City of Toronto & the Home District Directory for 1837, by George Walton.


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The full title is: City of Toronto & the Home District Commercial Directory & Register with Almanac & Calendar for 1837, it was produced by George Walton.

This is one of the earliest directories of Toronto and as a bonus it also covers the surrounding area (called the Home District.) A list of the names of places in the Home District is provided below. In fact the Home District comprises the major part of the directory, Toronto proper having only 9,200 odd inhabitants while the Home District was populated by approximately 52,000.

As was normal for directories of this period only the names of principal householders are given but their profession / trade and location is also provided for the city, town and village listings. In the Toronto listing, significant buildings, companies and plots are included so that, for example, Chapels, Banks, Government Departments, etc. can also be found. In the rural areas of the Home District locations are given by the Concession and Lot numbers while villages and town are simply a list of inhabitants, these places - presumably - being small enough that street names were not needed.

Each section of the rural listings is concluded with its population statistics.

In addition to the directory listings there are two more substantial sections providing an Almanac and a great deal of information which would be of vital importance to the contemporary inhabitants. One item quotes the Articles of Incorporation for Toronto defining the locations of all the city's wards (electoral / parish boundaries.) Other sections provide details of Government, Commercial, Medical, Legal and Church offices and officers/members.

As a directory the book is designed to allow quick and easy access to the information but we have made the whole book computer searchable and have enhanced the search speed with our FastFind technology. Care should be exercised in searching this book not only because of the inevitable OCR errors but also because the spelling in the original book seems to be rather approximate. For those who want to get a closer look at the contents of this important directory before buying there is a sampler on our website where a selection of pages from the book may be freely downloaded.

Places in the Home District:

Adjala; Albion; Town of Barrie; Brock; East & West Caledon; East & West Chinguacousy; Etobicoke; Essa; Flos; North, East & West Gwillimbury; Georgina; Innisfil; King; Mara; Markham; Medonte; Mono; Orillia; Oro; Pickering; Reach; Scarborough; Scott; Village of Springfield; Village of Streetsville; Sunnidale; Tecumseth; Thorah; Tiny and Tay; Toronto Gore; Toronto, (old & new survey); Uxbridge; Vaughan; Vespra; Whitchurch; Whitby; & York.

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