Mapping Historic Ajax

I decided to try out Google My Maps to create a miniature Ajax Timescapes. This consists of notable DIL-era buildings, memorable shops and schools, and buildings and spots which still exist today, and residents remember fondly. A big part of remembering places in Ajax is imagining the community back then through a geographical perspective. Maps…

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Snapshots: Veteran’s Point Gardens

Summer picture of Veteran’s Point Gardens, built to commemorate the legacies of HMS Ajax and Defence Industries Limited. Located at the Waterfront, south of Harwood Ave., the Gardens’ ship-like architecture is no coincidence (notice how the street lights look like masts).   For More Information

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The Ajax Bomb Girls At Work

The video below is exclusive footage of Defence Industries Limited, provided by YouTube as well as the official Town of Ajax website (www.ajax.ca). The video explains how Ajax ultimately became the ideal spot for DIL to operate, and an overview of the experience of its workers, who were predominately women. As you watch this video,…

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Objects and History

Material culture can tell complex stories about a person or community’s history. Below is an object that gives a window to the history of Ajax and Defence Industries Limited. A daily routine for Ajax Bomb Girls was filling cordite shells, a task which was often dangerous and laborious. It is crucial to remember the relationship…

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