City Hall Directory
Event Highlights for the City of London 1930 - 1949
Lady Beck Public School opened.
Returned to Ward system.
Wellington Street Subway opened, November 1.
Richmond Street Subway opened, December 4.
Alderman G. F. W. McKay resigned June 1.
G. B. Drake appointed Alderman June 1 to complete balance of term of Alderman McKay.
Earl of Bessborough opened new Willingdon Pavilion at Queen Alexandra Sanatorium, Byron, May 26.
W. M. Veitch appointed City Engineer.
Royal Canadian Regiment Golden Jubilee.
East London Market opened.
K. Grant Crawford appointed City Clerk.
Alderman H. H. Bottrill dies in office, November 20.
Alderman S. E. Weir resigned December 5.
Mill Creek fill commenced.
Springbank Dam maintenance assumed by Public Utilities Commission.
Hunt Mill Fire. (District Chief Scruby and Lieut. Hartop of the Fire Dept. killed).
East London Market closed.
Richmond Street Bridge erected.
Alderman E. C. Killingsworth resigned November 26.
British Directors of Education visit.
Natural Gas installed by City Gas Company.
London East Reservoir constructed.
Alderman A. M. Towe resigned November 25.
Municipal Income Tax (except Corporation income) taken over by Provincial Government.
Garbage Department motorized.
Public Utilities Commission assumed the operation of the London & Port Stanley Railway.
His Majesty King George V died in January. His son Edward, Prince of Wales, ascended the Throne, but upon his abdication, his younger brother was crowned King George VI, December 11.
His Excellency, Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor-General of Canada, visits.
Dominion Public Building opened, September 26.
Springbank Street Railway line abandoned.
Canadian National Railway Depot opened by Sir Percy Vincent, Lord Mayor of London, England, September 1.
York Street Bridge opened.
April Flood - London, West Chelsea Green, etc. (1,050 houses flooded), April 26.
Old Age Pensions and Mothers' Allowances payments assumed by Provincial and Dominion Governments.
Pensions for blind persons instituted.
Provincial Government grants municipalities a subsidy of one mill on their tax rate.
Pensions, Works Dept. employees, instituted.
Municipality relieved of cost of Sanatorium indigents.
Old Boys' Reunion, July 30 to August 6.
Alderman A. M. Towe resigned November 28.
Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, June 7.
Building of new wing at Victoria Hospital commenced.
Canada declared war against Germany, September 10.
Building at Western Fair Grounds remodeled for use by soldiers.
Public Library Building construction commenced.
Land purchased for London City Airport.
Council reduced to nine members.
Housing Commission abolished.
The Elsie Perrin Williams Memorial Library officially opened - October 4.
London City Airport officially opened on July 27 by the Hon. C. D. Howe.
Western Fair not held, as Queen's Park was used for military purposes. A Junior Farmers' Exhibition was held.
Street cars abolished and an all-bus system established.
R. W. Garrett appointed Acting City Engineer.
Alderman W. J. Heaman appointed Presiding Officer on September 8 while Mayor J. Allan Johnston on active service.
Police Radio system inaugurated.
Alderman O. W. Durdin resigned April 21.
E. C. Killingsworth appointed Alderman May 5 to complete balance of term of Alderman Durdin.
Victoria Hospital, new addition, opened by Col. Leonard G. Rowntree, May 26.
H.R.H. The Duke of Kent visits, August 28.
London Street Railway tracks removed from Dundas St., Richmond St., and Oxford St.
Rt. Hon. Malcolm McDonald, High Commissioner to Canada, visits.
His Excellency the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of Canada, and Princess Alice, visit June 15.
City Weight Scales moved from Market Square to City Storage Yard.
City of London Regiment mobilized for Active Service, February 2.
Scarlet Fever inoculation of school children instituted.
April 27, vote on National Plebiscite releasing Government from past commitments relative to method of raising men for military service. Majority for, 24,050.
First Test Blackout, May 31.
Dedication H.M.C.S. "Middlesex" at Port Stanley. This ship was adopted by the County of Middlesex and the City of London.
Civilian Defense Organization disbanded.
Bishop Seager enthroned as Archbishop, Metropolitan of Ontario, February.
Nora Toll appointed City Clerk.
London City Airport property taken over by Government as a military hospital. (Discontinued 1947).
$100,000 addition to Victoria Hospital Nurses' residence authorized. (Work completed 1947).
Victory in Europe - London troops returned.
Victory in Japan.
Gen. Henry Duncan Graham Crerar, former Commander-in-Chief 1st Canadian Army, visits January 7.
Special Traffic Conference appointed January 14.
Housing projects with Housing Enterprises Ltd., started.
Bellwood Park - 186 units.
Comfort Place - 48 apartments.
F. Ray Lawson appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.
Emergency Shelter Committee appointed July 26.
$1.00 lot and integrated housing schemes launched.
Count J. M. F. de Hautecloque, French Ambassador, visits November 13.
H.M.C.S. Middlesex foundered in Bay of Fundy, December 2, 1946.
Foundation of London and Suburban Planning Board, October 21.
R. H. Cooper appointed City Clerk.
Sir Alexander and Lady Clutterbuck, British High Commissioner to Canada, visit January 24.
Alderman E. W. Curtis resigned November 24.
Flood threat April 5 and 6. Emergency shelters temporarily closed at St. Julien Park and residents transferred to Crumlin.
Special Council Meeting re Flood, April 8, and appropriation of $50,000 for local control measures, increased at estimates to $117,000 for 1947, with estimated overall expenditures of $134,999.
Certain buildings at Crumlin Airport leased from Dominion Government for $1 per year per building, to be used as Emergency Shelters April 17.
Freedom of City conferred on Barbara Ann Scott, World's Figure Skating Champion, May 7.
Investiture Ceremony held by His Excellency the Right Honourable Viscount Alexander of Tunis, Governor-General of Canada, during official visit to the City on May 29.
Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority established at Woodstock, May 7. First meeting held at Stratford on October 20.
James S. Bell, City Treasurer, retired September 1 after more than 61 years of service. Civic banquet tendered and Freedom of City conferred September 19.
Dr. J. C. Wilson appointed first Chairman Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority, October 20.
New Adelaide Street Bridge opened November 11.
Most Reverend George Frederick Kingston, Primate of all Canada, visits November 24.
W. S. J. Saunders appointed City Treasurer.
Hon. Ray Lawson, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, official visit to London.
Mr. A. E. Silverwood establishes an endowment to be known as the Silverwood Foundation for promoting Religious, Educational and Charitable purposes in London and Western Ontario.
Parking meters (manual and automatic type) installed in the city.
Civic Pension Plan inaugurated by the City of London for its employees based on future service.
Visit of Dr. Kurt Von Schuschnigg, former Chancellor of Austria, and Freedom of City conferred, March 31.
Established a set sale price for city-owned lands and eliminated 50% discount.
Purchased the property of the London Rowing and Boating Club and removed the point of land projecting into the River Thames, as a flood control project.
Expanded emergency shelter accommodation at London City Airport and inaugurated a temporary school on airport grounds. Emergency shelters at Queen's Park were closed owing to resumption of Western Fair and arrangements made to close Rectory Street School Shelters.
Entered into a five-year contract with K. W. Smith for the disposal of sewage sludge, effective December 1.
R. W. Garrett appointed City Engineer.
Work started on Eaton-Wilcox-Rich plant.
Secured General Motors Diesel plant - located in London Township.
Alderman J. F. Gerry resigned September 19.
Alderman W. C. Northey died in office - September.
E. R. Nichols appointed September 7 to complete balance of Alderman Northey's term.
Bought site for East End Fire Hall, situated on S. Florence Street, east of Eva Street.
Purchased land for diverting York Street into Florence Street.
Construction of first part of stock Coliseum for Western Fair at price of $408,000.
Further deepened cut at London Rowing and Boating Club (The Forks), at a cost of $11,513.00 at the request of Thames Valley Authority.
Opened negotiations with CPR re overhead bridge at Oxford Street.
Authorized submission to the electors entitled to vote on money by-laws of a by-law to provide further $600,000 for construction of an Arena and Coliseum. Result of vote: For - 9,593. Against - 4,423.
Authorized submission to the electors entitled to vote on money by-laws of the question of the establishment of a transportation system to be municipally-owned and operated by a Transportation Commission. Result of vote: Yes - 7,670. No - 5,983.
Authorized submission to a vote of the electors of three questions dealing with the composition of the City Council.
Election of City Council by general vote. Result of General Vote: Yes - 6,465; No - 15,290.
Increase of Aldermen from 8 to 12. Result of vote: Yes - 5,312; No - 16,553
Election of City Council for a two-year term. Result of vote: Yes - 11,028; No - 11,406.
Passed a by-law regulating and licensing Public Halls.
Passed new Zoning by-law based upon recommendations of the London & Suburban Planning Board to come into effect upon approval by the Ontario Municipal Board.
Construction of an addition to the West End Sewage Disposal Plant.
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