Hamilton Port ca 1960

Opening this Saturday at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, a new exhibit of photographs and paintings celebrates the Hamilton Port Authority’s 100th anniversary.

More than 50 photographs and canvases are on display, telling the story of the port’s central role in Hamilton’s growth and prosperity through the decades. The collection offers perspectives on Hamilton at work and play, and salutes the city’s diverse industrial and natural heritage, past and present.

The Hamilton Harbour Commission was created by an Act of Parliament in 1912, and guided the growth of the port for close to nine decades. Its successor is today’s Hamilton Port Authority (HPA), officially created in 2001. The photo exhibit is one of a series of events scheduled to mark the port’s centennial.
The exhibit incorporates photographs and original art submitted by local amateur photographers, many capturing creative impressions of the contemporary port. Historical photos were also contributed by long-time port tenants, and drawn from the HPA’s own archives. The collection includes images from the Around the Bay race in the 1960s, ice boat racing on the harbour in the 1970s, and the tall ships’ visit in the 1980s. The contemporary photographs capture a variety of vessels and breathtaking skyline views.

Port business has changed a great deal over the past century, tracing the city’s industrial growth. Today, the port of Hamilton handles a diversified cargo, including grain and other agricultural products, steel-making materials, bulk liquids and industrial machinery. Hamilton’s port is now the busiest Canadian port on the Great Lakes, handling more than $2 billion worth of cargo each year.

Hamilton Port Authority: A Century in Pictures is on display at the Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery at the Art Gallery of Hamilton from July 28 until October 14, 2012. Admission to the exhibit is free, courtesy of Orlick Industries. Visit www.artgalleryofhamilton.com for visitor information.

John Best has had a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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