In the basement of a McMaster Univ dining hall in the 1940s. Nuclear physics researchers would meet in a makeshift shop, machining together metal parts that would create Canada’s first mass spectrometer. It was one of several nuclear firsts for McMaster. The university’s researchers were the first in the world to study fission products. In the mid-1950s, it would also become home to the first privately-owned nuclear reactor in Canada. — Margaret Houghton Hamilton Public Library archivist
Stinson Elementary School - in the process of being converted into condominiums. The cornerstone was laid in September of Designed by Alfred W. Peene, the building measured 93 by 88 feet, being built of brick and brown Credit Valley stone.
The former site of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board education centre will relaunch in 2014 as the $85 million McMaster Health Campus. Originally opened in the 1960s, the site located at the corner of Bay and Main was sold to McMaster in 2011 and torn down in early 2013.