the area is now occupied by Maple Creek Public School (210 Hawker Road).
Collection of the month: William G. Everist Fonds
William George Everist (1897-1972) was a Vaughan resident who served during the First World War as a ‘sapper’, or engineer oversees. Enrolling at the age of 19, Everist served under the 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company CE, until it’s demobilization in May of 1919. Although it is one of the City’s smaller collections, the William G. Everist fonds, consists of significant items relating to Everist’s wartime experiences. In particular, a photo presumably of Everist’s sweetheart, a gold pocket watch given by the Township of Vaughan for service, and War and Victory Service Medals received on behalf of the King of England, make up this collection.
Archival Records Analyst
City of Vaughan Archives
City Clerk’s Office