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Burnaby Historical Society Photograph series

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892-2006
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Series
Physical Description
Approximately 5000 photographs
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892-2006
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Series
Physical Description
Approximately 5000 photographs
Media Type
Photograph
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Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892-2006
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
approx. 130 linear feet of textual records + 31 linear feet of graphic and other material
Scope and Content
This collection consists of material that originated from a myriad of sources and donors and has been grouped by the Historical Society into following series: 1.The Burnaby Historical Society Manuscript series, ca. 1890-2000 2.The Burnaby Historical Society Photograph series, ca. 1890-2000; predom…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892-2006
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Physical Description
approx. 130 linear feet of textual records + 31 linear feet of graphic and other material
Description Level
Fonds
Scope and Content
This collection consists of material that originated from a myriad of sources and donors and has been grouped by the Historical Society into following series:
1.The Burnaby Historical Society Manuscript series, ca. 1890-2000
2.The Burnaby Historical Society Photograph series, ca. 1890-2000; predominantly 1890-1950
3. The Century Park Museum Association and Burnaby Historical Society series, ca. 1965-1976
4. The Oral History series, 1969-1989
5. The Burnaby Historical Society Ephemera series, 1915-1992
History/Biography
The Burnaby Historical Society was founded in 1957. Over the years, the Burnaby Historical Society developed a community archives by collecting, compiling and preserving various material with historical value to the City of Burnaby. The Society gathered miscellaneous documents, photographs and other items while also soliciting and acquiring entire collections or groups of archival records. The Century Park Museum Association was founded under the auspices of the Burnaby Centennial '71 Committee, to administer Burnaby's Centennial '71 Commemorative Project, Heritage Village. In 1991, the Historical Society was provided a permanent space to house their growing collection at the Burnaby Village Museum and they continued to collect and expand their holdings.
After the creation of the City of Burnaby Archives in 2001, the Burnaby Historical Society and the City of Burnaby began discussing the possibility of uniting the two collections. In February, 2007, an agreement was signed between the two institutions which resulted in the merger of the Community Archives with the City Archives. All records and photographs that had been collected by the Historical Society were transferred into the custody of the City and were moved from the Burnaby Village Museum to the City Archives in the McGill Branch Library. While the Society continues to function as a community group, it no longer acts as a collecting body.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892 (date of original), copied [1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.5 x 12.0 cm print
Item No.
126-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph (mounted and titled) of Charles R. Shaw, who served as the first Reeve of Burnaby in 1892.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892 (date of original), copied [1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
126-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.5 x 12.0 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph (mounted and titled) of Charles R. Shaw, who served as the first Reeve of Burnaby in 1892.
Subjects
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Shaw, Charles R "Chas"
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia postcard ; 9 x 11.5 cm
Item No.
008-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby's first Council members on the steps of Sample's Boarding House, 6850 Beresford Street, near Griffiths Avenue and Kingsway. Left to right: L.C. Hill, William Brenchley, Alex Philip (clerk), Charles R. Shaw (Reeve), William McDermott, John Woolard, and Arthur de Windt Haszard.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1892
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
008-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia postcard ; 9 x 11.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby's first Council members on the steps of Sample's Boarding House, 6850 Beresford Street, near Griffiths Avenue and Kingsway. Left to right: L.C. Hill, William Brenchley, Alex Philip (clerk), Charles R. Shaw (Reeve), William McDermott, John Woolard, and Arthur de Windt Haszard.
Subjects
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Brenchley, William
Haszard, Arthur de Windt
Hill, Louis Claude "Claude"
McDermott, William
Philip, Alex
Shaw, Charles R "Chas"
Woolard, John
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Beresford Street
Burnaby - 6850 Beresford Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Kingsway-Beresford Area
Images
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William Whiting hauling strawberries

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1896]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 9.9 x 13.8 cm mounted on 17.8 x 22.7 cm cardboard
Item No.
037-002
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of William Whiting seated in a horse-drawn wagon hauling strawberries from Burnaby to New Westminster.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1896]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
037-002
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 9.9 x 13.8 cm mounted on 17.8 x 22.7 cm cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of William Whiting seated in a horse-drawn wagon hauling strawberries from Burnaby to New Westminster.
Subjects
Agriculture - Fruit and Berries
Transportation - Horses
Transportation - Wagons
Names
Whiting, William
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Annotation on back of photograph reads, "Mr. W. Whiting taking load of stawberries into New West about 62 years ago (1958)."
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1892]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 12.5 cm
Item No.
421-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Aliceville Hotel at Burrard Inlet which was built in 1892. On the back of the photograph, a map showing the hotel's location in relation to Hastings Street and North Road has been sketched in pencil.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1892]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
421-001
Accession Number
BHS2001-10
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 12.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Aliceville Hotel at Burrard Inlet which was built in 1892. On the back of the photograph, a map showing the hotel's location in relation to Hastings Street and North Road has been sketched in pencil.
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Hotels and Motels
Names
Aliceville Hotel
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Hastings Street
Burnaby - Barnet Road
Burnaby - 9951 Barnet Highway
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Mountain Area
Images
Less detail

Gilley Brothers Logging team

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1895]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 28 x 35.2 cm
Item No.
461-003
Storage Location
A/V Storage - Oversize Box 3
Scope and Content
Photograph of a team of horses crossing a plank bridge with cleared trees and forest in the background.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1895]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
461-003
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage - Oversize Box 3
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 28 x 35.2 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a team of horses crossing a plank bridge with cleared trees and forest in the background.
Subjects
Transportation - Horses
Industries - Forestry
Logging/lumber industry
Names
Gilley Brothers Logging Company
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
A note on the back of item no. 379-001 (the copy print to this original reads: "Logging operation at Kingsway and Gilley Avenue carried on by Gilley Brothers before the turn of the century."
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - Gilley Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Kingsway-Beresford Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1898]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 18.5 x 23.5 cm, mounted on board 21.5 x 25 cm + 1p. accompanying
Item No.
297-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of West Burnaby School students standing outside in front of their school in two long rows, with their teacher and school staff members standing on the right. Daisy Birchell is the smallest in the group, standing in the front row, eighth from the left, and her cousin is standing beside h…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1898]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
297-001
Accession Number
BHS992-37
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 18.5 x 23.5 cm, mounted on board 21.5 x 25 cm + 1p. accompanying
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of West Burnaby School students standing outside in front of their school in two long rows, with their teacher and school staff members standing on the right. Daisy Birchell is the smallest in the group, standing in the front row, eighth from the left, and her cousin is standing beside her, ninth from the left. The school was later renamed Kingsway West School and remained in operations until 1952.
Subjects
Buildings - Schools
Names
West Burnaby School
Birchell, Daisy
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in accompanying material states that the photograph is the property of Charles Burchell's family, and "children as pupils" were; William, Frederick, Lily, and Daisy Burchell.
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 4800 Kingsway
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail

Pat Byrne's Threshing Machine

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1892] (date of original) copied 1980
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.2 x 14.2 cm
Item No.
459-002
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of five men standing on a flat-bottom vessel on the Fraser River. A label accompanying the photograph reads: "1st threshing outfit in Burnaby, about 1892. Owned by Pat Byrne, brother of Peter. Sold to Peter when Pat returned to Ireland to live. On Fraser River. L. to R.: Pat Byrne, C…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1892] (date of original) copied 1980
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
459-002
Accession Number
BHS2003-19
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.2 x 14.2 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of five men standing on a flat-bottom vessel on the Fraser River. A label accompanying the photograph reads: "1st threshing outfit in Burnaby, about 1892. Owned by Pat Byrne, brother of Peter. Sold to Peter when Pat returned to Ireland to live. On Fraser River. L. to R.: Pat Byrne, Capt. Stewart of "Alice", Peter Byrne and another (unknown)." Peter Byrne was a member of Burnaby's municipal council from 1894-1895, 1898-1906 and served as Reeve from 1906-1910. The threshing machine (visible behind the side paddle of the scow) was loaded onto this scow for transport from New Westminster to the Byrne farm in Burnaby.
Subjects
Agricultural Tools and Equipment
Transportation - Boats
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Geographic Features - Rivers
Names
Byrne, Pat
Byrne, Peter
Stewart, Capt.
Notes
Title based on caption
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Fraser River
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1859 (date of original) -2003
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
2 boxes of textual records and 5 photographs and sound recordings
Storage Location
BHS299
BHS237
BHS332
BHS460
MSS054
MSS065
MSS135
MSS136
Scope and Content
Collection consists of photographs collected by Pixie McGeachie during her tenure as archivist for the Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives. Also included are sound recordings of interviews between Pixie McGeachie and various Burnaby residents as well as newspaper articles and essays penne…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1859 (date of original) -2003
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie collection
Physical Description
2 boxes of textual records and 5 photographs and sound recordings
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
BHS299
BHS237
BHS332
BHS460
MSS054
MSS065
MSS135
MSS136
Scope and Content
Collection consists of photographs collected by Pixie McGeachie during her tenure as archivist for the Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives. Also included are sound recordings of interviews between Pixie McGeachie and various Burnaby residents as well as newspaper articles and essays penned by her. Also included are a series of files (mainly newspaper clippings) collected and organized for her own personal use.
History/Biography
Doreen "Pixie" McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. She served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." Pixie also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. The residents of Burnaby suffered a great loss when Pixie McGeachie passed away in August of 2010. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading room at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1880]-1991
Collection/Fonds
Fraser Wilson collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 photographic album, 16 illustrations and 3 files of textual records
Storage Location
BHS492
MSS062
Scope and Content
Collection consists of one photographic album of locations in Vancouver photographed in the 1880s, sixteen original illustrations by Fraser Wilson and three files of textual records (one of which includes the comic book entitled "Bill Northwood").
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1880]-1991
Collection/Fonds
Fraser Wilson collection
Physical Description
1 photographic album, 16 illustrations and 3 files of textual records
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
BHS492
MSS062
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Accession Number
BHS988-6
BHS985-23
BHS991-25
Scope and Content
Collection consists of one photographic album of locations in Vancouver photographed in the 1880s, sixteen original illustrations by Fraser Wilson and three files of textual records (one of which includes the comic book entitled "Bill Northwood").
History/Biography
Fraser Wilson was born in Vancouver on July 1, 1905 and brought up in the Grandview area, with “fond memories of berry picking in the wilds of North Burnaby” as a child. He left school in 1923, and although he was interested in art, he didn’t try to make it a career until a double hernia forced him to stop working in factories and start apprenticing for commercial artists, later opening a sign shop of his own. In 1926 he worked in Australia (as a set decoration painter) but had to return to Vancouver when his father fell ill in 1927. Most famously, Fraser Wilson was a Vancouver Sun political cartoonist from 1937 to 1947. When he moved to Burnaby in April of 1943 he was also the artist and author of the cartoon-type serial “Bill Northwood - the personification of the modern Resource Manager” which served to teach the community why forests so were important and why they should be preserved. He lost his job at the Vancouver Sun in 1947 due to the fact that he was the chairman of the Co-ordinating Committee of Newspaper Unions (which was involved in the Vancouver Province strike) and his publisher didn’t approve. Soon after, then president of the Marine Workers’ and Boilermakers Union Bill White asked him to decorate their hall –the Marine Workers’ Auditorium at 3337 West Pender. The mural that Wilson ended up painting depicts the B.C. labour movement to honour British Columbia’s workers. This mural launched a new career for Wilson; to this day, hospitals and libraries across British Columbia display his work in lobbies. In 1988, when the building which housed the Marine Workers’ Auditorium was sold to a new owner, Fraser Wilson’s mural was removed from the wall and restored by Ferdinand Petrov of the Vancouver Centennial Committee and installed permanently at the new Maritime Labour Centre on Victoria Drive in Vancouver. Throughout the 1960s, he was president of the Burnaby Historical Society, and ran for City Council as a Burnaby Citizens Association candidate in 1969 and 1970. Fraser Wilson died on 31 July 1992.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1893] (date of original) -2004
Collection/Fonds
Mary Forsyth fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Textual records, graphic material and cartographic material
Storage Location
Photograph catalogue 572
MSS185
Scope and Content
Records consist of material created and collected by Mary Forsyth. Records include correspondence, photographs, a map, presentation notes and reviews along with research for historical and biographical essays pertaining to pioneering families, organizations and the geographical area of South Burnab…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1893] (date of original) -2004
Collection/Fonds
Mary Forsyth fonds
Physical Description
Textual records, graphic material and cartographic material
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photograph catalogue 572
MSS185
Access Restriction
Open Access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Records consist of material created and collected by Mary Forsyth. Records include correspondence, photographs, a map, presentation notes and reviews along with research for historical and biographical essays pertaining to pioneering families, organizations and the geographical area of South Burnaby. One of her major research projects consists of "A Walking Environment for South Burnaby" which also became a proposal to The Corporation of the District of Burnaby. Historical information and photographs pertaining to South Burnaby pioneer families and organizations were compiled from interviews with the intention of publishing a book.
History/Biography
Mary Gertrude (Bolton) Forsyth was born at her parents' home in Burnaby on March 5, 1923 and was the daughter of Richard Bolton and Gertrude (nee Hern). Mary's father, Richard, immigrated to Canada from Sunderland, England in 1911. He lived with his brother George in New Westminster prior to purchasing property in South Burnaby in 1916 and built a bungalow located at 859 Marine Drive. Richard Bolton was employed as the municipal treasurer for the Corporation of the District of Burnaby and in 1919, he returned to Sunderland with three months leave of absence to marry, Mary Gertrude Hern, daughter of Captain and Mrs. John Hern. Mary grew up with her parents and sister Nancy in the house that her father built on Marine Drive. She married Lloyd Forsyth in 1946 and they had two children; Diane and Robert. Mary and her husband raised their family in Burnaby and built a house at 855 Marine Drive, on the lot originally purchased by her father and moved later to a house located at 6457 Marine Drive. In 1964, after her children were grown, Mary completed her teaching degree at Simon Fraser University and went on to teach kindergarten at Nelson Elementary school. While a teacher within the Burnaby School District, Mary was instrumental in adopting ballet as part of the school curriculum. Mary was an active member of the Burnaby Historical Society participating and leading local events and seminars. She was inspired by the idea of the 'Housewives Holiday', originally initiated by the Vancouver "Y’ S". In February 1960, she was integral in forming a committee in South Burnaby working alongside Ruth Turner, Faye Treagh and Dorothy Turnbull. The "Housewives Holiday" committee (a branch of the Clinton-Glenwood Recreation Association) planned several events at Bonsor Hall for Burnaby housewives from October 6 to December 8, 1960. After her retirement from teaching, Mary returned to Simon Fraser University to do further studies and in 1983 she wrote an essay for an Environmental Education course, titled, "A Walking Environment for South Burnaby". The essay was conducted as a feasibility study to provide a walking environment in her community and included a formal essay, a media book, a map and a slide presentation which was presented to a variety of local community groups. In 1984, Mary was the recipient of the North Fraser Harbour Commission Award to further her work on this project. In October 1986, her essay was adapted as a proposal to The Corporation of the District of Burnaby for a walking and cycling trail system for South Burnaby. Her proposal was taken into consideration by council and was later adopted by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Mary was very much interested in the history of South Burnaby and spent time between 1990 to 2004 conducting research through the Burnaby Historical Society, The City of Burnaby Archives and several pioneering families who agreed to share their family records and be interviewed. Mary compiled her research into short historical and biographical essays by geographical area, family name and organization. Mary (Bolton) Forsyth lived her whole life in South Burnaby and was an active and committed member of her community. She died on November 10, 2010.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Cartographic Material
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1898-1986
Collection/Fonds
Millway family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
6 files of textual records and 2 photographs
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 353
MSS157
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of material collected and complied by Reginald and Betty Millway. Included in the fonds are two photographs, cartographic material and six files of paper records (mainly correspondence).
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1898-1986
Collection/Fonds
Millway family fonds
Physical Description
6 files of textual records and 2 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 353
MSS157
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of material collected and complied by Reginald and Betty Millway. Included in the fonds are two photographs, cartographic material and six files of paper records (mainly correspondence).
History/Biography
Reginald E. "Reg" Millway was born on December 20, 1915 at Milton Regis in the County of Kent. He graduated from London University (via Regent Street Polytechnic) and was appointed to the Air Ministry Technical Division in 1937, where he remained throughout World War II. Due to a hearing impairment he was unable to join the services and instead joined the Home Guard and served on fire bomb patrol in central London. Betty was born November 16, 1916 and married Reginald Millway in 1940. Together they had four daughters; Catherine, Penelope “Penny”, Jennifer and Francis “Fran” (later Malcolm). Reginald left Britain with his family in March of 1948. They were on the last voyage of the Acquitania to Halifax, took a parlour car in a C.N. train to New Westminster and took up residence in South Burnaby. After two or three years, Reginald had established his own business, Marine Electronics. When the United Flower Growers Cooperative formed in the late 1950s, Reginald helped them assemble property at Roseberry and Marine Way in cooperation with the Director of Planning. A large auditorium was built there and Reginald helped them design, manufacture and install a complete electronic system. Modifications and additions have occurred along the way to the point that it is handling millions of dollars worth of flowers annually and it is the largest operation of its kind in Canada. Reginald Millway ran in the Burnaby elections of 1957. Newly elected Mayor Alan Emmot offered him the chairmanship of the Zoning Board of Appeal (later the Board of Variance). He remained continuously chairman for the next thirty-five years. In 1962, Reginald joined the Rotary Club of Burnaby. He served as president in 1969 and remained a member for over forty-five years. Betty Millway was an accomplished writer and was the recipient of the 1984 Canadian Author’s Association Allan Sagster Award for long and meritorious service. Reginald was an early member of the Burnaby Historical Society and served as its president for three terms. He and Blythe Eagles went to Loughborough, England, on behalf of the Society to locate and clean up the site of Robert Burnaby's grave. Reginald was also on the committee that acquired the property and organised the establishment of the Burnaby Village Museum. Betty Millway developed Robert Burnaby's family tree for the Historical Society and in the process made many contacts with prominent citizens of the Loughborough area, including the executive controller of the area, who introduced the Millways to the Mayor and Council. This formed the groundwork for a close relationship which Mayor Bill Lewarne formerly developed as a SisterCity relationship in 1985. The Millways were longstanding members of the Burnaby Beautification Committee and their garden was featured in Gardens West in the 1998 November/December issue. Betty Millway died July 21, 2005. Reginald E. Millway died November 7, 2010.
Media Type
Photograph
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1893-1970] (date of originals), copied 1988-1998, predominant 1988-2000
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Approx. 84 cm of textual records + Approx. 1,910 photographs + Approx. 100 architectural drawings + 3 audio cassettes + 1 videocassette + 1 drawing
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records involved in the purchase, moving, restoration, research, conservation and exhibiting of the Love family farmhouse by Burnaby Village Museum. Records have been arranged into the following series: 1) Conservation work files 2) Restoration photographs 3) Curatorial files 4) …
Administrative History
Jesse Love was born in Swindon, England in 1847 and left England to work on a dairy farm in the Toronto area. While working on the farm in Toronto, he met Martha Leonard who he married in 1879. Martha was born on February 3, 1858 in Bedfordshire, England and had come to Canada with her parents Geor…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Approx. 84 cm of textual records + Approx. 1,910 photographs + Approx. 100 architectural drawings + 3 audio cassettes + 1 videocassette + 1 drawing
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records involved in the purchase, moving, restoration, research, conservation and exhibiting of the Love family farmhouse by Burnaby Village Museum. Records have been arranged into the following series: 1) Conservation work files 2) Restoration photographs 3) Curatorial files 4) Research files 5) Love family photographs 6) Love Farmhouse Oral History series
Administrative History
Jesse Love was born in Swindon, England in 1847 and left England to work on a dairy farm in the Toronto area. While working on the farm in Toronto, he met Martha Leonard who he married in 1879. Martha was born on February 3, 1858 in Bedfordshire, England and had come to Canada with her parents George and Ann Leonard. While living in Toronto, Jesse and Martha had two children, George born March 22, 1880 and Annie Elizabeth on August 24, 1881. About one year after Annie was born, the Love family moved to North Dakota to grow wheat. While living there, they had two more children, Henry who was born August 24, 1883 and Edith Minnie born October 9, 1885. The family decided to move further west after hearing about the fairer weather conditions from Martha’s father, George Leonard, who had settled in Vancouver in 1885. On May 23, 1887, Jesse, Martha and their four children arrived in Vancouver after travelling across Canada from Winnipeg on the first transcontinental train. The Loves made their home in Vancouver while Jesse helped clear land on Granville Street. Their fifth child, Thomas Robert was born on September 17, 1887 and soon after, the family moved to Lulu Island in Richmond where they lived growing vegetables and selling them to Vancouver hotels. While living and farming on Lulu island, the couple had two more girls, Martha (Dot or Dorothy) born on December 17, 1889 and Sarah Marie, born February 8, 1892. On October 6, 1893 an agreement was signed by Jesse Love to purchase 14.52 acres of land from Joseph C. Armstrong. The acreage covered the north east section of District Lot 25 within the newly incorporated District of the Municipality of Burnaby. It was here where the original Love house was built (between October 1893 and April 15, 1894) by Jesse Love with the help of local builder George Salt and father in law, George Leonard. The house consisted of an entrance hall, dining room, lean to kitchen, master bedroom and three bedrooms upstairs. A road was constructed and named Cumberland in 1905 and ran from District Lot 25 through to District Lot 11. The address for the Love home was 1390 Cumberland Road and in the early 1960’s the address was renumbered 7651 Cumberland Street. On the land surrounding the house, Jesse Love planted an orchard along with strawberries and raspberries which he sold at the Fraser Valley Market, T.S. Anandale’s Grocery Store in New Westminster and to hotels around Vancouver. Jesse Love served on the Burnaby School Board and also as a District Councillor in 1901 and from 1904-1907. While living in the house, Jesse and Martha had four more children, Phoebe Leonard, born April 15, 1894, Esther, born August 28, 1896, John Leonard, born June 7, 1899 and Hannah Victoria (also known as Girlie) who was born May 12, 1902. As the family grew to eleven children, additions along with some substantial remodelling in the craftsman style took place. In about 1898, a north wing addition was added to include a parlour with two windows, the construction of two more bedrooms and the relocation of the stair case to the North West wall. In 1903 the front door moved to the north elevation, a front porch was extended along the east wall and a summer lean to kitchen was added to the west elevation. Between 1905 and 1910, a tin embossed ceiling was installed along with an addition of the main kitchen which included a pantry, bathtub and a back porch. In about 1912, five craftsman style windows replaced the original pioneer tent style, the front verandah was enlarged to wrap around the south and east elevations, a back door was installed in the kitchen to access the verandah and wood shingle siding and brackets were added to the exterior. In 1918, at the age of 31 years, Robert Love fell ill due to an influenza epidemic and died on November 23, 1918. Following their son’s death, Martha Love became weak and on August 24, 1920, she passed away. By this time, Jesse had sold off a large percentage of his land and his youngest daughter, Girlie decided to stay on to live and care for him. Since the house was too large for just the two of them, Jesse invited any other children to return and share the residence. For a while his son, George and his wife joined them until 1925, followed by his daughter Sarah Parker (nee Love), her husband William and their three children, Albert, Bill and Elsie. The house remained pretty unchanged until 1928 after Jesse Love died of pneumonia (March 10, 1928) and the house was purchased by Sarah and her husband William Parker who continued to live there with their children. The master bedroom wall on the main floor opened up to the dining room, the kitchen pantry and bathtub converted to an alcove with a marble counter and enlarged window and sink while the bathroom was moved to the upstairs and the furnace and coolers were installed in the crawl space under the kitchen. A hot water tank was installed in the house in 1966. Sarah continued to live in the house until a little while after her husband William died in 1961. She sold the house to her daughter Elsie and husband John Hughes in 1966, who lived in the house along with their son Brent, until August 23, 1971. Mahbir Molchan Papan and his wife Geraldine Papan bought the house August 23, 1971 and by 1982, the house was sold to Nirmal Singh Singha and Narinder Singha. The Papans continued to rent the house from Nirmal Singh Singha and Narinder Singha until the late 1980s. In 1988, the house was scheduled for demolition with the remaining property to be subdivided. Fortunately, a neighbour, Mr. Harvey Elder recognized the farmhouse's historical significance and contacted the Burnaby Historical Society. Following this event, the owners agreed to donate the building to the Burnaby Village Museum who financed the move of the house from Cumberland Street to the museum site. Heritage planner and architect, Robert Lemon provided guidance for the project. Prior to the move, the two porches were removed and demolished while the kitchen and roof were both separated from the main house. The kitchen and roof of the house were transported to Burnaby Village Museum on May 20, 1988 by Nickel Bros. House Moving company, while the main frame of the house completed its transportation to the museum near the end of May 1988 (due to low overhead wires). The house was moved down Cumberland Street to 10th Avenue, up Canada Way to Sperling and set on temporary footings near Hart House. Robert Lemon oversaw structural improvements such as, upgrading floor joists and creating new foundations to replace the original timber foundation of the farmhouse. The restoration went through several phases of work between 1988 until it opened in November 1998. Restoration began on both the interior and exterior features to be interpreted from the period of 1925. In 1993, the architecture firm of Brian G. Hart Associates was appointed for the design and construction supervision of the restoration project. Plans were created for a foundation on the museum site in 1989 and the farmhouse was eventually settled on a permanent foundation behind the Burnaby Village Museum administration building in 1993 along with the reattachment of the roof. The kitchen section was reattached to the main house in 1994 along with skirting around the foundation and the reshingling of the exterior. In 1996, the tin ceiling was removed to make way for the installation of the internal electrical system along with sprinklers, ceiling heating and fire break gyprock. The dining room ceiling joists were consolidated, a pantry and bathroom were added to the kitchen, the downstairs bedroom wall was opened and filled, the dining and kitchen doorways were widened. In 1997, a wheelchair ramp was installed along with a concrete sidewalk, stair rails, cement pads at the base of the stairs and a gravel sink for any excess water. Interior work included painting of the kitchen, restoration and furnishing of the kitchen pantry, insulation of the house floor to protect from rodents along with the reconstruction of the kitchen and house chimneys. The registrar worked together with the curator and conservator and was tasked with a large research project on the house including the family contacts and family history, property information, plans, photographs, artifacts, furnishings, stories etc. all organized in files for easy retrieval. A great deal of research and conservation was undertaken in order to make the interior of the house authentic to the time period as possible. One of the biggest projects was selecting and obtaining wall coverings since much of the original wallpaper was incomplete and poor condition. The conservator and registrar were lucky enough to locate a few samples of the original paper and engage the Bradbury and Bradbury Art Wallpaper Company of Benica, California to reproduce replica designs for free. The City of Burnaby now has its own series “Burnaby Village Papers” produced by this company which are titled “Burnaby Wall”; “Burnaby Border” and “Burnaby Ceiling”. All three of these wallpaper designs have been used in the Love farm house and are also commercially available through the Bradbury and Bradbury Art Wallpaper Company. After the completion of the kitchen, the Love farmhouse exhibit opened on November 29, 1998 with an open invitation to the public and extended members of the Love family. Officials including the Mayor, Doug Drummond and Love family members were all present to cut the ribbon for the special event.
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Buildings - Civic - Museums
Documentary Artifacts
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Cumberland Road Burnaby - Cumberland Street Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Accession Code
BV018.41
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[1893-1970] (date of originals), copied 1988-1998, predominant 1988-2000
Media Type
Textual Record
Architectural Drawing
Sound Recording
Moving Images
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Cariboo-Armstrong Area
Notes
Title based on content of fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse is described as an Artifact under BV988.33.1
Some records have restricted access and are subject to FOIPPA
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