Brian Roulston

Brian Roulston

Hello everyone, since 2015, I’ve been lucky to be among the many great volunteers and writers at the North End Breezes. It’s been fun researching and reading about our North End and the city in which we live, Hamilton, Ontario.

International Harvester

International Harvester

Submitted by Brian Roulston Today, Fluke Transport Group is one company operating out of the property of what used to be a sprawling 81-hectare agricultural facility International Harvester dubbed ‘Harvester City’ located along side Burlington Street, in the Lansdale...

Hamilton – The Electric City

Hamilton – The Electric City

Submitted by Brian Roulston On the corner of Wellington and Ferrie streets is a mural of Nikola Tesla that was painted by local artist Lester Coloma. The mural of the Serbian-American inventor is on the north and west walls of the former Gold Book Business Directory...

FIRESTONE CANADA

By Brian Roulston Thirty-four years ago, in 1986, some two thousand workers grabbed their lunch buckets and punched out for the last time at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company of Canada. This huge plant founded in 1919 started out with a little more than 500,000...

HAMILTON GLASSWORKS: THE STORY CONTINUES

HAMILTON GLASSWORKS: THE STORY CONTINUES

CONTRIBUTION BY ED STEWART In the May edition of The North End Breezes, we featured an article by Brian Roulston on the Hamilton Glass Works.  They produced several lines of “druggist” bottles which were usually blown in green, amber and flint (clear or colorless)...

THE TUG AT PIER 4

THE TUG AT PIER 4

By Brian Roulston As far as I can tell it doesn’t have an official name but as you’re walking along the Pier 4 walkway, you’ll come across a red & white tugboat with a big blue 4 painted on her stack. Please forgive me for wondering if this little tug was...

The Gartshore-Thompson Office Building

      By Brian Roulston Where Bay Street meets Burlington, a foot path slopes down in a zig zag fashion to Leander Drive. A modest red bricked, single-story Victorian style building appears directly below the historic Sail Loft (1869) which prominently...

Hamilton Glass Works

By Brian Roulston One hundred and thirty-six years ago on the same block of the new Hughson Street Church which is currently under construction between James, Hughson, Picton and Macaulay streets stood the glass factory of Hamilton Glass Works. Hamilton Glass Works...

Some Canadian Facts

By Brian Roulston 150 years ago, the Dominion of Canada was born on July 1, 1867. The word Dominion indicated Canada was now a self-governing colony of the British Empire. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec became the first provinces. Other provinces and...

CUSTOM HOUSE ON STUART ST.

CUSTOM HOUSE ON STUART ST.

By Brian Roulston The building located at 51 Stuart Street is haunted, as the legend goes. A young English girl was raped by a well-to-do and influential businessman. Her parents sent her to Canada to start a new life. While on the voyage over she met the ship's...

JAMESVILLE SOCIAL HOUSING

JAMESVILLE SOCIAL HOUSING

By Brian Roulston The Jamesville Social Housing units located between Strachan and Ferrie Streets now sit largely vacant and boarded up as the city contemplates their future role in Hamilton’s North End. For 50 years this 91 unit complex was home to many low income...