Volunteer members of the Milton Historical Society have conducted research on topics that have not been formally published in hard copy. Printed copies of those reports will be made on a special request basis, at cost. Digital copies are available from the web at such locations as HaliNet, Issuu and the Internet Archive.
- Milton Images
Milton Images is a partnership of the Milton Historical Society and the other Historical Societies and Libraries of Halton. At this site you can search browse through photographs of Historic Milton, or search for images of particular interest. Halton Images is created and maintained by the public libraries of Halton Region, the Burlington, Esquesing, Milton, Oakville and Trafalgar Township Historical Societies using software developed by HALINET and OurOntario.
- Milton’s Commemorative Gold Watches – A Mystery from the Past:
(1) Issuu (2) Internet Archive
From 1915 to 1922 the Town of Milton (Ontario, Canada) issued commemorative gold watches to returning Great War (WWI) soldiers, as well as to the early soldiers killed in action. There was no list (2011) who received the 118 gold watches, just criteria for their selection and presentation. Richard Laughton undertook to use that criteria to develop a likely list of candidates, using archived records, maps, census documents and knowledge from the “known to exist” watches. This report details all the information used to identify the watch recipients, the process used to develop the list and photographs of watches located.
- Milton’s War Trophy
(1) Issuu (2) Internet Archive
This is the story of one of thousands of war trophies brought home by the Allied Armies at the conclusion of the Great War of 1914-1919. Many think the armaments that adorn our parks were our weapons – not the case – they were trophies that were captured and then assigned to the communities or organizations. For Canada, at least a detailed listing of these war trophies remains in the archives.The Milton War Trophy was captured by the 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Canadian Division during “Canada’s Hundred Days”. During this period the Canadian Expeditionary Force advanced through the Hindenburg Line to Cambrai, ending the stalemate of “Trench Warfare”. Specifically the Canadians crossed the Canal du Nord and captured Bourlon Wood, and in doing so captured a German Field Gun #9563, Milton’s War Trophy.
- Mary Paterson Report
(1) Issuu (2) Internet Archives (3) MHS Web Site Colour (4) MHS B&W
This is the story of the most significant of the “Cenotaph Errors” in Milton. There are other errors on the Victoria Park and Haltonville Cenotaphs but in this case the error was created by the more recent failure to research all the facts of the case before the name was “set in stone”. Mary Paterson’s name was incorrectly added to the Milton Cenotaph in Victoria Park in 2004 as the result of historic newspaper reports. There were no authoritative records searched or located to substantiate the addition of that person’s name to a Canadian War Memorial. It now appears that person did not exist and thus the name needs to be removed from the Milton Victoria Park Cenotaph. The other less significant errors are detailed in the Rolls & Memorials.
A large number of the archived resources of the Milton Historical Society are being digitized, including out of print books, historic audio interviews and MHS videos. Once digitized, these files are uploaded to the Internet Archive so that they are available for all to read, watch or listen to at this time – as well as long into the future. For more information on these projects, please check the “Archives” section of this web site.