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Chapter 9
Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
Spires on the Hill
Coming of Age in Richmond Hill
Pranks, Vandalism, and Village Crime
Business on the Hill
Tiles in the Mosaic: Men and Women Who Shaped Late-Ninetenth-Century Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill's Lacrosse Champs
The Old Lamplighter
For Whom the Bell Tolls?
Local Politics at the End of Victoria's Reign
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations

Richmond Hill's Lacrosse Champs

On June 4, 1885, Richmond Hill's "Young Canadians" lacrosse team trounced Brampton in three straight games to win the Western Division championship. The match took place on the village's "New Park Ground," before a grandstand "packed with ladies" and a noisy Cornet Cornet Band that blared forth "during play stoppages."

The Young Canadians, Richmond Hill's championship lacrosse team of the 1880s. Top row, left to right: M. Wilson (field captain), F. Powell,McConaghy, J.S.S. Searle,B.R.Brown,H.A. Nicholls (umpire), Walter Wiley. Middle row: G. Derry,C. Skeele,J. Piper,C. Savage,M. Palmer. Front row: Sunny Mager,A. Pugsley,T. Young,D. Pugsley.
The Young Canadians were obviously inspired by their new playing field. And they were also better at playing lacrosse than at composing lyrics! Earlier that spring, at an April concert, the team had introduced its new song - "Playing on the New Park Ground," which, The Liberal informed its readers, should be sung to the tune of "Climbing Up the Golden Stairs":

Come all you friends and neighbors,
Now lay aside your labors,
Come with us to the New Park Ground,
Come see us play a game,
Which will sustain our fame
Playing on the New Park Ground.

O hear the boys a singing,
There's music in the sound,
O see their sticks a swinging,
Playing on the New Park Ground.

The Liberal,April 9, 1885


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