What is That? Oakville History

What is That? Oakville History
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Dave Gittings

Dave Gittings

Councillor Dave Gittings and his wife Susan have resided in Ward 3 for the past 25 plus years. Their three children attended Chisholm, EJ James Public School, and Oakville Trafalgar High School. Recently after a 30-year career in advertising management at the Toronto Star, this is Dave's first term as Town & Regional Councillor. Dave has been actively involved in both the business community and with a wide range of Oakville associations and groups.

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The picture above left was taken about 100 years ago. This building on the corner of Thomas and Randall served as the Oakville station for the Hamilton Radial Railway, today’s equivalent of an LRT! There was a generator immediately east of the station to provide power as the railway was electrically powered. Hourly service to Hamilton was available until 1924 when the railway was discontinued. The station building is a designated Heritage property.

The Lawson Barn

The Lawson Barn

 

 
This barn is located off of Morrison Road, just north of Lakeshore in Ray Lawson Park. Built in 1912, this property has potential cultural heritage value for the heritage landscape associated with this historic farmstead.

While not a designated Heritage property, it is listed as a property of interest. This building and the land around it was home to the stables, a market garden and cottage where the custodian of the Ballymena Estate to the south was located.

Ballymena was constructed by the oldest son of Timothy Eaton in 1921. The Lawson family purchased the estate in the 1940’s. Raymond Lawson served as Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor from 1946 to 1952.

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