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Postcard: Streetsville Volunteers
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Title: Postcard: Streetsville Volunteers
Identifier: 2000.3.6
Donor: Kirby Burns
Item Date: 1915
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: An unframed photograph/postcard entitled 'Streetsville Volunteers, waiting for the train, July 14th 1915'. The picture shows a crowd on the railroad tracks with British flag flying. To the proper right is a group of five men with arms around each other. There is a young boy with flag in center.

These accessories belonged to members of the Graydon Family and are from ca. 1910 - 1918. They would have been typical accessories of the Harris family at Benares. Mr Kirby Burns's wife was Jean Graydon whose father was Austin Graydon. These items were inherited by Mrs. Burns from her aunts who passed away during the 1960's. Her aunts were named Hattie (1867-1961), Mabel (1871-1964), and Mysia (1874-1960). These three women never married and were known as 'the Graydon Girls'. John Graydon was their father (1836-1904). He was a prominent builder in Streetsville from 1850-1900. John was a dedicated member of the Methodist Church and worked on the Public and High School Boards for more than thirty years. He was also a Streetsville Councillor and Reeve from 1877-1898, and a Warden of Peel County in 1897. A staunch supporter of the Conservative Party, he was a Justice of the Peace and was instrumental in the construction of the Credit Valley Railway that linked Streetsville with rail service in 1879. A notable aunt was Hattie who trained to be a nurse in Chicago and was Ontario's first public health nurse. She travelled all over Ontario and did a lot of work in northern Ontario. See fact sheets produced by the Mississauga Heritage Foundation for more information on John Graydon (1836-1904).
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