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Hastings St. Committee Room

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[196-]
Collection/Fonds
Harold Edward Winch collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 9 x 8.9 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Harold Winch's campaign office in Vancouver East, with three men standing in front. The men are identified as the "Martinelli boys" and Harold Winch.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Harold Edward Winch collection
Description Level
Item
Collection/Fonds No.
BV013.12
Series
Photographs
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 9 x 8.9 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Harold Winch's campaign office in Vancouver East, with three men standing in front. The men are identified as the "Martinelli boys" and Harold Winch.
Subjects
Elections
Names
Winch, Harold
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Vancouver
Accession Code
BV013.12.67
Date
[196-]
Media Type
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Photograph is a part of original scrapbook Item BV013.12.11
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Interview with Florence Hart Godwin by Bettina Bradbury July 2, 1975 - Track 7

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Florence (Hart) Godwin's thoughts on Municipal politics of the time.
Date Range
1930-1939
Length
0:05:09
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Florence (Hart) Godwin's thoughts on Municipal politics of the time.
Date Range
1930-1939
Photo Info
Florence Hart Godwin on her wedding day, August 7, 1922. Item no. 477-601
Length
0:05:09
Name
Pritchard, William A.
Subject
Elections
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
July 2, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with Florence Hart Godwin by SFU (Simon Fraser University) graduate student Bettina Bradbury, July 2, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Victoria Order of Nurses (VON) and the Edmonds Historic Neighbourhood. To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes."
Biographical Notes
Florence Hart was born in 1898 in New Westminster. Florence first saw Burnaby in April of 1905 on a trip made by horse and buggy from the family home in New Westminster where her father worked as a real estate agent. By 1911, he had built a permanent home for his family in Burnaby, building what is now known as the Hart house and is currently owned by the municipality. Frederick John “Fred” Hart married Alice Chapman in Yale BC on August 13, 1895. They had four children together; Kingsley Chapman born May 27, 1897, Florence Elizabeth born October 23, 1898, and ten years later, Edwyna and Jack. They followed their family nurse, Miss Maude Woodward to Burnaby and purchased thirteen acres of land at Deer Lake to build a summer cottage. Mrs Hill and the children spent the summer months there while Frederick continued working in New Westminster, joining his family on the weekends. Florence Hart attended Douglas Road School before boarding at Crofton House in Vancouver. Kingsley Hart had enlisted in the army on March 23, 1915 when he was only seventeen years old. He was killed in action on September 26, 1916. The Hart family then moved to Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Florence worked at the Carnegie Library. On August 7, 1922 Florence Hart married Harold “Hal” Godwin and moved back to Edmonds in Burnaby where they remained for their entire married lives. In 1929, Florence and Harold’s daughter, Elizabeth Godwin was born. Alice (Chapman) Hart died May 24, 1935 at the age of sixty-eight. Frederick John Hart died August 29, 1945 at the age of seventy-seven. Florence Hart Godwin was named Good Citizen of Burnaby in 1971 and received a life membership to the IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) for her long tenure. Both Florence and her husband Harold were awarded life memberships from the VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) for more than half a century of service. Harold Ward Godwin died December 12, 1962 at the age of sixty-six.
Total Tracks
8
Total Length
0:47:57
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Interviewee Name
Godwin, Florence Hart
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-17_Track_7
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
Audio Tracks

Track seven of interview with Florence Hart Godwin by Bettina Bradbury

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Interview with Hazel Simnett by Eric Damer October 27, 2012 - Track 4

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Hazel Simnett's memories of political as well as social events. Hazel discusses Tommy Douglas and the redrawing of electoral districts. She also tells a story of the Astoria Hotel's neon lights. Leslie Rossa lends her support to the interview.
Date Range
2012
Length
0:08:48
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Hazel Simnett's memories of political as well as social events. Hazel discusses Tommy Douglas and the redrawing of electoral districts. She also tells a story of the Astoria Hotel's neon lights. Leslie Rossa lends her support to the interview.
Date Range
2012
Photo Info
Hazel Simnett standing in a garden, with a small dog in her arms [194-]. Item no. 549-063.
Length
0:08:48
Name
Douglas, Tommy
Subject
Elections
Interviewer
Damer, Eric
Interview Date
October 27, 2012
Scope and Content
Recording is an interview with Hazel Simnett conducted by Burnaby Village Museum employee Eric Damer, October 27, 2012. Leslie Rossa lends her support to the interview. Major theme discussed: political activism in Burnaby.
Biographical Notes
Hazel Simnett was born in Burnaby in 1922 and grew up looking up to her father Frederick Simnett who was very involved in labour and unions. A politically active citizen, Hazel Simnett has supported the Canadian Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the New Democratic Party (NDP). She once ran as a New Democratic Party candidate for Burnaby City Council. In 2006, Hazel Simnett won the Burnaby Local Hero Award for her volunteer work at the New Vista Society where she served as chair for a number of years. She also served as a member of the Burnaby Historical Society and established the Hazel Simnett Endowment with the Burnaby Public Library to bring a collection of books on Canadian history and social issues.
Total Tracks
4
Total Length
0:36:12
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Interviewee Name
Simnett, Hazel
Interview Location
Burnaby Village Museum
Interviewer Bio
Eric Damer is a lifelong British Columbian born in Victoria, raised in Kamloops, and currently residing in Burnaby. After studying philosophy at the University of Victoria, he became interested in the educational forces that had shaped his own life. He completed master’s and doctoral degrees in educational studies at the University of British Columbia with a particular interest in the history of adult and higher education in the province. In 2012, Eric worked for the City of Burnaby as a field researcher and writer, conducting interviews for the City Archives and Museum Oral History Program.
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burna-Boom Oral History Project series
Item No.
MSS171-024_ Track_4
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Audio Tracks

Track four of recording of interview with Hazel Simnett

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Interview with William J. Copeland by Rod Fowler February 18, 1990 - Track 3

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Copeland's election to Mayor in 1987, attributing it to being well known through his work as a fire fighter and as a volunteer with various organizations such as the soccer club Cliff Avenue Union FC, Burnaby Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, CNIB, the firef…
Date Range
1955-1990
Length
00:04:32
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Copeland's election to Mayor in 1987, attributing it to being well known through his work as a fire fighter and as a volunteer with various organizations such as the soccer club Cliff Avenue Union FC, Burnaby Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, CNIB, the firefighters' union, among others
Date Range
1955-1990
Photo Info
Mayor Bill Copeland cutting the ribbon for the opening of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts accompanied by Jack and Doris Shadbolt and Councillors Doug Drummond and Derek Corrigan, 1995. Item no. 535-0067
Length
00:04:32
Subject
Elections
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
February 18, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with former Burnaby Mayor William J. Copeland conducted by Rod Fowler. Bill Copeland was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Bill Copeland’s education, career and experience as a Burnaby firefighter from 1955 to 1987, and his work for the union International Association of Fire Fighters. He talks about his early family life in Burnaby and Vancouver, war service, training with the Federal Fire Service, the organizations he has belonged to, and the careers of his three children. He briefly talks about Burnaby politics and his unexpected election to Mayor of Burnaby. Major themes of the interview, described by track: Track 1: Organizations - Unions; Public Services - Fire Protection; International Association of Fire Fighters; Track 2: Public Services - Fire Protection; Track 3: Elections; Track 4: family history and education; Track 5: Public Services - Fire Protection; Track 6: Elections
Biographical Notes
William John (Bill) Copeland (1927-2002) was born in Vancouver May 19, 1927. As a young child he lived with his parents on Southwood Street in South Burnaby on a chicken ranch. Bill’s father was a miner and was often away from home. The family moved to Pioneer Mines at Bridge River for a few years and then moved back to Vancouver in 1941 when his father contracted silicosis. Bill served in the navy for about a year near the end of WWII, was in the Canadian Merchant Marine and worked as a pipe fitter, before beginning his career as a fire fighter. He trained with the Federal Fire Service and worked two years at the Wireless Station in Delta. In 1955 he started work as Fire Fighter No. 53 in Burnaby, retiring 33 years later in 1987. Most of his career was spent at the Control Station or Number 1 Firehall, first located at Wiilingdon and Hastings (now No.5 Station) and later on Sperling near Canada Way. Bill worked as a first aid instructor, eventually moving into the training office, and retired as assistant chief. In 1987, shortly after retiring, Bill was asked to run for Mayor for the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA). Much to his surprise he won. He served with distinction for three terms (1987-1996). Bill, his wife Ruth, and their three children, Doug and Dan (both firefighters) and Emily (a teacher), lived in North Burnaby on Cliff Avenue, the family home for about 35 years. Bill was active in many organizations including the Cliff Avenue soccer organization, St. John Ambulance, Burnaby Red Cross, and CNIB, among others. He began representing firefighters locally in the International Association of Fire Fighters in the early 1960s, eventually becoming President of the provincial association and then Vice President of the 6th District representing Western Canada.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:25:35
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Interviewee Name
Copeland, William J
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and business computerization in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-013_Track_3
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track three of interview with William J. Copeland

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Interview with William J. Copeland by Rod Fowler February 18, 1990 - Track 6

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Copeland's possibility of running for a second term and the political group he represents (BCA)
Date Range
1990
Length
00:01:45
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Copeland's possibility of running for a second term and the political group he represents (BCA)
Date Range
1990
Photo Info
Mayor Bill Copeland cutting the ribbon for the opening of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts accompanied by Jack and Doris Shadbolt and Councillors Doug Drummond and Derek Corrigan, 1995. Item no. 535-0067
Length
00:01:45
Subject
Elections
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
February 18, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with former Burnaby Mayor William J. Copeland conducted by Rod Fowler. Bill Copeland was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Bill Copeland’s education, career and experience as a Burnaby firefighter from 1955 to 1987, and his work for the union International Association of Fire Fighters. He talks about his early family life in Burnaby and Vancouver, war service, training with the Federal Fire Service, the organizations he has belonged to, and the careers of his three children. He briefly talks about Burnaby politics and his unexpected election to Mayor of Burnaby. Major themes of the interview, described by track: Track 1: Organizations - Unions; Public Services - Fire Protection; International Association of Fire Fighters; Track 2: Public Services - Fire Protection; Track 3: Elections; Track 4: family history and education; Track 5: Public Services - Fire Protection; Track 6: Elections
Biographical Notes
William John (Bill) Copeland (1927-2002) was born in Vancouver May 19, 1927. As a young child he lived with his parents on Southwood Street in South Burnaby on a chicken ranch. Bill’s father was a miner and was often away from home. The family moved to Pioneer Mines at Bridge River for a few years and then moved back to Vancouver in 1941 when his father contracted silicosis. Bill served in the navy for about a year near the end of WWII, was in the Canadian Merchant Marine and worked as a pipe fitter, before beginning his career as a fire fighter. He trained with the Federal Fire Service and worked two years at the Wireless Station in Delta. In 1955 he started work as Fire Fighter No. 53 in Burnaby, retiring 33 years later in 1987. Most of his career was spent at the Control Station or Number 1 Firehall, first located at Wiilingdon and Hastings (now No.5 Station) and later on Sperling near Canada Way. Bill worked as a first aid instructor, eventually moving into the training office, and retired as assistant chief. In 1987, shortly after retiring, Bill was asked to run for Mayor for the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA). Much to his surprise he won. He served with distinction for three terms (1987-1996). Bill, his wife Ruth, and their three children, Doug and Dan (both firefighters) and Emily (a teacher), lived in North Burnaby on Cliff Avenue, the family home for about 35 years. Bill was active in many organizations including the Cliff Avenue soccer organization, St. John Ambulance, Burnaby Red Cross, and CNIB, among others. He began representing firefighters locally in the International Association of Fire Fighters in the early 1960s, eventually becoming President of the provincial association and then Vice President of the 6th District representing Western Canada.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:25:35
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Interviewee Name
Copeland, William J
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and business computerization in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-013_Track_6
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track six of interview with William J. Copeland

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Interview with William A. Lewarne by Rod Fowler March 14, 1990 - Track 9

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about how Bill Lewarne got involved in politics and some of the people he worked with: Charles Walburn, Nora Code, Ray Weir, Richie Smith and Dugald Patterson
Date Range
1965-1990
Length
00:09:43
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about how Bill Lewarne got involved in politics and some of the people he worked with: Charles Walburn, Nora Code, Ray Weir, Richie Smith and Dugald Patterson
Date Range
1965-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman, Bill (William) Lewarne, [1973]. Item no. 231-012
Length
00:09:43
Subject
Elections
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 14, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with former Mayor William “Bill” Lewarne, conducted by Rod Fowler. Bill Lewarne was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Bill Lewarne’s business and political careers, and memories of growing up in South Burnaby in the 1930s. Bill Lewarne talks about his parent’s origins, his family and community struggles during the Depression, the interurban, his education, war service, and joining his father's business. He describes the start, operation and expansion of the family ice cream business, and how business life compared to political life. The interview explores the role of politics in community affairs, his political activities, the history of the BVA, and his involvement in various community organizations. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track, expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
William Alfred “Bill” Lewarne was born in Burnaby in 1926 to Ethel Cecilia Leer (1899- ) and Alfred Lewarne (1893-1962). The family, Ethel, Alfred and their three children Patricia, Beverley and William, moved to a house on Nelson Avenue in Alta Vista in 1931. Ethel still lived in the family home in 1990. Bill Lewarne attended Nelson Avenue School and South Burnaby High School (1932-1944). His father Alfred worked at Colony Farms as a dairy inspector and then for the Port of Vancouver Dairy before being laid off early in the Depression. The family struggled until in 1936 Alfred started his own ice cream business. After graduation Bill was in the army for two years, taking a refrigeration course under the veteran’s training benefit, before joining his father’s business. Three generations of the family operated the successful company, expanding from wholesale, retail and distribution of ice cream products into refrigerated warehouses and the wholesale ice business, until the business was sold to its competitor Dairyland in 1989. Bill Lewarne entered politics in 1965, first with the Nonpartisan Association (NPA) and then as a founder of the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA). He served as an alderman on Burnaby Council 1973-1975 and 1977-1981 and as Mayor 1981-1987. In 1979 he ran for provincial office for the Social Credit Party against Rosemary Brown but lost. Bill Lewarne married June Lawrence and they had three children Robert, Leslie and Janice. He was active in many organizations: Burnaby/Willingdon Liberal Association, Seton Villa, Irish Fusileers of Canada, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and continued to be active on the Board of the BCA. Bill Lewarne died in 1995.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
1:34:40
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Interviewee Name
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and business computerization in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-019_Track_9
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track nine of interview with Bill Lewarne

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Interview with William A. Lewarne by Rod Fowler March 14, 1990 - Track 11

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s early political career with Nonpartisan Association (NPA) and starting new political organization (BCA - Burnaby Citizens Association). He muses about how democracy works and the pros and cons of political life.
Date Range
1965-1990
Length
00:08:20
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s early political career with Nonpartisan Association (NPA) and starting new political organization (BCA - Burnaby Citizens Association). He muses about how democracy works and the pros and cons of political life.
Date Range
1965-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman, Bill (William) Lewarne, [1973]. Item no. 231-012
Length
00:08:20
Subject
Elections
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 14, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with former Mayor William “Bill” Lewarne, conducted by Rod Fowler. Bill Lewarne was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Bill Lewarne’s business and political careers, and memories of growing up in South Burnaby in the 1930s. Bill Lewarne talks about his parent’s origins, his family and community struggles during the Depression, the interurban, his education, war service, and joining his father's business. He describes the start, operation and expansion of the family ice cream business, and how business life compared to political life. The interview explores the role of politics in community affairs, his political activities, the history of the BVA, and his involvement in various community organizations. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track, expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
William Alfred “Bill” Lewarne was born in Burnaby in 1926 to Ethel Cecilia Leer (1899- ) and Alfred Lewarne (1893-1962). The family, Ethel, Alfred and their three children Patricia, Beverley and William, moved to a house on Nelson Avenue in Alta Vista in 1931. Ethel still lived in the family home in 1990. Bill Lewarne attended Nelson Avenue School and South Burnaby High School (1932-1944). His father Alfred worked at Colony Farms as a dairy inspector and then for the Port of Vancouver Dairy before being laid off early in the Depression. The family struggled until in 1936 Alfred started his own ice cream business. After graduation Bill was in the army for two years, taking a refrigeration course under the veteran’s training benefit, before joining his father’s business. Three generations of the family operated the successful company, expanding from wholesale, retail and distribution of ice cream products into refrigerated warehouses and the wholesale ice business, until the business was sold to its competitor Dairyland in 1989. Bill Lewarne entered politics in 1965, first with the Nonpartisan Association (NPA) and then as a founder of the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA). He served as an alderman on Burnaby Council 1973-1975 and 1977-1981 and as Mayor 1981-1987. In 1979 he ran for provincial office for the Social Credit Party against Rosemary Brown but lost. Bill Lewarne married June Lawrence and they had three children Robert, Leslie and Janice. He was active in many organizations: Burnaby/Willingdon Liberal Association, Seton Villa, Irish Fusileers of Canada, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and continued to be active on the Board of the BCA. Bill Lewarne died in 1995.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
1:34:40
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Interviewee Name
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and business computerization in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-019_Track_11
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track eleven of interview with Bill Lewarne

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Interview with William A. Lewarne by Rod Fowler March 14, 1990 - Track 13

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s continued involvement with BTA on its Board, and his run for provincial office for Socreds in 1979 against Rosemary Brown
Date Range
1979-1990
Length
00:06:22
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Bill Lewarne’s continued involvement with BTA on its Board, and his run for provincial office for Socreds in 1979 against Rosemary Brown
Date Range
1979-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman, Bill (William) Lewarne, [1973]. Item no. 231-012
Length
00:06:22
Subject
Elections
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 14, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with former Mayor William “Bill” Lewarne, conducted by Rod Fowler. Bill Lewarne was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is mainly about Bill Lewarne’s business and political careers, and memories of growing up in South Burnaby in the 1930s. Bill Lewarne talks about his parent’s origins, his family and community struggles during the Depression, the interurban, his education, war service, and joining his father's business. He describes the start, operation and expansion of the family ice cream business, and how business life compared to political life. The interview explores the role of politics in community affairs, his political activities, the history of the BVA, and his involvement in various community organizations. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track, expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
William Alfred “Bill” Lewarne was born in Burnaby in 1926 to Ethel Cecilia Leer (1899- ) and Alfred Lewarne (1893-1962). The family, Ethel, Alfred and their three children Patricia, Beverley and William, moved to a house on Nelson Avenue in Alta Vista in 1931. Ethel still lived in the family home in 1990. Bill Lewarne attended Nelson Avenue School and South Burnaby High School (1932-1944). His father Alfred worked at Colony Farms as a dairy inspector and then for the Port of Vancouver Dairy before being laid off early in the Depression. The family struggled until in 1936 Alfred started his own ice cream business. After graduation Bill was in the army for two years, taking a refrigeration course under the veteran’s training benefit, before joining his father’s business. Three generations of the family operated the successful company, expanding from wholesale, retail and distribution of ice cream products into refrigerated warehouses and the wholesale ice business, until the business was sold to its competitor Dairyland in 1989. Bill Lewarne entered politics in 1965, first with the Nonpartisan Association (NPA) and then as a founder of the Burnaby Citizens Association (BCA). He served as an alderman on Burnaby Council 1973-1975 and 1977-1981 and as Mayor 1981-1987. In 1979 he ran for provincial office for the Social Credit Party against Rosemary Brown but lost. Bill Lewarne married June Lawrence and they had three children Robert, Leslie and Janice. He was active in many organizations: Burnaby/Willingdon Liberal Association, Seton Villa, Irish Fusileers of Canada, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and continued to be active on the Board of the BCA. Bill Lewarne died in 1995.
Total Tracks
14
Total Length
1:34:40
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Lewarne, William A. "Bill"
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and business computerization in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-019_Track_13
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track thirteen of interview with Bill Lewarne

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 15, 1996
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
6 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
Item No.
618-033
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Burnaby Voter Association (BVA) members moving into the new BVA offices in April 1996. Photographs depict members moving furniture, painting, and washing the exterior windows.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 15, 1996
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Item No.
618-033
Accession Number
2015-15
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
6 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
Open access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Burnaby Voter Association (BVA) members moving into the new BVA offices in April 1996. Photographs depict members moving furniture, painting, and washing the exterior windows.
Photographer
Lawson, Doreen A.
Subjects
Elections
Notes
Title based on contents of photographs
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 15, 1996
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
3 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
Item No.
618-034
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of a Burnaby Voter Association (BVA) party. Council members in attendance include Gary Begin and Doreen Lawson.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 15, 1996
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Item No.
618-034
Accession Number
2015-15
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
3 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
Subject to FOIPPA
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of a Burnaby Voter Association (BVA) party. Council members in attendance include Gary Begin and Doreen Lawson.
Subjects
Elections
Names
Begin, Gary
Lawson, Doreen A.
Notes
Transcribed title
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 15, 1996
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
23 photographs : col. negatives ; 35 mm
Item No.
618-035
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of a Burnaby Voter Association (BVA) party, with attendees mingles outside and indoors.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 15, 1996
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Item No.
618-035
Accession Number
2015-15
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
23 photographs : col. negatives ; 35 mm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
Subject to FOIPPA
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of a Burnaby Voter Association (BVA) party, with attendees mingles outside and indoors.
Subjects
Elections
Notes
Title based on contents of photographs
Note in black ink on negative envelope reads: "July '88 / BVA / [illegible] birthday"
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
December 1975
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.5 x 19 cm
Item No.
480-1085
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Cliff Oswald standing and smiling as he watches the "returns" on a television in his constituency office during the 1975 provincial election. In the end, he lost to Eileen Dailly by a very short margin. He was the Social Credit provincial candidate for Burnaby-North in 1975 (and 1979).
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
December 1975
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1085
Accession Number
2003-02
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 15.5 x 19 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Cliff Oswald standing and smiling as he watches the "returns" on a television in his constituency office during the 1975 provincial election. In the end, he lost to Eileen Dailly by a very short margin. He was the Social Credit provincial candidate for Burnaby-North in 1975 (and 1979).
Photographer
Hodge, Craig
Subjects
Elections
Names
Oswald, Cliff
Social Credit Party of Canada
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note on recto of photograph reads: "Oswald watch returns on T.V. during close race"
Newspaper clipping attached to verso of photograph describes the situation
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Burnaby Citizen's Association committee members

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58825
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 13, 1979
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 19 cm
Item No.
480-1286
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Burnaby Citizen's Association (BCA) committee members sitting and standing in front of a portrait of the Queen. Sitting in front are Gerd Evans and Marlene Ast. Standing in the back row, left to right, are Barry Dean, Eric Goodman, David Fairey and Jo Gunn.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 13, 1979
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1286
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 19 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Burnaby Citizen's Association (BCA) committee members sitting and standing in front of a portrait of the Queen. Sitting in front are Gerd Evans and Marlene Ast. Standing in the back row, left to right, are Barry Dean, Eric Goodman, David Fairey and Jo Gunn.
Photographer
Hodge, Craig
Subjects
Elections
Names
Burnaby Citizen's Association
Evans, Gerd
Ast, Marlene
Dean, Barry
Goodman, Eric
Fairey, David
Gunn, Jo
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Newspaper clipping attached to verso of photograph reads: "BCA committee that elects the people you elect includes, front row, Gerd Evans and Marlene Ast, back row left to right, Barry Dean, Eric Goodman, David Fairey and Jo Gunn."
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1977]
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Item No.
480-1551
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of municipal election candidate Frank Bennett Boden.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1977]
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1551
Accession Number
2003-02
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of municipal election candidate Frank Bennett Boden.
Subjects
Elections
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note on verso reads: "Frank Boden / Bby. Ald. candidate"
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 1977
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12.7 cm
Item No.
480-1566
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of mayoral candidate Francois Bierre.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 1977
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1566
Accession Number
2003-02
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 12.7 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of mayoral candidate Francois Bierre.
Subjects
Elections
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note on verso reads: "Francois Bierre / Burnaby NALP / Mayoralty candidate"
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
17300
Meeting Date
5-Jul-1976
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
17300
Meeting Date
5-Jul-1976
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
16865
Meeting Date
23-Feb-1976
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
16865
Meeting Date
23-Feb-1976
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
81110
Meeting Date
17-Dec-1909
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
81110
Meeting Date
17-Dec-1909
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
82202
Meeting Date
19-Dec-1908
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
82202
Meeting Date
19-Dec-1908
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Municipal Elections Results

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport27508
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21726
Meeting Date
26-Nov-1973
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21726
Meeting Date
26-Nov-1973
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Municipal Elections Procedures

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport28870
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
22986
Meeting Date
27-Nov-1972
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
22986
Meeting Date
27-Nov-1972
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Computer Elections Systems

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport28933
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
22930
Meeting Date
14-Nov-1972
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
22930
Meeting Date
14-Nov-1972
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Pay for Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport34130
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
31075
Meeting Date
18-Dec-1967
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
81
Item No.
14
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
31075
Meeting Date
18-Dec-1967
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
81
Item No.
14
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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1966 Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport36010
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
32813
Meeting Date
9-Nov-1965
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
76
Item No.
3
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
32813
Meeting Date
9-Nov-1965
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
76
Item No.
3
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Upcoming Federal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport42301
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
38169
Meeting Date
24-Mar-1958
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
38169
Meeting Date
24-Mar-1958
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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1985 Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport15882
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
10143
Meeting Date
25-Nov-1985
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
10143
Meeting Date
25-Nov-1985
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Enumeration for Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport16847
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
3477
Meeting Date
20-Aug-1984
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
52
Item No.
5
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
3477
Meeting Date
20-Aug-1984
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
52
Item No.
5
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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1983 Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport17949
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
82
Meeting Date
31-Jan-1983
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
7
Item No.
1
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
82
Meeting Date
31-Jan-1983
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
7
Item No.
1
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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1979 Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport20557
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
14205
Meeting Date
24-Sep-1979
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
64
Item No.
7
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
14205
Meeting Date
24-Sep-1979
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
64
Item No.
7
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1979
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Item No.
42715
Storage Location
68-1-5-13
Scope and Content
File consists of Elections Canada papers for the 1979 election. Included in the file is a Preliminary List of electors for Burnaby polling division 184 along with a map of Burnaby.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1979
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Description Level
File
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Ephemera Collection
Item No.
42715
Storage Location
68-1-5-13
Accession Number
BHS2007-04
Scope and Content
File consists of Elections Canada papers for the 1979 election. Included in the file is a Preliminary List of electors for Burnaby polling division 184 along with a map of Burnaby.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1971-1993
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Item No.
MSS071-001
Storage Location
66-7-2-1
Scope and Content
File consists of election records related to Doreen Lawson's campaigns for City Councillor in the years 1969, 1973, 1977, 1979, and 1983. The file also includes congratulatory letters to Ms. Lawson from Municipal and Provincial elected officials.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1971-1993
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Description Level
File
Item No.
MSS071-001
Storage Location
66-7-2-1
Access Restriction
Subject to FOIPPA
Accession Number
2003-30
Scope and Content
File consists of election records related to Doreen Lawson's campaigns for City Councillor in the years 1969, 1973, 1977, 1979, and 1983. The file also includes congratulatory letters to Ms. Lawson from Municipal and Provincial elected officials.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file
Photographs 605-001 separated from file
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990-1993
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Item No.
MSS071-002
Storage Location
66-7-2-2
Scope and Content
File consists of platform speeches and congratulatory letters from MLAs and the Premier of British Columbia pertaining to Doreen's 1990 and 1993 election campaigns.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990-1993
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson fonds
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Description Level
File
Item No.
MSS071-002
Storage Location
66-7-2-2
Access Restriction
Subject to FOIPPA
Accession Number
2003-30
Scope and Content
File consists of platform speeches and congratulatory letters from MLAs and the Premier of British Columbia pertaining to Doreen's 1990 and 1993 election campaigns.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on content of file
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
76275
Meeting Date
13-Nov-1911
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
76275
Meeting Date
13-Nov-1911
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Interview with W.H. O'Brien July / August 1975 - Track 9

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to W.H. "Harry" O'Brien's involvement with the Cooperative Commonweath Federation (CCF) as well as his mother and father's involvement in politics.
Date Range
1933-1935
Length
0:08:46
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to W.H. "Harry" O'Brien's involvement with the Cooperative Commonweath Federation (CCF) as well as his mother and father's involvement in politics.
Date Range
1933-1935
Photo Info
Harry and Gertrude (Crossan) O'Brien on their wedding day, October 12, 1940. Item no. 315-005
Length
0:08:46
Name
Weaver, George
Subject
Elections
Organizations
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
July / August 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with W.H. "Harry" O'Brien by SFU (Simon Fraser University) graduate student Bettina Bradbury. Major themes discussed are: the Army of the Common Good, the Union of the Unemployed and the Common Good Credit Union (now the South Burnaby Credit Union). To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
W.H. “Harry” O’Brien was born in the coal mining town of Nanaimo, British Columbia on October 20, 1914. He came to Burnaby with his parents and five siblings in 1927. Harry’s mother, a school teacher, wanted her children to live closer to school in order to obtain a better education, so the O’Brien family settled at Inman Avenue, Burnaby. Harry left school in June of 1929. Harry’s father worked as the caretaker at Central Park around this time and Harry helped him to clear brush, plant trees and enforce the land clearing and wood cutting permit regulations held by men who were on script. Although too young to vote by just over a week, Harry O'Brien worked as a scrutineer for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) during the 1935 Federal Election. On October 12, 1940 Harry O'Brien married Gertrude Crossan at St. John the Divine in Burnaby. The Crossan family came to Burnaby from Winnipeg in 1933 and settled at Nelson Avenue. Gertrude's mother, Mary Anne Crossan, was Gilmore Avenue School's first teacher. Harry began his involvement with the Unemployment Organization in Burnaby by participating in an organised protest against the municipality for homeowner evictions brought on by unpaid taxes. The South Burnaby Union of the Unemployed organised in order to protest rules around receiving Relief. Harry became involved, eventually becoming one of the spearheads of the organization, taking over as secretary by 1936. Harry was an original member of the Army of the Common Good, helping to produce over one hundred and twenty-five tons of vegetables from its own gardens to feed Burnaby citizens suffering from the lack of resources during the Depression years. The members of the Army of the Common Good who cut wood for consumption or worked in the gardens were given credit for their work through LU (Labour Units) which they could then use to buy groceries and that at the Army's Cooperative stores, one of which was at McKay Avenue, where Harry began working as Manager of Groceries in 1937. The Credit Union movement of British Columbia was also organized by Harry O'Brien and his fellow Army of the Common Good members. W.H. "Harry" O'Brien died July 1, 1992.
Total Tracks
9
Total Length
1:17:56
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
O'Brien, Harry
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-25_Track_9
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
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Municipal Elections - Reeve and Councillors

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport57020
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
71792
Meeting Date
21-Jan-1932
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
71792
Meeting Date
21-Jan-1932
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Local Government Elections Task Force

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport57261
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
78072
Meeting Date
12-Apr-2010
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Item No.
1
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
78072
Meeting Date
12-Apr-2010
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Item No.
1
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Municipal Elections - Reeve and Councillors

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport66029
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
57057
Meeting Date
19-Jan-1928
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
57057
Meeting Date
19-Jan-1928
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Municipal Elections - Reeves and Councillors

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport68295
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
59236
Meeting Date
19-Jan-1922
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
59236
Meeting Date
19-Jan-1922
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Pollings Places for Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport69154
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
60293
Meeting Date
26-Dec-1922
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
60293
Meeting Date
26-Dec-1922
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Polling Places for Municipal Elections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport69513
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
73310
Meeting Date
8-Dec-1924
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
73310
Meeting Date
8-Dec-1924
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
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City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Polling Places for Municipal Elections

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
734640
Meeting Date
24-Dec-1923
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
734640
Meeting Date
24-Dec-1923
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
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City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Polling Places for Municipal Elections

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
734815
Meeting Date
8-Dec-1919
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
734815
Meeting Date
8-Dec-1919
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
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City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Amendment to Municipal Elections Act

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport70762
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
735015
Meeting Date
16-Feb-1920
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
735015
Meeting Date
16-Feb-1920
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
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City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Municipal Elections Act Sec. 80

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
82880
Meeting Date
9-Jan-1904
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
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City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
82880
Meeting Date
9-Jan-1904
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
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City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
18426
Meeting Date
16-Jun-1975
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
18426
Meeting Date
16-Jun-1975
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21630
Meeting Date
5-Nov-1973
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21630
Meeting Date
5-Nov-1973
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21186
Meeting Date
3-Jul-1973
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21186
Meeting Date
3-Jul-1973
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
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City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
23077
Meeting Date
18-Dec-1972
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
23077
Meeting Date
18-Dec-1972
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
22042
Meeting Date
21-Feb-1972
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  1 Document  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
22042
Meeting Date
21-Feb-1972
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
25994
Meeting Date
21-Dec-1970
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
78
Item No.
9
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
25994
Meeting Date
21-Dec-1970
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
78
Item No.
9
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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