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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1936-1959
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w + 1 film reel : col. ; 16mm + 7 optical discs (DVDs) + 1 portable drive
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a reel of film (digitized into four segments) created by Andy Digney; a panorama photograph of the Digney Pee-Wee Bowling League from 1958 or 1959 and 18 film segments on DVD that were originally created by Andy Digney between 1934-1961 and digitized by his grandson Paul Digney in…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1936-1959
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w + 1 film reel : col. ; 16mm + 7 optical discs (DVDs) + 1 portable drive
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a reel of film (digitized into four segments) created by Andy Digney; a panorama photograph of the Digney Pee-Wee Bowling League from 1958 or 1959 and 18 film segments on DVD that were originally created by Andy Digney between 1934-1961 and digitized by his grandson Paul Digney in 2012. The 16 mm film is divided into the following segments; the Oak Theatre in 1936 (construction and opening), the Royal Visit ( from the King and Queen in 1939), Burnaby Sports and May Day events (ca. 1937) and the Labour parade ( ca. 1935). The 18 film segments contain footage of the Digney family at their home in Brandon Manitoba and Burnaby, views of the Oak Theatre and Digney Speedway in operation and their travels throughout British Columbia and abroad. The 18 film segments are described at item level and titled; Andy's first film; Brandon,Manitoba; Burnaby and Digney recreational events; Trip to Kamloops; Burnaby; Burnaby, Vancouver and the north shore; Galiano Island, Oak Theatre and Calgary; Travels to Ontario, Quebec and England; Travels to England #2 ; Travels to England #3; Parades; Digney family in Burnaby; Paul Digney and family; Digney family and the Oak Theatre gardens; Digney family at Bonsor Avenue and family outings; Building and opening the Digney Speedway; Digney family travel the praries; San Francisco Trip.
History/Biography
Andy Digney was born in London, England on July 27, 1886. His given names were Andrew Charles and in 1905, he immigrated with his elder brother to Raymore Saskatchewan and worked on a farm. In 1914, he met and married Alice Swan and in 1920 they had their one and only child, Ernest ('Dig'). The young family lived in Beatty Saskatchewan where they ran a small general store with a pool hall over the top. Andy sold the store and they moved to Carberry Manitoba where Andy worked selling lightening rods and hanging wallpaper. At this time he met and formed a partnership with someone who owned a hand cranked move projector and in the evenings, he and his wife, traveled to church halls in neighbouring towns showing movies. Eventually, he purchased his own movie projector and opened a small theatre in Carberry. He worked odd jobs during the daytime and projected movies in his small theatre at night. Eventually he made enough money to move to Brandon, Manitoba where he purchased a restaurant which he turned into a theatre with living quarters above. Andy called the theatre 'The Oak' since the mighty oak was strong and stood forever. After starting the first Oak Theatre in Brandon, Manitoba when talking pictures came along, Andy Digney, his wife Alice and son Ernest ('Dig') moved to Burnaby in 1935 and chose the site of their new theatre and home at the corner of Kingsway and Marlborough. The Oak Theatre - which opened on August 4, 1937 - was hailed as an artistic masterpiece for its ultra modern white stucco exterior, floodlights and pink-and-green neon marquee. The interior featured a mirrored ceiling, fireplace, and aquarium and had a colour scheme of orchid, royal blue, silver and black. Andy was a very involved member of the Burnaby community becoming the founding president of the Lion's club and the chairman of the committee raising money for war bonds during World War II. In 1944, Andy suffered a severe heart attack, forcing him to retire, so in 1945 he sold the theatre to Odeon Theatres of Canada who continued to operate at this location until 1968 when competition forced its closure and demolition. Andy and his family relocated to a home on Bonsor Avenue on 3/4 acres where he spent much of his time cultivating a lovely garden. In about 1946, Andy was approached by the B.C. Midget Auto Racing Association, who were looking for a good location to race the smaller, racing cars, popular at the time. Andy was interested and purchased 10 acres of property located near the corner of Irmin Street and MacPherson Avenue and built a race track. The Digney Speedway opened on July 8, 1948 with stands that had capacity of holding 4500 people. In 1949, when the popularity of midget racing declined, Digney started racing roadsters. However, he struggled to find local drivers, and it was expensive to bring in drivers from elsewhere. In 1951 Digney found a winner: jalopy racing. Local men would buy 1930s cars and strip them down, remove the glass, and weld the doors shut. By early 1952 over forty cars were showing up for jalopy races. By the early 1950s the Speedway was well established, with coverage in the sports pages and on radio. Andy's son Ernest Digney (also known as Dig) worked at the race track but moved away with his wife in 1951 to work in Seattle. Andy and his wife Joyce, along with their two young sons, Paul and Bruce returned to Burnaby in 1953 moving into a 550 square foot apartment located above the Digney Speedway restrooms. In 1954 Simpson Sears built a large store on Kingsway and their parking lot came up to the back garden of the family home on Bonsor Avenue. Andy thought of building small stores on his property but in the end decided to build a bowling alley, clearing out his beautiful garden. The Digney Bowl opened on August 19,1955 and Andy Digney, his wife Alice, son 'Dig' and daughter in law Joyce all worked at both the Speedway and the bowling alley. In 1956 Andy decided to finally retire and sold the bowling alley and home to his son 'Dig' which he paid for over time. 'Dig' and his family moved into the house on Bonsor Avenue and ran the bowling alley until their son Bruce took over in 1980. Andy Digney died in 1964 while travelling with his wife in England. His wife Alice died on June 3, 1982 and their son, Ernest ('Dig') died November 27, 2009.
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
Photo/MI catalogue 562
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1934
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 3 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-1
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized (DVD) film segment with footage identified as 'Reel 1' . Film footage flucuates between black and white and colour providing a look into activities of Andy Digney and his family while they resided in Brandon, Manitoba. Footage documents outdoor activities such as camping…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1934
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-1
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 3 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized (DVD) film segment with footage identified as 'Reel 1' . Film footage flucuates between black and white and colour providing a look into activities of Andy Digney and his family while they resided in Brandon, Manitoba. Footage documents outdoor activities such as camping,fishing, boating, golfing, swimming, picnicing and a parade in Banff, Alberta.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Animals - Dogs
Recreational Activities - Fishing
Recreational Activities - Camping
Recreational Activities - Picnics
Recreational Activities - Golf
Geographic Features - Rivers
Events - Parades
Sports - Motorcycle Racing
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
Alberta - Banff
Manitoba
Video Tracks
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Travels to England # 2

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85246
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1935
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 31 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-9
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 9. The film alternates between black and white and a rosy hue of colour. The film continues from item 562-003-9 and provides views of England and the countryside as the Digney family travels by car visiting various landmarks and castles alo…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1935
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-9
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 31 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 9. The film alternates between black and white and a rosy hue of colour. The film continues from item 562-003-9 and provides views of England and the countryside as the Digney family travels by car visiting various landmarks and castles along the way.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Transportation - Automobiles
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
England
Video Tracks
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Travels to England # 3

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85247
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1935
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 25 sec.) : digital, b&w, si.
Item No.
562-003-10
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent black and white film segment identified as Reel 10. This film continues from item number 562-003-11, following the Digney family as they continue to travel through England. It interchanges with views of the seaside and the Henley airshow, followed by footage of the Chang…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1935
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-10
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 25 sec.) : digital, b&w, si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent black and white film segment identified as Reel 10. This film continues from item number 562-003-11, following the Digney family as they continue to travel through England. It interchanges with views of the seaside and the Henley airshow, followed by footage of the Changing of the Guards, Liverpool, a storm on the Atlantic, an iceberg and the St. Lawrence seaway.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Transportation - Ships
Transportation - Automobiles
Transportation - Air
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
England
Quebec
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1936 and 1948]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (11 min., 17sec.) :digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-11
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent colour film segment identified as Reel 11. Film opens with colour footage of the Tacoma Daffodil Parade and switches to some black and white and colour footage of the Vancouver Diamond Jubilee Parade starting from the Toronto Dominion Bank located at Hastings Street and C…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1936 and 1948]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-11
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (11 min., 17sec.) :digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent colour film segment identified as Reel 11. Film opens with colour footage of the Tacoma Daffodil Parade and switches to some black and white and colour footage of the Vancouver Diamond Jubilee Parade starting from the Toronto Dominion Bank located at Hastings Street and Cambie Street. The Queen appears in a calvicade at the beginning of the parade. The footage soon switches to the Vancouver PNC Parade in 1946 celebrating 50 years of progress.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Events - Parades
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Alice
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
Vancouver
United States of America - Washington State
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1935 and 1952]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip ( 9 min., 43 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-18
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 18 and contains footage interchanging between colour and black and white, showing the Digney family trip to San Francisco and California. The footage starts off rather poor. It provides views of; the islands surrounding San Francisco; cactu…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1935 and 1952]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-18
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip ( 9 min., 43 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 18 and contains footage interchanging between colour and black and white, showing the Digney family trip to San Francisco and California. The footage starts off rather poor. It provides views of; the islands surrounding San Francisco; cactus gardens; the Pismo Beach zoo; a Circus; the Aurora Speedway in Seattle; a beach; garden sculptures; views from Telegraph Hill; clearing a California hwy and closes with Paul, Joyce and Dot Digney.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Video Tracks
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Digney family home at Christmas

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85470
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (1min., 18 sec.) : digital, col. ; si.
Item No.
562-002-6
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment of the Digney family at Christmas. Film opens with views of a rhododendrun bush and moves into footage showing the outside and inside their home at Christmas time.
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-002-6
Accession Number
2012-15
Physical Description
1 film clip (1min., 18 sec.) : digital, col. ; si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment of the Digney family at Christmas. Film opens with views of a rhododendrun bush and moves into footage showing the outside and inside their home at Christmas time.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Film clip originates from digitized version of original 16 mm film footage (item 562-001). This segment was part of digitized portion titled 'Royal Visit'
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Holidays - Christmas
Names
Digney, Andy
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Sussex-Nelson Area
Video Tracks
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Ploughing snow at the Oak Theatre

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85471
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (45 sec.) : digital, col. ; si.
Item No.
562-002-7
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment of a snow plough ploughing snow in the parking lot outside the Oak Theatre.
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-002-7
Accession Number
2012-15
Physical Description
1 film clip (45 sec.) : digital, col. ; si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment of a snow plough ploughing snow in the parking lot outside the Oak Theatre.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Film clip originates from digitized version of original 16 mm film footage (item 562-001). This segment was part of digitized portion titled 'Royal Visit'
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Natural Phenomena - Snow
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Sussex-Nelson Area
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1936 and 1939]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (8 min., 37 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Item No.
562-002-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment with footage of the annual Sports Day events held at Burnaby Central Park. The film opens with an unidentified dedication ceremony and tree planting in an unknown location and switches to students marching into Central Park. Hundreds of child…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1936 and 1939]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-002-3
Accession Number
2012-15
Physical Description
1 film clip (8 min., 37 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment with footage of the annual Sports Day events held at Burnaby Central Park. The film opens with an unidentified dedication ceremony and tree planting in an unknown location and switches to students marching into Central Park. Hundreds of children and Youth are showcased in sporting field events and competitions such as track and field sports, acrobatics, gymnastics, dancing, leap frog, skipping, rugby.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Film clip originates from digitized version of original 16 mm film footage (item 562-001). This segment was part of digitized portion titled 'May Day Events'
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Events - Parades
Occupations
Occupations - Labourers
Organizations - Mens' Societies and Clubs
Organizations - Womens' Societies and Clubs
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - 3883 Imperial Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Sussex-Nelson Area
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1936 and 1939]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (4 min, 23 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Item No.
562-002-4
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment with footage of a May Day labour parade for International Worker's Day. Men, women and children are seen marching with banners held high interspersed with a marching band with bagpipes. Some of the banners are identified as; The Communist Pa…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1936 and 1939]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-002-4
Accession Number
2012-15
Physical Description
1 film clip (4 min, 23 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment with footage of a May Day labour parade for International Worker's Day. Men, women and children are seen marching with banners held high interspersed with a marching band with bagpipes. Some of the banners are identified as; The Communist Party of Canada, the Scandinavian Worker's Club, Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union, Ex-Servicemen's League, Canadian League Against War and Fascism, Fishermen's Legislative Program, Sailor's Union, B.C. Maritime Workers, Amalgamated Building Workers Union, Bakery and Confectionary Workers International Union of America and The Women's Labour League. Some of the banners in the parade read as follows; 'Support the White Lunch Strike', 'Abolish Deferred Pay', 'Builders of British Columbia- Bill Bennett', 'Communist Party of Canada', 'Free Grange and Molland'.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Film clip originates from digitized version of original 16 mm film footage (item 562-001). This segment was part of digitized portion titled 'Labour Parade'
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Events - Parades
Occupations
Occupations - Labourers
Organizations - Mens' Societies and Clubs
Organizations - Womens' Societies and Clubs
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Burnaby - Kingsway
Video Tracks
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Burnaby and Digney recreational events

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85208
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1934 and 1938]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 30 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-3
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized colour and black and white film segment identified as Reel 3. The film segment opens with footage of Digney family automobile travels and of Pelican Lake, Alberta where the family spent their summer, the footage switches to footage of a parade somewhere in the Rockies (B…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1934 and 1938]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-3
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (10 min., 30 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized colour and black and white film segment identified as Reel 3. The film segment opens with footage of Digney family automobile travels and of Pelican Lake, Alberta where the family spent their summer, the footage switches to footage of a parade somewhere in the Rockies (Banff) which begins in black and white and changes to colour format. This is followed by colour footage of car racing at the Digney Speedway located on 10 acres of property on MacPherson Ave. Jelopy stock car racing is seen taking place with crowds of people looking on.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Sports - Swimming
Events - Parades
Persons - Children
Persons - Crowds
Sports - Automobile Racing
Names
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Digney Speedway
Geographic Access
Burnaby - MacPherson Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Alta-Vista (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Clinton-Glenwood Area
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1934
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (14 min., 12 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-2
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized (DVD) film segment with footage identified as 'Reel 2' . Film footage flucuates between black and white and colour opening with a glimpse of a dog show in the winter outside the Oak Theatre in Brandon, Manitoba. Andy Digney appears in a hat in front of a poster. He sol…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1934
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-2
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (14 min., 12 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized (DVD) film segment with footage identified as 'Reel 2' . Film footage flucuates between black and white and colour opening with a glimpse of a dog show in the winter outside the Oak Theatre in Brandon, Manitoba. Andy Digney appears in a hat in front of a poster. He sold the Oak Theatre in 1935 when the family moved to British Columbia. Other glimpses provide a view of an ice jam on the Assinboine River,Brandon floods, the Sandhills animal farm, the North Hill Motorcycle hill climb and an RCMP show in Regina.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Animals - Dogs
Geographic Features - Rivers
Sports - Motorcycle Racing
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
Manitoba
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1936
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (14 min., 16 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-4
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 4. The film segment contains footage of Digney family travels, with some of the footage taken from the hood of the Digney car as they drive through the mountains of British Columbia and Washington State. The Digney family is travelling and …
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1936
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-4
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (14 min., 16 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 4. The film segment contains footage of Digney family travels, with some of the footage taken from the hood of the Digney car as they drive through the mountains of British Columbia and Washington State. The Digney family is travelling and camping through the Fraser Canyon and the Rockies of Alberta and British Columbia. They visit Radium Hot Springs, Gyro club pool, Cranbook, Alexandra Bridge near Boston Bar and the Grand Coulee in Washington State. The footage interchanges between black and white and colour showing scenery and various family members playing and picnicing along the way.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Sports - Swimming
Transportation - Automobiles
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Digney, Alice
Geographic Access
Alberta
British Columbia
Video Tracks
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Burnaby, Vancouver and the north shore

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85238
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1937 and 1938]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (5 min., 21 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-6
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized film segment identified as Reel 6. The film segment opens with colour footage of people lawn bowling at Burnaby's Central Park. Dot Digney, Sid and Connie Swan can be seen bowling. This footage is followed with Andy Digney and Charles E. Jones at the Bird's of Paradise b…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1937 and 1938]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-6
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (5 min., 21 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized film segment identified as Reel 6. The film segment opens with colour footage of people lawn bowling at Burnaby's Central Park. Dot Digney, Sid and Connie Swan can be seen bowling. This footage is followed with Andy Digney and Charles E. Jones at the Bird's of Paradise bird sanctuary followed by footage of Stanley Park. The footage continues and interchanges between black and white and colour as the Digney's take a ferry ride to North Vancouver where they visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Fishermen's Cove. The reel closes with footage of skiers on Grouse Mountain and a fire at Pier D in 1938.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Animals - Birds
Sports - Lawn Bowling
Sports - Skiing
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Jones, Charles E.
Digney, Dorothy
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Vancouver
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Kingsway-Beresford Area
Video Tracks
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Galiano Island, Oak Theatre and Calgary

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85241
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1939 and 1941]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (9 min., 51 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-7
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized colour film segment identified as Reel 7. The film segment opens with footage of the shores of Galiano Island and soon switches to a game of table tennis and a boat ride up Burrard Inlet with Grannie Swan and company. The boat ride continues to the marina at Horseshoe Bay…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1939 and 1941]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-7
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (9 min., 51 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a silent digitized colour film segment identified as Reel 7. The film segment opens with footage of the shores of Galiano Island and soon switches to a game of table tennis and a boat ride up Burrard Inlet with Grannie Swan and company. The boat ride continues to the marina at Horseshoe Bay where the family goes ashore. This footage is followed with a dark segment of footage of a paegant at the Oak Theatre in 1941 and the gardens of the Oak Theatre. The film has a break and continues with footage of the Digney family travels to the Calgary Breweries, Calgary Zoo, and the Calgary Stampede parade and fairgrounds, Alberta, closing with footage of the Rockies and Rogers Pass.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Animals - Birds
Events - Parades
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Digney, Alice
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Burrard Inlet
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Kingsway-Beresford Area
Video Tracks
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Travels to Ontario, Quebec and England

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85245
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1937 and 1938]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (11 min., 42 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-8
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 8. Most of the film is in black and white but switches to a pinky hue about 3/4 of the way through. The film footage provides views of road travels with the Digney family as they drive around Ontario and into Detroit via the Windsor Bridge.…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1937 and 1938]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-8
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (11 min., 42 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized silent film segment identified as Reel 8. Most of the film is in black and white but switches to a pinky hue about 3/4 of the way through. The film footage provides views of road travels with the Digney family as they drive around Ontario and into Detroit via the Windsor Bridge. Footage includes travels to Niagara Falls and the power plant, the gates of the CNE and the Toronto skyline, a scene in Quebec where the Digney car is being loaded on board a large ship, followed by glimpses of life aboard the oceanliner as the family travels to England. Once in England, the family is seen enjoying a picnic with relatives and the film cuts and ends with a scene of a polo match.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Transportation - Ships
Transportation - Automobiles
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
England
Ontario - Toronto
Quebec
Video Tracks
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Digney family in Burnaby

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85249
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1939 and 1959]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (5 min., 17sec.) : digital, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-12
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized film colour segment identified as Reel 12. The film is a compilation of Digney family events. The film opens with children Paul and Bruce Digney running around the Digney family yard at their home on Bonsor Avenue with Andy and Ernest (Dig) Digney looking on. This is followed by…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1939 and 1959]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-12
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip (5 min., 17sec.) : digital, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized film colour segment identified as Reel 12. The film is a compilation of Digney family events. The film opens with children Paul and Bruce Digney running around the Digney family yard at their home on Bonsor Avenue with Andy and Ernest (Dig) Digney looking on. This is followed by interspersed footage of the family's pet dog Nero and puppies along with some brief glimpses of the Royal visit (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) and cavilicade in 1939 along Kingsway. The film then switches to footage of Digney family Christmas festivities, a cat playing with a fish in a bowl and summer time at Pelican Lake in the 1940s and ends with a dog playing with a ball.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Events - Parades
Animals - Dogs
Holidays - Christmas
Animals - Cats
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Digney, Bruce
Digney, Paul
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Bonsor Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Video Tracks
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Digney family travels in the praries and the rockies

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85311
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1935 and 1936]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip ( 12 min., 37 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003-17
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized film segment identified as Reel 17. The film opens with colour footage with views of a lake (possibly Pelican Lake, Manitoba) and switches to black and white footage of Dig Digney playing in a canoe on a lake and family camping adventures as they travel west from Manitoba throug…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1935 and 1936]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003-17
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
1 film clip ( 12 min., 37 sec.) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized film segment identified as Reel 17. The film opens with colour footage with views of a lake (possibly Pelican Lake, Manitoba) and switches to black and white footage of Dig Digney playing in a canoe on a lake and family camping adventures as they travel west from Manitoba through to Saskatchewan and visit with Dorothy Swan (Alice Digney's sister) who is dressed in her nurses' uniform. Their travels continue as they visit the Calgary Zoo, the foothills of Alberta, Bow River and falls, Banff Hot Springs and Lake Louise pools.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Recreational Activities - Camping
Recreational Activities - Canoeing
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Swan, Dorothy
Geographic Access
Alberta - Calgary
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1934 and 1961]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
2 optical discs (approx. 2 hrs, 40 min) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Item No.
562-003
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Scope and Content
Item is a collection of 18 short films on DVD. These films were created by Andy Digney using his 8 mm camera and provide views of the Digney family gatherings, trips, vacations at home and abroad. They also provide glimpses of Burnaby parades, celebrations and the Digney Speedway. The 18 segments h…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1934 and 1961]
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-003
Accession Number
2014-04
Storage Location
56-5-1-3
Physical Description
2 optical discs (approx. 2 hrs, 40 min) : digital, b&w, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a collection of 18 short films on DVD. These films were created by Andy Digney using his 8 mm camera and provide views of the Digney family gatherings, trips, vacations at home and abroad. They also provide glimpses of Burnaby parades, celebrations and the Digney Speedway. The 18 segments have all been described at item level.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
The original 8mm film footage was digitized and broken down into 18 segments, reflecting the original order. Items are described as 562-003-1 : 562-003-18
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Animals - Dogs
Recreational Activities - Fishing
Recreational Activities - Camping
Recreational Activities - Picnics
Geographic Features - Rivers
Events - Parades
Sports - Motorcycle Racing
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
Manitoba
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Children's theatrical performance at the Oak Theatre

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivevideo85469
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (1 min., 36 sec.) : digital, b&w ; si.
Item No.
562-002-5
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a black and white film segment of an unidentified theatrical production at the Oak Theatre with children as the performers. Children appear in costume with some dressed as mice or rats and cats dancing and performing on the stage while others are dressed as townsfolk. Th…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-002-5
Accession Number
2012-15
Physical Description
1 film clip (1 min., 36 sec.) : digital, b&w ; si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a black and white film segment of an unidentified theatrical production at the Oak Theatre with children as the performers. Children appear in costume with some dressed as mice or rats and cats dancing and performing on the stage while others are dressed as townsfolk. The play closely resembles the folk tale 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' (also known as The Pan Piper, the Rat Catcher of Hamelin).
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Film clip originates from digitized version of original 16 mm film footage (item 562-001). This segment was part of digitized portion titled 'Royal Visit'
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Theatres
Recreational Activities - Theatre
Persons - Children
Names
Oak Theatre
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 5000 Block Kingsway
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Sussex-Nelson Area
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 film clip (1 min., 52 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Item No.
562-002-2
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment with footage of the Royal Visit from King George VI and Queen consort, Elizabeth. Boy Scouts and members of the community can be seen preparing for a roadside view of the motorcade and Mr. Digney can be seen pacing in his gardens at the Oak T…
  1 Video  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
562-002-2
Accession Number
2012-15
Physical Description
1 film clip (1 min., 52 sec.) : digital, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Item is a digitized copy of a silent colour film segment with footage of the Royal Visit from King George VI and Queen consort, Elizabeth. Boy Scouts and members of the community can be seen preparing for a roadside view of the motorcade and Mr. Digney can be seen pacing in his gardens at the Oak Theatre. As the royal couple (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) drive by the crowd on Kingsway, they can be seen in a automobile identified as a McLaughlin model 45 Extra Special series, with Queen Elizabeth holding a white umbrella. RCMP officers are seen on a motorcycle with a side car, while dignitaries and officials in automobiles accompany the royal couple as the crowd waves red flags and looks on as the cars drive off.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Film clip originates from digitized version of original 16 mm film footage (item 562-001). This segment was part of digitized portion titled 'Royal Visit'
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Events - May Day
Events - Royal Visits
Buildings - Commercial - Theatres
Recreational Activities - Theatre
Names
Oak Theatre
Digney, Andy
Elizabeth, Queen, consort of George VI, King of Great Britain, 1900-2002
George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 5000 Block Kingsway
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Sussex-Nelson Area
Video Tracks
Less detail

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