Fonds RG 6 - Police Village of Thornhill fonds

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Police Village of Thornhill fonds

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CA ON00373 RG 6

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  • predominant 1950-1968 (Creation)
  • 1939-1970 (Creation)

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1.2 m of textual records
10 photographs : b&w ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm

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Thornhill, Ontario recieved its first settlers in the 1870's, but its population size was too small for it to attain municipal autonomy (i.e. the station of village, township, town, etc.). However, it was incorporated in 1931 as a police village. Its civic administration was constituted of two elements: the Board of Trustees and the Thornhill Area Recreation Committee. The Board of Trustees consisted of three trustees who were elected annually by the residents and who bore the responsibility for fire protection, sidewalks, roads, culverts and bridges garbage collection, snow removal, the public library, Oakbank Conservation Pond, and recreation within the village limits. The trustees contracted out most of these services, with costs being met by grants from Markham and Vaughan Townships. By contrast, the office of the village trustee was without remuneration. The Thornhill Area Recreation Committee was formed in 1949. It was composed of 5 members, 4 of whom were elected by the Thornhill citizenry, and one an appointee or member of the trustee board. The committee’s mandate encompassed the promotion of recreation and crafts in Thornhill, administration and maintenance of the Thornhill Swimming Pool (its only operational responsibility), and generally the co-ordination of its activities with those of the Markham and Vaughan Recreation Committees, as well as the Community Memorial and Recreation Center Committee. The Police Village and Thornhill's civic adiministration dissolved in 1971 with the advent of regional government in the area. Markham and Vaughan Townships assumed the police village's roles in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

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Fonds consists of records of the Police Village of Thornhill which reflect the functions and activities of the two constituent components for the village administration: the Board of Trustees and the Thornhill Area Recreation Committee. Aggregates of correspondence and minute books located respectively in the two sous fonds constituting this fonds provide the highest level of insight into the functions, activities, goals, accomplishments, principals, etc. of the Police Village of Thornhill Board of Trustees and the Thornhill Area Recreation Committee. Other record types present include financial and legal documents, reports, site plans, 3 photo prints of the Thornhill Swimming Pool, and printed material such as programs, brochures, pamphlets and circulars. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Board of Trustees General Files Thornhill Area Recreation Committee General Files.

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