Ajax Archives

The Ajax Archives was officially established in 2010. It includes the Town of Ajax municipal archives, as well as the collections started in the early 1980’s by the Ajax Historical Board and the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee.

The mandate of the archives is to preserve the rich history of Ajax, which encompasses the early settlers and settlements of Pickering Village, Pickering Beach and the Hamlet of Audley.

Items of interest in the collection include material related to the 7th HMS Ajax, the British warship after which the town was named, as well as Defense Industries Limited, the largest ammunitions plant in the British Commonwealth during WWII. The ammunitions plant, which was in operation from 1941 to 1945, created the community that became the Town of Ajax in 1955.

The collection consists of documents, photos, scrapbooks, newspapers, building histories, artifacts, the by-laws and minute books of Pickering Village and the Town of Ajax. The majority of Ajax Archive photo collection, as well as some of the documents, have been digitized and can be viewed online at www.ourontario.ca/Ajax . Photos and artifacts are on display in the Ajax Town Hall, and can be viewed any time during business hours.

Access to the original materials in this collection is by appointment only. Appointments can be made by contacting Brenda Kriz, Records Manager, at:

Phone:            905-619-2529 ext.3343                                                                                              Email:              brenda.kriz@townofajax.com                                                                                   In Person:        Ajax Town Hall, 65 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax

Hours:            Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30pm                                                                   By appointment only

Fees:                                                                                                                                              Research Services:     $30.00 per hour                                                                       Photocopies:   .25¢ per page                                                                                                 Electronic reproduction of photos to photographic paper:                                                            4” x 6”              $2.50 per photo                                                                                                         8” x 10”            $3.00 per photo                                                                                                        Scanning of photos for transfer onto disk:                                                                                $3.00 per disk                                                                                                                                   $1.50 per image                                                                                                                                   External reproduction costs:                                                                                                               Invoice amount + 20% handling fee

Location:        The Ajax Archives is located at the Ajax Town Hall, 65 Harwood Avenue, South, Ajax.