Vintage Guelph: A look at the Mayors ‘Chain of Office’

The Chain of Office was commissioned by the City to mark Canada’s 100th Birthday in 1967.  It is worn by the mayor at council meetings and formal functions.

The chain includes 17 shields with subjects of local significance to Guelph such as a tree stump to represent the founding of Guelph by John Galt and a Horse to represent the Horse of Hanover.

The chain of office is also engraved with the names of the seven Mayors who have worn it.

Copyright Guelph Public Library Archives

This January 2, 1968 photo shows County Judge J. D. Sutherland, far left, as he administers oath of office to the new mayor of Guelph, Mayor Paul Mercer, far right. While outgoing Mayor Ralph Smith wears the Chain of Office. Copyright Guelph Public Library – Guelph Mercury Fonds Item: F45-0-12-0-0-55 

 

In 2017, the Chain of Office will turn 50 as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday.

You can read more about the chain see up close photos of the different shields and read the names of each of the mayors who have worn it over the last 50 years by clicking on the Chain of Office History website featured on the City of Guelph website.

Current Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie wearing the Chain of Office. Photo Source: City of Guelph

Current Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie wearing the Chain of Office. Photo Source: City of Guelph

 

Related Links:

A list and photos of the Mayors of Guelph since 1878

Historically Guelph: Chain of Office

 

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