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Interview with Charles B. Brown May 21, 1975 - Track 7

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles Boyer Brown's impressions of various Commissioners.
Date Range
1933-1942
Length
0:06:35
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles Boyer Brown's impressions of various Commissioners.
Date Range
1933-1942
Photo Info
Charles Boyer Brown, by photographer Nicholas Rossmo [1950]. Item no. 307-008
Length
0:06:35
Subject
Officials - Commissioners
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
May 21, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with Charles B. Brown by SFU (Simon Fraser University) graduate student Bettina Bradbury May 21, 1975. Major themes discussed are: the Depression, the Commissioner and municipal politics in general. To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
Charles Boyer Brown was born on June 16, 1894 in the town of Ongar, Essex, England. He came to Canada as a young child with his parents Jean and Percy Brown. In 1903, the family settled in New Westminster and by 1911, Charles had joined the Burnaby municipal staff working as an office boy. The outbreak of World War One interrupted Charlie’s career as he immediately enlisted with the Royal Engineers and served from 1915 to 1918. While overseas he met and married Lillian Bernice Bryan and they returned to Canada together after the war and Charles resumed his position in municipal administration. For a short time, Charles was appointed as the Municipal Assessor, but in 1927 he became the Assistant Municipal Clerk. In 1933, Charles was made Municipal Clerk, a post he held until he retired in 1959. Charles has also been credited with playing a significant role in administering the city while it was under the rule of the provincial commission from 1932-1942. Recognized for his expertise in civic affairs, Charles was appointed by the provincial government to a committee formed to review and revise the Municipal Act. He was also a member of the BC Municipal Officers’ Association from its formation in 1936 and was made its chair in 1953. While these civic duties occupied much of his time, Charles still managed to participate as a volunteer on many sport and youth clubs in the city and served as the secretary for the Kingsway Rotary Club. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Burnaby, both paid and volunteer, Charles was presented with the Gold Key award in 1959, the same year he finally retired from municipal administration. During Charles’ lifetime, many changes took place in the Municipality that he loved. He saw Burnaby grow in population and progress and he could be proud of the significant part he played in that growth and development. Charles Brown died on August 11, 1981.
Total Tracks
8
Total Length
0:58:01
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Interviewee Name
Brown, Charles B. "Charlie"
Interview Location
Walker Avenue
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-06_Track_7
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
Audio Tracks

Track seven of interview with Charles B. Brown

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Interview with Charles A. Purdon and May E. Purdon July 9, 1975 - Track 4

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles and May Purdon's memories of the Burnaby government going into receivership. The Purdons discuss their neighbours' jobs and the employment situation at the time.
Date Range
1932-1943
Length
0:07:55
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles and May Purdon's memories of the Burnaby government going into receivership. The Purdons discuss their neighbours' jobs and the employment situation at the time.
Date Range
1932-1943
Length
0:07:55
Subject
Officials - Commissioners
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Edmonds Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
July 9, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with Charles A. Purdon and May E. Purdon by SFU graduate student Bettina Bradbury July 9, 1975. Major themes discussed are: the Depression and Canadian politics. To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
May Eliza was born in London, England in 1907. She came out to Regina with her family when she was eleven. Charles A. Purdon was born February 28, 1904 in London, England. He came to Canada in 1925 from China where he had been working as an accountant for the previous three years. Charles first came to Vancouver and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) but within a week he was sent to Regina. This is where he met May. May and Charles got married in 1926 and Charles began working as an accountant for the Saskatchewan Wheat Growers, then for the Canadian Wool Growers before being laid off. In October of 1930, Charles and May left Regina for Vancouver Island. Charles drove himself out and May rode the train with her children; twin boys and a daughter, only one year apart. They settled at May’s parent’s second house in Coombs. The Purdons arrived in Burnaby in December of 1932 and rented a house on Edmonds Street. Charles was unable to do road work and instead found work through the Liberal Party and also with the Municipal engineers indoors on a number of projects. In 1938 the Purdons were able to get into a reverted house built by Ernie Winch at Maple Avenue (then Jubilee) and Nelson Avenue that had nine bedrooms. They paid ten dollars a month to the municipality for use of this property. May Eliza Purdon died April 6, 1983 at the age of seventy-six.
Total Length
1:40:03
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Interviewee Name
Purdon, Charles A.
Purdon, May Eliza
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-19_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.
Audio Tracks

Track four of interview with Charles A. Purdon and May E. Purdon

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Commissioner John Mahony

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34725
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1933 or 1934] (date of original), photographed [ca. 1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.1 x 12.0 cm print
Item No.
126-014
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of John Mahony, Commissioner of Burnaby during part of 1933 and 1934.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1933 or 1934] (date of original), photographed [ca. 1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
126-014
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.1 x 12.0 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of John Mahony, Commissioner of Burnaby during part of 1933 and 1934.
Subjects
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Mahony, John
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Commissioner John Bennett

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto34739
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1932 or 1933] (date of original), photographed [ca. 1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.1 x 12.1 cm
Item No.
126-013
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of John Bennett, Commissioner of Burnaby during part of 1932 and 1933.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1932 or 1933] (date of original), photographed [ca. 1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
126-013
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.1 x 12.1 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of John Bennett, Commissioner of Burnaby during part of 1932 and 1933.
Subjects
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Bennett, John
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Barrington, Jim - Burnaby Politics

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1965
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5.5 cm
Item No.
480-1303
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Jim Barrington, a Burnaby Freeman and Parks Commissioner.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1965
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1303
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Jim Barrington, a Burnaby Freeman and Parks Commissioner.
Subjects
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Barrington, James Alfred "Jim"
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
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Barrington, Jim - Burnaby Politics

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58844
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
ca.1970
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.5 x 10 cm
Item No.
480-1305
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of former Parks Commissioner, and the 1983 Freeman of Burnaby James Alfred "Jim" Barrington.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
ca.1970
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1305
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.5 x 10 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of former Parks Commissioner, and the 1983 Freeman of Burnaby James Alfred "Jim" Barrington.
Photographer
King, Basil
Subjects
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Barrington, James Alfred "Jim"
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note on recto reads "This one I like - AND I know the guy Basil"
Note on verso of photograph reads: "James Barrington"
Photographer's stamp on verso of photograph
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Members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1 Jan 1971
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee (dressed in yellow jackets), officials and volunteers around a long table. chair James A. Barrington is standing behind committee members Mary Trainer (dressed in yellow jacket and wearing glasses) and Rose Bancroft. Alderman Vic Stusiak is …
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Series
Copan Album series
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee (dressed in yellow jackets), officials and volunteers around a long table. chair James A. Barrington is standing behind committee members Mary Trainer (dressed in yellow jacket and wearing glasses) and Rose Bancroft. Alderman Vic Stusiak is seated to the right of Rose Bancroft.
Subjects
Celebrations - Centennials
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Barrington, James Alfred "Jim"
Trainer, Mary
Bancroft, Rose
Stusiak, Victor V. "Vic"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Canada Way
Burnaby - 4949 Canada Way
Accession Code
BV005.54.544
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
1 Jan 1971
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
August 11, 2020
Scale
100
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
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Members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto13651
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1 Jan 1971
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee (dressed in yellow jackets), officials and volunteers around a long table. chair James A. Barrington is standing behind committee members Mary Trainer (dressed in yellow jacket and wearing glasses) and Rose Bancroft. Alderman Vic Stusiak is …
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Series
Copan Album series
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee (dressed in yellow jackets), officials and volunteers around a long table. chair James A. Barrington is standing behind committee members Mary Trainer (dressed in yellow jacket and wearing glasses) and Rose Bancroft. Alderman Vic Stusiak is seated to the right of Rose Bancroft.
Subjects
Celebrations - Centennials
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Barrington, James Alfred "Jim"
Trainer, Mary
Bancroft, Rose
Stusiak, Victor V. "Vic"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Canada Way
Burnaby - 4949 Canada Way
Accession Code
BV005.54.546
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
1 Jan 1971
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
August 11, 2020
Scale
100
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Interview with Jack Davy and Thomas James Sanderson 22-Jul-75 - Track 4

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Jack Davy and Tommy Sanderson's attitudes towards the Commissioner as well as to the unemployed in Burnaby.
Date Range
1931-1939
Length
0:09:35
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Jack Davy and Tommy Sanderson's attitudes towards the Commissioner as well as to the unemployed in Burnaby.
Date Range
1931-1939
Length
0:09:35
Name
Burnaby South High School
Subject
Occupations - Teachers
Officials - Commissioners
Interviewer
McLeod, Ross S.
Interview Date
22-Jul-75
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with two school principals who were working during the depression; John "Jack" Davy and Thomas James "Tommy" Sanderson by Ross S. McLeod. Major themes discussed are: the Depression and scholastic studies. To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
John “Jack” Davy was raised in New Westminster and his family and the Eagles' family were close friends, with the grandparents and parents getting together regularly to play cards. As a child, Jack delivered the Columbian newspaper. Jack Davy worked for Burnaby schools for over fifty years; twenty-five of those years as principal at Edmonds Street School. During the depression, he worked as a principal of Kitchener Street School. Thomas James “Tommy” Sanderson was born to Ellen Jane Garvin and Thomas F. Sanderson. The couple married on January 14, 1903 at Mount Pleasant and lived first at English Bay. Tommy had an older brother, Gordon John and a sister, Flora Jane (later Rawden). The three children were raised in the Sanderson family home at 3812 Inman Avenue, one block north of Central Park. From 1919 to 1920, their father, Thomas F. Sanderson served as Reeve of Burnaby. Tommy Sanderson attended Inman Avenue School, then Kingsway West before graduating from Burnaby South High School in 1926. In 1931, he began his teaching career back at Burnaby South High School. From 1938, Tommy was principal at Sperling Avenue School. During the course of his career, he also worked as vice-principal of Edmonds Street School, principal at Capitol Hill School, Kingsway West School, McPhearson Junior High and Burnaby North High School. Tommy married Dorothy Alberta Reid of Chilliwack July 12, 1932 and had two children Robert “Bobby” and Margaret. The family first lived at 1921 Gilley Avenue, New Westminster then 2073 Waverley Avenue, Burnaby while Bobby and Margaret attended Nelson Avenue School, then Burnaby South High School.
Total Tracks
5
Total Length
0:43:20
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Interviewee Name
Davy, Jack
Sanderson, Thomas "Tommy" James
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-24_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.
Audio Tracks

Track four of interview with Jack Davy and Thomas James Sanderson

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Members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto13650
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1 Jan 1971
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee, officials and volunteers seated at a long table. Alderman Warren Clark is wearing a yellow jacket and seated at the head of the table.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Series
Copan Album series
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of Burnaby Centennial '71 committee, officials and volunteers seated at a long table. Alderman Warren Clark is wearing a yellow jacket and seated at the head of the table.
Subjects
Celebrations - Centennials
Officials
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Clark, Warren R.
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Canada Way
Burnaby - 4949 Canada Way
Accession Code
BV005.54.545
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
1 Jan 1971
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
August 11, 2020
Scale
100
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Interview with W.H. O'Brien July / August 1975 - Track 3

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to W.H. "Harry" O'Brien's thoughts on how the Union of the Unemployed was organized and what its main focus was. Harry discusses the Union of the Unemployed's dealings with the Commissioner.
Date Range
1935-1936
Length
0:08:41
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to W.H. "Harry" O'Brien's thoughts on how the Union of the Unemployed was organized and what its main focus was. Harry discusses the Union of the Unemployed's dealings with the Commissioner.
Date Range
1935-1936
Photo Info
Harry and Gertrude (Crossan) O'Brien on their wedding day, October 12, 1940. Item no. 315-005
Length
0:08:41
Subject
Organizations
Protests and Demonstrations
Officials - Commissioners
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
July / August 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with W.H. "Harry" O'Brien by SFU (Simon Fraser University) graduate student Bettina Bradbury. Major themes discussed are: the Army of the Common Good, the Union of the Unemployed and the Common Good Credit Union (now the South Burnaby Credit Union). To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
W.H. “Harry” O’Brien was born in the coal mining town of Nanaimo, British Columbia on October 20, 1914. He came to Burnaby with his parents and five siblings in 1927. Harry’s mother, a school teacher, wanted her children to live closer to school in order to obtain a better education, so the O’Brien family settled at Inman Avenue, Burnaby. Harry left school in June of 1929. Harry’s father worked as the caretaker at Central Park around this time and Harry helped him to clear brush, plant trees and enforce the land clearing and wood cutting permit regulations held by men who were on script. Although too young to vote by just over a week, Harry O'Brien worked as a scrutineer for the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) during the 1935 Federal Election. On October 12, 1940 Harry O'Brien married Gertrude Crossan at St. John the Divine in Burnaby. The Crossan family came to Burnaby from Winnipeg in 1933 and settled at Nelson Avenue. Gertrude's mother, Mary Anne Crossan, was Gilmore Avenue School's first teacher. Harry began his involvement with the Unemployment Organization in Burnaby by participating in an organised protest against the municipality for homeowner evictions brought on by unpaid taxes. The South Burnaby Union of the Unemployed organised in order to protest rules around receiving Relief. Harry became involved, eventually becoming one of the spearheads of the organization, taking over as secretary by 1936. Harry was an original member of the Army of the Common Good, helping to produce over one hundred and twenty-five tons of vegetables from its own gardens to feed Burnaby citizens suffering from the lack of resources during the Depression years. The members of the Army of the Common Good who cut wood for consumption or worked in the gardens were given credit for their work through LU (Labour Units) which they could then use to buy groceries and that at the Army's Cooperative stores, one of which was at McKay Avenue, where Harry began working as Manager of Groceries in 1937. The Credit Union movement of British Columbia was also organized by Harry O'Brien and his fellow Army of the Common Good members. W.H. "Harry" O'Brien died July 1, 1992.
Total Tracks
9
Total Length
1:17:56
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Interviewee Name
O'Brien, Harry
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-25_Track_3
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
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Track three of interview with W.H.

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Interview with Charles B. Brown May 21, 1975 - Track 6

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles Boyer Brown's comparisons between working for a Council versus working for a Commissionership.
Date Range
1923-1938
Length
0:06:27
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles Boyer Brown's comparisons between working for a Council versus working for a Commissionership.
Date Range
1923-1938
Photo Info
Charles Boyer Brown, by photographer Nicholas Rossmo [1950]. Item no. 307-008
Length
0:06:27
Subject
Officials - Commissioners
Officials - Aldermen and Councillors
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
May 21, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with Charles B. Brown by SFU (Simon Fraser University) graduate student Bettina Bradbury May 21, 1975. Major themes discussed are: the Depression, the Commissioner and municipal politics in general. To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
Charles Boyer Brown was born on June 16, 1894 in the town of Ongar, Essex, England. He came to Canada as a young child with his parents Jean and Percy Brown. In 1903, the family settled in New Westminster and by 1911, Charles had joined the Burnaby municipal staff working as an office boy. The outbreak of World War One interrupted Charlie’s career as he immediately enlisted with the Royal Engineers and served from 1915 to 1918. While overseas he met and married Lillian Bernice Bryan and they returned to Canada together after the war and Charles resumed his position in municipal administration. For a short time, Charles was appointed as the Municipal Assessor, but in 1927 he became the Assistant Municipal Clerk. In 1933, Charles was made Municipal Clerk, a post he held until he retired in 1959. Charles has also been credited with playing a significant role in administering the city while it was under the rule of the provincial commission from 1932-1942. Recognized for his expertise in civic affairs, Charles was appointed by the provincial government to a committee formed to review and revise the Municipal Act. He was also a member of the BC Municipal Officers’ Association from its formation in 1936 and was made its chair in 1953. While these civic duties occupied much of his time, Charles still managed to participate as a volunteer on many sport and youth clubs in the city and served as the secretary for the Kingsway Rotary Club. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Burnaby, both paid and volunteer, Charles was presented with the Gold Key award in 1959, the same year he finally retired from municipal administration. During Charles’ lifetime, many changes took place in the Municipality that he loved. He saw Burnaby grow in population and progress and he could be proud of the significant part he played in that growth and development. Charles Brown died on August 11, 1981.
Total Tracks
8
Total Length
0:58:01
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Interviewee Name
Brown, Charles B. "Charlie"
Interview Location
Walker Avenue
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-06_Track_6
Transcript Available
None
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
Audio Tracks

Track six of interview with Charles B. Brown

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1935] (date of original), copied [1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.0 x 11.9 cm print
Item No.
126-007
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph (mounted and titled) of Hugh M. Fraser, Reeve of Burnaby from 1914 to 1918 and from 1934 to 1939 and Commissioner from 1934 to 1940.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1935] (date of original), copied [1995]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
126-007
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17.0 x 11.9 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph (mounted and titled) of Hugh M. Fraser, Reeve of Burnaby from 1914 to 1918 and from 1934 to 1939 and Commissioner from 1934 to 1940.
Subjects
Officials - Commissioners
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Fraser, Hugh M
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1935]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6 x 8.5 cm
Item No.
459-011
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Hugh Murray Fraser, Burnaby Reeve from 1914 to 1918 and Commissioner from 1934 to 1940. A note on the back of the photograph reads: Commissioner Hugh Murray Fraser. 1934-1940, died Dec. 2, 1940. Followed by R. Bolton, Acting comm [sic]."
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1935]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
459-011
Accession Number
BHS2003-19
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6 x 8.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Hugh Murray Fraser, Burnaby Reeve from 1914 to 1918 and Commissioner from 1934 to 1940. A note on the back of the photograph reads: Commissioner Hugh Murray Fraser. 1934-1940, died Dec. 2, 1940. Followed by R. Bolton, Acting comm [sic]."
Subjects
Officials - Commissioners
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Fraser, Hugh M
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Gordan, Merrill - Good Citizen

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58854
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1973
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 10.5 cm
Item No.
480-1314
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon, reading aloud from a paper. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1973
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1314
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 10.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon, reading aloud from a paper. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
Photographer
Battistoni, Peter
Subjects
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Gordon, Merrill
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Photographer's stamp on verso
Images
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Gordan, Merrill - Good Citizen

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58855
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1973
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 10.5 cm
Item No.
480-1315
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon, reading from a paper. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1973
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1315
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 16 x 10.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon, reading from a paper. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
Photographer
Battistoni, Peter
Subjects
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Gordon, Merrill
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Photographer's stamp on verso
Images
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Gordan, Merrill - Good Citizen

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58856
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1972
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 12.5 cm
Item No.
480-1316
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1972
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1316
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 12.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
Subjects
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Gordon, Merrill
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Stamp on verso of photograph reads: "DO NOT USE / Reference only"
Note on verso reads: "Merrill Gordon (1972)"
Images
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Gordan, Merrill - Good Citizen

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58857
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1972
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w : 8 x 5 cm
Item No.
480-1317
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1972
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1317
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w : 8 x 5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
Subjects
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Gordon, Merrill
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Stamp on verso reads: "DO NOT USE / Reference Only"
Note on verso reads: "Merrill Gordon (1972)"
Images
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Gordan, Merrill - Good Citizen

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58858
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1967
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5 cm
Item No.
480-1318
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1967
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1318
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
Subjects
Officials - Commissioners
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Names
Gordon, Merrill
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note on verso reads: "Merril Gordon 1967"
Stamp on verso reads: "DO NOT USE / Reference Only"
Images
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Gordan, Merrill - Good Citizen

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto58859
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1971
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 11.5 cm
Item No.
480-1319
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1971
Collection/Fonds
Columbian Newspaper collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
480-1319
Accession Number
2009-01
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 17 x 11.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Burnaby citizen and former commissioner and councillor Merrill Gordon. Gordon received the Burnaby Good Citizens award in 1967.
Subjects
Officials - Alderman and Councillors
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Gordon, Merrill
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Stamp on verso reads: "DO NOT USE / Reference only"
Note on verso reads: "BBC aldermanic candidate 1971"
Images
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Century Park Museum Association election

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto13562
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1971]
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 8.9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of people seated on chairs during the meeting of the election for the original board of directors of the Century Park Museum Association. Alderman and Burnaby Centennial '71 Committee member Warren Clark (dressed in jacket and seated behind slide projector) is seated in the front row nex…
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Series
Copan Album series
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 8.9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of people seated on chairs during the meeting of the election for the original board of directors of the Century Park Museum Association. Alderman and Burnaby Centennial '71 Committee member Warren Clark (dressed in jacket and seated behind slide projector) is seated in the front row next to Burnaby Parks Commissioner and Burnaby Centennial '71 Committee member A.B. "Sandy" Stewart.
Subjects
Elections
Organizations - Community Associations
Officials - Aldermen and Councillors
Officials - Commissioners
Names
Century Park Museum Association
Burnaby Village Museum
Stewart, A B "Sandy"
Clark, Warren R.
Accession Code
BV005.54.445
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[1971]
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
August 11, 2020
Scale
100
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Officials at Heritage Village sod-turning

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto2372
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
11 April 1971
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of officials in front of caterpillar at official sod-turning for Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum), April 11, 1971. . From left to right are; Centennial Commitee members, chair, James Barrington; Mayor Robert Prittie; Joan Johnson; School Board representative on the Centennia…
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Donald Copan fonds
Description Level
Item
Series
Copan Album series
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8.9 x 12.7 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of officials in front of caterpillar at official sod-turning for Heritage Village (now Burnaby Village Museum), April 11, 1971. . From left to right are; Centennial Commitee members, chair, James Barrington; Mayor Robert Prittie; Joan Johnson; School Board representative on the Centennial Committee, Gordon Skene; Vice chair of the Centennial Committee, Rose Bancroft; Fraser Wilson, and Alderman Warren Clark.
Subjects
Events
Celebrations - Centennials
Officials - Aldermen and Councillors
Officials - Commissioners
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Barrington, James Alfred "Jim"
Prittie, Robert W. "Bob"
Wilson, Fraser
Bancroft, Rose
Skene, Gordon
Stewart, A B "Sandy"
Burnaby Village Museum
Clark, Warren R.
Accession Code
BV005.54.418
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
11 April 1971
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1941]
Collection/Fonds
Richard Bolton fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.5 x 16.5 cm
Item No.
249-002
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of an event the was part of the Victory Bond drive. Two fireman in uniform and acting commissioner Richard Bolton in a suit and tie are turning a barrel believed to be full of Victory Bonds for the war effort.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1941]
Collection/Fonds
Richard Bolton fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
249-002
Accession Number
BHS991-3
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.5 x 16.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of an event the was part of the Victory Bond drive. Two fireman in uniform and acting commissioner Richard Bolton in a suit and tie are turning a barrel believed to be full of Victory Bonds for the war effort.
Photographer
Stride, Charles Edgar
Subjects
Exchange Medium - Victory Bonds
Events - Fundraising
Officials - Commissioners
Clothing - Uniforms
Occupations - Fire Fighters
Names
Bolton, Richard
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Stamp on verso of print reads: "PHOTO BY THE STRIDE STUDIOS 657 COLUMBIA STREET NEW WESMINSTER, B.C."
Images
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