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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1975
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
058-002
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at Kingsway and Royal Oak Avenue, 3501 Kingsway (renumbered as the 5000 block of Kingsway). A sign at the front of the building reads, "The Royal Oak Apts."
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1975
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
058-002
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at Kingsway and Royal Oak Avenue, 3501 Kingsway (renumbered as the 5000 block of Kingsway). A sign at the front of the building reads, "The Royal Oak Apts."
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Apartments
Names
Royal Oak Hotel
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 5000 Block Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Marlborough Area
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 1973
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. slide ; 5.0 x 5.0 cm
Item No.
066-008
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at 3501 Kingsway (renumbered as the 5000 block of Kingsway) and Royal Oak Avenue, with Vancouver Business Maintenance and The Royal Oak Apartments now located in the building.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
April 1973
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
066-008
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. slide ; 5.0 x 5.0 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at 3501 Kingsway (renumbered as the 5000 block of Kingsway) and Royal Oak Avenue, with Vancouver Business Maintenance and The Royal Oak Apartments now located in the building.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Apartments
Buildings - Commercial
Names
Royal Oak Hotel
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 5000 Block Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
5000 Block Kingsway
Associated Dates
1891
Street View URL
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
5000 Block Kingsway
Associated Dates
1891
Heritage Value
One of the most notorious landmarks in Burnaby was the Royal Oak Hotel, constructed around 1891 at the present-day northeast corner of Kingsway and Royal Oak. Levis Morrison built the hotel, then sold out to Charles Cridland, whose poor hotel reputation prompted Burnaby council to hire its second police constable. The hotel continued to operate until 1973 when it was demolished to build a Safeway store.
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Marlborough Area
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 5000 Kingsway
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1911]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.5 x 14 cm
Item No.
449-010
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of the Royal Oak Hotel at Kingsway and Royal Oak (3501 Kingsway, old street numbering). Three men (who have been identified by a note on the back of the card as Andrew Johnson, T.C. Hicks and W. Hicks) can be seen standing at the front steps of the hotel while a Burnaby Police…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1911]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
449-010
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.5 x 14 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of the Royal Oak Hotel at Kingsway and Royal Oak (3501 Kingsway, old street numbering). Three men (who have been identified by a note on the back of the card as Andrew Johnson, T.C. Hicks and W. Hicks) can be seen standing at the front steps of the hotel while a Burnaby Police officer is seated on his horse in the driveway.
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Hotels and Motels
Documentary Artifacts - Postcards
Animals - Horses
Public Services - Policing
Names
Johnson, Andrew
Hicks, T.C.
Hicks, W.
Royal Oak Hotel
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph.
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Marlborough Area
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[April 1973]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8 x 11.5 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at 3501 Kingsway (renumbered as the 5000 block of Kingsway) and Royal Oak Avenue, with Vancouver Business Maintenance and The Royal Oak Apartments now located in the building.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 8 x 11.5 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at 3501 Kingsway (renumbered as the 5000 block of Kingsway) and Royal Oak Avenue, with Vancouver Business Maintenance and The Royal Oak Apartments now located in the building.
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Offices
Buildings - Residences - Apartments
Names
Royal Oak Hotel
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 5000 Block Kingsway
Accession Code
BV985.6063.1
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Date
[April 1973]
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Marlborough Area
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
27-May-09
Scale
100
Photographer
Frank Street
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note written in blue ballpoint pen on verso of photograph reads: "TAKEN BY FRANK STREET"
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Vancouver Building Maintenance

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1975
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.2 cm
Item No.
058-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at Kingsway and Royal Oak Avenue, 3501 Kingsway (renumbered the 5000 block of Kingsway). Vancouver Building Maintenance business signs say, "Commercial / Industrial" and "Complete Janitor Service." A car is parked in front.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1975
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
058-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.2 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the former Royal Oak Hotel at Kingsway and Royal Oak Avenue, 3501 Kingsway (renumbered the 5000 block of Kingsway). Vancouver Building Maintenance business signs say, "Commercial / Industrial" and "Complete Janitor Service." A car is parked in front.
Subjects
Advertising Medium - Signs and Signboards
Buildings - Commercial
Names
Royal Oak Hotel
Vancouver Building Maintenance
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 5000 Block Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Marlborough Area
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Tender Specifications for Royal Oak Hotel Deadline

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
84094
Meeting Date
18-Dec-1897
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
84094
Meeting Date
18-Dec-1897
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Interview with Minard Hill February 9, 1978 - Track 8

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Minard Gerald "Gerry" Hill's memories of the Royal Oak Hotel and his former neighbours at the south side of Deer Lake.
Date Range
1902-1920
Length
0:10:36
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Minard Gerald "Gerry" Hill's memories of the Royal Oak Hotel and his former neighbours at the south side of Deer Lake.
Date Range
1902-1920
Photo Info
Minard Gerald Hill in uniform, 1914. Item no. 477-926
Length
0:10:36
Name
Royal Oak Hotel
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Interviewer
Stevens, Colin
Interview Date
February 9, 1978
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Minard Gerald "Gerry" Hill conducted by Colin Stevens, February 9, 1978. Major themes discussed are: the Burnaby Lake Neighbourhood, Gilley Brothers Logging Company and his father, Bernard Hill.
Biographical Notes
Minard Gerald “Gerry” Hill was born in Burnaby on July 31, 1893 to Marian (Berkeley) and Bernard Richard Hill. He was the youngest child in the family with older siblings Frank, Claude and Winnie. Bernard R. Hill was born in Bengal, India while his father worked for the East Indian Railway. He and his older brother Claude became strawberry farmers in Burnaby despite their years of training as engineers. Between them, the Hill brothers owned all the land between Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake where Deer Creek runs, and half way around Deer Lake. Bernard built his family home at Douglas Road near Deer Lake in 1892. After the decline in the strawberry industry, Bernard worked as a surveyor for the municipality. He also served as Burnaby Councillor and School Trustee. Gerry attended Miss Harriet Woodward’s kindergarten class, and went on to Edmonds School with Miss Ellen Lister as his teacher. He later went to Central high school in New Westminster, often on horseback. Gerry served in World War I, signing his recruitment papers November 9, 1914. When he returned home, he worked felling trees, then as an apprentice surveyor and finally as a carpenter. Minard Gerald “Gerry” Hill married Charlotte Elizabeth “Elizabeth” Vidal on September 28, 1920 and single-handedly built a house for him and his wife about a thousand feet from his parents’ home. He also bought property at Yellow Point, Vancouver Island around this time. By the early 1930s Gerry had moved to Yellow Point permanently and begun work building the lodge. Elizabeth and Gerry’s child, Richard Grant McEwan Hill was born at Ladysmith hospital. Charlotte Elizabeth “Elizabeth” (Vidal) Hill died February 11, 1984 at the age of eighty-seven. Minard Gerald “Gerry” Hill died January 30, 1988 at the age of ninety-three.
Total Tracks
8
Total Length
1:13:56
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Interviewee Name
Hill, Minard Gerald "Gerry"
Interview Location
Yellow Point, Vancouver Island
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
MSS137-018-1_ Track_8
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 eight of interview with Minard Hill

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Application for Temporary Permit to Operate the Royal Oak Hotel

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport71342
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
735874
Meeting Date
26-Jul-1920
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
735874
Meeting Date
26-Jul-1920
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Application for Permit for Dancing at Royal Oak Hotel

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
58180
Meeting Date
25-May-1926
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
58180
Meeting Date
25-May-1926
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Chapter V: Cattle Drive on Kingsway p. 37

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Bygones of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1977
Board of Licensing Commissions. At this gathering the Royal Oak Hotel liquor licence held by Mr. C. Cridland was transferred to Mr. Dashway who, as new owner of the Hotel, asked for the protection of the authorities against unruly customers. The Columbian of March 16, 1900, reported: “It seems that
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Murdock and Lillian McMurray interview November 17, 1975 - Track 3

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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) 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.
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Track three of recording of interview with Lillian and Murdock McMurray

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Application requesting a transfer of license of Royal Oak Hotel to Chas Dashway

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
89033
Meeting Date
14-Mar-1900
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
89033
Meeting Date
14-Mar-1900
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Applications for Liquour Licenses (a) Royal Oak Hotel (b) Alta Vista

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
99968
Meeting Date
14-Feb-1921
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
99968
Meeting Date
14-Feb-1921
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Councillor Stride reported re contract for spreading cracked rock on Vancouver Road between Royal Oak Hotel and Swain's place

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
89042
Meeting Date
7-Apr-1900
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
89042
Meeting Date
7-Apr-1900
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Permission to Cut Kingsway Kerb for Length of 75 Feet in Front of Royal Oak Hotel for Purpose of Forming an Entrance to a Gas Station

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
57444
Meeting Date
19-Mar-1928
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
57444
Meeting Date
19-Mar-1928
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Applications for Liquor Licenses (a) Mrs. H.S. Johnson (b) Komakichi Ayesuge (c) Model Grocery at East Burnaby (d) Dainel McDonald (e) P.A. Barlow (f) W. M. George (g) R.W. Pope (h) Edmonds Drug Co. (i) J. Crompton (j) George Goddard (k) Mary Bond (l) Andrew L. Galamo (m) Wm. C. Swines (n) A.C. Patton (o) W.W. Cole at Royal Oak Hotel (p) A. Pauliot of the East Side Im. (q) J.E. Williams

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport71340
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
735872
Meeting Date
19-Jul-1920
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
735872
Meeting Date
19-Jul-1920
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Andy Johnson House

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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
5152 Kingsway
Description
The Andy Johnson House is a large, one and one-half storey plus above-ground basement wood-frame mansion on a rubble-stone granite foundation with a red terra cotta pantile roof and an octagonal corner turret. The building stands in a prominent location on a corner lot on Kingsway, one of Burnaby’s…
Associated Dates
1912
Formal Recognition
Community Heritage Register
Other Names
Andrew M. & Margaret Johnson House 'Glenedward'
Street View URL
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Other Names
Andrew M. & Margaret Johnson House 'Glenedward'
Civic Address
5152 Kingsway
Associated Dates
1912
Formal Recognition
Community Heritage Register
Enactment Type
Council Resolution
Enactment Date
26/05/2003
Description
The Andy Johnson House is a large, one and one-half storey plus above-ground basement wood-frame mansion on a rubble-stone granite foundation with a red terra cotta pantile roof and an octagonal corner turret. The building stands in a prominent location on a corner lot on Kingsway, one of Burnaby’s main transportation and commercial corridors, and stands adjacent to the Burlington Square Development.
Heritage Value
The Andy Johnson House 'Glenedward' is a valued representation of a prominent upper middle-class family dwelling from the pre-First World War era. Andrew M. Johnson (1861-1934), an early Vancouver pioneer, and his wife Margaret built this house in 1912, in an imposing style favoured by the newly wealthy of the prewar boom period. Born in Norway, Andrew Johnson arrived in Vancouver just months after the Great Fire of 1886 and went into partnership with J. (Ollie) Atkins in a transportation company that became the Mainland Transfer Company, eventually the largest of its kind in Vancouver. Johnson also operated Burnaby's historic Royal Oak Hotel, once located on the opposite corner from his estate. Additionally, the Andy Johnson House is significant for the high-quality design and construction of both the house and its landscaped setting. Designed in the British Arts and Crafts style, the house exhibits a rare degree of opulence in building materials, including imported terra cotta roof tiles, oak and walnut interior millwork, and stained glass manufactured by the Royal City Glass Company. The rubble-stone foundations and perimeter walls were obtained from two massive granite glacial erratic boulders found on the property. The house has been relocated closer to the corner, but the encircling stone walls, the gate posts and gates manufactured by the Westminster Iron Works and some of the original plantings have been retained. A grouping of three giant Sequoias, other mature deciduous trees and massings of shrubbery indicate the type of landscape setting considered appropriate for an estate house in the early years of the twentieth century.
Defining Elements
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Andy Johnson House include its: - corner location on Kingsway at Royal Oak Avenue - residential form, scale and massing as expressed by the one and one-half storey height, above-ground basement, octagonal corner turret and rectangular plan - British Arts and Crafts details such as the use of natural indigenous materials, half-timbering in the gables and dormers, picturesque roofline, cedar shingle siding, extended eaves, native granite rubble-stone foundation with red-coloured mortar, and granite piers and chimneys - additional exterior features such as the central front entrance, elaborate wrap-around verandah, porte-cochere and balcony at second storey lighted with original cast iron electric lanterns - red terra cotta pantile roof cladding - fenestration, such as double-hung 1-over-1 wooden-sash windows with stained glass and leaded lights in the upper sash - original interior features such as fireplaces, wainscoting finished with oak and walnut millwork, and three-quarter sawn oak flooring - associated landscape features including three giant Sequoias. granite walls, granite gate posts and wrought iron gates
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Marlborough Area
Person
Andrew M. Johnson
Builder
J.C. Allen
Function
Primary Historic--Single Dwelling
Primary Current--Eating or Drinking Establishment
Community
Burnaby
Cadastral Identifier
003-004-538
Boundaries
The Andy Johnson House is comprised of a single residential lot located at 5152 Kingsway, Burnaby
Area
1424.21
Contributing Resource
Building
Ownership
Private
Name Access
Johnson, Andrew M.
Johnson, Andrew
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 5152 Kingsway
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Andrew Johnson fonds

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1880-1940]
Collection/Fonds
Andrew Johnson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Photographs
Storage Location
BHS244 and BHS335
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs of members of the Johnson family and home.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1880-1940]
Collection/Fonds
Andrew Johnson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
BHS244 and BHS335
Physical Description
Photographs
Media Type
Photograph
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs of members of the Johnson family and home.
History/Biography
Andrew Martin Johnson was born in Norway in 1861 and immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1886. His wife Margaret Sloane was born in Ireland. Margaret and Andrew Johnson's eldest child, Edward Sloane was born June 10, 1901 but did not survive infancy. Their second child, Andrew Sloane, was born in 1906. Andrew M. Johnson was a major landowner in Burnaby, at one time owning each of the four corners of Royal Oak and Kingsway and much of the adjacent properties. He made his fortune as a partner in the firm of Atkins & Johnson, a leading transportation company in Vancouver (it later became the Mainland Transfer Company). In 1910 Andrew M. Johnson purchased Burnaby's Royal Oak Hotel and soon acquired the property on the opposite corner to build their family home 'Glenedward', named after their eldest son. Andrew Sloane Johnson attended Kingsway West School then Britannia High School, and went on to earn a Bachelors’ of Business Administration at the University of Washington in 1930. He lived at Glenedward until that time. Andrew Martin Johnson owned and operated the Royal Oak Hotel until his death on September 18, 1934. In 1943 Margaret (Sloane) Johnson sold Glenedward. The building has since been converted; first into the Royal Oak Funeral Chapel and then into its present incarnation as the Johnson House Korean Restaurant.
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Chapter Nine: Kingsway West School Neighbourhood, McKay District p. 270

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
Bailey’s Maple Leaf Dairy. Inter City Lumber Yard. Royal Oak Hotel and Auto Court. Royal Service Station, on the corner of Royal Oak and Kingsway. Royal Canadian Legion #83. Mrs Whelan’s Confectionery. Orvill Charlton’s Barber Shop. Royal Bank, on the corner of Royal Oak and Kingsway
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
Original Book
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
clean. 1 recall the Royal Oak Hotel, a famous watering place on the arduous horse-and-buggy trip between Vancouver and New Westminster; the old municipal hall at Kingsway and Edmonds; the Oak Theatre, a relatively late addition; and the auto courts that sprang up with the proliferation of good
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Grace Dallamore McCarthy p. 116

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
clean. 1 recall the Royal Oak Hotel, a famous watering place on the arduous horse-and-buggy trip between Vancouver and New Westminster; the old municipal hall at Kingsway and Edmonds; the Oak Theatre, a relatively late addition; and the auto courts that sprang up with the proliferation of good
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Chapter XI: Commerce Along Kingsway p. 72

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Bygones of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1977
north- east corner of Royal Oak and Kingsway stood the Royal Oak Hotel, built about 1892 to accommodate travellers going between New Westminster and Vancouver. The Hotel was bought by Mr. Andy Johnson in 1910. The following year the same Mr. Johnson built a magnificent home on the south-west comer
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1899-1935
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
2 boxes of textual records and 20 photographs
Storage Location
MSS013
BHS013
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of personal and professional records, notebooks and papers pertaining to George Jeffery, who served first as a solider, then a Burnaby police constable, and finally a penitentiary guard at Oakalla before retiring in 1945. Also included in the fonds are May Day programmes, invitations…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1899-1935
Collection/Fonds
George Jeffery fonds
Physical Description
2 boxes of textual records and 20 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
MSS013
BHS013
Accession Number
BHS2007-04
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of personal and professional records, notebooks and papers pertaining to George Jeffery, who served first as a solider, then a Burnaby police constable, and finally a penitentiary guard at Oakalla before retiring in 1945. Also included in the fonds are May Day programmes, invitations, and twenty-one photographs most of which pertain to May Day, Diamond Jubilee of Confederation celebrations, and the Burnaby Police department. The fonds is divided into two series - a photograph series and a manuscript series.
History/Biography
George Jeffery was a well-respected Burnaby police constable, having served first as a solider. Upon joining the police force in 1912, he was appointed to patrol the Central Park district, a position he held for twenty-two years. From his experiences confronting young shoplifters, he realized that the reason groups of boys were getting into trouble was due to a lack of recreational activities on offer. To combat this, he single-handedly organized the Burnaby Athletics Association in an old barn behind the Royal Oak Hotel, turning it into a competitive boxing ring and gym. Harriet and George Jeffery lived most of their married life in Central Park district with their three daughters; Patricia (married William Poole) a teacher in Burnaby prior to her marriage, Winnifred (married Fred Shaughnessy) Burnaby's 1929 May Queen, and Elsie (married Art Winterford) who excelled at badminton. In 1935 when the B.C. Provincial police replaced the Burnaby Police, Constable Jeffery quit the force (in order to stay in Burnaby) and instead worked at Oakalla Prison farm, retiring in 1945.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Creator
George Jeffery
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Chapter Nine: Kingsway West School Neighbourhood, McKay District p. 359

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
can tell we always had lots of playmates. Also my Sisters Bertha and Jean soon arrived to complete our family. They were both born at home and Dad had to go to the Royal Oak Hotel to phone Dr. Morris as there were no phones on Royal Oak Avenue. Neighbor women helped each other at child birth
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part IV: 1921-1930
rf^rrffppprrra Margaret and Edwin Butler with daughters Hazel (I) and Gladys. Mrs. Butler was skilled dress maker often called upon by neighbors. Butler family home at 278 - 14th Avenue in East Burnaby c. 1928. Butlers later moved to large house on Buller built by Andy Johnson of Royal Oak
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part IV: 1921-1930
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Chapter II: Agricultures in the Wilderness p. 22

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Bygones of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1977
Avenue past the Royal Oak Hotel (at Kings way) with its cupola surmounted by a white, carved wooden stag. Royal Oak was originally used as a logging road and was planked with three-foot cedar. When the logging era was over, settlers in the vicinity of the road pulled up the planking to use for
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Chapter XI: Commerce Along Kingsway p. 73

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Bygones of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1977
old Harold Carr went along as ‘swamper’, a job which gained him the envy of his peers and a few pennies for his pocket. It was also possible to earn a dime, recalls Mr. Carr, by going over to the Royal Oak Hotel to remove the protective straw off the 35-foot square, open-air dance floor, adjacent
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
History of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1947
Notes
This book is not divided into chapters. Sections have been created by Museum staff, based on the arrangement of topics in the book.
the pollard oak in which Charles II. of England hid after the defeat of his army at the battle of Winchester, September 3, 1651. (A pollard oak is one which has been pruned back to thicken its head, which becomes denser in consequence). It is in the northern part of Shropshire. The Royal Oak Hotel
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
History of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1947
Notes
This book is not divided into chapters. Sections have been created by Museum staff, based on the arrangement of topics in the book.
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
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Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Name Access
Green, George
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Dorothy Gough Love p. 152

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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
cattle and pigs were driven periodically to the slaughter house near Central Park. Parents like the Goughs warned their children to stay clear of Andy Johnson's notorious Royal Oak Hotel. That only made them all the more curious, of course. Gossip about undesirables notwithstanding, the congregation
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
History of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1947
Notes
This book is not divided into chapters. Sections have been created by Museum staff, based on the arrangement of topics in the book.
Constable Cook be dispensed with as there is now no pressing need for police protection.” Having thus dismissed its entire police force, to save $5.00 a month, Burnaby carried on for some years without any. It is said that the temporary engagement of Mr. Cook was owing to the fact that the Royal Oak
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
History of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1947
Notes
This book is not divided into chapters. Sections have been created by Museum staff, based on the arrangement of topics in the book.
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Subjects LoC
Burnaby (B.C.) -- History
Name Access
Green, George
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
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Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
delivery truck with part owner Murdoch McMurray leaning on spare wheel. Company was renamed Edmonds Coal and Wood Yard when coal became as popular as cord wood for home heating. auto courts in Burnaby, named the Hollywood. Royal Oak Hotel, where a bottle of Scotch could be bought for $1.75, was
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Grace Smith Pletcher p. 107

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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
Royal Oak funeral parlor. Mr. Axford kept the neighborhood store with the post office above. When Andy Johnson retired from the draying business, he built the Royal Oak Hotel on land now occupied by Safeway. Father never realized his wish to retire from the sea and come home to Burnaby to farm
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
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Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Edna Armitage Rigby p. 113

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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
and Royal Oak, where the Bank of British Columbia is today, and at another patch where Beaver Lumber now is. The man we picked for was a Chinese named Tommy Yee. I used to earn about $25 over the season. Royal Oak Hotel I remember very well; they would tie the horses to the post. I also
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
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Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
and Royal Oak, where the Bank of British Columbia is today, and at another patch where Beaver Lumber now is. The man we picked for was a Chinese named Tommy Yee. I used to earn about $25 over the season. Royal Oak Hotel I remember very well; they would tie the horses to the post. I also
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Dorothy Gough Love p. 154

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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
Eaton's. 1 was eventually transferred to the new Spencer's store at the corner of Columbia and Sixth Street in New Westminster. I worked there until I was married. When we were growing up, we were always warned to stay away from the Royal Oak Hotel which was owned by Andy Johnson. We were told it
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
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Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Irene Towson Palethorpe p. 154

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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
Eaton's. 1 was eventually transferred to the new Spencer's store at the corner of Columbia and Sixth Street in New Westminster. I worked there until I was married. When we were growing up, we were always warned to stay away from the Royal Oak Hotel which was owned by Andy Johnson. We were told it
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
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Bessie McLaren Taylor p. 207

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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part III: 1911-1920
at Kingsway, including the notorious Royal Oak Hotel. On the opposite comer, his beautiful home with the Italian tiled roof was being built. The expensive trees and shrubs, all imported, would make it the show place of the area. A railway spur line ran down Royal Oak Avenue Bessie McLaren
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part III: 1911-1920
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Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
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Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part IV: 1921-1930
two days between Vancouver and New Westminster. That was because of the stops to rest the horses. One such stop was at Royal Oak and Kingsway where Safeway is now. The Royal Oak Hotel stood there then. There was also a special train to Chilliwack. You could always tell when it went by because
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part IV: 1921-1930
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part IV: 1921-1930
two days between Vancouver and New Westminster. That was because of the stops to rest the horses. One such stop was at Royal Oak and Kingsway where Safeway is now. The Royal Oak Hotel stood there then. There was also a special train to Chilliwack. You could always tell when it went by because
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part IV: 1921-1930
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