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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Image of the month: Unveiling of the Vimy Memorial, 1936 


In July 1936, notable war veteran and Woodbridge resident Major Addison Alexander “Lex” Mackenzie and his family participated in a “pilgrimage” to France to witness the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial, built to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in the 1917 Battle of Vimy Ridge of World War I. Over 6,200 Canadian veterans took part in the event. In this image, taken during the Mackenzie family’s trip to Vimy Ridge on July 26, His Majesty King Edward inspects the Canadian Veterans’ Guard of Honour in a ceremony following the unveiling of the memorial.


Collection of the month: Maple Knit-Wit Club Fonds


The Maple Knit-Wit Club was an organization of women from the Village of Maple, Vaughan Township, established in August 1942 for the purpose of assisting the Allied war effort during World War II by providing knitted goods to Maple residents serving in the Canadian military. The group consisted of 7 members at the time of its formation and rose to 15 members by June 1944. The Club disbanded in late 1945. Spanning the years 1942-1945 the Maple Knit-Wit Club fonds consists of a single volume of typed minutes, fincancial statements, lists of Maple residents serving in Canada and overseas, snapshots of members of the Club, newspaper clippings that include published letters of thanks from Maple servicemen, a booklet containing knitting instructions for children’s wear, and miscellaneous event programs.


Bailey Chui
Archives Record Analyst

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