At a meeting December 14th 1912, 31 steelworkers, paperworkers, railroaders, labourers and merchants came together determined to form an association under the name of Societa` Italiana di Mutuo Soccorso Guglielmo Marconi.
As well as providing support for the unemployed, the sick and families of deceased members, they worked tirelessly to raise the morale, and to promote the material and moral well being of all who laboured.
Guglielmo Marconi - 1874-1937
Was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, development of Marconi's law, and a radio telegraph system.
The adopted logo of a firm, warm and meaningful handshake symbolized the society's bond of fraternity and unity of purpose. Pride in their heritage and loyalty to their newly adopted country was further reflected in the Society's emblem, incorporating both the Italian and Canadian flags.
In early years, the Italian immigrants in the city had a difficult time finding acceptance.One of the ways in which they coped was through their local Italian Hall. Italian immigrants needed assistance and at the Marconi Hall they could find this assistance. The Marconi Hall was a place where you could go to socialize and find help with everyday problems. It was a lonely time for many Italian immigrants. They left their life and families in Italy. The Marconi Hall helped the Italian Immigrant to cope.