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First Town Meeting 1790

First Town Meeting 1790

Photos by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted July, 2017

First Town Meeting 1790

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Grimsby
At the intersection of
Main Street West (Road 81), Elm Street and Murray Street


Coordinates: N 43 11.595 W 79 34.004

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Plaque Text

Near this site on April 5, 1790, was held the earliest known session of a municipal government in what is now Ontario. This 'town meeting' of Township No. 6, later named Grimsby, dealt with such matters as the height of fences and the registration of livestock marks. While magistrates, appointed by the Crown, still exercised the more important functions of municipal administration, this marked a beginning of local self-government by elected representatives of the people.

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