Aurora: Our Shared History

1787-01-01 00:00:00

Toronto Purchase

Representatives of the Crown met with Mississaugas of the Credit where land known as the Toronto Purchase was purportedly ceded to the Crown.

1793-01-01 00:00:00

Yonge Street Extension

Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe ordered the extension of Yonge Street from Toronto to Holland Landing.

1797-01-01 00:00:00

First Land Grants

With the extension of Yonge Street in 1793, land became available for settlement.

1832-01-01 00:00:00

Machell's Corners

In 1832, Richard Machell purchased the southeast corner of Yonge and Wellington Streets. By 1843, he owned three quarters of the intersection.

1837-01-01 00:00:00

Upper Canada Rebellion

William Lyon Mackenzie led the Upper Canada Rebellion in 1837, and found many sympathizers in the communities up Yonge Street.

1853-05-16 00:00:00

Arrival of the Train

On May 16, 1853 the first steam train in Canada West made its inaugural journey from Toronto to Machell’s Corners (Aurora).

1854-01-01 02:07:20

Post Office Name Changed from Whitchurch to Aurora

Charles Doan was the postmaster of Whitchurch Post Office, which he operated out of Castle Doan, a modest saltbox-style home at the corner of Yonge and Catherine Streets. Legend has it that Doan himself selected the name Aurora after the Roman goddess of the dawn. The change was made official January 1st, 1854.

1855-01-01 02:07:20

Aurora Becomes a Police Village

An 1854 petition was issued to make Aurora a Police Village, which defined an area that allowed the population to elect trustees and collect taxes.

1859-01-01 00:00:00

Aurora Agricultural Works Established

Joseph Fleury, a blacksmith, changes his shop at Wellington and Temperance into a foundry for making plows alongside his brother Alex.

1863-01-01 00:00:00

Aurora Incorporated as a Village

In April, 1863, the final hurdle to Aurora's incorporation as a Village was overcome in the Provincial Legislature.

Aurora: Our Shared History

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