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Speech given by Florence Hart Godwin May 28, 1973 - Track 5

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Florence (Hart) Godwin's description of her family's stories of the New Westminster fire. She also mentions B.R. Hill and his three sons, Claude, Frank and Minard Hill.
Date Range
1898-1917
Length
0:05:22
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Florence (Hart) Godwin's description of her family's stories of the New Westminster fire. She also mentions B.R. Hill and his three sons, Claude, Frank and Minard Hill.
Date Range
1898-1917
Photo Info
Arthur Morrow, Kingsley Hart, Florence Hart (later Godwin), and Katherine Maude "Kitty" Hill (later Peers) in the woods at the south side of Deer Lake photographed by W.T. Cooksley [1908]. Item no. HV976.139.3
Length
0:05:22
Subject
Natural Phenomena - Fires
Geographic Access
British Columbia - New Westminster
Interviewer
Burnaby Arts Council
Interview Date
May 28, 1973
Scope and Content
Recording is of a speech given by Florence Hart Godwin at a Burnaby Arts Council meeting held May 28, 1973. Major themes discussed are: pioneer families and early residences in the Burnaby Lake District.
Biographical Notes
Florence Hart was born in 1898 in New Westminster. Florence first saw Burnaby in April of 1905 on a trip made by horse and buggy from the family home in New Westminster where her father worked as a real estate agent. By 1911, he had built a permanent home for his family in Burnaby, building what is now known as the Hart house and is currently owned by the municipality. Frederick John “Fred” Hart married Alice Chapman in Yale BC on August 13, 1895. They had four children together; Kingsley Chapman born May 27, 1897, Florence Elizabeth born October 23, 1898, and ten years later, Edwyna and Jack. They followed their family nurse, Miss Maude Woodward to Burnaby and purchased thirteen acres of land at Deer Lake to build a summer cottage. Mrs Hill and the children spent the summer months there while Frederick continued working in New Westminster, joining his family on the weekends. Florence Hart attended Douglas Road School before boarding at Crofton House in Vancouver. Kingsley Hart had enlisted in the army on March 23, 1915 when he was only seventeen years old. He was killed in action on September 26, 1916. The Hart family then moved to Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Florence worked at the Carnegie Library. On August 7, 1922 Florence Hart married Harold “Hal” Godwin and moved back to Edmonds in Burnaby where they remained for their entire married lives. In 1929, Florence and Harold’s daughter, Elizabeth Godwin was born. Alice (Chapman) Hart died May 24, 1935 at the age of sixty-eight. Frederick John Hart died August 29, 1945 at the age of seventy-seven. Florence Hart Godwin was named Good Citizen of Burnaby in 1971 and received a life membership to the IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) for her long tenure. Both Florence and her husband Harold were awarded life memberships from the VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) for more than half a century of service. Harold Ward Godwin died December 12, 1962 at the age of sixty-six.
Total Tracks
5
Total Length
0:33:50
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Interviewee Name
Godwin, Florence Hart
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-005-1_Track_5
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
Audio Tracks

Track five of speech given by Florence Hart Godwin

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Exhibition Grounds after Fire, 1929

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34428
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1929
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6.9 x 11.8 cm on page 17.5 x 26 cm
Item No.
020-135
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Exhibition Grounds at Queen's Park in New Westminster after a fire that destroyed the buildings. Dust or smoke can be seen rising in the background and the ground is covered by debris.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1929
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Peers Photograph Album
Description Level
Item
Item No.
020-135
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6.9 x 11.8 cm on page 17.5 x 26 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Exhibition Grounds at Queen's Park in New Westminster after a fire that destroyed the buildings. Dust or smoke can be seen rising in the background and the ground is covered by debris.
Subjects
Natural Phenomena - Fires
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
British Columbia - New Westminster
British Columbia - New Westminster - Queen's Park
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Car Parked Near Exhibition Grounds after Fire, 1929

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34429
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1929
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6.8 x 11.1 cm on page 17.5 x 26 cm
Item No.
020-136
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of an automobile parked alongside the debris left by a fire at the New Westminster Exhibition grounds in 1929. Smoke or dust can be seen rising in the background.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1929
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Peers Photograph Album
Description Level
Item
Item No.
020-136
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6.8 x 11.1 cm on page 17.5 x 26 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of an automobile parked alongside the debris left by a fire at the New Westminster Exhibition grounds in 1929. Smoke or dust can be seen rising in the background.
Subjects
Natural Phenomena - Fires
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
British Columbia - New Westminster
British Columbia - New Westminster - Queen's Park
Images
Less detail

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