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HALTON'S HERITAGE

Halton’s Heritage is a beautifully produced book with an impressive collection of vintage and contemporary photographs chronically the life of William Halton and the county named for him. After years of research author John McDonald has unearthed hundreds of documents that provide an insight into Halton’s prominent family background in England and his career as a civil administrator in Upper Canada.

Halton’s Heritage is a thorough history of Halton County and its transition from a small rural municipality to a significant regional municipality within the Great Toronto Area. The book also features a brief history and full page pictorial representation of over 70 settlements in Halton with an emphasis on the origin of each place name.

This lovely privately published book will stand for future generations as the reference on William Halton-the man and Halton-the county and region.

“The reader is drawn into the obviously vast pool of knowledge and respect John has for William Halton, both as an interesting historical figure and as a man.”

Christine Taylor
William Halton’s great-great-great niece

“This book brings to life, the man and the times in which William Halton lived and his place two hundred years ago in the history of Upper Canada. It is a well researched and fascinating account of that history and the Halton family.”

Harry Andrew
William Halton’s great-great nephew

 

OAKVILLE

The Oakville Station with carriages waiting...From Halton's Heritage

 
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MILTON

A busy afternoon outside Clement’s Hardware Store at Main and Martin Street in Milton from Halton’s Heritage.

 
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ACTON

Posing at the Acton Hotel, Main Street… from the book Halton's Heritage

 
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GEORGETOWN

“Meet me at the station” was a popular phrase in Georgetown after the railway line was opened in 1856….from Halton’s Heritage

 
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BURLINGTON

Queens Hotel on Brant Street…from the book Halton's Heritage

 
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GLEN WILLIAMS

Quality socks ready for shipment at the knitting mill in Glen Williams…from Halton’s Heritage

 
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HALTON COUNCIL

Halton County Council 1909 from Halton’s Heritage...

 
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DOLLY VARDEN

The lime kiln workers at Dolly Varden in 1913…from Halton’s Heritage

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Our Books

 

HALTON'S HERITAGE
WILLIAM HALTON and halton county

Halton’s Heritage is a beautifully produced book with an impressive collection of vintage and contemporary photographs chronically the life of William Halton and the county named for him. After years of research author John McDonald has unearthed hundreds of documents that provide an insight into Halton’s prominent family background in England and his career as a civil administrator in Upper Canada.

Halton’s Heritage is a thorough history of Halton County and its transition from a small rural municipality to a significant regional municipality within the Great Toronto Area. The book also features a brief history and full page pictorial representation of over 70 settlements in Halton with an emphasis on the origin of each place name.

This lovely privately published book will stand for future generations as the reference on William Halton-the man and Halton-the county and region.

 

Halton sketches revisited
historical tales of people and events in halton

Halton Sketches Revisited is a rich tapestry woven together of oral histories of the people and places in North Halton, collected by John McDonald over thirty years ago and includes over 130 photographs, drawings and maps of the area.

This classic book, in its third printing, provides a glimpse of the early entrepreneurs and the families responsible for the earliest mills and factories as well as the lovely homes and churches which are now “jewels” in our communities. Featured in the book are notables such as Lucy Maud Montgomery, Timothy Eaton and railroad developer Sir Donald Mann.