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Kelly, Colleen.

Toronto, Toronto Public Library, c1984. 44pp, paper, $4.00, ISBN 0-919486-71-1. (Local History Handbook #4)

Grades 7 and up
Reviewed by John Harkness

Volume 13 Number 4
1985 July

What do Sir Ernest MacMillan, bandleader Percy Faith, author Hugh Garner, and broadcaster Gordon Sinclair have in common? They all spent childhood years in Cabbagetown. What do Gooderham & Worts Distillery, Consumers Gas. Co., and Chairman Mills Co. have in common? They are all enterprises begun and based in Cabbagetown. Where is this Cabbage-town? Why it is so called? These questions and many more are answered in Colleen Kelly's little book, which is the fourth in this excellent series published by the Toronto Public Library.

As its title suggests, this is mainly a picture book. Every page has at least one photograph, but the text fits in well, and the author manages to cover a wide range of topics from early history, through homes, schools, churches, businesses, etc. By using many locals' happy reminiscences, she brings out the special characteristics of this hardworking, relatively underprivileged area of east Toronto, characteristics of togetherness and camaraderie rarely found in big cites. "With such a wealth of material, this book has chosen to present a social history of the community, with particular emphasis on the period from 1900-1940." Thus this history of Cabbagetown comes over in a very positive manner. It is a delightful little treatise and a useful addition to the local history scene.

John Harkness, Emery C.I., North York, Ont.
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