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Land Registry Collection

The Library archives holds copies of land registries for many of the properties in Concessions 1 - 15 of Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Bradford Witness - May 31, 1906 edition

This edition of the Bradford Witness is located in the Local History Room, and is in particular a very noteworthy edition. The printing of this edition included many photographs of local businessmen, houses, storefronts, churches, and of the main streets. It also included mini-biographical articles of the people included, acting as a local history gold-mine for Bradford's early 1900s. We have included some of these photographs and articles here, though a full copy of the text and photographs was reorganized thematically by the Bradford West Gwillimbury Historical Society in 1997.

Edmund Garrett

C. Goode - Grain Merchant

Article describing the business and life of Mr. C. Goode, grain merchant and owner of the Goode Elevators. Article from 1906.

Bradford Witness


Article republished from the Toronto Evening Star on the canals and rivers surrounding Holland Landing, the Holland Marsh, and Newmarket. It was a general history article for the Toronto Evening Star recipients.

Bradford Witness

Holland River Bridge

Photograph of the Holland River Bridge in 1920. The boat in the centre of the photograph are the hay-cutters of the Holland Marsh on the boat they would use to transport their daily work. This was prior to the marsh's drainage. Horses were transported up-river to work on the Marsh wearing wooden shoes. In the photograph, there are men fishing off the bridge, and on the right side (west of the bridge) you can see the water tower which trains used to fill up their water supply.

Bill Marks

The Office Window Column

This collection of newspaper articles is based on the Office Window column from the Bradford Witness & South Simcoe Times. This column covers a variety of topics, from daily events to local history tidbits. They also give insight into the content of the newspapers, great for further research.
Currently, editions from the year 1964 are digitized.

Bradford Witness

Office Window - Canadian Flag/ Schomberg Agricultural Society/ 404 Highway

Article features news on newspapers and opinions (via the Canadian flag debate), news on the Schomberg Agricultural Society annual fair, and historical information from a 1904 version of Toronto's Globe & Mail. It also features the purchase of Joseph Wolfe's farm on Hwy 88, and information on an extension of the 404.

Bradford Witness

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