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Bygones of Burnaby : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: Century Park Museum Association , 1976 | c1975. (Book) 971.133 MCG COPY 1
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
Call No.
971.133 MCG COPY 1
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
Century Park Museum Association
Publication Date
1976
c1975
Physical Description
108 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Notes
4 copies held: copy 1.
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Burnaby scrapbook : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, [B.C.]: [s.n.] , 2009. (Book) 971.133 MCG
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
Call No.
971.133 MCG
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, [B.C.]
Publisher
[s.n.]
Publication Date
2009
Printer
Rosewood Printers
Physical Description
176 p. : ill.
Inscription
"Pixie Mc Geachie /Dec/09", [handwritten in black ink on title page.]
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Notes
"Collected and compiled by Pixie McGeachie".
Signed by author
Self-published by author
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Bygones of Burnaby : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: Century Park Museum Association , 1976 | c1975. (Book) 971.133 MCG Copy1
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Special Collection
Type
Book
Accession Code
BV006.24.27
Call No.
971.133 MCG Copy1
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
Century Park Museum Association
Publication Date
1976
c1975
Printer
The Corporation of the District of Burnaby
Physical Description
108 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Inscription
To Hazel/ All good wishes/ Pixie McGeachie
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
British Columbia -- Burnaby
Notes
Copy 1 of 3
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A chronological history of the Burnaby Historical Society, 1957-1997

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, BC: Burnaby Historical Society , 1997. (Book) 971.13306 MCG
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
Call No.
971.13306 MCG
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, BC
Publisher
Burnaby Historical Society
Publication Date
1997
Physical Description
53 p. : ill., ports. ;
Inscription
"Presented to Burnaby Village Museum by the / Burnaby Historical Society - 1977 / Pixie McGeachie", handwritten in ink on the cover of the book.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby Historical Society -- History
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Notes
Researched and recorded by Pixie McGeachie. Includes facsimilies of newspaper articles.
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Burnaby Lake - Deer Lake area, 1864-1975

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: , 1975. (Textual Record) 971.1 McG
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Textual Record
Call No.
971.1 McG
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publication Date
1975
Physical Description
201 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Notes
Research notes collected by Pixie McGeachie.
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Bygones of Burnaby : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: Century Park Museum Association , 1976 | c1975. (Book) 971.133 MCG COPY 2
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
Call No.
971.133 MCG COPY 2
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
Century Park Museum Association
Publication Date
1976
c1975
Physical Description
108 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Notes
4 copies held: copy 2.
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Bygones of Burnaby : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: Century Park Museum Association , 1976 | c1975. (Book) 971.133 MCG COPY 3
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
Call No.
971.133 MCG COPY 3
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
Century Park Museum Association
Publication Date
1976
c1975
Physical Description
108 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Notes
4 copies held: copy 3.
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Bygones of Burnaby : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: Century Park Museum Association , 1976 | c1975. (Book) 971.133 MCG COPY 4
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
Call No.
971.133 MCG COPY 4
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
Century Park Museum Association
Publication Date
1976
c1975
Physical Description
108 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Notes
4 copies held: copy 4.
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Bygones of Burnaby : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: Century Park Museum Association , 1976 | c1975. (Book) 971.133 MCG Copy2
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Special Collection
Type
Book
Accession Code
BV012.20.50
Call No.
971.133 MCG Copy2
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
Century Park Museum Association
Publication Date
1976
c1975
Printer
The Corporation of the District of Burnaby
Physical Description
108 p. : ill. : 23 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
British Columbia -- Burnaby
Notes
Copy 2 of 3
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Bygones of Burnaby : an anecdotal history

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: Century Park Museum Association , c1975. (Book) 971.133 MCG Copy 3
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Special Collection
Type
Book
Accession Code
BV014.29.4
Call No.
971.133 MCG Copy 3
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
Century Park Museum Association
Publication Date
c1975
Printer
The Corporation of the District of Burnaby
Physical Description
108 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Inscription
name handwritten on first endpaper in red ink
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
British Columbia -- Burnaby
Notes
Copy 3 of 3
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Mount Seymour cabin "Argu-In" in the snow

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of log cabin named "Argu-In" covered in snow with a large snow drift in front. Pixie McGeachie is leaning out the window of the cabin. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained a cabin with friends on Mount Seymour from 1938 until after the Second …
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of log cabin named "Argu-In" covered in snow with a large snow drift in front. Pixie McGeachie is leaning out the window of the cabin. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained a cabin with friends on Mount Seymour from 1938 until after the Second World War.
Subjects
Natural Phenomena - Snow
Geographic Features - Forests
Geographic Features - Mountains - British Columbia
Buildings - Residences - Cabins
Names
McGeachie, Pixie
Geographic Access
British Columbia - North Vancouver - Mount Seymour
Accession Code
BV008.17.6
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Media Type
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
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Pixie McGeachie in the window of "Argu-In"

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of log cabin named "Argu-In" covered in snow with a large snow drift in front. Pixie McGeachie is leaning out the window of the cabin. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained a cabin with friends on Mount Seymour from 1938 until after the Second …
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of log cabin named "Argu-In" covered in snow with a large snow drift in front. Pixie McGeachie is leaning out the window of the cabin. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained a cabin with friends on Mount Seymour from 1938 until after the Second World War.
Subjects
Natural Phenomena - Snow
Geographic Features - Forests
Geographic Features - Mountains - British Columbia
Buildings - Residences - Cabins
Names
McGeachie, Pixie
Geographic Access
British Columbia - North Vancouver - Mount Seymour
Accession Code
BV008.17.8
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Media Type
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Pixie McGeachie and friends on Mount Seymour

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of four ladies standing in a line in front of a snow covered stump. Third lady from the front is Pixie McGeachie.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of four ladies standing in a line in front of a snow covered stump. Third lady from the front is Pixie McGeachie.
Subjects
Natural Phenomena - Snow
Geographic Features - Forests
Geographic Features - Mountains - British Columbia
Names
McGeachie, Pixie
Geographic Access
British Columbia - North Vancouver - Mount Seymour
Accession Code
BV008.17.9
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Media Type
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Book reading given by Pixie McGeachie January 10, 1973 - Track 1

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Doreen "Pixie" McGeachie's introduction of the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself, telling the story of Archdeacon Richard Small. She begins by reading the book's forward, as well as the beginnings of the first chapter.
Date Range
1849-1872
Length
0:09:04
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Doreen "Pixie" McGeachie's introduction of the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself, telling the story of Archdeacon Richard Small. She begins by reading the book's forward, as well as the beginnings of the first chapter.
Date Range
1849-1872
Photo Info
Pixie McGeachie (left) and Florence Godwin, 1992. Item no. 330-003
Length
0:09:04
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Lytton
Interview Date
January 10, 1973
Scope and Content
Recording is of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie on January 10, 1973 to the Burnaby Historical Society from the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams (then archivist in the Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia) and Pixie McGeachie.
Biographical Notes
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:54:31
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McGeachie, Pixie
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-017-2_ Track_1
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 one of recording of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie

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Book reading given by Pixie McGeachie January 10, 1973 - Track 2

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory238
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes the earlier the impact of the gold rush on British Columbia and the formation of Lytton, BC.
Date Range
1803-1884
Length
0:09:29
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes the earlier the impact of the gold rush on British Columbia and the formation of Lytton, BC.
Date Range
1803-1884
Photo Info
Pixie McGeachie (left) and Florence Godwin, 1992. Item no. 330-003
Length
0:09:29
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Lytton
Interview Date
January 10, 1973
Scope and Content
Recording is of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie on January 10, 1973 to the Burnaby Historical Society from the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams (then archivist in the Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia) and Pixie McGeachie.
Biographical Notes
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:54:31
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McGeachie, Pixie
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-017-2_ Track_2
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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Track two of recording of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie

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Book reading given by Pixie McGeachie January 10, 1973 - Track 3

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory239
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes early missionary experiences in Lytton, including descriptions from the diary of Bishop Hill.
Date Range
1859-1867
Length
0:09:26
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes early missionary experiences in Lytton, including descriptions from the diary of Bishop Hill.
Date Range
1859-1867
Photo Info
Pixie McGeachie (left) and Florence Godwin, 1992. Item no. 330-003
Length
0:09:26
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Lytton
Interview Date
January 10, 1973
Scope and Content
Recording is of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie on January 10, 1973 to the Burnaby Historical Society from the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams (then archivist in the Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia) and Pixie McGeachie.
Biographical Notes
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:54:31
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McGeachie, Pixie
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-017-2_ Track_3
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 three of recording of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie

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Book reading given by Pixie McGeachie January 10, 1973 - Track 6

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory242
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes the mission at Lytton, British Columbia. An unidentified man speaks at the completion of the reading, giving som…
Date Range
1872-1874
Length
0:08:15
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes the mission at Lytton, British Columbia. An unidentified man speaks at the completion of the reading, giving some details on various individuals discussed during the reading.
Date Range
1872-1874
Photo Info
Pixie McGeachie (left) and Florence Godwin, 1992. Item no. 330-003
Length
0:08:15
Subject
Buildings - Religious
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Lytton
Interview Date
January 10, 1973
Scope and Content
Recording is of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie on January 10, 1973 to the Burnaby Historical Society from the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams (then archivist in the Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia) and Pixie McGeachie.
Biographical Notes
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:54:31
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McGeachie, Pixie
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-017-2_ Track_6
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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Track six of recording of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie

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Burnaby : a proud century : a historical commemoration of Burnaby's centennial

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McGeachie, Pixie. Vancouver: Opus Productions , c1991. (Book) 971.133 MCG Copy 1
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0921926081
Call No.
971.133 MCG Copy 1
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Contributor
Wolf, Jim
Place of Publication
Vancouver
Publisher
Opus Productions
Publication Date
c1991
Physical Description
128 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 29 cm.
Inscription
"Pixie McGeachie " "Jim Wolf" [ handwritten in black ink on title page of book]
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 125) and index.
Signed by authors.
Copy 1 of 4.
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Burnaby : a proud century : a historical commemoration of Burnaby's centennial

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McGeachie, Pixie. Vancouver: Opus Productions , c1991. (Book) 971.133 MCG Copy 2
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0921926081
Call No.
971.133 MCG Copy 2
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Contributor
Wolf, Jim
Place of Publication
Vancouver
Publisher
Opus Productions
Publication Date
c1991
Physical Description
128 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 29 cm.
Inscription
"Pixie McGeachie" [handwritten in blue ink on title page of book]
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 125) and index.
Signed by one author
Copy 2 of 4.
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Burnaby : a proud century : a historical commemoration of Burnaby's centennial

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McGeachie, Pixie. Vancouver: Opus Productions , c1991. (Book) 971.133 MCG Copy 3
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0921926081
Call No.
971.133 MCG Copy 3
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Contributor
Wolf, Jim
Place of Publication
Vancouver
Publisher
Opus Productions
Publication Date
c1991
Physical Description
128 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 29 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 125) and index.
Copy 3 of 4.
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Burnaby : a proud century : a historical commemoration of Burnaby's centennial

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McGeachie, Pixie. Vancouver: Opus Productions , c1991. (Book) 971.133 MCG Copy 4
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0921926081
Call No.
971.133 MCG Copy 4
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Contributor
Wolf, Jim
Place of Publication
Vancouver
Publisher
Opus Productions
Publication Date
c1991
Physical Description
128 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 29 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 125) and index.
Copy 4 of 4.
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Skiers on Mount Seymour

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of three skiers standing on their skis side by side in the forest on Mount Seymour. Skiers are identified from left to right as, Becky Skinner, unknown and Pixie McGeachie.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of three skiers standing on their skis side by side in the forest on Mount Seymour. Skiers are identified from left to right as, Becky Skinner, unknown and Pixie McGeachie.
Names
McGeachie, Pixie
Skinner, Becky
Geographic Access
British Columbia - North Vancouver - Mount Seymour
Accession Code
BV008.17.27
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Media Type
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Archdeacon on horseback : Richard Small, 1849-1909, missionary at Lytton, Chaplain at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Lytton and Archdeacon of Yale

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Williams, Cyril E. H., McGeachie, Pixie. Merritt, B.C.: Sonotek Publishing , c1991. (Book) 283.711 WIL
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0929069056
092906903X
Call No.
283.711 WIL
Author
Williams, Cyril E. H.
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Merritt, B.C.
Publisher
Sonotek Publishing
Publication Date
c1991
Physical Description
112 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Inscription
"All good wishes to Colin / and many thanks for contributing / an enjoyable segment to the / 1992 B.C. Historical Federation / Convention. / Pixie McGeachie / May 20/92", written in ink on cover page.
"Dear Colin - / Thank you again for giving up / your Saturday morning in order / to give B.C.H.F. delegates an / interesting & informative bus tour / commentary. Your contribution to / the convention is much appreciated. / Sincerely, / Pixie", hand-written note in ink inserted into book.
Subjects LoC
Anglican Church of Canada -- Clergy -- Biography
Small, Richard - 1849-1909
Anglican Church of Canada -- Missions -- B.C. -- Fraser Canyon
Indians of North America -- British Columbia -- Fraser Canyon -- Missions
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 103-106) and index.
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Land of promise : Robert Burnaby's letters from colonial British Columbia, 1858-1863

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Burnaby, Robert, McLeod, Anne Burnaby, McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: City of Burnaby , c2002. (Book) 971.1 BUR COPY 1
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0969282850
9780969282853
Call No.
971.1 BUR COPY 1
Author
Burnaby, Robert
McLeod, Anne Burnaby
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
City of Burnaby
Publication Date
c2002
Physical Description
199 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Inscription
"Anne Burnaby McLeod / Pixie McGeachie", handwritten in ink on cover page.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby, Robert -- Correspondence
Merchants -- British Columbia -- Correspondence
British Columbia -- History -- 1849-1871
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 190) and index.
Signed by the authors.
3 copies held: copy 1.
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Land of promise : Robert Burnaby's letters from colonial British Columbia, 1858-1863

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Burnaby, Robert, McLeod, Anne Burnaby, McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: City of Burnaby , c. 2002. (Book)
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Special Collection
Type
Book
Accession Code
BV002.72.1
ISBN
0969282850
9780969282853
Author
Burnaby, Robert
McLeod, Anne Burnaby
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
City of Burnaby
Publication Date
c. 2002
Physical Description
199 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Inscription
"Anne Burnaby McLeod / Pixie McGeachie", handwritten in ink on cover page.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby, Robert -- Correspondence
Merchants -- British Columbia -- Correspondence
British Columbia -- History -- 1849-1871
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 190) and index.
Signed by the authors.
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Land of promise : Robert Burnaby's letters from colonial British Columbia, 1858-1863

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Burnaby, Robert, McLeod, Anne Burnaby, McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: City of Burnaby , c2002. (Book) 971.1 BUR COPY 2
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0969282850
9780969282853
Call No.
971.1 BUR COPY 2
Author
Burnaby, Robert
McLeod, Anne Burnaby
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
City of Burnaby
Publication Date
c2002
Physical Description
199 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Inscription
"Anne Burnaby McLeod / Pixie McGeachie", handwritten in ink on cover page.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby, Robert -- Correspondence
Merchants -- British Columbia -- Correspondence
British Columbia -- History -- 1849-1871
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 190) and index.
Signed by the authors.
3 copies held: copy 2.
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Land of promise : Robert Burnaby's letters from colonial British Columbia, 1858-1863

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Burnaby, Robert, McLeod, Anne Burnaby, McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby, B.C.: City of Burnaby , c2002. (Book) 971.1 BUR COPY 3
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
ISBN
0969282850
9780969282853
Call No.
971.1 BUR COPY 3
Author
Burnaby, Robert
McLeod, Anne Burnaby
McGeachie, Pixie
Place of Publication
Burnaby, B.C.
Publisher
City of Burnaby
Publication Date
c2002
Physical Description
199 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects LoC
Burnaby, Robert -- Correspondence
Merchants -- British Columbia -- Correspondence
British Columbia -- History -- 1849-1871
Burnaby (B.C.) -- Biography
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 190) and index.
3 copies held: copy 3.
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Tram memories : in celebration of the restoration of Interurban 1223

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McGeachie, Pixie. Burnaby: City of Burnaby , c2007. (Book) 388.460971 TRA
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Book
Call No.
388.460971 TRA
Author
McGeachie, Pixie
Contributor
Friends of Interurban 1223
Place of Publication
Burnaby
Publisher
City of Burnaby
Publication Date
c2007
Printer
City of Burnaby Printshop
Physical Description
91 p. : ill., map ;,20 cm
Subjects LoC
British Columbia Electric Railway Company -- History
Electric railroads -- Cars.
Local transit -- British Columbia -- History
Street-railroads -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Metropolitan Area -- History
Notes
Editor : Pixie McGeachie
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008-1976
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
24 photographs (tiffs) : b&w + 1 membership card
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs from a McGeachie family album of time that Jack and Pixie McGeachie spent at their log cabin on Mount Seymour and a membership card of the Century Park Museum Association. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained the cabin with f…
Administrative History
Doreen "Pixie" Johnson was born in 1922 and married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie in April 1942. Jack and Pixie McGeachie lived on Rosewood Street (formerly named Campbell Street pre 1951) in Burnaby from 1948 where they raised their two children; David and Kathi. Pixie was well known for her vol…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
24 photographs (tiffs) : b&w + 1 membership card
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs from a McGeachie family album of time that Jack and Pixie McGeachie spent at their log cabin on Mount Seymour and a membership card of the Century Park Museum Association. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained the cabin with friends on Mount Seymour from 1938 until after the Second World War.
Administrative History
Doreen "Pixie" Johnson was born in 1922 and married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie in April 1942. Jack and Pixie McGeachie lived on Rosewood Street (formerly named Campbell Street pre 1951) in Burnaby from 1948 where they raised their two children; David and Kathi. Pixie was well known for her volunteer work in Burnaby. Pixie served for over 20 years as the volunteer archivist for the Burnaby Historical Society; served as president of the Century Park Museum Association and the Friends of the Interurban 1223 and a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission. Pixie was also a Burnaby historian and author who published a column in the Burnaby Examiner Newspaper entitled "Burnaby History" as well as three books about Burnaby History entitled "Bygones of Burnaby"; "Burnaby - A Proud Century" and "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." Due to her diligent volunteer work in Burnaby, Pixie was the recipient of many awards between 2002 and 2008. Awards included: 2002 - the Kushiro cup for Citizen of the Year; 2006 - Heritage BC project award for her work with Friends of the Interurban 1223 and in 2008 - Heritage BC - Ruby Nobb Award. Jack McGeachie passed away in 1981, at the age of 67 years and Pixie McGeachie passed away in August 2010 at the age of 88 years. On September 24, 2010, Pixie was honoured by the City of Burnaby when they dedicated the reading room of the City of Burnaby Archives by naming it the "Pixie McGeachie Reading Room".
Names
McGeachie, John Aloysius "Jack"
McGeachie, Pixie
Accession Code
BV008.17; BV013.4.1
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008-1976
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
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Mount Seymour cabin "Argu-In" in the snow

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of log cabin named "Argu-In" covered in snow. Pixie McGeachie is waving out the window of the cabin. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained a cabin with friends on Mount Seymour from 1938 until after the Second World War.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (tiff) : b&w ; 600 dpi
Scope and Content
Photograph of log cabin named "Argu-In" covered in snow. Pixie McGeachie is waving out the window of the cabin. Jack McGeachie and friends, Maurice Skinner and Jack Gannon built and maintained a cabin with friends on Mount Seymour from 1938 until after the Second World War.
Subjects
Natural Phenomena - Snow
Geographic Features - Forests
Geographic Features - Mountains - British Columbia
Buildings - Residences - Cabins
Names
McGeachie, John Aloysius "Jack"
McGeachie, Pixie
Geographic Access
British Columbia - North Vancouver - Mount Seymour
Accession Code
BV008.17.5
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1939 and 1949] (date of orignals), copied 2008
Media Type
Photograph
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Book reading given by Pixie McGeachie January 10, 1973 - Track 4

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes Reverend John Booth Good's first years serving as a missionary at Lytton, British Columbia.
Date Range
1867-1868
Length
0:09:11
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes Reverend John Booth Good's first years serving as a missionary at Lytton, British Columbia.
Date Range
1867-1868
Photo Info
Pixie McGeachie (left) and Florence Godwin, 1992. Item no. 330-003
Length
0:09:11
Name
Good, Reverend John Booth
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Lytton
Interview Date
January 10, 1973
Scope and Content
Recording is of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie on January 10, 1973 to the Burnaby Historical Society from the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams (then archivist in the Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia) and Pixie McGeachie.
Biographical Notes
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:54:31
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McGeachie, Pixie
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-017-2_ Track_4
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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Track four of recording of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie

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Book reading given by Pixie McGeachie January 10, 1973 - Track 5

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes Reverend John Booth Good's first years serving as a missionary in and around Lytton, British Columbia, including…
Date Range
1868-1872
Length
0:09:07
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Pixie McGeachie's continued reading of "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams and herself. This section of the reading describes Reverend John Booth Good's first years serving as a missionary in and around Lytton, British Columbia, including the unhappy event of the death of his daughter.
Date Range
1868-1872
Photo Info
Pixie McGeachie (left) and Florence Godwin, 1992. Item no. 330-003
Length
0:09:07
Name
Good, Reverend John Booth
Geographic Access
British Columbia - Lytton
Interview Date
January 10, 1973
Scope and Content
Recording is of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie on January 10, 1973 to the Burnaby Historical Society from the book "Archdeacon on Horseback" by Canon Cyril E.H. Williams (then archivist in the Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia) and Pixie McGeachie.
Biographical Notes
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine.
Total Tracks
6
Total Length
0:54:31
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McGeachie, Pixie
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-017-2_ Track_5
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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Track five of recording of a book reading given by Pixie McGeachie

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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 1

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's memories of the work that he and his brother did on the roadways; Canada Way, Kingsway. He discusses helping out at the Hatt-Cook residence as a boy as well as the tram system of the time. Lillian (Wray) McMurray is heard helping her husb…
Date Range
1892-1911
Length
0:09:58
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's memories of the work that he and his brother did on the roadways; Canada Way, Kingsway. He discusses helping out at the Hatt-Cook residence as a boy as well as the tram system of the time. Lillian (Wray) McMurray is heard helping her husband with these descriptions.
Date Range
1892-1911
Photo Info
Emerson Doran (left) and Murdoch McMurray, 1917. Item no. 229-004
Length
0:09:58
Subject
Construction - Road Construction
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Interviewer
McGeachie, Pixie
Interview Date
November 17, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Murdock McMurray and his wife Lillian (Wray) McMurray conducted by Pixie McGeachie on November 17, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Burnaby's development, the Wray Shoe store and Murdock McMurray's cordwood delivery business.
Biographical Notes
Murdock McMurray was born in Vancouver in 1892 to Wilhelmina May and Robert William McMurray. Other children in the family included older siblings John “Jack” and Margaret Lillian, younger siblings Minnie May born May 4, 1895 and Hampton born June 8, 1902. Murdock’s father Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) but retired shortly after moving his family to Burnaby in 1906. He bought six acres of land of what had been previously the Gilley Ranch, the base of operations for Gilley Bros. Ltd. at 2519 Windsor Street (later renumbered and renamed to the 6400 block Imperial Street). Murdock McMurray quit school early to apprentice as a printer. By sixteen he had left the trade and gone into partnership with his older brother Jack. With a team of horses, harness and a wagon, the brothers helped to macadamize roads, haul building supplies for new homes, deliver cord wood for heating, clear land and excavate basements. When Jack McMurray set off to serve overseas during World War I as a driver in the engineer corps, Murdock bought his team of horses and continued working, mainly in the Deer Lake district. In 1916 Murdoch McMurray partnered with Emerson Doran, nephew of the owner of Doran's Mill to buy Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard. As everything was geared towards the war effort, Murdock and Emerson soon ran out of work and had to sell the business. Murdock sold off his horses and equipment and went to work at the ship yard on Pitt River. By 1919 Jack McMurray had returned home from overseas and was working as a fireman at the Shull Lumber and Shingle Mill on the Fraser River. In 1921, he and Murdock teamed up with Emerson Doran and repurchased the Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard which they ran together until 1947. Murdock McMurray married Lillian Wray on September 17, 1925. Lillian was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wray, who came to settle in the Jubilee area of Burnaby in 1919. The family lived on Dow Road and Edward Wray operated Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office. He was known throughout the district as "Wray - The Shoe Man." Mrs. Wray died in 1957 at the age of eight-six and Edward Wray died January 14, 1967 at age of ninety-three. Murdock and Lillian lived at Inverness Street (now Arcola) and raised three children together, Bob, Jack and Bessie. Murdock McMurray died in New Westminster on April 28, 1985 at the age of ninety-two. Lillian Ethel (Wray) McMurray died in Burnaby on February 28, 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.
Total Tracks
7
Total Length
0:58:55
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Interviewee Name
McMurray, Lillian Wray
McMurray, Murdoch
Interviewer Bio
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-010_ Track_1
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 one of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 2

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's memories of riding the tram as a young man and briefly, of working for Ed Brown. Murdock mentions Reeve Byrne and the development of first water system in Burnaby. He also discusses Gilley Brother's Logging Company practices near his fath…
Date Range
1906-1975
Length
0:09:00
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's memories of riding the tram as a young man and briefly, of working for Ed Brown. Murdock mentions Reeve Byrne and the development of first water system in Burnaby. He also discusses Gilley Brother's Logging Company practices near his father's ranch of six acres, which grew mostly strawberries to sell in Vancouver.
Date Range
1906-1975
Photo Info
Emerson Doran (left) and Murdoch McMurray, 1917. Item no. 229-004
Length
0:09:00
Subject
Agriculture - Fruit and Berries
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Windsor Street
Burnaby - Imperial Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Kingsway-Beresford Area
Interviewer
McGeachie, Pixie
Interview Date
November 17, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Murdock McMurray and his wife Lillian (Wray) McMurray conducted by Pixie McGeachie on November 17, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Burnaby's development, the Wray Shoe store and Murdock McMurray's cordwood delivery business.
Biographical Notes
Murdock McMurray was born in Vancouver in 1892 to Wilhelmina May and Robert William McMurray. Other children in the family included older siblings John “Jack” and Margaret Lillian, younger siblings Minnie May born May 4, 1895 and Hampton born June 8, 1902. Murdock’s father Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) but retired shortly after moving his family to Burnaby in 1906. He bought six acres of land of what had been previously the Gilley Ranch, the base of operations for Gilley Bros. Ltd. at 2519 Windsor Street (later renumbered and renamed to the 6400 block Imperial Street). Murdock McMurray quit school early to apprentice as a printer. By sixteen he had left the trade and gone into partnership with his older brother Jack. With a team of horses, harness and a wagon, the brothers helped to macadamize roads, haul building supplies for new homes, deliver cord wood for heating, clear land and excavate basements. When Jack McMurray set off to serve overseas during World War I as a driver in the engineer corps, Murdock bought his team of horses and continued working, mainly in the Deer Lake district. In 1916 Murdoch McMurray partnered with Emerson Doran, nephew of the owner of Doran's Mill to buy Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard. As everything was geared towards the war effort, Murdock and Emerson soon ran out of work and had to sell the business. Murdock sold off his horses and equipment and went to work at the ship yard on Pitt River. By 1919 Jack McMurray had returned home from overseas and was working as a fireman at the Shull Lumber and Shingle Mill on the Fraser River. In 1921, he and Murdock teamed up with Emerson Doran and repurchased the Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard which they ran together until 1947. Murdock McMurray married Lillian Wray on September 17, 1925. Lillian was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wray, who came to settle in the Jubilee area of Burnaby in 1919. The family lived on Dow Road and Edward Wray operated Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office. He was known throughout the district as "Wray - The Shoe Man." Mrs. Wray died in 1957 at the age of eight-six and Edward Wray died January 14, 1967 at age of ninety-three. Murdock and Lillian lived at Inverness Street (now Arcola) and raised three children together, Bob, Jack and Bessie. Murdock McMurray died in New Westminster on April 28, 1985 at the age of ninety-two. Lillian Ethel (Wray) McMurray died in Burnaby on February 28, 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.
Total Tracks
7
Total Length
0:58:55
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Interviewee Name
McMurray, Lillian Wray
McMurray, Murdoch
Interviewer Bio
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-010_ Track_2
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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Track two of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 7

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory249
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock and Lillian McMurray's opinions on Burnaby in 1975. As well, they discuss Lillian's expertise in flower gardening.
Date Range
1975
Length
0:03:18
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock and Lillian McMurray's opinions on Burnaby in 1975. As well, they discuss Lillian's expertise in flower gardening.
Date Range
1975
Photo Info
Emerson Doran (left) and Murdoch McMurray, 1917. Item no. 229-004
Length
0:03:18
Interviewer
McGeachie, Pixie
Interview Date
November 17, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Murdock McMurray and his wife Lillian (Wray) McMurray conducted by Pixie McGeachie on November 17, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Burnaby's development, the Wray Shoe store and Murdock McMurray's cordwood delivery business.
Biographical Notes
Murdock McMurray was born in Vancouver in 1892 to Wilhelmina May and Robert William McMurray. Other children in the family included older siblings John “Jack” and Margaret Lillian, younger siblings Minnie May born May 4, 1895 and Hampton born June 8, 1902. Murdock’s father Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) but retired shortly after moving his family to Burnaby in 1906. He bought six acres of land of what had been previously the Gilley Ranch, the base of operations for Gilley Bros. Ltd. at 2519 Windsor Street (later renumbered and renamed to the 6400 block Imperial Street). Murdock McMurray quit school early to apprentice as a printer. By sixteen he had left the trade and gone into partnership with his older brother Jack. With a team of horses, harness and a wagon, the brothers helped to macadamize roads, haul building supplies for new homes, deliver cord wood for heating, clear land and excavate basements. When Jack McMurray set off to serve overseas during World War I as a driver in the engineer corps, Murdock bought his team of horses and continued working, mainly in the Deer Lake district. In 1916 Murdoch McMurray partnered with Emerson Doran, nephew of the owner of Doran's Mill to buy Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard. As everything was geared towards the war effort, Murdock and Emerson soon ran out of work and had to sell the business. Murdock sold off his horses and equipment and went to work at the ship yard on Pitt River. By 1919 Jack McMurray had returned home from overseas and was working as a fireman at the Shull Lumber and Shingle Mill on the Fraser River. In 1921, he and Murdock teamed up with Emerson Doran and repurchased the Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard which they ran together until 1947. Murdock McMurray married Lillian Wray on September 17, 1925. Lillian was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wray, who came to settle in the Jubilee area of Burnaby in 1919. The family lived on Dow Road and Edward Wray operated Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office. He was known throughout the district as "Wray - The Shoe Man." Mrs. Wray died in 1957 at the age of eight-six and Edward Wray died January 14, 1967 at age of ninety-three. Murdock and Lillian lived at Inverness Street (now Arcola) and raised three children together, Bob, Jack and Bessie. Murdock McMurray died in New Westminster on April 28, 1985 at the age of ninety-two. Lillian Ethel (Wray) McMurray died in Burnaby on February 28, 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.
Total Tracks
7
Total Length
0:58:55
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Interviewee Name
McMurray, Lillian Wray
McMurray, Murdoch
Interviewer Bio
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-010_ Track_7
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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Track seven of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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book presentation at twinning ceremony linking Loughborough, England and City of Burnaby

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto4279
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[May 6, 1986]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : colour ; 13.3 cm x 11.6 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the twinning ceremony between Loughborough, England and Burnaby on May 6, 1986. Caption on original matte read: "The twinning ceremony linking Loughborough, England burial place of Robert Burnaby, and Burnaby municipality. Council Chambers. David Harris, Chief Executive Officer …
Administrative History
Donated by the Burnaby Historical Society.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : colour ; 13.3 cm x 11.6 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph taken at the twinning ceremony between Loughborough, England and Burnaby on May 6, 1986. Caption on original matte read: "The twinning ceremony linking Loughborough, England burial place of Robert Burnaby, and Burnaby municipality. Council Chambers. David Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Loughborough and Charnwood, England, and his wife Beatrice, receiving "Bygones of Burnaby", autographed by author, Pixie McGeachie.".
Administrative History
Donated by the Burnaby Historical Society.
Creator
[unknown]
Other Title Information
Title based on content of photograph.
Subjects
Buildings - Civic - City Halls
Ceremonies
Names
Burnaby Historical Society
Burnaby City Hall
Burnaby, Robert
McGeachie, Pixie
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 4949 Canada Way
Accession Code
BV017.32.9
Date
[May 6, 1986]
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Oakalla Area
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-Mar-2018
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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 4

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock and Lillian McMurray's trip back to Murdock's mother's hometown in in Northern Scotland. The discussion starts up again on the topic of Lillian (Wray) McMurray's father, Edward Wray's business, the Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office, then again with…
Date Range
1916-1975
Length
0:09:05
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock and Lillian McMurray's trip back to Murdock's mother's hometown in in Northern Scotland. The discussion starts up again on the topic of Lillian (Wray) McMurray's father, Edward Wray's business, the Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office, then again with a description of the cordwood business Murdock had with Emerson Doran.
Date Range
1916-1975
Photo Info
Emerson Doran (left) and Murdoch McMurray, 1917. Item no. 229-004
Length
0:09:05
Name
Wray, Edward
Subject
Buildings - Commercial
Interviewer
McGeachie, Pixie
Interview Date
November 17, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Murdock McMurray and his wife Lillian (Wray) McMurray conducted by Pixie McGeachie on November 17, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Burnaby's development, the Wray Shoe store and Murdock McMurray's cordwood delivery business.
Biographical Notes
Murdock McMurray was born in Vancouver in 1892 to Wilhelmina May and Robert William McMurray. Other children in the family included older siblings John “Jack” and Margaret Lillian, younger siblings Minnie May born May 4, 1895 and Hampton born June 8, 1902. Murdock’s father Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) but retired shortly after moving his family to Burnaby in 1906. He bought six acres of land of what had been previously the Gilley Ranch, the base of operations for Gilley Bros. Ltd. at 2519 Windsor Street (later renumbered and renamed to the 6400 block Imperial Street). Murdock McMurray quit school early to apprentice as a printer. By sixteen he had left the trade and gone into partnership with his older brother Jack. With a team of horses, harness and a wagon, the brothers helped to macadamize roads, haul building supplies for new homes, deliver cord wood for heating, clear land and excavate basements. When Jack McMurray set off to serve overseas during World War I as a driver in the engineer corps, Murdock bought his team of horses and continued working, mainly in the Deer Lake district. In 1916 Murdoch McMurray partnered with Emerson Doran, nephew of the owner of Doran's Mill to buy Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard. As everything was geared towards the war effort, Murdock and Emerson soon ran out of work and had to sell the business. Murdock sold off his horses and equipment and went to work at the ship yard on Pitt River. By 1919 Jack McMurray had returned home from overseas and was working as a fireman at the Shull Lumber and Shingle Mill on the Fraser River. In 1921, he and Murdock teamed up with Emerson Doran and repurchased the Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard which they ran together until 1947. Murdock McMurray married Lillian Wray on September 17, 1925. Lillian was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wray, who came to settle in the Jubilee area of Burnaby in 1919. The family lived on Dow Road and Edward Wray operated Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office. He was known throughout the district as "Wray - The Shoe Man." Mrs. Wray died in 1957 at the age of eight-six and Edward Wray died January 14, 1967 at age of ninety-three. Murdock and Lillian lived at Inverness Street (now Arcola) and raised three children together, Bob, Jack and Bessie. Murdock McMurray died in New Westminster on April 28, 1985 at the age of ninety-two. Lillian Ethel (Wray) McMurray died in Burnaby on February 28, 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.
Total Tracks
7
Total Length
0:58:55
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McMurray, Lillian Wray
McMurray, Murdoch
Interviewer Bio
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-010_ Track_4
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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Track four of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 5

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory247
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's memories of his first team of horses. Lillian (Wray) McMurray and her husband discuss their son Bob McMurray's volunteerism and professional activities.
Date Range
1904-1975
Length
0:09:26
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's memories of his first team of horses. Lillian (Wray) McMurray and her husband discuss their son Bob McMurray's volunteerism and professional activities.
Date Range
1904-1975
Photo Info
Emerson Doran (left) and Murdoch McMurray, 1917. Item no. 229-004
Length
0:09:26
Name
McMurray, Bob
Subject
Transportation - Sleighs
Animals - Horses
Interviewer
McGeachie, Pixie
Interview Date
November 17, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Murdock McMurray and his wife Lillian (Wray) McMurray conducted by Pixie McGeachie on November 17, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Burnaby's development, the Wray Shoe store and Murdock McMurray's cordwood delivery business.
Biographical Notes
Murdock McMurray was born in Vancouver in 1892 to Wilhelmina May and Robert William McMurray. Other children in the family included older siblings John “Jack” and Margaret Lillian, younger siblings Minnie May born May 4, 1895 and Hampton born June 8, 1902. Murdock’s father Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) but retired shortly after moving his family to Burnaby in 1906. He bought six acres of land of what had been previously the Gilley Ranch, the base of operations for Gilley Bros. Ltd. at 2519 Windsor Street (later renumbered and renamed to the 6400 block Imperial Street). Murdock McMurray quit school early to apprentice as a printer. By sixteen he had left the trade and gone into partnership with his older brother Jack. With a team of horses, harness and a wagon, the brothers helped to macadamize roads, haul building supplies for new homes, deliver cord wood for heating, clear land and excavate basements. When Jack McMurray set off to serve overseas during World War I as a driver in the engineer corps, Murdock bought his team of horses and continued working, mainly in the Deer Lake district. In 1916 Murdoch McMurray partnered with Emerson Doran, nephew of the owner of Doran's Mill to buy Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard. As everything was geared towards the war effort, Murdock and Emerson soon ran out of work and had to sell the business. Murdock sold off his horses and equipment and went to work at the ship yard on Pitt River. By 1919 Jack McMurray had returned home from overseas and was working as a fireman at the Shull Lumber and Shingle Mill on the Fraser River. In 1921, he and Murdock teamed up with Emerson Doran and repurchased the Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard which they ran together until 1947. Murdock McMurray married Lillian Wray on September 17, 1925. Lillian was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wray, who came to settle in the Jubilee area of Burnaby in 1919. The family lived on Dow Road and Edward Wray operated Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office. He was known throughout the district as "Wray - The Shoe Man." Mrs. Wray died in 1957 at the age of eight-six and Edward Wray died January 14, 1967 at age of ninety-three. Murdock and Lillian lived at Inverness Street (now Arcola) and raised three children together, Bob, Jack and Bessie. Murdock McMurray died in New Westminster on April 28, 1985 at the age of ninety-two. Lillian Ethel (Wray) McMurray died in Burnaby on February 28, 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.
Total Tracks
7
Total Length
0:58:55
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
McMurray, Lillian Wray
McMurray, Murdoch
Interviewer Bio
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-010_ Track_5
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 five of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 6

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory248
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's impressions of municipal politics. The McMurrays discuss the municipal hall. Murdock also mentions Constable Hatt-Cook. Lillian (Wray) McMurray is heard helping her husband with these descriptions.
Date Range
1919-1975
Length
0:08:24
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's impressions of municipal politics. The McMurrays discuss the municipal hall. Murdock also mentions Constable Hatt-Cook. Lillian (Wray) McMurray is heard helping her husband with these descriptions.
Date Range
1919-1975
Photo Info
Emerson Doran (left) and Murdoch McMurray, 1917. Item no. 229-004
Length
0:08:24
Name
Hatt-Cook, H.
Interviewer
McGeachie, Pixie
Interview Date
November 17, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Murdock McMurray and his wife Lillian (Wray) McMurray conducted by Pixie McGeachie on November 17, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Burnaby's development, the Wray Shoe store and Murdock McMurray's cordwood delivery business.
Biographical Notes
Murdock McMurray was born in Vancouver in 1892 to Wilhelmina May and Robert William McMurray. Other children in the family included older siblings John “Jack” and Margaret Lillian, younger siblings Minnie May born May 4, 1895 and Hampton born June 8, 1902. Murdock’s father Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) but retired shortly after moving his family to Burnaby in 1906. He bought six acres of land of what had been previously the Gilley Ranch, the base of operations for Gilley Bros. Ltd. at 2519 Windsor Street (later renumbered and renamed to the 6400 block Imperial Street). Murdock McMurray quit school early to apprentice as a printer. By sixteen he had left the trade and gone into partnership with his older brother Jack. With a team of horses, harness and a wagon, the brothers helped to macadamize roads, haul building supplies for new homes, deliver cord wood for heating, clear land and excavate basements. When Jack McMurray set off to serve overseas during World War I as a driver in the engineer corps, Murdock bought his team of horses and continued working, mainly in the Deer Lake district. In 1916 Murdoch McMurray partnered with Emerson Doran, nephew of the owner of Doran's Mill to buy Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard. As everything was geared towards the war effort, Murdock and Emerson soon ran out of work and had to sell the business. Murdock sold off his horses and equipment and went to work at the ship yard on Pitt River. By 1919 Jack McMurray had returned home from overseas and was working as a fireman at the Shull Lumber and Shingle Mill on the Fraser River. In 1921, he and Murdock teamed up with Emerson Doran and repurchased the Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard which they ran together until 1947. Murdock McMurray married Lillian Wray on September 17, 1925. Lillian was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wray, who came to settle in the Jubilee area of Burnaby in 1919. The family lived on Dow Road and Edward Wray operated Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office. He was known throughout the district as "Wray - The Shoe Man." Mrs. Wray died in 1957 at the age of eight-six and Edward Wray died January 14, 1967 at age of ninety-three. Murdock and Lillian lived at Inverness Street (now Arcola) and raised three children together, Bob, Jack and Bessie. Murdock McMurray died in New Westminster on April 28, 1985 at the age of ninety-two. Lillian Ethel (Wray) McMurray died in Burnaby on February 28, 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.
Total Tracks
7
Total Length
0:58:55
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Interviewee Name
McMurray, Lillian Wray
McMurray, Murdoch
Interviewer Bio
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-010_ Track_6
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 six of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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Archivist Pixie McGeachie

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto36448
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Item No.
271-016
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of archivist Pixie McGeachie showing onlookers community records inside the storage area during the opening of the Burnaby Community Archives at the Burnaby Village Museum.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
271-016
Accession Number
BHS991-41
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of archivist Pixie McGeachie showing onlookers community records inside the storage area during the opening of the Burnaby Community Archives at the Burnaby Village Museum.
Subjects
Events - Openings
Names
Burnaby Historical Society
Burnaby Village Museum
McGeachie, Pixie
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 photograph : col. negative ; 35 mm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
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Pixie McGeachie and Florence Godwin

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37178
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 14, 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Item No.
330-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Pixie McGeachie, unidentified, and Florence Godwin sitting inside, in front of the windows at the Metrotown Branch of the Burnaby Public Library.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 14, 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
330-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
In Archives only
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Pixie McGeachie, unidentified, and Florence Godwin sitting inside, in front of the windows at the Metrotown Branch of the Burnaby Public Library.
Photographer
Pel, Vera
Subjects
Buildings - Civic - Libraries
Names
Burnaby Public Library
Godwin, Florence Hart
McGeachie, Pixie
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6100 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby - Willingdon Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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Pixie McGeachie and Florence Godwin

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37180
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 14, 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Item No.
330-003
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Pixie McGeachie and Florence Godwin standing together in front of the windows at the Metrotown Branch of the Burnaby Public Library.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
November 14, 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
330-003
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
In Archives only
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Pixie McGeachie and Florence Godwin standing together in front of the windows at the Metrotown Branch of the Burnaby Public Library.
Photographer
Pel, Vera
Subjects
Buildings - Civic - Libraries
Names
Burnaby Public Library
Godwin, Florence Hart
McGeachie, Pixie
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6100 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby - Willingdon Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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Councillor Doreen Lawson, Pixie McGeachie, and Mayor W. Copeland

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37195
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1996
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Item No.
332-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of guests of the Municipal Appreciation Dinner. Standing inbetween two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers are Councillor Doreen Lawson, Pixie McGeachie, and Mayor W. Copeland.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
May 1996
Collection/Fonds
Pixie McGeachie collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
332-001
Accession Number
BHS996-16
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of guests of the Municipal Appreciation Dinner. Standing inbetween two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers are Councillor Doreen Lawson, Pixie McGeachie, and Mayor W. Copeland.
Subjects
Celebrations
Names
Lawson, Doreen A.
McGeachie, Pixie
Copeland, William J
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 3

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/oralhistory245
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's opinion of shopping at a store in the present day. He mentions George Green's book "History of Burnaby", the Royal Oak Hotel and the development of Alta Vista. As well, Murdock mentions his father Robert William McMurray. Lillian (Wray) M…
Date Range
1904-1975
Length
0:09:45
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the recording pertains to Murdock McMurray's opinion of shopping at a store in the present day. He mentions George Green's book "History of Burnaby", the Royal Oak Hotel and the development of Alta Vista. As well, Murdock mentions his father Robert William McMurray. Lillian (Wray) McMurray is heard helping her husband with these descriptions.
Date Range
1904-1975
Photo Info
Emerson Doran (left) and Murdoch McMurray, 1917. Item no. 229-004
Length
0:09:45
Name
McMurray, R.W.
Royal Oak Hotel
Subject
Buildings - Commercial
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Interviewer
McGeachie, Pixie
Interview Date
November 17, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Murdock McMurray and his wife Lillian (Wray) McMurray conducted by Pixie McGeachie on November 17, 1975. Major themes discussed are: Burnaby's development, the Wray Shoe store and Murdock McMurray's cordwood delivery business.
Biographical Notes
Murdock McMurray was born in Vancouver in 1892 to Wilhelmina May and Robert William McMurray. Other children in the family included older siblings John “Jack” and Margaret Lillian, younger siblings Minnie May born May 4, 1895 and Hampton born June 8, 1902. Murdock’s father Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) but retired shortly after moving his family to Burnaby in 1906. He bought six acres of land of what had been previously the Gilley Ranch, the base of operations for Gilley Bros. Ltd. at 2519 Windsor Street (later renumbered and renamed to the 6400 block Imperial Street). Murdock McMurray quit school early to apprentice as a printer. By sixteen he had left the trade and gone into partnership with his older brother Jack. With a team of horses, harness and a wagon, the brothers helped to macadamize roads, haul building supplies for new homes, deliver cord wood for heating, clear land and excavate basements. When Jack McMurray set off to serve overseas during World War I as a driver in the engineer corps, Murdock bought his team of horses and continued working, mainly in the Deer Lake district. In 1916 Murdoch McMurray partnered with Emerson Doran, nephew of the owner of Doran's Mill to buy Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard. As everything was geared towards the war effort, Murdock and Emerson soon ran out of work and had to sell the business. Murdock sold off his horses and equipment and went to work at the ship yard on Pitt River. By 1919 Jack McMurray had returned home from overseas and was working as a fireman at the Shull Lumber and Shingle Mill on the Fraser River. In 1921, he and Murdock teamed up with Emerson Doran and repurchased the Edmonds Coal and Wood fuel yard which they ran together until 1947. Murdock McMurray married Lillian Wray on September 17, 1925. Lillian was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wray, who came to settle in the Jubilee area of Burnaby in 1919. The family lived on Dow Road and Edward Wray operated Jubilee Shoe Store and Post Office. He was known throughout the district as "Wray - The Shoe Man." Mrs. Wray died in 1957 at the age of eight-six and Edward Wray died January 14, 1967 at age of ninety-three. Murdock and Lillian lived at Inverness Street (now Arcola) and raised three children together, Bob, Jack and Bessie. Murdock McMurray died in New Westminster on April 28, 1985 at the age of ninety-two. Lillian Ethel (Wray) McMurray died in Burnaby on February 28, 1986 at the age of eighty-seven.
Total Tracks
7
Total Length
0:58:55
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Interviewee Name
McMurray, Lillian Wray
McMurray, Murdoch
Interviewer Bio
Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie was a resident of Burnaby for over sixty years. Pixie married John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie and raised their children Kathi (Dunlop) and David McGeachie in the house the couple built themselves in 1947. Pixie served as the editor for the Burnaby Examiner newspaper and wrote a column entitled "Burnaby History" for The News. In 1974 she authored her first book titled "Bygones of Burnaby" which was one of the first to develop anecdotal stories about pioneer life in Burnaby. She authored "Burnaby - A Proud Century" in 1992 and in 2002 she wrote a biography of the city's namesake in the book "Land of Promise: Robert Burnaby's letters from Colonial B.C." She also contributed many hours of volunteering; helping to establish Burnaby's first museum Heritage Village in 1971, serving as President of the Burnaby Historical Society from 1991-1993. She served a six year term on Burnaby's Heritage Commission leading the charge to preserve many historic sites throughout the city, and during her twenty years as the Community Archives volunteer archivist for the historical society, she succeeded in gathering thousands of rare and valuable historic photographs and documents which now forms the core of the photograph collection on the Heritage Burnaby website (as these items were donated by the Society to the City Archives in 2007). The City of Burnaby awarded Pixie McGeachie the Kushiro Cup as Citizen of the year in 2002. In 2006 she received a Heritage BC project award for leading the Friends of Interurban 1223 project, and in 2008 Heritage BC recognised her again by presenting her with the Ruby Nobb Award. John Aloysius "Jack" McGeachie died October 12, 1981 at the age of sixty-seven. Doreen "Pixie" (Johnson) McGeachie died August 14, 2010 at the age of eighty-nine. On 24 September, 2011, the City of Burnaby dedicated the reading at the City Archives in honour of Pixie and formally named it the Pixie McGeachie Reading Room in recognition of her years of service to the community.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-010_ Track_3
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 three of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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Pixie McGeachie, Hazel L'Estrange and Jim Wolf

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto36433
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Item No.
271-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Pixie McGeachie, Hazel L'Estrange, and Jim Wolf sitting inside at the opening of the Burnaby Community Archives at the Burnaby Village Museum.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1990
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
271-001
Accession Number
BHS991-41
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Pixie McGeachie, Hazel L'Estrange, and Jim Wolf sitting inside at the opening of the Burnaby Community Archives at the Burnaby Village Museum.
Subjects
Events - Openings
Names
Burnaby Historical Society
Burnaby Village Museum
McGeachie, Pixie
L'Estrange, Hazel
Wolf, Jim
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 photograph : col. negative ; 35 mm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Images
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1964-1967]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Girl Guides fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 scrapbook : 4 photographs : b&w + textual records
Scope and Content
Item consists of a red vinyl scrapbook binder with an image from a Girl Guide poster “Girl Guides of Canada” glued to the front cover.This binder was put together by Pixie McGeachie. There are 43 black pages with newspaper clippings, photographs and other paper documents mounted inside. Dates range…
  1 Document     1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Girl Guides fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 scrapbook : 4 photographs : b&w + textual records
Scope and Content
Item consists of a red vinyl scrapbook binder with an image from a Girl Guide poster “Girl Guides of Canada” glued to the front cover.This binder was put together by Pixie McGeachie. There are 43 black pages with newspaper clippings, photographs and other paper documents mounted inside. Dates range from 1964 (Golden Jubilee for Burnaby Guides) to the end of 1967. The first page includes a handwritten notecard and envelope from Lady Olave Baden-Powell to the Burnaby Girl Guides. The letter was addressed to Pixie McGeachie and reads : "Hello Burnaby Girls! / I did appreciate / your kind thoughts / for me at the time of / your Golden Jubilee / Congratulations to you all." Four black white photographs contained within album are from the Burnaby Guides Golden Jubilee and are identified as Girl Guide leaders: Mrs. T. Schootman, Mrs. H.L Puppyn, Mrs. V. Hill, Mrs. J.W. Roper, Mrs. J. Park, Miss E. Feritan, Mrs. A.E. Peel, Mrs. Albertson, Mrs. P. Pringle, Mrs. Underhill and Mrs. N.M Jacobsen. Scrapbook also contains an Examiner newspaper clipping titled: "Sea Ranger Kathy Hardy Presented with Gold Cord" with photograph of Sea Ranger Kathy Hardy; dated Oct. 21/64 and a newspaper clipping titled: "Girls Win Music Scholarships" with photograph including Girl Guide Virginia Blake; ca. March/April 1965.
Creator
Pixie McGeachie
Subjects
Organizations - Girls' Societies and Clubs
Names
Galbraith, Eleanor
Girl Guides
McGeachie, Pixie
Hill, Mrs. V
Roper, Isabelle
Feritan, Mrs. E
Peel, Mrs. A.E.
Pringle, Mrs. P.
Jacobsen, Mrs. N.M.
Schootman, Anneka
Puppyn, Mrs. H.L.
Dankoski, Bev
Codron, Joyce
Miller, Donna
Hyslop, Sandy
Hyslop, Pauline
McGeachie, Ivy
Blake, Virginia
Hardy, Kathy
Accession Code
BV015.35.159
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[1964-1967]
Media Type
Photograph
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file
Items online within scrapbook have been redacted in compliance with Section 22 of FIPPA
Photographs from scrapbook have been described at item level (BV015.35.313 to BV015.35.316)
Photographs that were found loose within scrapbook were not included in digital image reproductions but are described at item level (BV015.35.307 to BV015.35.312)
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