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Interview with William A. Lewarne by Rod Fowler March 14, 1990 - Track 10

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Burnaby and New Westminster May Days and how geography and poor transportation affects municipal east-west and north-south connections
Date Range
1930-1990
Length
00:05:53
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Burnaby and New Westminster May Days and how geography and poor transportation affects municipal east-west and north-south connections
Date Range
1930-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman, Bill (William) Lewarne, [1973]. Item no. 231-012
Length
00:05:53
Subject
Events - May Day
Transportation
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_10
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 ten of interview with Bill Lewarne

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The May Queen, Miss R. Bearn

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34317
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 5 x 6 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Item No.
020-024
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby's first May day, with the stage where the first May Queen, Ruth Bearn is sitting. None of the other people standing in front of nor on the stage are identified.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Peers Photograph Album
Description Level
Item
Item No.
020-024
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 5 x 6 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby's first May day, with the stage where the first May Queen, Ruth Bearn is sitting. None of the other people standing in front of nor on the stage are identified.
Subjects
Events - May Day
Names
Bearn, Ruth
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Central Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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May Queens Winnifred Jeffery and Sylvia Murley

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37488
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1929 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.4 x 3.1 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-076
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of outgoing May Queen Sylvia Murley (later Sylvia Auvache) sitting with new queen, Winnifred Jeffery (daughter of Constable George Jeffery) at May Day celebrations in Central Park.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1929 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-076
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.4 x 3.1 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of outgoing May Queen Sylvia Murley (later Sylvia Auvache) sitting with new queen, Winnifred Jeffery (daughter of Constable George Jeffery) at May Day celebrations in Central Park.
Photographer
McKay Studio
Subjects
Events - May Day
Names
Auvache, Sylvia Murley
Jeffery, Winnifred
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - 3883 Imperial Street
Burnaby - Imperial Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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Annie King in May Day outfit

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37759
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1926] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.9 x 2.6 cm print on contact sheet 20.5 x 26.4 cm
Item No.
370-347
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Annie King in her May Day outfit, standing at the side of 4242 Grange Street (old numbering), the King family home.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1926] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-347
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.9 x 2.6 cm print on contact sheet 20.5 x 26.4 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Annie King in her May Day outfit, standing at the side of 4242 Grange Street (old numbering), the King family home.
Subjects
Events - May Day
Clothing
Names
Ellis, Annie King
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Grange Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[192-] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.2 x 4.6 cm print on contact sheet 20.3 x 26.6 cm
Item No.
370-781
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a group of children gathered for May Day.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[192-] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-781
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.2 x 4.6 cm print on contact sheet 20.3 x 26.6 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of a group of children gathered for May Day.
Subjects
Events - May Day
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Maypole dancing at Central Park

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34320
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6 x 11.7 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Item No.
020-027
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of May Day Maypole dancing at Central Park during Burnaby's first May Day celebrations. A number of girls in white dresses are dancing around the pole while a large crowd looks on.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Peers Photograph Album
Description Level
Item
Item No.
020-027
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6 x 11.7 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of May Day Maypole dancing at Central Park during Burnaby's first May Day celebrations. A number of girls in white dresses are dancing around the pole while a large crowd looks on.
Subjects
Recreational Activities - Dancing
Events - May Day
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Central Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1932 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-118
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of May Day dancers from Gilmore Avenue School at May Day 1932 at Robert Burnaby Park. Bea Carpenter is holding the ribbons. The teacher was Miss Clydesdale.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1932 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-118
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of May Day dancers from Gilmore Avenue School at May Day 1932 at Robert Burnaby Park. Bea Carpenter is holding the ribbons. The teacher was Miss Clydesdale.
Subjects
Recreational Activities - Dancing
Events - May Day
Names
Gilmore Avenue School
Hunter, Beatrice "Bea" Carpenter
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Robert Burnaby Park
Burnaby - Wedgewood Street
Burnaby - 8155 Wedgewood Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Lakeview-Mayfield Area
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Head of the procession

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34318
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.7 x 11.5 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Item No.
020-025
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a May Day parade on Edmonds Street. This photograph was taken during the first Burnaby May Day celebrations when a large group of Boy Scouts lead a parade of people and cars down Edmonds Street. None of the people are identified.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Peers Photograph Album
Description Level
Item
Item No.
020-025
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.7 x 11.5 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a May Day parade on Edmonds Street. This photograph was taken during the first Burnaby May Day celebrations when a large group of Boy Scouts lead a parade of people and cars down Edmonds Street. None of the people are identified.
Subjects
Organizations - Boys' Societies and Clubs
Events - May Day
Events - Parades
Clothing - Uniforms
Names
Boy Scouts of Canada
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Edmonds Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Edmonds Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.7 x 11.7 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Item No.
020-026
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a May Day parade on Edmonds Street. This photograph was taken during the first Burnaby May Day celebrations when a large group of Boy Scouts lead a parade of people and cars down Edmonds Street. The first car pictured is carrying the May Queen, Ruth Bearn.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1925
Collection/Fonds
Peers Family and Hill Family fonds
Series
Peers Photograph Album
Description Level
Item
Item No.
020-026
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.7 x 11.7 cm on page 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of a May Day parade on Edmonds Street. This photograph was taken during the first Burnaby May Day celebrations when a large group of Boy Scouts lead a parade of people and cars down Edmonds Street. The first car pictured is carrying the May Queen, Ruth Bearn.
Subjects
Organizations - Boys' Societies and Clubs
Events - May Day
Events - Parades
Clothing - Uniforms
Symbols - Flags
Names
Boy Scouts of Canada
Bearn, Ruth
Notes
Title based on caption accompanying photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Edmonds Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Edmonds Area
Images
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May Day at Central Park

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37513
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1926 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.8 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.3 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-101
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the first Burnaby May Day held at Central Park. Boy Scouts and flower girls are featured in the photograph.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1926 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-101
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.8 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.3 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the first Burnaby May Day held at Central Park. Boy Scouts and flower girls are featured in the photograph.
Subjects
Organizations - Boys' Societies and Clubs
Events - May Day
Events - Parades
Clothing - Uniforms
Names
Boy Scouts of Canada
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Central Park
Burnaby - 3883 Imperial Street
Burnaby - Imperial Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Jack Nichols at the parade

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto38165
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 24, 1946 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.8 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.1 x 26.3 cm
Item No.
370-752
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Jack Nichols in costume for a May Day parade. He is standing on a vacant lot between Nelson Avenue and Royal Oak Avenue beside a wagon decorated with a picture of a lion.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 24, 1946 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-752
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.8 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.1 x 26.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Jack Nichols in costume for a May Day parade. He is standing on a vacant lot between Nelson Avenue and Royal Oak Avenue beside a wagon decorated with a picture of a lion.
Subjects
Clothing - Costumes
Persons - Crowds
Events - May Day
Events - Parades
Transportation - Wagons
Names
Nichols, Jack
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Nelson Avenue
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Marlborough Area
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