Fonds RC0734 - Hamilton, Ontario Waterworks fonds

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Hamilton, Ontario Waterworks fonds

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  • 1854-1918 (Creation)
    Hamilton (Ont.) Waterworks

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261 drawings: pen and ink on linen; watercolours.

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A waterworks for Hamilton was first proposed in 1836. A competition was held in 1854 for waterworks designs. The first pump went into operation in 1859. By 1916 the original engines were being used only as standby units. The engines last ran in 1939. The original waterworks has now been restored and is operated as a museum.

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The fonds is comprised of early drawings of the original waterworks (many signed by T.C. Keefer) and later designs of extension and improvements.

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Deposited by the Hamilton City Engineer in 1974. The City of Hamilton retains ownership of the drawings.


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For contextual information on some of these drawings, researchers may wish to consult Mark Osbaldeston's Unbuilt Hamilton (2016) and the entry in the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada about <a href="">David Murray</a>.

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