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Burnaby Civic Employees Union Memorial Fountain

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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Description
This memorial granite drinking fountain is a monument to Burnaby’s municipal employees who lost their lives in the First World War. It has been relocated from its original setting to a shaded arterial pathway within the Burnaby Village Museum.
Associated Dates
1923
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Associated Dates
1923
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Enactment Type
Bylaw No. 9807
Enactment Date
23/11/1992
Description
This memorial granite drinking fountain is a monument to Burnaby’s municipal employees who lost their lives in the First World War. It has been relocated from its original setting to a shaded arterial pathway within the Burnaby Village Museum.
Heritage Value
The fountain is an early civic monument with superior massing and detail, constructed of local materials by local stonemason William Williamson. It was erected by the Burnaby Civic Employees Union (now CUPE Local 23) in 1923, on Burnaby’s original Municipal Hall grounds located at Kingsway and Edmonds Street, to honour their members who lost their lives in the First World War, commemorated by an engraved memorial at the top of the fountain. It signifies an important connection with the early strength and prominence of the civic labour union in Burnaby, as this was a memorial erected by the union members themselves, rather than by the civic government. Many war memorials were constructed across Canada after the end of the First World War, however, most are static, inviting passive contemplation. This memorial is unusual in its combination of functions; its use as a drinking fountain invites active participation. The memorial also includes a stone drinking bowl for dogs at the bottom left of the memorial, further illustrating the daily functional use of the fountain. The heritage value for this fountain also lies in its interpretive value within the Burnaby Village Museum. The site is an important cultural feature for the interpretation of Burnaby’s heritage to the public. The fountain was moved to the Burnaby Village Museum in 1974.
Defining Elements
The character defining features of the Burnaby Civic Employees Union Memorial Fountain include its: - distinctive form with central water fountain - construction of rough-dressed local B.C. granite - engraved memorial at the top - carved emblematic maple leaf - drinking fountain function - dog drinking bowl
Locality
Deer Lake Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Organization
Burnaby Civic Employees Union
CUPE Local 23
Burnaby Village Museum
Builder
William Williamson
Function
Primary Current--Monument
Primary Historic--Monument
Secondary Current--Museum
Community
Burnaby
Cadastral Identifier
P.I.D. No. 011-030-356 Legal Description: Parcel 1, District Lot 79 and District Lot 85, Group 1, New Westminster District, Reference Plan 77594
Boundaries
Burnaby Village Museum is comprised of a single municipally-owned property located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby.
Area
38,488.63
Contributing Resource
Building
Structure
Landscape Feature
Ownership
Public (local)
Documentation
Heritage Site Files: PC77000 20. City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G 1M2
Name Access
Burnaby Civic Employees Union
Burnaby Village Museum
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - 4900 Deer Lake Avenue
Images
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Boberg family home and farm

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1924
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-630
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Boberg family home and farm on Douglas Road. Shown on the back porch, John Boberg (father) and Elin Boberg (mother) holding their only son, John, then 3 years old (born 1921).
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1924
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-630
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
AV 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 the Boberg family home and farm on Douglas Road. Shown on the back porch, John Boberg (father) and Elin Boberg (mother) holding their only son, John, then 3 years old (born 1921).
Subjects
Agriculture - Farms
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Names
Boberg, Elin Anderson
Boberg, Johan Gottfried "John"
Boberg, John
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Ardingley-Sprott Area
Images
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Unveiling of the Memorial Fountain

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
June 17, 1923
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.3 x 18.3 cm
Item No.
025-001
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the unveiling the First World War memorial fountain at the Municipal Hall, Kingsway and Edmonds Street, on June 17, 1923. It was dedicated to Municipal employees who died in the War. Engraved at the top of the memorial is "[In memory?] of our fellow workers who fell in the war, 1914…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
June 17, 1923
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
025-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.3 x 18.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the unveiling the First World War memorial fountain at the Municipal Hall, Kingsway and Edmonds Street, on June 17, 1923. It was dedicated to Municipal employees who died in the War. Engraved at the top of the memorial is "[In memory?] of our fellow workers who fell in the war, 1914-1918 / Erected by the Civic Employees Union - Burnaby - 1923." At the right is Dora Wilcox, daughter of Ernest Wilcox who was killed on the Somme in 1916. She unveiled the fountain. Uniformed boys, possibly Boy Scouts, and a bugler are also pictured. In 1974, this memorial was relocated from its original setting to the site of the Burnaby Village Museum on Deer Lake Avenue.
Subjects
Ceremonies
War Memorials
Wars - World War, 1914-1918
Fountains
Names
Wilcox, Dora
Burnaby Civic Employees Union
Burnaby City Hall
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 7282 Kingsway
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Stride Avenue Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Images
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