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Interview with Charles A. Purdon and May E. Purdon July 9, 1975 - Track 1

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles A. Purdon's employment history and first years of marriage to May E. Purdon.
Date Range
1904-1932
Length
0:08:08
  1 Audio  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview pertains to Charles A. Purdon's employment history and first years of marriage to May E. Purdon.
Date Range
1904-1932
Length
0:08:08
Subject
Transportation - Rail
Geographic Access
Saskatchewan
Interviewer
Bradbury, Dr. Bettina
Interview Date
July 9, 1975
Scope and Content
Recording is a taped interview with Charles A. Purdon and May E. Purdon by SFU graduate student Bettina Bradbury July 9, 1975. Major themes discussed are: the Depression and Canadian politics. To view "Narrow By" terms for each track expand this description and see "Notes".
Biographical Notes
May Eliza was born in London, England in 1907. She came out to Regina with her family when she was eleven. Charles A. Purdon was born February 28, 1904 in London, England. He came to Canada in 1925 from China where he had been working as an accountant for the previous three years. Charles first came to Vancouver and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) but within a week he was sent to Regina. This is where he met May. May and Charles got married in 1926 and Charles began working as an accountant for the Saskatchewan Wheat Growers, then for the Canadian Wool Growers before being laid off. In October of 1930, Charles and May left Regina for Vancouver Island. Charles drove himself out and May rode the train with her children; twin boys and a daughter, only one year apart. They settled at May’s parent’s second house in Coombs. The Purdons arrived in Burnaby in December of 1932 and rented a house on Edmonds Street. Charles was unable to do road work and instead found work through the Liberal Party and also with the Municipal engineers indoors on a number of projects. In 1938 the Purdons were able to get into a reverted house built by Ernie Winch at Maple Avenue (then Jubilee) and Nelson Avenue that had nine bedrooms. They paid ten dollars a month to the municipality for use of this property. May Eliza Purdon died April 6, 1983 at the age of seventy-six.
Total Length
1:40:03
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Interviewee Name
Purdon, Charles A.
Purdon, May Eliza
Interviewer Bio
Bettina Bradbury teaches history and women's studies at York University. She is the author of Wife to Widow. Lives, Laws and Politics in Nineteenth-century Montreal. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2011), 520p; Working Families. Age, Gender and Daily Survival in Industrializing Montreal. (Toronto: Canadian Social History Series, McClelland and Stewart, 1993); (Republished Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996) (3rd edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007). These interviews were undertaken after she completed her MA at Simon Fraser University in 1975 with the support of an LIP grant.
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives collection
Series
Oral History series
Item No.
100-13-19_Track_1
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interview was digitized in 2010 allowing it to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council and the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia. It was recognized by the Heritage Society of BC with an award in 2012.
Audio Tracks

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

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B.C. Transit Centennial: Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Way Points

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1950 and 1990]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (2 hr., 3 min., 4 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd., stereo
Scope and Content
The film shows Lower Mainland trams on their various routes, and an excursion train. The trams are shown travelling through Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, North Delta, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack. The excursion train was filmed in Washington State, U.S.A. 0:00 – 16:18: a Burn…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1950 and 1990]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV012.37.12
Physical Description
1 videocassette (2 hr., 3 min., 4 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd., stereo
Material Details
VHS video tape in slip case "1950 / BCE Rail Archives / Burn. Lake / Central Park / Oak-Marploe / Skagit / Tourist Ride Chilliwack" hand written on label.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
The film shows Lower Mainland trams on their various routes, and an excursion train. The trams are shown travelling through Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, North Delta, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack. The excursion train was filmed in Washington State, U.S.A. 0:00 – 16:18: a Burnaby Lake Line tram from the Carrall Street depot in Vancouver to the Sapperton terminus, New Westminster. 16:18 – 30:20: a Central Park Line tram from the New Westminster depot to the Carrall Street depot. 30:20 - 40:53: an Oak St. Line tram from Victory Square to the Marpole terminus. 40:53 – 49:41: although the title card reads “Fairview Belt Line 1”, this is an observation car from the intersection of Cambie and Hastings Streets to the Dunbar terminus and back to Victory Square by way of Granville Street. 49:41 – 57:34: Skagit River Railway, Washington, U.S.A., from Newhalem to the Diablo Dam powerhouse and lift, then to the boat which crossed the lake to Ross Dam 57:34 – 1:12:54: the title card reads “Observation Car Trip” but this is a Fairview Belt Line tram on the outer line run, from Broadway and Main on a complete loop through downtown. 1:12:54 – 1:15:49: the last Fraser Valley Line tram from Vancouver meets the last tram from Chilliwack in Langley for the last-day-of-service ceremony, October 1, 1950 1:15:49 – 1:56:10: a Fraser Valley line tram from the Carrall Street depot, leaving in sections which meet at the New Westminster depot and continue on together to Chilliwack Depot, then return to New Westminster. 1:56:10 – 2:03:04: decommissioning of the system: removal of the tram power lines, scrapping and burning of tram cars at the Kitsilano yard. The narrators give commentary, describing the routes, landmarks of the past and present, the various kinds of trams and buses seen, drivers’ protocols, and historical information.
History/Biography
Film footage shot in 1950 and voice-over recorded in 1990. The end-of-service ceremony film is dated October 1, 1950.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Other organizations participated in the filming of the footage: B.C. Transit and Gastown Post & Transfer.
Film is narrated by Frank Horn and Vic Sharman
Contact Burnaby Village Museum to view film content. Reproductions are restricted.
Creator
Railway Pictures
Subjects
Transportation - Electric Railroads
Transportation - Rail
Names
British Columbia Electric Railway Co Limited
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