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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1841]-1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
2 photographs (calotype) + 1 photograph : b&w + 6 photographs : col. + Textual records
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs pertaining to the William Holmes family along with original correspondence and land title certificates.
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby and was born in Kilkenny Ireland January 4, 1812. In 1833, at the age of 20 yrs, William Holmes immigrated to Canada from Ireland in with his parents, Joseph and Jane (McCullough) Holmes and ten other family members including two of hi…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
2 photographs (calotype) + 1 photograph : b&w + 6 photographs : col. + Textual records
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs pertaining to the William Holmes family along with original correspondence and land title certificates.
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby and was born in Kilkenny Ireland January 4, 1812. In 1833, at the age of 20 yrs, William Holmes immigrated to Canada from Ireland in with his parents, Joseph and Jane (McCullough) Holmes and ten other family members including two of his married brothers and their wives, two sisters with their husbands and two unmarried brothers. This was the first group of thirteen to leave Ireland and set up homesteads in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron. The family settled on land concessions in Huron County, Ontario about 14 km southeast of Goderich. The area was first founded in 1832 by John and Samuel Holmes and the community was known as Holmes Hill before becoming Holmesville [ca. 1850]. In 1837, William Holmes is noted as owning Lot 23, Concession IX, Goderich Twp. Much of the village of Holmesville grew up around the five road concession near the border of his brother’s farm so William decided to open a store. The Holmesville post office opened on March 1, 1855 and William was appointed the first post master which he operated until May 1857. William met and married Mary Richardson in 1841 and the couple had three daughters: Jane (1844-1926) (married Charles Studdert Finlaison in New Westminster in 1863); Anne Maria (Annie) (1846-192?) (married John Gunther Jennings in New Westminster in 1865 and married Robert Johnson in New Westminster in 1877) and Elizabeth (1848-1934) (married Thomas Carrington of Lakes District in 1867). William’s wife, Mary (Richardson) Holmes died in Holmesville sometime between 1848 and 1853. Following the death of his first wife, Mary, William married Charlotte McCullough (McCulloch). The couple had four daughters; Arabella Charlotte Amelia (1854-1943) (married Arthur Robert Green in 1887); Laura (1855-1867); Arabella Henrietta (1857-1929) (married Clark Wesley Gillanders in 1880) and Mary (1863-1864). During the late 1850s, William became aware of the gold rush and opportunities opening up in British Columbia so left for the west coast in 1858 at the age of 46 yrs. In preparation for his move to the west coast of Canada, William obtained a letter of introduction from top government officials of Canada. William Holmes arrived in British Columbia in 1859. Upon arriving, he first worked running pack trains from Harrison Mills to Lillooet. After earning some money, he decided to re-invest it in land. His first pre-emption of land occurred on January 21, 1860 for 160 acres situated on North Road from the Military Camp to Burrard Inlet and distancing 25 chains south of the Brunette River and 20 chains south of the river with the land extending in a westerly direction. On March 17, 1860, Holmes received a Crown Grant for this and other land in the immediate area totalling 415 acres of which was known as Lot No. 1, Group 1, Rural Land, New Westminster District. The balance of land was situated on the east side of the Brunette River – Lot 13, with 344 2/3 acres of which he made an application to purchase on June 26, 1860, and a Crown Grant dated March 16, 1861 covering 86 acres. Holmes also pre-empted land in Port Moody and Pitt Meadows in 1860 and 1861. The name of “Brunette River” is officially attributed to William Holmes who referred to the river as “Brunette” due to it’s dark colour originating from the peat lands above the lake. Following his purchase of property, he sent for his wife Charlotte, their three daughters and her three step daughters (from William’s first marriage). Charlotte and the six children made the long trip to B.C. by ship and rail, crossing the Isthmus of Darien at Panama. They arrived in B.C. in October 1861 and moved into a one room log cabin built by William. The cabin stood on the North Road at the foot of Sapperton, on a bluff overlooking the Brunette River. Eventually the family moved to a larger dwelling but the original cabin remained on the site until the 1890s when it was burned after being used as a sick house. Mr. Holmes was instrumental in organizing the first Orange Lodge in British Columbia. He was a prominent Orangeman who joined the order in 1840 and was the first master in the order of the City of New Westminster when the Lodge No. 1150 was established there. Charlotte Holmes died in New Westminster in 1893 at the age of 70 years and William Holmes died in New Westminster September 11, 1907 at the age of 95 years.
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, Charlotte
Holmes, Mary
Geographic Access
Burnaby - North Road
Ontario - Huron County
Accession Code
HV971.46; BV997.50
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[1841]-1994
Media Type
Photograph
Textual Record
Historic Neighbourhood
Burquitlam (Historic Neighbourhood)
Related Material
See also: Reference file: Persons - Holmes, William
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
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Historic Tree, Not an Elm; It's an Ash

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumtextualrecord10406
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
Jan. 28, 1941
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 newspaper clipping
Scope and Content
Item consists of a newspaper clipping "HISTORIC TREE / NOT AN ELM; / IT'S AN ASH" / "City Resident Claims Speciman / on Brunette Creek Is Only / One of Its Size in / Province" from the British Columbian newspaper dated January 28, 1941.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 newspaper clipping
Scope and Content
Item consists of a newspaper clipping "HISTORIC TREE / NOT AN ELM; / IT'S AN ASH" / "City Resident Claims Speciman / on Brunette Creek Is Only / One of Its Size in / Province" from the British Columbian newspaper dated January 28, 1941.
Names
Holmes, William
Moody, Richard Clement
Accession Code
BV997.50.4
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
Jan. 28, 1941
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of item
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Portrait of William Holmes

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto3961
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1841 and 1860]
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (calotype) : b&w ; 50 x 39.5 cm (oval, sight) in frame 66 x 56 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph portrait of William Holmes.
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (calotype) : b&w ; 50 x 39.5 cm (oval, sight) in frame 66 x 56 cm
Material Details
The photograph is a calotype print, which has been enhanced using charcoal and paint.
Scope and Content
Photograph portrait of William Holmes.
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby.
Names
Holmes, William
Accession Code
HV971.46.1
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1841 and 1860]
Media Type
Photograph
Related Material
Portrait of Jane Holmes, HV971.46.2
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Images
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 18, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of stone grave markers in the Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. Descendants of the William Holmes family are buried here.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of stone grave markers in the Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. Descendants of the William Holmes family are buried here.
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, Martha
Holmes, John
Accession Code
BV997.50.14
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 18, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Holmes, Dr. Brian R.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads: "DR. RANDALL FAIREY / AT THE GRAVE MARKERS / LOOKING APPROX. NORTHWEST FROM CASTLE / MAY 18, 1994"
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Cleaning grave of John Holmes

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto10415
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 18, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Dr. Randall Fairey cleaning the grave marker of his Great Great Great Grandfather, John Holmes in the Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Dr. Randall Fairey cleaning the grave marker of his Great Great Great Grandfather, John Holmes in the Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, Martha
Holmes, John
Accession Code
BV997.50.15
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 18, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Holmes, Dr. Brian R.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads: "CLEANING WITH VINEGAR / DR. RANDALL FAIREY (GREAT) X3 GRANDSON JOHN / HOLMES / MAY 18, 1994"
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
Feb. 20, 1861
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 certificate
Scope and Content
Item consists of "Certificate of Title" to Mr. William Holmes for land in Burnaby/NE Westminster; "39 Acres", "20th February 1861". "Description" reads: "25 Chains Frontage on thereby on Fraser River between Coquitlam & Brunette / between Rev. E. White & Col. Moody's [?]". The blue Provincial seal…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 certificate
Scope and Content
Item consists of "Certificate of Title" to Mr. William Holmes for land in Burnaby/NE Westminster; "39 Acres", "20th February 1861". "Description" reads: "25 Chains Frontage on thereby on Fraser River between Coquitlam & Brunette / between Rev. E. White & Col. Moody's [?]". The blue Provincial seal is affixed to the certificate and it is signed by R.C. Moody, "Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works".
Names
Holmes, William
Moody, Richard Clement
Accession Code
BV997.50.5
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
Feb. 20, 1861
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of item
Images
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
Mar. 22, 1860
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 certificate
Scope and Content
Item consists of "Certificate of Title" to Mr. William Holmes for land in Burnaby/NE Westminster; "40 Acres", "Twenty Second Day of March AD 1860". Description reads: "On West Side at termination of North Road to Port Moody Burrard Inlet". The blue Provincial seal is affixed to the certificate and…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 certificate
Scope and Content
Item consists of "Certificate of Title" to Mr. William Holmes for land in Burnaby/NE Westminster; "40 Acres", "Twenty Second Day of March AD 1860". Description reads: "On West Side at termination of North Road to Port Moody Burrard Inlet". The blue Provincial seal is affixed to the certificate and it is signed by R.C. Moody, "Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works".
Names
Holmes, William
Moody, Richard Clement
Accession Code
BV997.50.6
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
Mar. 22, 1860
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of item
Images
Less detail
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
Mar. 22, 1860
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 certificate
Scope and Content
Item consists of "Certificate of Title" to Mr. William Holmes for land in Burnaby/NE Westminster; "68 Acres", "Tenth Day of March AD 1860". Description reads: "On West Side of North Road to Port Moody Burrard Inlet, shown on the [?] Plan as Lots 2 / Group 1". The blue Provincial seal is affixed to…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 certificate
Scope and Content
Item consists of "Certificate of Title" to Mr. William Holmes for land in Burnaby/NE Westminster; "68 Acres", "Tenth Day of March AD 1860". Description reads: "On West Side of North Road to Port Moody Burrard Inlet, shown on the [?] Plan as Lots 2 / Group 1". The blue Provincial seal is affixed to the certificate and it is signed by R.C. Moody "Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works".
Names
Holmes, William
Moody, Richard Clement
Accession Code
BV997.50.7
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
Mar. 22, 1860
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of item
Images
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Portrait of Mrs. William Holmes

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto3962
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1841 and 1860]
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (calotype) : b&w ; 49.5 x 39.5 cm (sight) in frame 75 x 65.5 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph portrait of Mrs. William Holmes. Portrait could be of either, Mary (Richardson) Holmes who married William Holmes in 1841 or Charlotte (McCullough) Holmes who married William Holmes between 1848 and 1854. Both marriages took place in Huron County, Ontario.
Administrative History
Mary (Richardson) Holmes was the first wife of William Holmes and Charlotte (McCullough) Holmes was the second wife of William Holmes of Huron County, Ontario . William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby in 1860.
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph (calotype) : b&w ; 49.5 x 39.5 cm (sight) in frame 75 x 65.5 cm
Material Details
The photograph is a calotype print, which has been enhanced using charcoal and paint.
Scope and Content
Photograph portrait of Mrs. William Holmes. Portrait could be of either, Mary (Richardson) Holmes who married William Holmes in 1841 or Charlotte (McCullough) Holmes who married William Holmes between 1848 and 1854. Both marriages took place in Huron County, Ontario.
Administrative History
Mary (Richardson) Holmes was the first wife of William Holmes and Charlotte (McCullough) Holmes was the second wife of William Holmes of Huron County, Ontario . William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby in 1860.
Names
Holmes, Mary
Holmes, Charlotte
Accession Code
HV971.46.2
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[between 1841 and 1860]
Media Type
Photograph
Related Material
Portrait of William Holmes, HV971.46.1
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
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Grave marker of John Holmes and son

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto10410
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 18, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of two grave markers of John Holmes and his son Gabriel. Joseph Holmes is standing next to the tomb stones.The photograph was taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824, and his son Gabriel who…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of two grave markers of John Holmes and his son Gabriel. Joseph Holmes is standing next to the tomb stones.The photograph was taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824, and his son Gabriel who died June 20th 1824. John Holmes was the grandfather of William Holmes, Burnaby's first settler.
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, John
Accession Code
BV997.50.10
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 18, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Holmes, Dr. Brian R.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads: 'JOSEPH HOLMES / MAY 17, 1994"
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Grave marker of John Holmes

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto10411
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 17, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the grave marker of John Holmes.The photograph was taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824. John Holmes was the grandfather of William Holmes, Burnaby's first settler.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the grave marker of John Holmes.The photograph was taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824. John Holmes was the grandfather of William Holmes, Burnaby's first settler.
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, John
Accession Code
BV997.50.11
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 17, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Holmes, Dr. Brian R.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads: "MARKER JOHN HOLMES / MAY 17, 1994"
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Grave marker of Martha Holmes

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto10412
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 18, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the grave marker of Martha Holmes.The photograph was taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. The grave marks the death of Martha Holmes who died Sept. 13, 1772. The grave stone reads " Here Lies the Body of / Mrs. Martha Holmes of / Willson. She Dep…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the grave marker of Martha Holmes.The photograph was taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. The grave marks the death of Martha Holmes who died Sept. 13, 1772. The grave stone reads " Here Lies the Body of / Mrs. Martha Holmes of / Willson. She Deptd this Life / of Sept the 13th 1772 / Aged 64 Yrs With hir [sic] / Daughter Ann and three Grand / Children".
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, Martha
Accession Code
BV997.50.12
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 18, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Holmes, Dr. Brian R.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads: "GRAVE OF MARTHA HOLMES / AND OTHERS / MAY 18, 1994"
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Grave markers of Holmes family

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto10413
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 17, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the grave markers of members of the William Holmes family including Martha Holmes and John Holmes at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 15 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the grave markers of members of the William Holmes family including Martha Holmes and John Holmes at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, Martha
Holmes, John
Accession Code
BV997.50.13
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 17, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Holmes, Dr. Brian R.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads: "GRAVE OF MARTHA HOLMES / FOREGROUN D/ GRAVE OF JOHN HOLMES BEHIND / & LOWER / AT THREECASTELES, ODAGH PARISH / KILKENNY, IRELAND / PICTURE TAKEN AT DUSK BY / DR. RANDALL FAIREY / GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDSON / OF WILLIAM / HOLMES / MAY 17, 1994"
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Letter re payment of Lot No. 1, Group 1, New Westminster District

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
March 6, 1860
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 p. textual record ; folded
Scope and Content
Item consists of a handwritten letter on blue paper dated "6th March 1860". The letter is addressed to Mr. Wm. Holmes from Colonel Moody regarding payment of a contract on Harrison Lilloet Road and two pounds two shillings scrip payment for land on Burrard Inlet Road..."Lot No. 1, Group 1, Rural La…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 p. textual record ; folded
Scope and Content
Item consists of a handwritten letter on blue paper dated "6th March 1860". The letter is addressed to Mr. Wm. Holmes from Colonel Moody regarding payment of a contract on Harrison Lilloet Road and two pounds two shillings scrip payment for land on Burrard Inlet Road..."Lot No. 1, Group 1, Rural Land, New Westminster District..."
Names
Holmes, William
Moody, Richard Clement
Accession Code
BV997.50.3
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
March 6, 1860
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of item
Scan includes side number one of letter. Side two available on request.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 1902
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm mounted on board 24.5 x 19.5 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of 89 year old William Holmes seated in an armchair holding a walking cane with shrubbery in background.
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm mounted on board 24.5 x 19.5 cm
Material Details
"Taken by W.T. Cooksley", "New Westminster, B.C.
Scope and Content
Photograph of 89 year old William Holmes seated in an armchair holding a walking cane with shrubbery in background.
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby.
Accession Code
BV997.50.2
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
July 1902
Media Type
Photograph
Photographer
Cooksley, W.T.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Photographer embossed on front of mattboard reads: "W.T. Cooksley / New Westminster"
Note in pencil on verso of photograph matt reads: "Wm Holmes Aged 89 Years and 9 Months", "July 1902"
Note in blue ink on white paper strip on verso of photograph reads: "William Holmes left Ireland 16th May 1833 - settled in / Huron Co. Ont and established Holmsville" /"Left for New Westminster in 1858 - followed by his wife / and six daughters in 1860."
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Grave marker of John Holmes

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto1269
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 18, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of grave marker of John Holmes taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824, and his son Gabriel who died June 20th 1824. John Holmes was the grandfather of William Holmes, Burnaby's first settler.
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of grave marker of John Holmes taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824, and his son Gabriel who died June 20th 1824. John Holmes was the grandfather of William Holmes, Burnaby's first settler.
Names
Holmes, William
Holmes, John
Accession Code
BV997.50.9
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 18, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Holmes, Dr. Brian R.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads: "MAY 18, 1994"
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Brunette Bridge, Looking South

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto3107
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1914]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 16.4 x 21.3 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of North Road and the Brunette Bridge, looking south into New Westminster from Burnaby. By the northern end of the bridge, there is a pit being dug with shovels. A few houses can be seen on the southwest side of the bridge. The house furthest away is identified as the William Holmes hou…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 16.4 x 21.3 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of North Road and the Brunette Bridge, looking south into New Westminster from Burnaby. By the northern end of the bridge, there is a pit being dug with shovels. A few houses can be seen on the southwest side of the bridge. The house furthest away is identified as the William Holmes house (Burnaby's first settler to pre-empt property in Burnaby). All of the land on the right side of the road was purchased by William H. Holmes in 1860 (District Lot 1, Group 1, New Westminster District). A car is parked on the side of the road south of the bridge. The shorter ash tree south of the bridge is identified as the famous "Holmes Ash Tree" (also known as the "Moody tree").
Subjects
Structures - Bridges
Geographic Features - Roads
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Accession Code
HV972.11.21
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
[1914]
Media Type
Photograph
Planning Study Area
Cariboo-Armstrong Area
Related Material
See also: William Holmes fonds
Scan Resolution
300
Scan Date
14-Aug-06
Scale
100
Photographer
unknown
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w contact print accompanying negative
Inscribed on the negative, lower left of the print: "Brunette Bridge / Looking South."
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Reference letter for William Holmes

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumtextualrecord10405
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1858-1859
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 p. of textual records
Scope and Content
Item consists of a letter reading as a character reference for William Holmes, Toronto, December 17, 1858. The letter refers to William's character as a gentleman in good standing of Holmesville in the County of Huron where he has been actively employed in Commercial pursuits in Upper Canada and h…
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 p. of textual records
Material Details
Letter is fragile with torn and stained sections
Scope and Content
Item consists of a letter reading as a character reference for William Holmes, Toronto, December 17, 1858. The letter refers to William's character as a gentleman in good standing of Holmesville in the County of Huron where he has been actively employed in Commercial pursuits in Upper Canada and his intention to emigrate to British Columbia. The letter is signed on reverse by "G.E. Cartier", "Atty Geni for Lower Canada", "John A. MacDonald", "Atty Genl for Upper Canada" and others. The letter has a wax Common Seal of the City of Toronto and is certified "6th day of January 1859".
Administrative History
William Holmes was the first non-Indigenous resident of Burnaby.
Names
Holmes, William
Accession Code
BV997.50.1
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
1858-1859
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of item
Scan includes side number one of letter. Side two available on request.
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Grave marker of John Holmes

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 18, 1994
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of grave marker of John Holmes taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824, and his son Gabriel who died June 20th 1824. John Holmes was the grandfather of William Holmes, Burnaby's first settler…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
William Holmes fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of grave marker of John Holmes taken at Threecastles cemetery in the Parish of Odagh, Kilkenny, Ireland. The grave marks the death of John Holmes who died May 10,1824, and his son Gabriel who died June 20th 1824. John Holmes was the grandfather of William Holmes, Burnaby's first settler. The gravestone is inscribed: "Here lies the Remains of Jno Holmes of Three Castles who depd this life May 10 1824 Aged 100 yrs. Also his son Gabriel Holmes who depd this life June 20 1824 Aged 46 yrs".
Names
Holmes, William
Accession Code
BV997.50.8
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
May 18, 1994
Media Type
Photograph
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
06-May-2019
Photographer
Fairey, Dr. Randall
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on verso of photograph reads:"MARKER OF JOHN HOLMES / SON GABRIEL / MAY 18, 1994" / "THIS MARKER HAD BEEN BROKEN / AND UPPER PORTION RESTORED BY / ARRANGEMENT OF DR. R. BRIAN HOLMES / OF TORONTO"
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