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Interview with W.H. O'Brien July / August 1975 - Track 1

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to W.H. "Harry" O'Brien's early childhood including the reasons why his family first moved to Burnaby, his first experiences of unemployment and what initially drew him to the Working Organization in Burnaby and their protest against evictions.
Date Range
1914-1932
Length
0:08:44
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to W.H. "Harry" O'Brien's early childhood including the reasons why his family first moved to Burnaby, his first experiences of unemployment and what initially drew him to the Working Organization in Burnaby and their protest against evictions.
Date Range
1914-1932
Photo Info
Harry and Gertrude (Crossan) O'Brien on their wedding day, October 12, 1940. Item no. 315-005
Length
0:08:44
Subject
Organizations
Protests and Demonstrations
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
July / August 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with W.H. "Harry" O'Brien by SFU (Simon Fraser University) graduate student Bettina Bradbury. Major themes discussed are: the Army of the Common Good, the Union of the Unemployed and the Common Good Credit Union (now the South Burnaby Credit Union). To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
W.H. “Harry” O’Brien was born in the coal mining town of Nanaimo, British Columbia on October 20, 1914. He came to Burnaby with his parents and five siblings in 1927. Harry’s mother, a school teacher, wanted her children to live closer to school in order to obtain a better education, so the O’Brien family settled at Inman Avenue, Burnaby. Harry left school in June of 1929. Harry’s father worked as the caretaker at Central Park around this time and Harry helped him to clear brush, plant trees and enforce the land clearing and wood cutting permit regulations held by men who were on script. Although too young to vote by just over a week, Harry O'Brien worked as a scrutineer for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) during the 1935 Federal Election. On October 12, 1940 Harry O'Brien married Gertrude Crossan at St. John the Divine in Burnaby. The Crossan family came to Burnaby from Winnipeg in 1933 and settled at Nelson Avenue. Gertrude's mother, Mary Anne Crossan, was Gilmore Avenue School's first teacher. Harry began his involvement with the Unemployment Organization in Burnaby by participating in an organised protest against the municipality for homeowner evictions brought on by unpaid taxes. The South Burnaby Union of the Unemployed organised in order to protest rules around receiving Relief. Harry became involved, eventually becoming one of the spearheads of the organization, taking over as secretary by 1936. Harry was an original member of the Army of the Common Good, helping to produce over one hundred and twenty-five tons of vegetables from its own gardens to feed Burnaby citizens suffering from the lack of resources during the Depression years. The members of the Army of the Common Good who cut wood for consumption or worked in the gardens were given credit for their work through LU (Labour Units) which they could then use to buy groceries and that at the Army's Cooperative stores, one of which was at McKay Avenue, where Harry began working as Manager of Groceries in 1937. The Credit Union movement of British Columbia was also organized by Harry O'Brien and his fellow Army of the Common Good members. W.H. "Harry" O'Brien died July 1, 1992.
Total Tracks
9
Total Length
1:17:56
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Interviewee Name
O'Brien, Harry
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-25_Track_1
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 one of interview with W.H.

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Mrs. King and baby Annie

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37773
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1920 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.2 x 2.4 cm print on contact sheet 20.3 x 26.2 cm
Item No.
370-361
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Mrs. King holding her daughter, Annie, inside the Clarke house on Inman Avenue.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1920 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-361
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.2 x 2.4 cm print on contact sheet 20.3 x 26.2 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Mrs. King holding her daughter, Annie, inside the Clarke house on Inman Avenue.
Subjects
Furniture
Names
Ellis, Annie King
King, Mrs
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1915]
Collection/Fonds
Field family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) ; 600 ppi
Item No.
521-021
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Sanderson family home (believed to be located at 3812/5457 Inman Avenue, one block north of Central Park). Thomas and Ellen Jane are standing next to each other in front of the house with their eldest son Gordon John, their daughter Flora Jane (later Rawden) and their youngest, Th…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1915]
Collection/Fonds
Field family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
521-021
Accession Number
2010-14
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) ; 600 ppi
Material Details
Item is a scan of a b&w photograph
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Sanderson family home (believed to be located at 3812/5457 Inman Avenue, one block north of Central Park). Thomas and Ellen Jane are standing next to each other in front of the house with their eldest son Gordon John, their daughter Flora Jane (later Rawden) and their youngest, Thomas James (Tommy) Sanderson. A larger house which still stands on this property replaced this house in 1921.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Names
Sanderson, Thomas F.
Sanderson, Ellen Jane Garvin
Sanderson, Gordon John
Rawden, Flora Jane Sanderson
Sanderson, Thomas "Tommy" James
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1950 and 1969]
Collection/Fonds
Field family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) ; 600 ppi
Item No.
521-022
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Sanderson family home (believed to be located at 3812/5457 Inman Avenue, one block north of Central Park).A larger house which still stands on this property replaced this house in 1921.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1950 and 1969]
Collection/Fonds
Field family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
521-022
Accession Number
2010-14
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) ; 600 ppi
Material Details
Item is a scan of a b&w photograph
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Sanderson family home (believed to be located at 3812/5457 Inman Avenue, one block north of Central Park).A larger house which still stands on this property replaced this house in 1921.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1910] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-125
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Sanderson family home at Inman Avenue and Maxwell Street (now Thurston Street) in the Central Park district. Tom Sanderson was born in this house. A larger house which still stands on this property replaced this house in 1921.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1910] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-125
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Sanderson family home at Inman Avenue and Maxwell Street (now Thurston Street) in the Central Park district. Tom Sanderson was born in this house. A larger house which still stands on this property replaced this house in 1921.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Burnaby - 5457 Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Images
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Sondergaard family home

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto36695
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[193-] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.7 x 12.6 cm print
Item No.
315-050
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Sondergaard family home at 4013 Inman Avenue (old street numbering) on the north side of Central Park, built by Walter Sondergaard between 1927 and 1929.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[193-] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Centennial Anthology series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
315-050
Accession Number
BHS994-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.7 x 12.6 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Sondergaard family home at 4013 Inman Avenue (old street numbering) on the north side of Central Park, built by Walter Sondergaard between 1927 and 1929.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Burnaby - 5176 Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[192-] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm print
Item No.
315-079
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of sisters Ruth and Enid Smith on the garden gate of their home at 4526 Inman Avenue.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[192-] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Centennial Anthology series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
315-079
Accession Number
BHS994-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of sisters Ruth and Enid Smith on the garden gate of their home at 4526 Inman Avenue.
Subjects
Structures - Fences
Names
Robbins, Enid Smith
Smith, Ruth
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Burnaby - 4526 Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Cascade-Schou Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1914 and 1919] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10.1 x 14.9 cm print
Item No.
315-080
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the home of Agnes and Nathaniel Smith and their family at 4526 Inman Avenue. Two women and a man sitting on the stairs and porch. It was built the winter of 1913-14.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1914 and 1919] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Centennial Anthology series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
315-080
Accession Number
BHS994-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10.1 x 14.9 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the home of Agnes and Nathaniel Smith and their family at 4526 Inman Avenue. Two women and a man sitting on the stairs and porch. It was built the winter of 1913-14.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Burnaby - 4526 Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Cascade-Schou Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911 (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.6 x 12.6 cm print
Item No.
315-118
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a shingle mill at Burke Street and Inman Avenue. Several men are standing on piles of split logs. A horse and wagon is seen on the right.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911 (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Centennial Anthology series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
315-118
Accession Number
BHS994-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.6 x 12.6 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a shingle mill at Burke Street and Inman Avenue. Several men are standing on piles of split logs. A horse and wagon is seen on the right.
Subjects
Buildings - Industrial - Mills
Occupations - Lumberjacks
Maunfactured Products - Logs
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Burke Street
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911 (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.7 x 12.6 cm print
Item No.
315-119
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a shingle mill at Burke Street and Inman Avenue with piles of logs and boards filing the property.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1911 (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Centennial Anthology series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
315-119
Accession Number
BHS994-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.7 x 12.6 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a shingle mill at Burke Street and Inman Avenue with piles of logs and boards filing the property.
Subjects
Buildings - Industrial - Mills
Maunfactured Products - Logs
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Burke Street
Burnaby - Inman Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
students owned bicycles, and the ones that didn't could not afford the five-cent fare for the Central Park interurban tram car, so we walked. Being one of the small schools in Burnaby, Inman Avenue could not accommodate classes beyond the senior fourth level, so we went to Kingsway West for high
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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