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
1936 : 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
1950s: 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