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1846 Hamilton : From a Frontier Town to the Ambitious City

by Brian Henley

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This is a locally published book concerning the city of Hamilton's pivotal year. In 1846 the town applied for city status which was granted an became official in January of 1847. This book covers both those years. There are lots of quotes from local contemporary newspapers which made for interesting reading but over the narrative was stilted and textbookish. I prefer social history and found the book concentrated too much on elections, mayors, politics and the geographical layout of the city. However, I did find some chapters quite interesting such as those on city sidewalks, the fire brigade, and the outlawing of circuses on city property! This book would not be of interest to anyone not from the area. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jun 16, 2008 |
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