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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
4700 Kingsway
Associated Dates
1954
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
4700 Kingsway
Associated Dates
1954
Heritage Value
The Simpson-Sears store on Kingsway opened in 1954 and was the second Simpson-Sears to be located in British Columbia. The store helped to solidify the neighbourhood's growing reputation as a major commercial centre in the Lower Mainland and became a prototype for the company's large format stores across Canada.
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 4700 Kingsway
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 13, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-176
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Simpson-Sears store at 4750 Kingsway.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 13, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-176
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Simpson-Sears store at 4750 Kingsway.
Photographer
McCarron, John
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Stores
Names
Simpson Sears
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 4750 Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Digney film 2 - Construction of Simpsons-Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo10640
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1954] (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (5 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., si.
Storage Location
Digital only
Scope and Content
Short Film segment of a view from the Digney's backyard at 3698 Bonsor Avenue (address changed to 6521 Bonsor Ave. after 1958) of the construction of the Simpson-Sears building on Kingsway in Burnaby.
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1954] (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV019.18.3
Storage Location
Digital only
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (5 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Short Film segment of a view from the Digney's backyard at 3698 Bonsor Avenue (address changed to 6521 Bonsor Ave. after 1958) of the construction of the Simpson-Sears building on Kingsway in Burnaby.
Notes
Title based on contents of film segment
Film segment originates from digitized version of original 8 mm film (See BV019.18.3)
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Malls
Names
Simpson Sears
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6521 Bonsor Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Video Tracks
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Digney film 2 - Construction of Simpsons-Sears building

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo10644
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1954] (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (1 min., 30 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., si.
Storage Location
Digital only
Scope and Content
Film segment documenting the construction of the Simpsons-Sears building located at 3660 Kingsway in Burnaby (address changed to 4750 Kingsway after 1958). The film footage is shot by Andy Digney from his backyard at 2698 Bonsor Avenue (address changed to 6521 Bonsor Avenue after 1958).
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1954] (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV019.18.3
Storage Location
Digital only
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (1 min., 30 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Film segment documenting the construction of the Simpsons-Sears building located at 3660 Kingsway in Burnaby (address changed to 4750 Kingsway after 1958). The film footage is shot by Andy Digney from his backyard at 2698 Bonsor Avenue (address changed to 6521 Bonsor Avenue after 1958).
Notes
Title based on contents of film segment
Film segment originates from digitized version of original 8 mm film (See BV019.18.3)
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Malls
Buildings - Commercial - Stores
Names
Simpson Sears
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6521 Bonsor Avenue
Burnaby - 4750 Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1948 and 1950] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 9.6 cm print
Item No.
315-411
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the beginning of the construction of Simpson Sears.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1948 and 1950] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Centennial Anthology series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
315-411
Accession Number
BHS994-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8.8 x 9.6 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the beginning of the construction of Simpson Sears.
Subjects
Construction
Buildings - Commercial - Stores
Names
Simpson Sears
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - Sussex Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1948 and 1950] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7.3 x 9.6 cm print
Item No.
315-412
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the beginning of the construction of Simpson Sears.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1948 and 1950] (date of original), copied 1992
Collection/Fonds
Community Heritage Commission Special Projects fonds
Series
Burnaby Centennial Anthology series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
315-412
Accession Number
BHS994-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7.3 x 9.6 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the beginning of the construction of Simpson Sears.
Subjects
Construction
Buildings - Commercial - Stores
Names
Simpson Sears
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - Sussex Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Opening of Simpson Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport45685
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45050
Meeting Date
3-May-1954
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45050
Meeting Date
3-May-1954
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Opening of Simpson-Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto55632
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1954
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25.5 x 20.5 cm
Item No.
486-026
Storage Location
65-1
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley (left) speaking into a microphone at the opening of Simpson-Sears. The man standing to the right of Charles is identified as Mr. Haskell. The microphones have the call letters CKNW on them.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1954
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
486-026
Accession Number
2005-14
Storage Location
65-1
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25.5 x 20.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley (left) speaking into a microphone at the opening of Simpson-Sears. The man standing to the right of Charles is identified as Mr. Haskell. The microphones have the call letters CKNW on them.
Subjects
Events - Openings
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
MacSorley, Charles W.
Haskell, Mr.
Simpson Sears
Notes
Title based on caption
Caption on recto reads: "Opening Simpson-Sears 1954 Mr. Haskell"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Sussex Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Simpson-Sears Parking Lot

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport27661
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21602
Meeting Date
22-Oct-1973
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
79
Item No.
18
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21602
Meeting Date
22-Oct-1973
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
79
Item No.
18
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Simpsons-Sears' Parking Lot

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport34267
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
30927
Meeting Date
23-Oct-1967
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
68
Item No.
6
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
30927
Meeting Date
23-Oct-1967
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
68
Item No.
6
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Simpsons-Sears Parking Lot

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport27687
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21576
Meeting Date
15-Oct-1973
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
77
Item No.
14
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21576
Meeting Date
15-Oct-1973
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
77
Item No.
14
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Ribbon cutting ceremony for Simpson-Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto55635
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1955]
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Item No.
486-029
Storage Location
65-1
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley (centre) and two unidentified men at the Simpson-Sears ribbon cutting ceremony.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1955]
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
486-029
Accession Number
2005-14
Storage Location
65-1
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley (centre) and two unidentified men at the Simpson-Sears ribbon cutting ceremony.
Creator
Charles MacSorley
Subjects
Events - Openings
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Simpson Sears
MacSorley, Charles W.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Sussex Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Simpson-Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto55636
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1954]
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Item No.
486-030
Storage Location
65-1
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley (centre) and two unidentified men at the Simpson-Sears ribbon cutting ceremony.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1954]
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
486-030
Accession Number
2005-14
Storage Location
65-1
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley (centre) and two unidentified men at the Simpson-Sears ribbon cutting ceremony.
Subjects
Events - Openings
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Names
Simpson Sears
MacSorley, Charles W.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Sussex Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Simpson-Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto55637
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1954]
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Item No.
486-031
Storage Location
65-1
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley cutting the ribbon at the opening of Simpson-Sears. A large crowd is gathered behind him.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1954]
Collection/Fonds
Charles MacSorley fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
486-031
Accession Number
2005-14
Storage Location
65-1
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Charles MacSorley cutting the ribbon at the opening of Simpson-Sears. A large crowd is gathered behind him.
Subjects
Events - Openings
Officials - Mayors and Reeves
Persons - Crowds
Buildings - Commercial - Stores
Names
Simpson Sears
MacSorley, Charles W.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Sussex Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
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Proposed Lane Exchange between the Corporation and Simpson-Sears Ltd.

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport42847
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
39367
Meeting Date
12-Aug-1957
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
39367
Meeting Date
12-Aug-1957
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Application of Simpson Sears Limited for Land Exchange - DL 152

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport44426
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
44684
Meeting Date
11-Oct-1955
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
44684
Meeting Date
11-Oct-1955
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Traffic Control in Connection with Simpson-Sears Parking Lot

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport45437
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45331
Meeting Date
7-Sep-1954
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45331
Meeting Date
7-Sep-1954
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Letter from Doris Hartley re: #49 Bus at Simpson-Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport24092
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
17404
Meeting Date
3-Aug-1976
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
50
Item No.
21
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
17404
Meeting Date
3-Aug-1976
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
50
Item No.
21
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Use of RCMP at Simpsons-Sears' Parking Lot

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport35051
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
31958
Meeting Date
5-Dec-1966
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
70
Item No.
3
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
31958
Meeting Date
5-Dec-1966
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
70
Item No.
3
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Use of RCMP at Simpsons-Sears' Parking Lot

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport35110
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
31891
Meeting Date
7-Nov-1966
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
31891
Meeting Date
7-Nov-1966
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Aerial view looking east on Kingsway

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto78857
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 15, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-004
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph is an aerial view looking east on Kingsway, taken from the twenty-first floor of the Panorama Towers on Grange Street, with Sears and Kelly Douglas in the background.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 15, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-004
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph is an aerial view looking east on Kingsway, taken from the twenty-first floor of the Panorama Towers on Grange Street, with Sears and Kelly Douglas in the background.
Photographer
McCarron, John
Subjects
Aerial Photographs
Names
Simpson Sears
Kelly Douglas and Company
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - Grange Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Garden Village Area
Images
Less detail

Driveways Utilized by the Simpson Sears Store and the Super Value Store

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport45470
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45269
Meeting Date
23-Aug-1954
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45269
Meeting Date
23-Aug-1954
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Traffic Congestion on Kingsway in the Vicinity of Simpson Sears Store

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport45771
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
44967
Meeting Date
5-Apr-1954
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
44967
Meeting Date
5-Apr-1954
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Approval for Simpson-Sears Ltd. To Construct a Storm Drain Through and Under Sussex Avenue

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport46395
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45643
Meeting Date
23-Feb-1953
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45643
Meeting Date
23-Feb-1953
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Municipal Bus Service in the Gilley-Kingsway-Edmonds-Simpsons-Sears Area

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport40707
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
36894
Meeting Date
4-Jul-1960
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
36894
Meeting Date
4-Jul-1960
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Acquisition of Right-of-way for the Simpsons-Sears Storm Drain

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport46385
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45659
Meeting Date
9-Mar-1953
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
45659
Meeting Date
9-Mar-1953
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Burnaby Road Acquisition and Dedication Bylaw No. 11, 1964 - Simpsons-Sears

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport27520
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21749
Meeting Date
26-Nov-1973
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
88
Item No.
24
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
21749
Meeting Date
26-Nov-1973
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
88
Item No.
24
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Proposed Diversion by Simpson-Sears Limited of the Lane Lying West of Bonsor Avenue between Irmin Street and Jutland Street

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport42822
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
39385
Meeting Date
19-Aug-1957
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
39385
Meeting Date
19-Aug-1957
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Simpson-Sears Limited Request to Exchange a Portion of the Lane Originally Proposed to be Cancelled, Extending from Irving Street Southerly through Property Owned by the Company

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport42918
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
39243
Meeting Date
22-Jul-1957
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
39243
Meeting Date
22-Jul-1957
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Application of BC Electric Railway to Construct a Spur Line from the Central Park Right-of-way to the Simpson-Sears Development

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport46396
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45644
Meeting Date
23-Feb-1953
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
45644
Meeting Date
23-Feb-1953
Type/Format
Council - Committee Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
Documents
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Application of Simpson Sears for an Exchange of the Present Lane Running Parallel and to the West of Bonsor Avenue North of the South Half of Lot 8 to be Exchanged for Said Lot 8 South Half

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport44500
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
44613
Meeting Date
6-Sep-1955
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
44613
Meeting Date
6-Sep-1955
Type/Format
Council - Mayor/Councillor/Staff Report
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Lake City Neighbourhood

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/landmark793
Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Associated Dates
1955-2008
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Associated Dates
1955-2008
Heritage Value
When Simon Fraser University opened in 1965, approximately sixteen industrial properties had been developed in the Lake City Industrial Park. In addition, significant tracts of land in the western portion had been pre-cleared and graded in anticipation of additional development, while most of the eastern half remained forested. Some of the early companies to locate in the area were Nabob Foods, Volkswagen Canada, British Columbia Television Broadcasting, Simpson Sears, and H.Y. Louie Company Limited. Both Imperial Oil and Shell Oil established petroleum storage and distribution facilities in the area. Initially a heavy industrial area, by 1979, single family neighbourhoods south of Lougheed Highway and west of Eagle Creek had been largely developed. By the mid1980's, the Burnaby 200 multi-family development along Forest Grove Drive had also been completed.
Planning Study Area
Lake City Area
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Illegal Storm Drainage Connections

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/councilreport31136
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
23206
Meeting Date
15-Feb-1971
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
11
Item No.
6
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
  2 Documents  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Report ID
23206
Meeting Date
15-Feb-1971
Type/Format
Council - Manager's Report
Manager's Report No.
11
Item No.
6
Collection/Fonds
City Council and Office of the City Clerk fonds
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Chapter Nine: Kingsway West School Neighbourhood, McKay District p. 344

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
KINGSWAY WEST SCHOOL C. 1940 iSSpWfv KINGSWAY WEST SCHOOL - "GONE". CONSTRUCTION FOR SIMPSONS SEARS IS UNDER WAY C. 1949 ligip WATER TANKS, ONCE A FAMILIAR SIGHT IN BURNABY, ARE "GOING" TOO. C. 1948 316 PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY DAVID PRICE
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1943
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18.1 x 26.1 cm
Item No.
033-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the exterior of Kingsway West School (originally named West Burnaby School). In 1952 the school ceased operations. Simpson Sears was later built on this site.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1943
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
033-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18.1 x 26.1 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the exterior of Kingsway West School (originally named West Burnaby School). In 1952 the school ceased operations. Simpson Sears was later built on this site.
Subjects
Buildings - Schools
Names
Kingsway West School
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Stamp on back reads, "Universal Appraisal Company Limited"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Burnaby - 4800 Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 15, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-308
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows people boarding the 12th Street bus at a stop on Kingsway in front of Simpsons-Sears.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 15, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-308
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows people boarding the 12th Street bus at a stop on Kingsway in front of Simpsons-Sears.
Photographer
McCarron, John
Subjects
Transportation - Buses
Advertising Medium - Signs and Signboards
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1953]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.7 x 13.1 cm
Item No.
410-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard advertising the Hotel Burnaby at 1385 Kingsway (old street numbering). A caption on the reverse of the postcard reads: Hotel Burnaby / :Located between new Simpsons-Sears and new Woodwards shopping centres / You will remember Hotel Burnaby for the REST of your life."
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1953]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
410-001
Accession Number
BHS2000-11
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w postcard ; 8.7 x 13.1 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard advertising the Hotel Burnaby at 1385 Kingsway (old street numbering). A caption on the reverse of the postcard reads: Hotel Burnaby / :Located between new Simpsons-Sears and new Woodwards shopping centres / You will remember Hotel Burnaby for the REST of your life."
Subjects
Advertising Medium
Documentary Artifacts - Postcards
Buildings - Commercial - Hotels and Motels
Names
Hotel Burnaby Limited
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 7600 Block Kingsway
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Stride Avenue Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Accession Code
BV002.3.1
Description
Postcard: colour photo, glossy; horizontal; hotel; white bar across bottom with black-shaded white "HOTEL BURNABY LTD.", black "1385 KINGSWAY AT 14th AVENUE" "BURNABY 3, NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C." "TELEPHONE LA 1-8891"; '1385' crossed out, '7610' written above in pen; shows two-storey building with woo…
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Accession Code
BV002.3.1
Description
Postcard: colour photo, glossy; horizontal; hotel; white bar across bottom with black-shaded white "HOTEL BURNABY LTD.", black "1385 KINGSWAY AT 14th AVENUE" "BURNABY 3, NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C." "TELEPHONE LA 1-8891"; '1385' crossed out, '7610' written above in pen; shows two-storey building with wood trim, white plaster; totem-pole shaped neon sign, vertical "HOTEL" on black ground, "VACANCY" and "PARKING" below; "DINER" on blue awning of nearest part of building, single-storey; black "DINING ROOM" on white sign on side of higher building, red "Coca-Cola" bottlecap sign either side; New Westminster Hog Fuel? building visible in background; on reverse in blue, "HOTEL BURNABY" "Located between new Simpson-Sears and new Woodwards shopping centres. You will remember HOTEL BURNABY for the REST of your life."; up centre, "MADE IN CANADA BY GRANT-MANN LITHOGRAPHERS LTD. "COLOR CARD" DIVISION, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA."; at bottom, "C-50"; at top, "POST CARD" "ADDRESS"; outline of rectangle at upper right, "STAMP"; c. late 1950s; unused; pencilled "1-" at top; lightly soiled; corners worn
Maker
Grant-Mann Lithographers Ltd
Country Made
Canada
Province Made
British Columbia
Site/City Made
Vancouver
Title
Hotel Burnaby Ltd. C-50
Subjects
Documentary Artifacts
Documentary Artifacts - Postcards
Documentary Artifacts - Photographs
Buildings
Buildings - Commercial
Buildings - Commercial - Hotels and Motels
Record Type
Artifact
Images
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Digney Film 3 - Construction of Digney Bowling Alley

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo10648
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1955 (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (8 min., 40 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., si.
Storage Location
Digital only
Scope and Content
Film segment documenting the construction of the Digney Bowling Alley in Burnaby. The bowling alley was built on the west side of the Digney family home located at 2698 Bonsor Avenue (address became 6521 Bonsor Avenue after 1958). The film documents Ozzie Cavello using his bulldozer to clear the la…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1955 (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV019.18.4
Storage Location
Digital only
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (8 min., 40 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Film segment documenting the construction of the Digney Bowling Alley in Burnaby. The bowling alley was built on the west side of the Digney family home located at 2698 Bonsor Avenue (address became 6521 Bonsor Avenue after 1958). The film documents Ozzie Cavello using his bulldozer to clear the land followed by construction workers laying cinder block walls, a large crane helping to lay steel girders and lumber for the roof. The opening footage is taken from the parking lot of the Simpson Sears store on Kingsway. The Film segment closes with large flower arrangements gathered around the entrance of the Digney Bowling Alley in honour of the grand opening with Andy Digney and his brother in law Sydney Swan at the entrance.
Notes
Title based on contents of film segment
Film segment originates from digitized version of original 8 mm film (See BV019.18.4)
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Buildings - Recreational - Bowling Alleys
Sports - Bowling
Names
Digney, Andy
Swan, Sydney
Digney Bowling Alley
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6521 Bonsor Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
Video Tracks
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1955]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. postcard ; 9 x 14 cm
Item No.
474-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of Burnaby Hotel located at 1385 Kingsway (old street numbering system). Printed at the bottom of the postcard is the following: Hotel Burnaby Ltd. / 1385 Kingsway at 14th Avenue / Burnaby 3, New Westminster, B.C., Telephone LA 1-8891. On the reverse is written: "Hotel Burna…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1955]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
474-001
Accession Number
BHS2005-6
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. postcard ; 9 x 14 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photographic postcard of Burnaby Hotel located at 1385 Kingsway (old street numbering system). Printed at the bottom of the postcard is the following: Hotel Burnaby Ltd. / 1385 Kingsway at 14th Avenue / Burnaby 3, New Westminster, B.C., Telephone LA 1-8891. On the reverse is written: "Hotel Burnaby: Located between new Simpson-Sears and new Woodwards shopping centres. You will remember Hotel Burnaby for the rest of your life."
Photographer
Grant-Mann Lithographers Limited
Subjects
Buildings - Commercial - Hotels and Motels
Documentary Artifacts - Postcards
Advertising Medium
Names
Hotel Burnaby Limited
Notes
Title based on caption of postcard
Made by Grant-Mann Lithographers Ltd. "Colour Card" Division, Vancouver British Columbia
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 7600 Block Kingsway
Burnaby - Kingsway
Historic Neighbourhood
Edmonds (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Stride Avenue Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Accession Code
BV002.48.2
Description
Postcard: black and white photo, glossy; horizontal; hotel; white bar across bottom with black "HOTEL BURNABY" "1385 KINGSWAY, N.W., B.C." "ON HIGHWAY NUMBER 99" "TELEPHONE N.W. 4375"; '4375' crossed out and 'LA 18891" written beside it in blue pen; hotel is two-storey building, white with brick a…
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Accession Code
BV002.48.2
Description
Postcard: black and white photo, glossy; horizontal; hotel; white bar across bottom with black "HOTEL BURNABY" "1385 KINGSWAY, N.W., B.C." "ON HIGHWAY NUMBER 99" "TELEPHONE N.W. 4375"; '4375' crossed out and 'LA 18891" written beside it in blue pen; hotel is two-storey building, white with brick and wood accents; parking? below; screen wall at nearest part is full height of building; totem-pole shaped neon sign has vertical "HOTEL", horizontal "Burnaby", and at bottom, "VACANCY", "OFFICE", arrow; on reverse in black "HOTEL BURNABY:" "LOCATED BETWEEN NEW SIMPSONS-SEARS AND NEW WOODWARDS... YOU WILL REMEMBER HOTEL BURNABY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE."; "REST" is in bold type; line down centre; at bottom left, "PRINTED IN CANADA BY PLOWRIGHT PTG."; at upper right, "POST CARD" and outline of rectangle with "PLACE STAMP HERE"; c. late 1950s; unused; pencilled "4-" at top; lightly soiled
Colour
black and white
Maker
Plowright Printing
Country Made
Canada
Title
Hotel Burnaby
Subjects
Documentary Artifacts
Documentary Artifacts - Postcards
Buildings
Buildings - Commercial
Buildings - Commercial - Hotels and Motels
Record Type
Artifact
Images
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Chapter Nine: Kingsway West School Neighbourhood, McKay District p. 314

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumlibrary6023-314
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
to the east. Mrs. Annie Vogels Kingsway Nursing & Rest Home. H.A. Allisons plant nursery was next to Vogels. There were wild trilliums among other green things in those woods. Within the Simpson-Sears Store development, that all went. Now Metrotown - 1952/53. Where we live now was a
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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Wedding Photograph of Frances Mabel Lili (Patterson) Duke with her niece (flower girl) Doreen Nettie (Patterson) Reitsma

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto64348
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Patterson family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (jpeg)
Item No.
326-004
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Frances Mabel Lili (Patterson) Duke (pictured in her wedding gown) became the first PBX switchboard operator for the Municipality of Burnaby in the early 1920’s. PBX, or Private Branch Exchange, was the term used for an internal telephone system. Frances later became president of the Professional W…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1939
Collection/Fonds
Patterson family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
326-004
Accession Number
2010-01
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph (jpeg)
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Frances Mabel Lili (Patterson) Duke (pictured in her wedding gown) became the first PBX switchboard operator for the Municipality of Burnaby in the early 1920’s. PBX, or Private Branch Exchange, was the term used for an internal telephone system. Frances later became president of the Professional Women’s Association of New Westminster, and volunteered her time with the May Day celebrations in New Westminster. She was also a dedicated lodge member. Frances Mabel Lili Patterson was born on June 9, 1905 and was the fifth child born to Dugald Campbell Patterson Sr. and Frances Mabel (Webb) Patterson. Frances enjoyed her career as a telephone switchboard operator, and engaged in numerous fundraising efforts in and around Burnaby as a member of the Rebekah Lodge (the women’s division of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows). While in the lodge, she met her future husband, Walter Duke and they married on July 12, 1939. Frances moved to Wenatchee, Washington after her marriage, and relocated to Victoria after her husband died. Frances died on January 13, 1974. Doreen Nettie (Patterson) Reitsma (pictured as the flower girl) was the younger daughter of Charles Bruce Patterson and Elva Eleanore (Elliott) Patterson. Doreen at age 23 became the first woman from British Columbia to enlist in the new Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service. Doreen Nettie Patterson was born on December 12, 1927. In the fall of 1951, she had become a Wren in the Royal Canadian Navy. She received her basic training at HMCS Cornwallis and became a radio intelligence operator for the wireless communications base at Naval Radio Station Coverdale near Moncton, New Brunswick. In 1953, she was chosen to serve a term at the naval base in Churchill, Manitoba. She was one of only eleven women to ever serve there. After her career in the navy, Doreen worked in the accounting division for Simpsons-Sears in Burnaby, (known today as Sears at Metrotown Centre) near her grandparent’s original family home at Patterson Avenue and Kingsway. Doreen married Gerard Reitsma on August 18, 1960. Doreen died on April 30, 2000.
[Biography provided by Raymond Reitsma].
Subjects
Ceremonies - Weddings
Names
Duke, Frances Mabel Lili Patterson
Reitsma, Doreen Nettie Patterson
Images
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1934 and 1964] (date of originals), copied in 2016 and 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
7 mp4 videos (approx. 3hr., 18 min.) : digital, 23 fps
Storage Location
Digital only
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of various short films created by Andy Digney and his son Ernest "Dig" Digney. Films include; a compilation of Burnaby content shot by Andy Digney and narrated by Lisa Codd (Curator of Burnaby Village Museum) along with a collection of six films shot on 8 mm film. Film content inclu…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1934 and 1964] (date of originals), copied in 2016 and 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Code
BV019.18
Storage Location
Digital only
Physical Description
7 mp4 videos (approx. 3hr., 18 min.) : digital, 23 fps
Material Details
Films were digitized in 2019 from original 8 mm format
Formats
mp4
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of various short films created by Andy Digney and his son Ernest "Dig" Digney. Films include; a compilation of Burnaby content shot by Andy Digney and narrated by Lisa Codd (Curator of Burnaby Village Museum) along with a collection of six films shot on 8 mm film. Film content includes footage of members of the Digney family and friends in Burnaby; the Digney homes on Bonsor Avenue and Kaymar Drive; construction of the Digney Bowling Alley and the Simpsons-Sears building; Lawn bowling at Central Park as well as various family events, gatherings, vacations and trips. Films are arranged and described at item level.
History/Biography
Andy Digney was born in London, England on July 27, 1886. His given names were Andrew Charles and in 1905, he immigrated with his elder brother to Raymore Saskatchewan and worked on a farm. In 1914, he met and married Alice Swan and in 1920 they had their one and only child, Ernest ('Dig'). The young family lived in Beatty Saskatchewan where they ran a small general store with a pool hall over the top. Andy sold the store and they moved to Carberry Manitoba where Andy worked selling lightening rods and hanging wallpaper. At this time he met and formed a partnership with someone who owned a hand cranked move projector and in the evenings, he and his wife, traveled to church halls in neighbouring towns showing movies. Eventually, he purchased his own movie projector and opened a small theatre in Carberry. He worked odd jobs during the daytime and projected movies in his small theatre at night. Eventually he made enough money to move to Brandon, Manitoba where he purchased a restaurant which he turned into a theatre with living quarters above. Andy called the theatre 'The Oak' since the mighty oak was strong and stood forever. After starting the first Oak Theatre in Brandon, Manitoba when talking pictures came along, Andy Digney, his wife Alice and son Ernest ('Dig') moved to Burnaby in 1936 and chose the site of their new theatre and home at the corner of Kingsway and Marlborough. The Oak Theatre - which opened on August 4, 1937 - was hailed as an artistic masterpiece for its ultra modern white stucco exterior, floodlights and pink-and-green neon marquee. The interior featured a mirrored ceiling, fireplace, and aquarium and had a colour scheme of orchid, royal blue, silver and black. Andy was a very involved member of the Burnaby community becoming the founding president of the Lion's club and the chairman of the committee raising money for war bonds during World War II. In 1944, Andy suffered a severe heart attack, forcing him to retire, so in 1945 he sold the theatre to Odeon Theatres of Canada who continued to operate at this location until 1968 when competition forced its closure and demolition. Andy and his family relocated to a house at 2698 Bonsor Avenue (after 1959-6521 Bonsor Ave.) on 3/4 acres where he spent much of his time cultivating a lovely garden. In about 1946, Andy was approached by the B.C. Midget Auto Racing Association, who were looking for a good location to race the smaller, racing cars, popular at the time. Andy was interested and purchased 10 acres of property located near the corner of Irmin Street and MacPherson Avenue and built a race track. The Digney Speedway opened on July 8, 1948 with stands that had capacity of holding 4500 people. In 1949, when the popularity of midget racing declined, Digney started racing roadsters. However, he struggled to find local drivers, and it was expensive to bring in drivers from elsewhere. In 1951 Digney found a winner: jalopy racing. Local men would buy 1930s cars and strip them down, remove the glass, and weld the doors shut. By early 1952 over forty cars were showing up for jalopy races. By the early 1950s the Speedway was well established, with coverage in the sports pages and on radio. Andy's son Ernest Digney (also known as Dig) worked at the race track but moved away with his wife in 1951 to work in Seattle. Dig and his wife Joyce, along with their two young sons, Paul and Bruce returned to Burnaby in 1953 moving into a 550 square foot apartment located above the Digney Speedway restrooms. In 1954 Simpson Sears built a large store on Kingsway and their parking lot came up to the back garden of the family home on Bonsor Avenue. Andy thought of building small stores on his property but in the end decided to build a bowling alley, clearing out his beautiful garden. The Digney Bowl opened on August 19,1955 and Andy Digney, his wife Alice, son 'Dig' and daughter in law Joyce all worked at both the Speedway and the Bowling Alley. In 1956 Andy decided to finally retire and sold the bowling alley and home to his son 'Dig' which he paid for over time. 'Dig' and his family moved into the house on Bonsor Avenue and ran the bowling alley until their son Bruce took over in 1980. Andy Digney died in England in 1964 while on his world tour. His wife Alice died on June 3, 1982 and their son, Ernest ('Dig') died November 27, 2009.
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
Subjects
Sports - Bowling
Sports - Badminton
Sports - Swimming
Construction
Names
Digney, Alice
Digney, Andy
Digney, Bruce
Digney, Dorothy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Digney, Paul
Digney, Joyce
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Burnaby - 6521 Bonsor Avenue
Burnaby - Kaymar Drive
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Chapter Nine: Kingsway West School Neighbourhood, McKay District p. 296

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumlibrary6023-296
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
Simpson Sears. One day I was walking home and decided it was time to remove a picket from Magistrate Grant’s fence and rattle it along the remaining fence. His property was on the south west corner of Sussex and Kingsway. However, he picked me up and the punishment was to report to him after
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Burnaby Centennial Anthology
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1994
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
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Margaret Parsons Corlett p. 302

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumlibrary6157-302
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part III: 1911-1920
Kingsway West, now the site of the Simpsons-Sears department store. She best sums up life in early Burnaby by saying: "We made our own fun." Whether she was building forts in the bush across from her home on Elsom Avenue or holding concerts and bazaars in her basement, she and her friends invariably
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part III: 1911-1920
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part III: 1911-1920
Kingsway West, now the site of the Simpsons-Sears department store. She best sums up life in early Burnaby by saying: "We made our own fun." Whether she was building forts in the bush across from her home on Elsom Avenue or holding concerts and bazaars in her basement, she and her friends invariably
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part III: 1911-1920
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part I: 1888-1900
its appearance and aided in its flaming demise. Simpsons-Sears now stands on the site. Tm into my 90s now, and although I spent some time in eastern Canada and have lived outside of the municipality on occasion, I will always think of Burnaby as my home. 83
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part I: 1888-1900
Original Book
Catalogue record for source book
Digital Book
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
. 1 spent most of my money on jaw breakers at the little store on the way home from school. I went to Kingsway West school located at Kingsway and Dow Road where Simpsons-Sears is now. We walked to school on narrow, wooden sidewalks. I remember this one sidewalk well because I once fell through
  1 Digital Chapter  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Book
Pioneer Tales of Burnaby
Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
1987
Notes
Part II: 1901-1910
Original Book
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Through the Lens of Andy Digney

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1934 and 1964] (date of original film), edited and narrated in 2016
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (12 min., 17 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., sd., stereo
Scope and Content
Burnaby resident Andy Digney captured footage of Burnaby and beyond from 1934 to 1964. This short, narrated film features a compilation of the Digney footage created and narrated by the Burnaby Village Museum. Highlights include the construction of the Oak Theatre, a Depression-era May Day workers’…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1934 and 1964] (date of original film), edited and narrated in 2016
Collection/Fonds
Digney family fonds
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV019.18.1
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (12 min., 17 sec.) : digital, 23 fps, col., sd., stereo
Material Details
278 MB
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Burnaby resident Andy Digney captured footage of Burnaby and beyond from 1934 to 1964. This short, narrated film features a compilation of the Digney footage created and narrated by the Burnaby Village Museum. Highlights include the construction of the Oak Theatre, a Depression-era May Day workers’ parade, and visits to locations throughout the Lower Mainland, including Grouse Mountain, Burnaby’s Central Park, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
History/Biography
Andy Digney was born in London, England on July 27, 1886. His given names were Andrew Charles and in 1905, he immigrated with his elder brother to Raymore Saskatchewan and worked on a farm. In 1914, he met and married Alice Swan and in 1920 they had their one and only child, Ernest ('Dig'). The young family lived in Beatty Saskatchewan where they ran a small general store with a pool hall over the top. Andy sold the store and they moved to Carberry Manitoba where Andy worked selling lightening rods and hanging wallpaper. At this time he met and formed a partnership with someone who owned a hand cranked move projector and in the evenings, he and his wife, traveled to church halls in neighbouring towns showing movies. Eventually, he purchased his own movie projector and opened a small theatre in Carberry. He worked odd jobs during the daytime and projected movies in his small theatre at night. Eventually he made enough money to move to Brandon, Manitoba where he purchased a restaurant which he turned into a theatre with living quarters above. Andy called the theatre 'The Oak' since the mighty oak was strong and stood forever. After starting the first Oak Theatre in Brandon, Manitoba when talking pictures came along, Andy Digney, his wife Alice and son Ernest ('Dig') moved to Burnaby in 1935 and chose the site of their new theatre and home at the corner of Kingsway and Marlborough. The Oak Theatre - which opened on August 4, 1937 - was hailed as an artistic masterpiece for its ultra modern white stucco exterior, floodlights and pink-and-green neon marquee. The interior featured a mirrored ceiling, fireplace, and aquarium and had a colour scheme of orchid, royal blue, silver and black. Andy was a very involved member of the Burnaby community becoming the founding president of the Lion's club and the chairman of the committee raising money for war bonds during World War II. In 1944, Andy suffered a severe heart attack, forcing him to retire, so in 1945 he sold the theatre to Odeon Theatres of Canada who continued to operate at this location until 1968 when competition forced its closure and demolition. Andy and his family relocated to a home on Bonsor Avenue on 3/4 acres where he spent much of his time cultivating a lovely garden. In about 1946, Andy was approached by the B.C. Midget Auto Racing Association, who were looking for a good location to race the smaller, racing cars, popular at the time. Andy was interested and purchased 10 acres of property located near the corner of Irmin Street and MacPherson Avenue and built a race track. The Digney Speedway opened on July 8, 1948 with stands that had capacity of holding 4500 people. In 1949, when the popularity of midget racing declined, Digney started racing roadsters. However, he struggled to find local drivers, and it was expensive to bring in drivers from elsewhere. In 1951 Digney found a winner: jalopy racing. Local men would buy 1930s cars and strip them down, remove the glass, and weld the doors shut. By early 1952 over forty cars were showing up for jalopy races. By the early 1950s the Speedway was well established, with coverage in the sports pages and on radio. Andy's son Ernest Digney (also known as Dig) worked at the race track but moved away with his wife in 1951 to work in Seattle. Andy and his wife Joyce, along with their two young sons, Paul and Bruce returned to Burnaby in 1953 moving into a 550 square foot apartment located above the Digney Speedway restrooms. In 1954 Simpson Sears built a large store on Kingsway and their parking lot came up to the back garden of the family home on Bonsor Avenue. Andy thought of building small stores on his property but in the end decided to build a bowling alley, clearing out his beautiful garden. The Digney Bowl opened on August 19,1955 and Andy Digney, his wife Alice, son 'Dig' and daughter in law Joyce all worked at both the Speedway and the bowling alley. In 1956 Andy decided to finally retire and sold the bowling alley and home to his son 'Dig' which he paid for over time. 'Dig' and his family moved into the house on Bonsor Avenue and ran the bowling alley until their son Bruce took over in 1980. Andy Digney died in 1964 while travelling with his wife in England. His wife Alice died on June 3, 1982 and their son, Ernest ('Dig') died November 27, 2009.
Notes
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City of Burnaby Archives holds the original Digney film masters (562.003) that this narrated segment was disseminated from
Creator
Andy Digney
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney Bowling Alley
Digney Speedway
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6521 Bonsor Avenue
Burnaby - Kingsway
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