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June 22, 1998
Consumers Gas: Partners in the Community for 150 Years
June 27 to October 25, 1998 at the Market Gallery of the City of Toronto

Prior to 1848, merchants and Toronto citizens became dissatisfied with the poor
quality and high cost of gas being produced. On September 17, 1847 a group of
customers gathered at the North American Hotel, then located at the corner of
Scott and Frederick streets, to create a gas company to rival the current gas
provider, Albert Furniss. Within a month over 273 people had purchased 786
shares, raising over £9,825 towards the estimated £12,500 for a new gas plant.
On March 23, 1848 the Act of Incorporation created The Consumers Gas Company.

This exhibit uses archival and contemporary photographs, artifacts, and
archival records from the City and Consumers Gas to both commemorate the
sesquicentennial of the company and note how Consumers Gas has served the city
and surrounding communities. Consumers Gas has grown from supplying gas for
street and home lighting in the 19th century, to developing and selling
gas-burning appliances and heating devices. The company introduced natural gas
in 1954, and now serves 1.4 million customers.

Free admission

Market Gallery
95 Front Street East (at Jarvis)
Second Floor, South St. Lawrence Market
Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Media Contact
Gillian Reddyhoff
Market Gallery
(416) 392-7604

Jamie Robinson
Director, Corporate Affairs
(416) 498-2982



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