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Local History

From School Inspector to Senator

George William Ross, leader of the Liberal Opposition in Ontario's Legislative Assembly, was called to the Senate on January 15, 1907

Waterloo Hotel

On January 11, 1847, Captain John "Waterloo" Smyth reopened his boarding house as the Waterloo Hotel on the west side of Richmond Street just north of York Street.  John Smyth, originally from England, was a soldier in the 95th Regiment and fought under Wellington at Waterloo.  He came to London in 1838 and was a pioneer in the volunteer movement and a captain of the first rifle company organized in the district. 

All Rise!!

190 years ago today on January 9th, 1827, the Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the London District were held in London for the first time at the temporary frame court house and gaol on the southwest corner of Dundas and Ridout streets

An Orthodox Christmas

The Orthodox Church in Canada will celebrate Christmas on January 7th according to the Gregorian calendar.  One hundred years ago today (January 6, 1917), prayers were held for the first time in the newly-opened Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Eastern Church on the southwest corner of Dreaney Avenue and Layard Street. That building is still standing today.   

Taking Care of Business

100 years ago yesterday on January 3, 1917, the O'Brien Business College was opened by William J. O'Brien

Love Me Tender

Sixty years ago on January 1st, 1957, Elvis Presley's first film, Love Me Tender, opened at the Capitol Theatre, 204 Dundas Street, London, Ontario

First Formal Training for Library Assistants

This year, the Carson Branch Library is celebrating its centennial.  It was named after William Oliver Carson (1874-1929), the third chief librarian for the London Public Library.  On February 2nd, 1911, a special committee was appointed to consult with Mr.

Organist Dies Suddenly at Public Library

100 years ago on Saturday September 18th, 1915, well-known Londoner, Dr. George Buckley Sippi died on the steps of the public library

Penitientiary Boot and Shoe Store

According to his death registration, Joseph Cressall died on May 29th, 1877 at the age of 32 years succumbing to consumption from which he had been suffering for two years.

Canada's First Enclosed Mall

Wellington Square Wooden Nickel

55 years ago at 10:30 am on Thursday August 11th, 1960, Wellington Square opened as the first enclosed downtown mall in North America on the block bounded by Clarence, King, Wellington and York streets.