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Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1976-1978
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
ca. 1330 photographs : b&w prints and negatives
Storage Location
Photo Catalogue 556
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 557 photographs of Burnaby taken by various photographers as part of the Contemporary Visual Archives Project. This project, initiated by the library in 1976, was done in conjunction with Simon Fraser University Communication students. Its aim was to present a contemporary v…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1976-1978
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2013-13
2017-57
Storage Location
Photo Catalogue 556
Physical Description
ca. 1330 photographs : b&w prints and negatives
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 557 photographs of Burnaby taken by various photographers as part of the Contemporary Visual Archives Project. This project, initiated by the library in 1976, was done in conjunction with Simon Fraser University Communication students. Its aim was to present a contemporary view of Burnaby at that time in photographs.
Notes
Accompanied by BPL card catalogue (2013-13) and project information forms (2017-57).
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SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[191-?] (date of original) -2015
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
16 folders of textual records + 813 photographs + 10 audio cassettes + 5 videocassettes + 8 data cassettes + 1 computer disk + 2 optical discs
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 370
Photo catalogue 576
Photo catalogue 577
Photo catalogue 578
MSS088
MSS131
MSS187
Moving image catalogue 579
Scope and Content
Records consist of material created and collected by the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee in celebration of Burnaby's Centennial in 1992. The fonds is arranged into four series; 1) Burnaby Image Bank Photograph series, 2) SFU/Centennial Committee Manuscript series, 3) Centennial Oral History Projec…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[191-?] (date of original) -2015
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Physical Description
16 folders of textual records + 813 photographs + 10 audio cassettes + 5 videocassettes + 8 data cassettes + 1 computer disk + 2 optical discs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 370
Photo catalogue 576
Photo catalogue 577
Photo catalogue 578
MSS088
MSS131
MSS187
Moving image catalogue 579
Access Restriction
Open Access
Scope and Content
Records consist of material created and collected by the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee in celebration of Burnaby's Centennial in 1992. The fonds is arranged into four series; 1) Burnaby Image Bank Photograph series, 2) SFU/Centennial Committee Manuscript series, 3) Centennial Oral History Project series and 4) Video Project series.
History/Biography
The SFU (Simon Fraser University)/Burnaby Centennial Committee was established in 1990 and obtained initial funding from the President of Simon Fraser University which was matched by a grant authorized by the Mayor and Council of the Municipality of Burnaby. Further funding came from the Burnaby (civic) Centennial Committee after the projects had been accepted as part of the recognition for Burnaby's Centennial celebrations in 1992. The suggestion for this committee originated with Professor Robert Anderson from the School of Communications and he was joined by Professors, Veronica Strong-Boag from the Department of History and Leonard J. Evenden from the Department of Geography. Primary responsibilities ended up falling jointly to Professor Leonard J. Evenden and Susan Jamieson-McLarnon. The Committee was made up of the following members who helped to carry out the projects to completion: Rodney Fowler (SFU Department of Geography), Terry Fowler (Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago), Edward Gibson (SFU Department of Geography and Director of the Simon Fraser Gallery), James Ross (SFU Archivist), Allen Seager (Department of History), Grant Strate (SFU Fine and Performing Arts), and Arthur Wirick (representing Burnaby Municipal Centennial Committee). Other members of the university community contributed their expertise in a variety of ways, including: Jack Corse (SFU Librarian), Stephen Duguid (Institute of Humanities), Christine Hearn (Continuing Studies), Ken Mennel (Media and Public Relations), Jane Parkinson (Historian and Researcher), Stanley Shapiro (Business Administration) and Jerry Zaslove (Institute for the Humanities). Rodney Fowler also filled the position of committee coordinator. The committee's first undertaking was to explore the extent and availability of historical resources in the community of Burnaby. Two graduate students were hired to help carry out this work in the summer of 1991 which took two forms: a document based study and an oral history project. The documents based history resulted in an inventory of ‘archival’ resources titled "Burnaby: A Cultural Inventory and Resource Guide" and the Oral History Project consisted of interviews with eleven Burnaby citizens. With the culmination of these two projects a day long workshop was held with both the SFU and the Burnaby municipal committees and other members of the Burnaby community who were pursuing various centennial projects of their own. Following the workshop, and several meetings, the committee proposed other projects in addition to the Cultural Inventory and Oral History Project. The other completed projects consisted of; "The Burnaby Image Bank" which included an exhibition titled, "Images of Burnaby", a finding aid video titled, "Burnaby's Photographic Family Album / Burnaby Image Bank Collection / Volume 1 / 1992", a video titled "Burnaby at 100: Images and Voices", a book of essays titled, "Suburb of Happy Homes: Burnaby Centennial Themes" and a dance festival sponsored by The Centre for the Arts. Suburb of happy Homes: Burnaby Centennial Themes", dedicated to the citizens and students of Burnaby, and to the students of Simon Fraser University, was published in 1995. For this project, Leonard Evenden received the City of Burnaby Heritage Award in 1997.A companion project to the book of essays consisted of a map project which illustrated the development of settlement within the city but it never came to fruition due to funding constraints.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Sound Recording
Moving Images
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1977-1978
Collection/Fonds
Bill Jeffries fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
129 photographs : b&w negatives + prints
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 528
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of black and white negatives and (first generation) prints of the Lougheed Drive-in swap meet in the summer of 1978 depicting vendors and their wares.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1977-1978
Collection/Fonds
Bill Jeffries fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2011-01
2013-16
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 528
Physical Description
129 photographs : b&w negatives + prints
Material Details
119 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm 34 photographs : b&w prints ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm 7 photographs : b&w prints ; 18.5 x 23.5 cm 3 photographs : b&w contact prints ; 20 x 25 cm
Formats
As part of the donation, each negative was scanned as a TIFF; these scans were then compressed into jpegs for use on heritageburnaby.ca as access copies
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
Open access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of black and white negatives and (first generation) prints of the Lougheed Drive-in swap meet in the summer of 1978 depicting vendors and their wares.
History/Biography
Bill Jeffries was the Director/Curator at the Simon Fraser University Gallery from 2005 to 2012. From 2001 to 2005 he held the same post at Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver. Bill was born in New Jersey, emigrated from the US to Canada in 1970, and was just finishing his B.F.A. at UBC around the time these photographs were taken in the summer of 1978.
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
3 accompanying contact sheets
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Elders Digital Storytelling project

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2016
Collection/Fonds
Elders Digital Storytelling project
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
17 mp4 videos (approx. 1 hr., 45 min. ) : digital, 25 fps, col., sd., stereo
Storage Location
Digital Only
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a series of seventeen different short films that were produced in 2016 by seventeen participants as part of the Elders Digital Storytelling project also known as "Sharing Our Stories". The films within the fonds are titled: "Vivian's Tapestry"; "Janet's Story"; "Lucky Number: A …
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2016
Collection/Fonds
Elders Digital Storytelling project
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Code
BV016.37
Storage Location
Digital Only
Physical Description
17 mp4 videos (approx. 1 hr., 45 min. ) : digital, 25 fps, col., sd., stereo
Formats
mp4
Media Type
Moving Images
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a series of seventeen different short films that were produced in 2016 by seventeen participants as part of the Elders Digital Storytelling project also known as "Sharing Our Stories". The films within the fonds are titled: "Vivian's Tapestry"; "Janet's Story"; "Lucky Number: A Tribute to my Sisters"; "My Story"; "It Took a While to Get There"; "A Tribute to Grandma Lamb"; "My Father's Garden"; "Laying Down My Paddle"; "Farmer Boy"; “Hickory Dickory Dock-What is the time on the clock?”; "Dance Me Home"; "Community Hero: Recalling a Strathcona Story"; "Our Journey"; "The Store"; "Alfred's Fountain Pen"; "My Three Gifts" and "The Bet”.
History/Biography
The Elders Digital Storytelling project was called "Sharing Our Stories" and was a project completed by SFU Professor David Kaufman and Postdoctoral Scholar Ann Nguyen. The overall goal of the project was to use digital storytelling to encourage communication, socialization and development of English language, media and technology skills for seniors and immigrants. The project asked Burnaby seniors to write a short film about their lives and then to record using video software. Sharing Our Stories became part of a federally funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant in 2014 along with AGE-WELL NCE grants and was hosted by the City of Burnaby (BVM) and the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. BVM was given permission to have a copy of some of the films for their collection.
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
Creator
Vivian Lee
Janet Duxbury
Jadzia Prenosil
Kehar Sing Aujla
Kathryn Small
Arlene Belcastro
Janice Bobic
Cindy Gierach
Lester E. Gierach
Yasmin B. Jamal
Barbara Karmazyn
Gee Chung Lam
Judy Schulz
Teresa Switzer
Alfred Woo
Muriel Ferrari
Teresa Florkow
Frances Wuzinski
John Wuzinski
Dakota Lamb
Subjects
Recreational Activities - Canoeing
Geographic Features - Mountains
Timekeeping Tools and Equipment
Recreational Activities - Dancing
Persons - Chinese Canadians
British Columbia - Vancouver
Buildings - Commercial
Buildings - Commercial - Stores
Transportation - Boats
Names
Gierach, Cindy
Gierach, Lester
Jamal, Yasmin
Karmazyn, Barbara
Lam, Gee Chung
Schulz, Judy
Switzer, Teresa
Woo, Alfred
Ferrari, Muriel
Florkow, Teresa
Bobic, Janice
Wuzinski, Frances
Wuzinski, John
Belcastro, Arlene
Lamb, Dakota
Lee, Vivian
Prenosil, Jadzia
Duxbury, Janet
Aujla, Kehar Singh
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Harold H. Johnston Fonds

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1958-1983
Collection/Fonds
Harold H. Johnston fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
106 photographs (jpeg) : b&w
Scope and Content
Harold Henry (Hal) Johnston (15 September 1930 - 15 January 1985) was born in Ardreagh, Northern Ireland, trained as a plasterer, and immigrated to Canada in 1951. Settling in Edmonton in 1952, he married Frances Henriette Coulombe (born 29 July 1932) in June 1955. He worked as a plasterer in Edm…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1958-1983
Collection/Fonds
Harold H. Johnston fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2008-08
Physical Description
106 photographs (jpeg) : b&w
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
Open access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Harold Henry (Hal) Johnston (15 September 1930 - 15 January 1985) was born in Ardreagh, Northern Ireland, trained as a plasterer, and immigrated to Canada in 1951. Settling in Edmonton in 1952, he married Frances Henriette Coulombe (born 29 July 1932) in June 1955. He worked as a plasterer in Edmonton until late 1957, when they moved to Burnaby, British Columbia. They purchased, renovated and occupied 4447 Venables Street. They had two children, Sean Francois Johnston (born 30 October 1956) and Wendy Marie Johnston (born 9 October 1959). In Burnaby, they attended Holy Cross Primary School (1450 Delta Avenue), Alpha Secondary School (4600 Parker Street) and Simon Fraser University, later completing PhDs at the University of Leeds and Universite de Montreal, respectively. Harold Johnston continued to work as a plasterer, serving in 1969 as business agent for the Plasterers' and Stonemasons' Union, and then self-employed as A&H Plastering and Stucco from 1970 until his death in 1985. Frances Johnston worked part-time as secretary for Holy Cross parish rectory. Harold Johnston was a serious photographer and camera collector, recording some 1500 rolls of black and white slide film in 35mm and other formats on a variety of cameras from the early 1950s until 1984, mainly of locations in the Lower Mainland and Pacific Northwest. From 1960 he processed and printed the negatives himself in a home darkroom. From 1970 Johnston recorded a number of artists, illustrators and sculptors working in Vancouver's downtown east side, notably Wil Hudson (fine printer and typographer), Keith Shields (sculptor), Frits Jacobsen (illustrator), Charles Butler (wood sculptor) and Bill Shoebotham (primitive artist). This collection of 106 photographs depicts locations in Burnaby and its environs. **This biographical sketch was based on information prepared by Dr. Sean Johnston and provided to the City of Burnaby Archives in April, 2008.**
Creator
Harold H. Johnston
Names
Johnston, Harold H.
Johnston, Frances
Johnston, Dr. Sean
Johnston, Dr. Wendy
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1893] (date of original) -2004
Collection/Fonds
Mary Forsyth fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Textual records, graphic material and cartographic material
Storage Location
Photograph catalogue 572
MSS185
Scope and Content
Records consist of material created and collected by Mary Forsyth. Records include correspondence, photographs, a map, presentation notes and reviews along with research for historical and biographical essays pertaining to pioneering families, organizations and the geographical area of South Burnab…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1893] (date of original) -2004
Collection/Fonds
Mary Forsyth fonds
Physical Description
Textual records, graphic material and cartographic material
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photograph catalogue 572
MSS185
Access Restriction
Open Access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Records consist of material created and collected by Mary Forsyth. Records include correspondence, photographs, a map, presentation notes and reviews along with research for historical and biographical essays pertaining to pioneering families, organizations and the geographical area of South Burnaby. One of her major research projects consists of "A Walking Environment for South Burnaby" which also became a proposal to The Corporation of the District of Burnaby. Historical information and photographs pertaining to South Burnaby pioneer families and organizations were compiled from interviews with the intention of publishing a book.
History/Biography
Mary Gertrude (Bolton) Forsyth was born at her parents' home in Burnaby on March 5, 1923 and was the daughter of Richard Bolton and Gertrude (nee Hern). Mary's father, Richard, immigrated to Canada from Sunderland, England in 1911. He lived with his brother George in New Westminster prior to purchasing property in South Burnaby in 1916 and built a bungalow located at 859 Marine Drive. Richard Bolton was employed as the municipal treasurer for the Corporation of the District of Burnaby and in 1919, he returned to Sunderland with three months leave of absence to marry, Mary Gertrude Hern, daughter of Captain and Mrs. John Hern. Mary grew up with her parents and sister Nancy in the house that her father built on Marine Drive. She married Lloyd Forsyth in 1946 and they had two children; Diane and Robert. Mary and her husband raised their family in Burnaby and built a house at 855 Marine Drive, on the lot originally purchased by her father and moved later to a house located at 6457 Marine Drive. In 1964, after her children were grown, Mary completed her teaching degree at Simon Fraser University and went on to teach kindergarten at Nelson Elementary school. While a teacher within the Burnaby School District, Mary was instrumental in adopting ballet as part of the school curriculum. Mary was an active member of the Burnaby Historical Society participating and leading local events and seminars. She was inspired by the idea of the 'Housewives Holiday', originally initiated by the Vancouver "Y’ S". In February 1960, she was integral in forming a committee in South Burnaby working alongside Ruth Turner, Faye Treagh and Dorothy Turnbull. The "Housewives Holiday" committee (a branch of the Clinton-Glenwood Recreation Association) planned several events at Bonsor Hall for Burnaby housewives from October 6 to December 8, 1960. After her retirement from teaching, Mary returned to Simon Fraser University to do further studies and in 1983 she wrote an essay for an Environmental Education course, titled, "A Walking Environment for South Burnaby". The essay was conducted as a feasibility study to provide a walking environment in her community and included a formal essay, a media book, a map and a slide presentation which was presented to a variety of local community groups. In 1984, Mary was the recipient of the North Fraser Harbour Commission Award to further her work on this project. In October 1986, her essay was adapted as a proposal to The Corporation of the District of Burnaby for a walking and cycling trail system for South Burnaby. Her proposal was taken into consideration by council and was later adopted by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Mary was very much interested in the history of South Burnaby and spent time between 1990 to 2004 conducting research through the Burnaby Historical Society, The City of Burnaby Archives and several pioneering families who agreed to share their family records and be interviewed. Mary compiled her research into short historical and biographical essays by geographical area, family name and organization. Mary (Bolton) Forsyth lived her whole life in South Burnaby and was an active and committed member of her community. She died on November 10, 2010.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Cartographic Material
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
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Burnaby Art Gallery Collection

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1890 (date of original) -1983
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Art Gallery Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
2 files of textual records and 58 photographs
Storage Location
BHS241
BHS242
MSS066
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs of the Burnaby Art Gallery. Prior to being the Art Gallery, this building was the home of Henry T. Ceperley (built 1911), and was known as "Fairacres." In 1939, the local Catholic Diocese funded a group of five Benedictine monks to establish a Priory in B.C., and "Fa…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1890 (date of original) -1983
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Art Gallery Collection
Physical Description
2 files of textual records and 58 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
BHS241
BHS242
MSS066
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs of the Burnaby Art Gallery. Prior to being the Art Gallery, this building was the home of Henry T. Ceperley (built 1911), and was known as "Fairacres." In 1939, the local Catholic Diocese funded a group of five Benedictine monks to establish a Priory in B.C., and "Fairacres" was purchased and used for this purpose. This property was acquired in 1966 by City of Burnaby for use as a civic art gallery as part of the new Arts Centre in Deer Lake Park and designated as a heritage property in 1992.
History/Biography
Henry and Grace Ceperley purchased a strawberry farm from George Clayton in 1909. Their home, named Fairacres, was built on the north shore of Deer Lake in 1911. The house was designed by the English architect, R.P.S. Twizell. The Ceperley House, with its river rock veranda, beautiful hand-crafted woodwork, stained-glass and tile, remains one of the finest examples of Edwardian architecture in the Lower Mainland. In 1917 Grace Ceperley died and left Fairacres to her husband, H.T. Ceperley with the stipulation that when the home was sold the proceeds would be used to build a playground for the children of Vancouver in Stanley Park. Grace and H.T. Ceperley had one daughter named Ethelwyn who married James Edward Hall. Ethelwyn and James Edward Hall had three children, Edith Ceperley, James Edward "Junior" and Florence Renn. In 1939 a community of five Benedictine monks came from Mount Angel, Oregon to establish a priory in British Columbia. They decided to purchase the Ceperley House for their monastery. A large gymnasium was built on the property which was later converted into the James Cowan Theatre when the property was acquired by the City of Burnaby in 1966. For a brief time the house was used as a fraternity for some of the first students to attend Simon Fraser University. The old mansion began its life as an art museum in the 1960's. Since its beginnings as an association in 1967, the Burnaby Art Gallery has been dedicated to presenting a historical and contemporary art program by local, regional, national and international artists; facilitating the development of emerging artists; providing diverse art educational programming; acquiring culturally significant works on paper. The City of Burnaby assumed management of the gallery, its collection, staff and governance in 1998, with the art gallery then taking on the added responsibility of caring for and managing the City of Burnaby’s Permanent Art Collection. During that same year the City began restorations of the exterior of Ceperley House and upgraded the building for improved public use. The renovations were completed in 2000, transforming the house back to its appearance of 1911. The Gallery along with the other cultural facilities in Deer Lake Park, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Burnaby Village Museum are part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department of the City of Burnaby. There are two main galleries, a lounge gallery with a fireplace and easy chairs and The Shopping Bag, a gallery shop run by volunteers. The goals of the gallery are to: provide access to contemporary Canadian art, present works from the permanent collection; collect contemporary works on paper; and offer challenging and educational exhibition related programming.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1919 -1995
Collection/Fonds
Eagles family collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
40 files of textual records and 1489 photographs
Storage Location
BHS245
BHS331
BHS404
MSS032
BHS314
BHS482
MSS055
Scope and Content
Collection consists of records, correspondence and photographs created by Drs. Blythe and Violet Eagles regarding their home and garden in the Deer Lake area of Burnaby. Also included in the collection are records pertaining the Burnaby Historical Society, the book entitled "The Fraser's History fr…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1919 -1995
Collection/Fonds
Eagles family collection
Physical Description
40 files of textual records and 1489 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
BHS245
BHS331
BHS404
MSS032
BHS314
BHS482
MSS055
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Scope and Content
Collection consists of records, correspondence and photographs created by Drs. Blythe and Violet Eagles regarding their home and garden in the Deer Lake area of Burnaby. Also included in the collection are records pertaining the Burnaby Historical Society, the book entitled "The Fraser's History from Glaciers to Early Settlements" and the Eagle's visit to Robert Burnaby's grave.
History/Biography
Blythe's paternal grandparents, Charles and Maude Eagles immigrated to New Westminster in 1887. Their son Jack married Amelia Jane Johnston, and Blythe Eagles was born in New Westminster in 1902. In 1918 Blythe enrolled at the University of British Columbia, and took a Physiology class with eight other top students - his future wife, Violet Dunbar was the lone woman in the class. Blythe graduated in 1922, winning the Governor General's Gold Medal as top student. He received his MA in 1924 and his PhD in 1926 from the University of Toronto. He then completed his post-doctoral study at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, England. In 1933 Dr. Eagles became head of the Department of Dairying (1936-1955), Chairman of the Division of Animal Science (1955-1967), and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture (in 1949 until his retirement in 1967). In 1968 he received an Honourary Doctor of Science Award from U.B.C. Blythe was also one of the first appointments to the Burnaby Town Planning Commission. Violet Evelyn Dunbar was born September 29, 1899 in Ontario, the eldest child of John and Mary (Tompson) Dunbar. Violet attained her BA in 1921 and MA in 1922 from the University of British Columbia. In 1922 she attended the Provincial Normal School and within six months had a teaching certificate and taught at Lord Hudson School in 1923. In September 1923 she was awarded a two-year scholarship to the University of Toronto, where she joined Blythe in the Bio-Chemistry Department. She received a second MA and a PhD in 1929. Her graduate studies entailed research in pure proteins and enzymes related to the commercial production of cheese. Through this work she was recognized as one of the leading enzyme chemists in the country, being a senior lab instructor of biochemistry. Violet was one of the founders of the Burnaby Council of Women and active member of the International Council of Women. Blythe and Violet Eagles purchased property at Deer Lake in 1929 and began construction of their home shortly before their marriage on June 25, 1930. The Drs. Blythe and Violet Eagles Estate is a unique expression of the talents and tastes of both the Eagles and Frank Ebenezer Buck (1875-1970) who was head of the Horticultural Department and the Campus Landscape Architect at U.B.C. and established the plan for the Eagles garden while Blythe selected many of the plantings. The Eagles themselves designed the house as a romantic cottage inspired by the British Arts and Crafts style. Violet was an enthusiastic amateur gardener, maintaining and continually developing the garden. The Eagles were active volunteers in the local community as well as at UBC. When Simon Fraser University opened in Burnaby, they became well-known for entertaining dignitaries and special guests of the university in their lavish garden. After Violet's death in 1993, the estate was sold to the City of Burnaby. The funds were used to establish a Chair in Agriculture at the University of British Columbia in their memory.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
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George H.F. McLean fonds

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1961 - 1970
Collection/Fonds
George H.F. McLean fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
6 optical discs
Storage Location
Photo/MI catalogue 567
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 23 short film segments on 6 DVDs. The films were originally filmed in colour using an 8mm film camera, they have no sound. The films provide insight into the McLean family in Burnaby, their daily activities, celebrations and travels during the 1960s.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1961 - 1970
Collection/Fonds
George H.F. McLean fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photo/MI catalogue 567
Physical Description
6 optical discs
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Open access
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of 23 short film segments on 6 DVDs. The films were originally filmed in colour using an 8mm film camera, they have no sound. The films provide insight into the McLean family in Burnaby, their daily activities, celebrations and travels during the 1960s.
History/Biography
George Henry Foster McLean was born in Prince Albert Saskatchewan in 1925 and lived with his family at their home located at the corner of Nelson and Burrard Streets in Vancouver. In 1942, at the age of 16 years, George enlisted with the Royal Navy at the HMCS Discovery located off Stanley Park. By the end of the war he was awarded numerous medals and awards, including the Italian Star, North African Star and the France/Germany Star and Malta Star. After the war, George returned to Canada settling in Burnaby with his wife Edna. Together the couple raised 5 children while George maintained a life of public service becoming the Director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1946, continuing his involvement until 1957.Following this, he was elected to Burnaby Municipal Council serving as an alderman for 18 years, 14 years as Burnaby Parks Commissioner and 8 years as Burnaby Planning Commissioner. He also served on several civic committees including the Lower Mainland Planning Board, the Greater Vancouver Regional District Planning Committee and the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water and Sewer Board. In his role as parks commissioner he fostered the expansion of the Burnaby Parks system as well as the Burnaby Parkland Acquisition Program. George also found time for coaching sports such as minor hockey and softball and was an active member in community organizations such as, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Rotary Club and the Burnaby Hospital Society. In 1987 George retired from Municipal politics and was honoured in 1989 by the Burnaby Municipal Council when he was bestowed the title of Freeman for the Municipality. George continued his commitment to public service and became an active participant in the Memory Project, sponsored by Veteran Affairs of Canada, to help bring history home to school children, sharing his wartime experiences with younger generations. He also participated in a project entitled 'From the Heart: The Freeman Legacy' which was a collaboration between the City of Burnaby and Simon Fraser University. A feature film was produced as one element of the larger multimedia project and was broadcast nationally in 2007. In 2010, the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission extended permanent recognition to Freeman George H.F. McLean by re naming Inman Green Park, to George McLean Park in his honour. In his private life, George took pride in spending time with his family and was a successful businessman. George was also an active member of the royal Canadian Legion Branch 83, The Burnaby Kingsway Rotary Club and Burnaby Hospital Society and enjoyed working in his organic garden in his free time. George H.F. McLean died May 7, 2015.
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1950-2002
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records + approx. 1000 photographs
Storage Location
MSS071
Photo catalogue 605
Photo catalogue 618
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and received by Doreen Lawson during her career as Parks Commissioner (1965-1971), Burnaby City Council member (1972-1985, 1990-1999) and environmental advocate following her retirement from Council in 1999. Records include election campaign materials, congratulat…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1950-2002
Collection/Fonds
Doreen Lawson Fonds
Physical Description
18 cm of textual records + approx. 1000 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
MSS071
Photo catalogue 605
Photo catalogue 618
Accession Number
2003-30
2015-15
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and received by Doreen Lawson during her career as Parks Commissioner (1965-1971), Burnaby City Council member (1972-1985, 1990-1999) and environmental advocate following her retirement from Council in 1999. Records include election campaign materials, congratulatory letters and correspondence, community speeches and slideshow presentations regarding the conservation of Burnaby Lake, the administrative papers of the Burnaby Centennial Rhododendron and Spring Flower Show Society, and photographs of Burnaby waterways and wildlife.
History/Biography
Doreen Anne Fowler Lawson was born July 8, 1928 to Eva Barnhill and Leonard Fowler. Her parents met in Alberta but decided to move to Vancouver where they got married and Doreen was born. The family moved to the north side of Claude Avenue in Burnaby when Doreen was a few months old. In 1931 they moved to a house with an acre of land directly across the street from their first house.
When Doreen was six her family moved to Collingwood, Vancouver, near where her father grew up. This is where her brother Ron was born. The family moved again to County Line in Langley Prairie in 1944 which is where Doreen met Edward Lawson, her future husband. Soon after, they moved to a seven acre plot in Burquitlam. Ed and Doreen Lawson’s eldest daughter Linda was born in 1954. Their second daughter Wendy was born in 1959 and their youngest Lisa was born in 1961. They lived in the Brentwood area, where all three daughters attended Brentwood Elementary School. Linda went on to Alpha Secondary School.
In 1945 Doreen began her first of several office jobs, and in the early 1950s she became the first woman to be elected into a vice-president position within the BC Trade Union Congress (now the BC Federation of Labour).
Doreen Lawson had a long and prolific political career, starting as Parks Commissioner in 1965; serving as its chair from 1969 to 1971. She was instrumental in the selection and promotion of the rhododendron as the official flower of Burnaby in 1966. In 1971 she was elected to Burnaby City Council and in 1972 Doreen proposed that Council take action to declare Burnaby Lake a wildlife sanctuary. After a ten year campaign, she was able to convince Council to declare the park “a nature conservation area.” She put forward a policy of preservation for creeks and streams, as well as a proposal to preserve trees in subdivisions, both of which were adopted by Council. Doreen continued to serve on Council until 1985, during which time she initiated and chaired the Burnaby Information Committee which designed the present Burnaby logo (and official flower pins) and established the “Information Burnaby Newsletter. In 1979 Doreen Lawson won Vancouver Natural History Society’s “Frank Sanford Award”.
In 1984 she was elected the first woman president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Doreen ran as a BC Liberal Party candidate in the new Federal Riding of Burnaby in 1979 and from 1985 to 1987 she served as the Executive Director of the British Columbia Liberal Party. As the B.C. Liberal Party Executive Director, her major responsibility was to work with both the Federal and Provincial Associations in implementing riding organizations and fundraising programs in preparation for election time. In the 1980s Doreen was an active guest lecturer at Burnaby Elementary and High Schools as well as the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Doreen was active in a variety of community clubs and organizations including; the Burnaby Library Board, Greater Vancouver Spinners and Weavers Guild and Vancouver Natural History Society. She was an executive member of the Burnaby-New Westminster Canada Summer Games, the Burnaby Division of the United Way, Information Burnaby Committee and the Brentwood Parent Teachers Association as well as serving as the President of the Burnaby Voter’s Association from 1988-1990.
In 1990 Doreen was elected back to Burnaby Council and put forward the rejuvenation of Burnaby Lake which she saw completed before her final year on Council in 1999. Doreen continued to be a strong environmental advocate for the protection and rejuvenation of Burnaby Lake after she retired from council.
Doreen Lawson died October 11, 2003.
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