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North Burnaby Board of Trade fonds

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1920-1958]
Collection/Fonds
North Burnaby Board of Trade fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
8 files of textual records and 41 photographs
Storage Location
BHS476
MSS118
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of documents related to the Burnaby Board of Trade including its certificate of formation, reports and bylaws pertaining to both the Burnaby Fire Department and Barnet Park, correspondence, District of Burnaby financial reports for 1932 and 1933, District of Burnaby annual report for…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1920-1958]
Collection/Fonds
North Burnaby Board of Trade fonds
Physical Description
8 files of textual records and 41 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
BHS476
MSS118
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of documents related to the Burnaby Board of Trade including its certificate of formation, reports and bylaws pertaining to both the Burnaby Fire Department and Barnet Park, correspondence, District of Burnaby financial reports for 1932 and 1933, District of Burnaby annual report for 1955, one large map of Burnaby (1968) and numerous photographs of Burnaby parks, schools and neighbourhoods.
History/Biography
The Burnaby Board of Trade formed on September 4, 1926 with George Conway Brown elected as Secretary and was registered with the province December 14, 1926. The organization was renamed the North Burnaby Board of Trade with the Governor General officially granting this name change May 30, 1927. Its boundaries were then changed from "the Municipality of Burnaby" to "that portion of the Municipality of Burnaby which lies north of Still Creek, Burnaby Lake and Brunette River" British Columbia. Thomas B. Blake was the Secretary at this point in 1927. On April 26, 1932, the North Burnaby Board of Trade Constitution and Bylaws were newly adopted with A.G. Kidd as Secretary. Membership was open to all persons directly or indirectly engaged or interested in the trade and commerce or the economic welfare of the district of North Burnaby. The Secretary was the executive officer of the Board, ordered to keep the books, conduct the correspondence, preserve official documents, take minutes at all meetings, have custody of the seal and be in charge of all funds and accounts held by the Board. The North Burnaby Board of Trade was involved in many historic municipal decisions including the development of Barnet Park and establishing a unified Fire Department under one Fire Chief. These records were compiled by Tom Blake, Secretary of the North Burnaby Board of Trade in 1927 and serving a member of the executive though to at least 1952.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1942- [1997]
Collection/Fonds
Fred Blake fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 file of textual records + 3 publications
Storage Location
MSS150
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of an essay written by Fred Blake entitled "Growing Up in North Burnaby," a hand-drawn map of Gilmore School, an RCAF pamphlet, an Emergency Rescue Training Pocket Manual and a Handbook for Auxiliary Firemen (1942).
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1942- [1997]
Collection/Fonds
Fred Blake fonds
Physical Description
1 file of textual records + 3 publications
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
MSS150
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of an essay written by Fred Blake entitled "Growing Up in North Burnaby," a hand-drawn map of Gilmore School, an RCAF pamphlet, an Emergency Rescue Training Pocket Manual and a Handbook for Auxiliary Firemen (1942).
History/Biography
Thomas Blake and his wife Gertrude came to Burnaby in 1921 with their children, Thomas (Tom), Susie and Frederick (Fred), who was born in 1912. They lived at 4456 Pandora street, owning that lot and the adjoining sixty-six foot lot on the west. The Municipality cleared a trail, later putting down a one plank sidewalk and bringing in a half-inch water line for the family. The Blake family lived in two wall tents for a few years while they cleared their land and built their house. In 1921 at the age of nine, Fred Blake came to Gilmore School where he learned about the different woods (fir, pine, etc.) and how to use and make things with hand tools. In 1927, he attended North Burnaby High School in a commercial course were he learned typing, shorthand, book-keeping a commercial law. Throughout his teenage years, Fred Blake worked at Armour Photo Finishing, developing rolls of film and collecting and delivering the films and finished prints. Fred's brother, Thomas (Tom) worked part-time for the Burnaby Advertiser and part-time for the Vancouver Sun to pay his way through university and become a Burnaby school teacher. In 1927, at the age of sixteen, Fred Blake began his firefighting career as a volunteer, with the first major fire of his career taking place December 31, 1927 at the 4600 block of Albert Street. He continued as a volunteer until 1934 when he went to the logging camps as a steam fireman in the Queen Charlotte Islands and on the coast. In the early 1930s, Fred Blake was a member of the Army of the Common Good, with the falling crew, cutting second growth timber on Capitol Hill for firewood to be shared with other members. The Army also produced over 125 tons of vegetables from its own gardens to feed children and youth who were near starvation from lack of adequate relief funds from the municipality. The Army was in operations for ten years and during that time the members organised the Credit Union movement of British Columbia and drew up the Credit Union act thorough the Vancouver Co-operative Council. They also started Co-Op stores and the Co-Op Wholesale Society. During this time, while on Relief (now welfare) Fred Blake also worked for the municipality on the two projects of the clearing of Confederation Park and the clearing of Lougheed Highway. Fred Blake re-joined the Burnaby fire department, April 1, 1939, this time as a paid member at No. 1 Hall. He came up through the ranks to become Training Officer for the department in 1949, and full time training officer with the rank of District Chief in 1952. Fred was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1966. He retired from service March 1, 1972.
Media Type
Textual Record
Less detail
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