Heritage Timeline

1819    Chinguacousy Township is surveyed by a team led by Richard Bristol 
1819  First settlers arrive in the area 
1834   Mr. John Elliott applies the name Brampton to the land 
1853   Brampton becomes a village with a population of 1000
1856   First railway opens in Brampton 
1873   Brampton becomes a town 
1874   First town election. John Haggert elected as first Mayor of Brampton 
1884  Mechanics of the Haggert Machine Works form the Brampton Mechanics Band known today as the Brampton Concert Band 
1885   J.P. Hutton erects the first hydroelectric generating plant in the area, powered by the dam at Huttonville 
1903   Gage Park becomes Brampton’s first municipal park 
1911   Continuous Hydro begins in Brampton 
1929   Great Depression begins 


  The Lorne Scots Militia Regiment forms from an amalgamation of the Lorne Rifles and the Peel Dufferin Regiment 
1939   Outbreak of Second World War 
1940   Civil Guard in Peel forms 
1948   The worst flood in the history of Brampton occurs 
1952   Etobicoke Creek Flood Diversion Channel officially opens
1950’s  Bramalea - Canada’s first satellite community forms 
1974   City of Brampton created. Brampton was formed from the amalgamation of Chinguacousy Township, Toronto Gore Township, the Town of Brampton, and part of the Town of Mississauga. Other municipalities formed in the Regional Municipality of Peel in 1974 include the City of Mississauga and the Town of Caledon 
1999   Brampton celebrates its silver anniversary as a City 
2003   Brampton celebrates its Sesquicentennial year. The City of Brampton purchases “Alderlea” from Branch 15 of the Royal 
2006   Brampton’s new state-of-the-art performing arts centre “Rose Theatre Brampton” opens