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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
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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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (8 min., 5 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd., stereo
Scope and Content
Michael J. Fox narrates an appeal for community financial support for a new Burnaby Arts Centre, a legacy project for Burnaby’s Centennial year. He describes the Centre’s origin, shows the current Centre with its programs and activities, and mentions the organizations which use it. A model of the p…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV005.8.3
Physical Description
1 videocassette (8 min., 5 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd., stereo
Material Details
"Give Art a Home" "Burnaby Arts Centre" "Capital Campaign" "7 Minutes"; with case
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Michael J. Fox narrates an appeal for community financial support for a new Burnaby Arts Centre, a legacy project for Burnaby’s Centennial year. He describes the Centre’s origin, shows the current Centre with its programs and activities, and mentions the organizations which use it. A model of the proposed extension and its planned activities are shown in 3D animation, with facts and figures. Members of the local business community show their corporate support and the public is invited to contribute by way of a campaign called “Put your name on Burnaby’s Birthday Present!”.
Notes
Transcribed title
Contact Burnaby Village Museum to view film content. Reproductions are restricted by copyright holder.
Names
Burnaby Arts Centre Capital Campaign
The Burnaby Arts Centre
The Burnaby Arts Centre Capital Campaign Committee
Responsibility
Copyright 1992 Burnaby Arts Centre Capital Campaign Committee
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1893-1970] (date of originals), copied 1988-1998, predominant 1988-2000
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
Approx. 84 cm of textual records + approx. 1,910 photographs + approx. 100 architectural drawings + 3 audio cassettes + 1 videocassette + 1 drawing
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records involved in the purchase, moving, restoration, research, conservation and exhibiting of the Love family farmhouse by Burnaby Village Museum. Records have been arranged into the following series: 1) Conservation work files 2) Restoration photographs 3) Curatorial files 4) …
Administrative History
Jesse Love was born in Swindon, England in 1847 and left England to work on a dairy farm in the Toronto area. While working on the farm in Toronto, he met Martha Leonard who he married in 1879. Martha was born on February 3, 1858 in Bedfordshire, England and had come to Canada with her parents Geor…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Description Level
Fonds
File No.
51320-10
Physical Description
Approx. 84 cm of textual records + approx. 1,910 photographs + approx. 100 architectural drawings + 3 audio cassettes + 1 videocassette + 1 drawing
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records involved in the purchase, moving, restoration, research, conservation and exhibiting of the Love family farmhouse by Burnaby Village Museum. Records have been arranged into the following series: 1) Conservation work files 2) Restoration photographs 3) Curatorial files 4) Research files 5) Love family photographs 6) Love Farmhouse Oral History series
Administrative History
Jesse Love was born in Swindon, England in 1847 and left England to work on a dairy farm in the Toronto area. While working on the farm in Toronto, he met Martha Leonard who he married in 1879. Martha was born on February 3, 1858 in Bedfordshire, England and had come to Canada with her parents George and Ann Leonard. While living in Toronto, Jesse and Martha had two children, George born March 22, 1880 and Annie Elizabeth on August 24, 1881. About one year after Annie was born, the Love family moved to North Dakota to grow wheat. While living there, they had two more children, Henry who was born August 24, 1883 and Edith Minnie born October 9, 1885. The family decided to move further west after hearing about the fairer weather conditions from Martha’s father, George Leonard, who had settled in Vancouver in 1885. On May 23, 1887, Jesse, Martha and their four children arrived in Vancouver after travelling across Canada from Winnipeg on the first transcontinental train. The Loves made their home in Vancouver while Jesse helped clear land on Granville Street. Their fifth child, Thomas Robert was born on September 17, 1887 and soon after, the family moved to Lulu Island in Richmond where they lived growing vegetables and selling them to Vancouver hotels. While living and farming on Lulu island, the couple had two more girls, Martha (Dot or Dorothy) born on December 17, 1889 and Sarah Marie, born February 8, 1892. On October 6, 1893 an agreement was signed by Jesse Love to purchase 14.52 acres of land from Joseph C. Armstrong. The acreage covered the north east section of District Lot 25 within the newly incorporated District of the Municipality of Burnaby. It was here where the original Love house was built (between October 1893 and April 15, 1894) by Jesse Love with the help of local builder George Salt and father in law, George Leonard. The house consisted of an entrance hall, dining room, lean to kitchen, master bedroom and three bedrooms upstairs. A road was constructed and named Cumberland in 1905 and ran from District Lot 25 through to District Lot 11. The address for the Love home was 1390 Cumberland Road and in the early 1960’s the address was renumbered 7651 Cumberland Street. On the land surrounding the house, Jesse Love planted an orchard along with strawberries and raspberries which he sold at the Fraser Valley Market, T.S. Anandale’s Grocery Store in New Westminster and to hotels around Vancouver. Jesse Love served on the Burnaby School Board and also as a District Councillor in 1901 and from 1904-1907. While living in the house, Jesse and Martha had four more children, Phoebe Leonard, born April 15, 1894, Esther, born August 28, 1896, John Leonard, born June 7, 1899 and Hannah Victoria (also known as Girlie) who was born May 12, 1902. As the family grew to eleven children, additions along with some substantial remodelling in the craftsman style took place. In about 1898, a north wing addition was added to include a parlour with two windows, the construction of two more bedrooms and the relocation of the stair case to the North West wall. In 1903 the front door moved to the north elevation, a front porch was extended along the east wall and a summer lean to kitchen was added to the west elevation. Between 1905 and 1910, a tin embossed ceiling was installed along with an addition of the main kitchen which included a pantry, bathtub and a back porch. In about 1912, five craftsman style windows replaced the original pioneer tent style, the front verandah was enlarged to wrap around the south and east elevations, a back door was installed in the kitchen to access the verandah and wood shingle siding and brackets were added to the exterior. In 1918, at the age of 31 years, Robert Love fell ill due to an influenza epidemic and died on November 23, 1918. Following their son’s death, Martha Love became weak and on August 24, 1920, she passed away. By this time, Jesse had sold off a large percentage of his land and his youngest daughter, Girlie decided to stay on to live and care for him. Since the house was too large for just the two of them, Jesse invited any other children to return and share the residence. For a while his son, George and his wife joined them until 1925, followed by his daughter Sarah Parker (nee Love), her husband William and their three children, Albert, Bill and Elsie. The house remained pretty unchanged until 1928 after Jesse Love died of pneumonia (March 10, 1928) and the house was purchased by Sarah and her husband William Parker who continued to live there with their children. The master bedroom wall on the main floor opened up to the dining room, the kitchen pantry and bathtub converted to an alcove with a marble counter and enlarged window and sink while the bathroom was moved to the upstairs and the furnace and coolers were installed in the crawl space under the kitchen. A hot water tank was installed in the house in 1966. Sarah continued to live in the house until a little while after her husband William died in 1961. She sold the house to her daughter Elsie and husband John Hughes in 1966, who lived in the house along with their son Brent, until August 23, 1971. Mahbir Molchan Papan and his wife Geraldine Papan bought the house August 23, 1971 and by 1982, the house was sold to Nirmal Singh Singha and Narinder Singha. The Papans continued to rent the house from Nirmal Singh Singha and Narinder Singha until the late 1980s. In 1988, the house was scheduled for demolition with the remaining property to be subdivided. Fortunately, a neighbour, Mr. Harvey Elder recognized the farmhouse's historical significance and contacted the Burnaby Historical Society. Following this event, the owners agreed to donate the building to the Burnaby Village Museum (under the Century Park Museum Association) who financed the move of the house from Cumberland Street to the museum site. Heritage planner and architect, Robert Lemon provided guidance for the project. Prior to the move, the two porches were removed and demolished while the kitchen and roof were both separated from the main house. The kitchen and roof of the house were transported to Burnaby Village Museum on May 20, 1988 by Nickel Bros. House Moving company, while the main frame of the house completed its transportation to the museum near the end of May 1988 (due to low overhead wires). The house was moved down Cumberland Street to 10th Avenue, up Canada Way to Sperling and set on temporary footings near Hart House. Robert Lemon oversaw structural improvements such as, upgrading floor joists and creating new foundations to replace the original timber foundation of the farmhouse. The restoration went through several phases of work between 1988 until it opened in November 1998. Restoration began on both the interior and exterior features to be interpreted from the period of 1925. In 1993, the architecture firm of Brian G. Hart Associates was appointed for the design and construction supervision of the restoration project. Plans were created for a foundation on the museum site in 1989 and the farmhouse was eventually settled on a permanent foundation behind the Burnaby Village Museum administration building in 1993 along with the reattachment of the roof. The kitchen section was reattached to the main house in 1994 along with skirting around the foundation and the reshingling of the exterior. In 1996, the tin ceiling was removed to make way for the installation of the internal electrical system along with sprinklers, ceiling heating and fire break gyprock. The dining room ceiling joists were consolidated, a pantry and bathroom were added to the kitchen, the downstairs bedroom wall was opened and filled, the dining and kitchen doorways were widened. In 1997, a wheelchair ramp was installed along with a concrete sidewalk, stair rails, cement pads at the base of the stairs and a gravel sink for any excess water. Interior work included painting of the kitchen, restoration and furnishing of the kitchen pantry, insulation of the house floor to protect from rodents along with the reconstruction of the kitchen and house chimneys. The registrar worked together with the curator and conservator and was tasked with a large research project on the house including the family contacts and family history, property information, plans, photographs, artifacts, furnishings, stories etc. all organized in files for easy retrieval. A great deal of research and conservation was undertaken in order to make the interior of the house authentic to the time period as possible. One of the biggest projects was selecting and obtaining wall coverings since much of the original wallpaper was incomplete and poor condition. The conservator and registrar were lucky enough to locate a few samples of the original paper and engage the Bradbury and Bradbury Art Wallpaper Company of Benica, California to reproduce replica designs for free. The City of Burnaby now has its own series “Burnaby Village Papers” produced by this company which are titled “Burnaby Wall”; “Burnaby Border” and “Burnaby Ceiling”. All three of these wallpaper designs have been used in the Love farm house and are also commercially available through the Bradbury and Bradbury Art Wallpaper Company. After the completion of the kitchen, the Love farmhouse exhibit opened on November 29, 1998 with an open invitation to the public and extended members of the Love family. Officials including the Mayor, Doug Drummond and Love family members were all present to cut the ribbon for the special event.
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Buildings - Civic - Museums
Documentary Artifacts
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Cumberland Road Burnaby - Cumberland Street Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Accession Code
BV018.41; BV020.5
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
[1893-1970] (date of originals), copied 1988-1998, predominant 1988-2000
Media Type
Textual Record
Architectural Drawing
Sound Recording
Moving Images
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
East Burnaby (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Cariboo-Armstrong Area
Arrangement
Other photographs documenting the move and restoration work were added later under BV020.5
Notes
Title based on content of fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse is described as an Artifact under BV988.33.1
Some records within this collection have restricted access and are subject to FIPPA
Accessions BV018.41 and BV020.5 form this fonds
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Dinner for Miss Creeden

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumlibrary7356
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Physical Description
1 videodisc (36 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in.
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Moving Images
Call No.
388.46 BCH
Contributor
British Columbia Electric Company
Place of Publication
[British Columbia, Canada]
Publisher
BC Hydro
Publication Date
1947
Physical Description
1 videodisc (36 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects LoC
Bridge River Hydroelectric Development
British Columbia Electric Company
British Columbia Electric Railway Company
British Columbia Electric Railway Company -- History
Natural gas industry
Streetcars -- British Columbia -- Vancouver
Trolley Cars -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland
Vancouver (B.C.) -- Streets
World War, 1914-1918 -- Mobilization
World War, 1939-1945--Mobilization
Geographic Access
Bridge River (B.C.)
Fraser Valley district (B.C.)
British Columbia - Buntzen Lake
Vancouver (B.C.)
Vancouver Island (B.C.)
Lower Mainland Region (B.C.)
Alouette Lake (B.C.)
Ruskin (B.C.)
Stave Falls (B.C.)
Goldstream (B.C.)
British Columbia - Victoria
Notes
Summary: Industrial film. A film about the growth of B.C. Electric from 1906 to 1946, built around the story of stenographer Flossie Creeden, the first female office employee of the company. Footage includes: Goldstream power plant; Vancouver natural gas facilities; BC Electric Railway lines in Fraser Valley; Stave Falls generator plant; Alouette Lake and Ruskin plants; 1939 royal visit; BCE employee's newsletter; A.E. Grauer family at home; office scenes; plans & construction at Bridge River project; BCE employee's service in World Wars I & II; BCE streetcar and trolley bus services
Credit notes: producer: Lew M. Parry; director: Lew M. Parry; photography: John Young; script: Cecil Maiden; sound: S.G. Wilson; narrator: A.E. Grauer; sponsored/presented by: British Columbia Electric Company; producing agency/company: Trans-Canada Films Ltd.
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Physical Description
1 videodisc (9 min., 52 sec.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Moving Images
Accession Code
BV020.5.1059
Call No.
365.9711 JAC VR
Author
Jack, Ronald
Place of Publication
Vancouver, B.C.
Publisher
Runagate Pictures
Publication Date
c2009
Physical Description
1 videodisc (9 min., 52 sec.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Subjects LoC
Lower Mainland Regional Corrections Centre - History
Prisons -- British Columbia -- Burnaby -- History
Subjects
Buildings - Public - Detention Facilities
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Oakalla Area
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 5220 Oakmount Crescent
Burnaby - Oakmount Crescent
Name Access
Oakalla Prison Farm
Gooden, Tom
Anderson, Earl
Lower Mainland Regional Correctional Centre
Notes
"A preview DVD" titled "Oakalla" compiled by Ronald Jack. Film footage consists of historic and contemporary images regarding Oakalla Prison Farm and includes commentaries from Burnaby Village Museum Curator, Tom Gooden; Oakalla Historian and Vancouver Police Officer, Earl Anderson and Burnaby Mayor, Derek Corrigan (former Oakalla prison guard). A collection of Oakalla artifacts are included in the film footage.
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Friends of Interurban 1223

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo13118
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 2005
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 DVD (29 min., 51 sec.) : col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item consists of edited historic film footage and still images of British Columbia Electric Railway (B.C.E.R.) trams including the Burnaby Lake Line [between the 1920s and 1950s] as well as documentary footage of the restoration of Interurban Tram 1223 by the "Friends of the Interurban 1223" at the…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
May 2005
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Series
Moving Images series
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.5.736
Physical Description
1 DVD (29 min., 51 sec.) : col., sd.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item consists of edited historic film footage and still images of British Columbia Electric Railway (B.C.E.R.) trams including the Burnaby Lake Line [between the 1920s and 1950s] as well as documentary footage of the restoration of Interurban Tram 1223 by the "Friends of the Interurban 1223" at the Royal Oak warehouse and the Burnaby Village Museum. The edited film footage includes overlayed music throughout and title frames identifying the various stations and locations in the historic B.C.E.R. footage. Opening film footage includes title frames with names and phone numbers of key members of Friends of Interurban 1223 including; President, Pixie McGeachie; Project Manager and Treasurer, Dennis Brown; Secretary, Margaret Matovich; Fundraiser, Ed Eckley; Displays, Carol Rush and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Cice Brown.
Notes
Title based on DVD title
Handwritten label on DVD case reads: "Copy 3 / of / FOI 1223"
Handwritten label on DVD reads: "Friends of the 1223 / 30 min / May-05 / Copy No. 3"
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Creator
Friends of Interurban 1223
Subjects
Transportation - Electric Railroads
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Friends of Interurban 1223
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 6857 Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
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Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museummultipleformat3774
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1999-2010
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
23 cm textual records + 68 photographs + 3 DVDs + 5 scrapbooks + 1 photograph album + 4 videocassettes + 1 mini videocassette
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of textual material and photographs documenting the society's fundraising, restoration and official opening of the Interurban Tram 1223. The records include the society's Certificate of Incorporation, research and publicity materials, correspondence, meetings and reports along with …
Administrative History
The Interurban 1223 tram ran in the lower mainland for the British Columbia Electric Railway from 1913 to 1958, after which it became the property of the Burnaby Historical Society. The tram was put on display at Kingsway and Edmonds, and moved to Heritage Village (later Burnaby Village Museum) in …
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
23 cm textual records + 68 photographs + 3 DVDs + 5 scrapbooks + 1 photograph album + 4 videocassettes + 1 mini videocassette
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of textual material and photographs documenting the society's fundraising, restoration and official opening of the Interurban Tram 1223. The records include the society's Certificate of Incorporation, research and publicity materials, correspondence, meetings and reports along with financial registers, volunteer lists, scrapbooks, one photograph album and textual chronologies created by Cice and Dennis Brown (volunteers with Friends of the Interurban Tram 1223). There are four scrapbooks titled “Friends of the Interurban 1223” (books 1 -4) documenting the history and restoration while one small album “Friends of the Interurban 1223” celebrates the volunteers who took part in the restoration along with archival images of BCER rolling stock and stations. Two historical chronologies titled “The Near Death and Resurrection of 1223” document fundraising and restoration while another historical chronology is titled “BCER Archival Reports” and includes copies of original BCER records and newspaper clippings (1910-1985).One file of records includes memoirs from both Cice and Dennis Brown reflecting on the significance that the Interurban 1223 had on their union along with two endorsement letters for the restoration of the tram from the Mayor of Burnaby and Friends of the Interurban (2002). The Interurban 1223 tram ran in the Lower Mainland for the British Columbia Electric Railway from 1913 to 1958, after which it became the property of the Burnaby Historical Society. The tram was put on display at Kingsway and Edmonds, and moved to Heritage Village (later Burnaby Village Museum) in 1971. Don Wrigley was president of the Friends of the Interurban 1223 society. The tram was restored between 2001 and 2007. Fonds is arranged into four series: Treasurer / Project Manager; Scrapbooks and album; Research notes; Society records and Moving Images.
Administrative History
The Interurban 1223 tram ran in the lower mainland for the British Columbia Electric Railway from 1913 to 1958, after which it became the property of the Burnaby Historical Society. The tram was put on display at Kingsway and Edmonds, and moved to Heritage Village (later Burnaby Village Museum) in 1971. The tram slowly decayed from disuse, vandalism, and exposure to the elements. In March, 1999, an Ad Hoc Committee for the Interurban Tram 1223 was formed within the Burnaby Historical Society. The original members of this committee were Don Wrigley, Cicely (Cice) Brown, Carol Rush, Diane Heberts, and Margaret Matovich. The committee made a presentation to the Burnaby Parks and Recreation Commission, which adopted three recommendations related to the restoration of the 1223. This group then established the Friends of Interurban 1223, a non-profit society, in May of 1999 in order to undertake the restoration of the tram. At its incorporation the society’s board of directors consisted of President Don Wrigley (who had previously coordinated the restoration of Burnaby Village Museum’s Parker carousel), Vice President and Volunteer Coordinator Cicely Brown, Treasurer and Project Manager Dennis Brown, Recording Secretary Margaret Matovich, Corresponding Secretary Dorothy Wrigley, and Director Carol Rush. Ed Eckly headed the Fundraising Committee, and Carol and Bob Rush visited community events with an information program promoting the restoration to raise funds. The Friends, after a public awareness campaign in local media, convinced Burnaby City Council that a full restoration was necessary and that it should be done by a Burnaby group. (There had been a proposal that the tram be sent to Richmond so that a group that had been restoring another tram there could also restore the 1223.) The City agreed to let the Friends of Interurban 1223 raise funds and organized skilled volunteers for the restoration, and also agreed to build a car barn to house and display the 1223 when it was restored. The City’s proposal that the tram be moved to a city owned warehouse on Royal Oak Ave. while it was being restored divided the Friends. Many members saw the warehouse as a reasonable place to complete the work; others wanted the work to be done in front of the public at Burnaby Village Museum. When the Friends of Interurban 1223 passed a motion at the April 2001 AGM to support the option of using the city warehouse, Don Wrigley resigned from the society’s board. Pixie McGeachie was elected President following Wrigley’s resignation. The 1223 was moved to the Royal Oak warehouse in September of 2001. The tram was first disassembled and parts inventoried. The restoration involved welding a new frame, having new brass parts cast, rebuilding the wooden body, stripping and refinishing wooden parts, rewiring the tram’s electrical components, having custom rattan seats and fabric roof seal made, and replacing windows and fittings. Many parts were sourced from other restoration groups that had worked on 1223’s sister trams, and were either donated or loaned to make patterns for new parts. The Southern British Columbia Railroad (corporate descendant of the BC Electric Railway) provided maintenance documents and Elisabeth Czerwinski, Burnaby Village Museum Conservator, acted as liaison with the Friends to ensure that the restoration met museum standards. More than 20,000 volunteer hours and over $550,000 in cash and in-kind donations were contributed to the project. The restoration was completed in 2007, when the tram was moved to its new tram barn back at Burnaby Village Museum. Burnaby Village Museum and the Friends of Interurban 1223 were the recipients of a 2007 BC Museums Association Award of Merit for the project, and the museum also received a 2007 Heritage BC Award of Honour. The Friends of Interurban 1223 was dissolved in 2008 following the completion of the restoration.
Subjects
Transportation - Electric Railroads
Names
Friends of Interurban 1223
Accession Code
BV011.53; BV014.30; BV013.27; BV020.5.712
Date
1999-2010
Media Type
Textual Record
Moving Images
Photograph
Arrangement
Arrangement of scrapbooks and album by Cice and Dennis Brown
Notes
Title based on content of fonds
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
March 2007
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 DVD (77 min., 17 sec.) : col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item consists of film titled "Luncheon-Opening" created by Bryan Ness. The film documents the Friends of Interurban 1223 Volunteer Luncheon event taking place at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on March 17, 2007 and the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of the Interurban Tram 1223 at Burnaby Village…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
March 2007
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Series
Moving Images series
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV013.27.22
Physical Description
1 DVD (77 min., 17 sec.) : col., sd.
Material Details
Disc number 2 from set of 2 DVDs
Pictures courtesy of / various contributors. / This video is a non-/ profit production / for use by Friends of / Interurban 1223. / NessClan Productions / March 2007"
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item consists of film titled "Luncheon-Opening" created by Bryan Ness. The film documents the Friends of Interurban 1223 Volunteer Luncheon event taking place at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on March 17, 2007 and the ribbon cutting ceremony and opening of the Interurban Tram 1223 at Burnaby Village Museum. At the luncheon ceremony Cultural Services director, Denis Nokony makes a speech in recognition of Friends of the Interurban 1223 in the restoration of the tram. Officiating members of Friends of Interurban 1223 make presentations to the many volunteers and staff for their service.
Notes
Title based on DVD title
Segments of this film footage were edited and became a part of film "From the Ashes" (BV013.27.20.1)
Handwritten label on DVD reads: "1 / Friends of the 1223 / Copy 123_Computer / DVD_DVD / "Luncheon-Opening / Disc 2 / 76 Min."
Front cover on DVD case reads "Friends of Interurban 1223" and verso of cover on DVD case reads: "Kay Bell / Wes Bennett / Cice Brown / Dave Brown / Dennis Brown / Wayne Brown / Bill Burby / Gino Caletti / Rosemary Cooke / Kay Copeland / Sid Cumbers / Gary Davis / John DeForest / Bill Dick / Mike Drewery / Don Dunham / Ed Eckley / Faith Edwards / Sharon Edwards / Tom Edwards / Brian Elder / Alan Emmott / Robert Floritto / Sid Foshaug / Les Francis / Barry Gaston / Don Geisser / Tom Gooden / Diane Herberts / Doug Hitchen / Dian Holt / Bill Kennedy / Tom Klopp / Bert Koll / Jim Kozak / John Lenning / Larry Levchuk / Ray Loop / Margaret Matovich / Joan McGeachie / Pixie McGeachie / Heather McKay / Rita Michaelson / Bryan Ness / Kisten Odaiyer / Jo Olson / Sherman Olson / Bert Richardson / Carol Rush / Ralph Salsbury / Bev Sandercock / Barrie Sansom / Harry Vagg / John Whiting / Bob Wilson"
Contact Burnaby Village Museum to for permission to view film content.
Creator
Bryan Ness (NessClan Productions)
Subjects
Transportation - Electric Railroads
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Friends of Interurban 1223
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 6857 Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
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Laying Down My Paddle

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo9677
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2016
Collection/Fonds
Elders Digital Storytelling project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video (5 min., 14 sec.) : digital, 25 fps, col., sd., stereo
Scope and Content
This film is created was Cindy Gierarch. The film shares happy memories of canoeing with her husband, Lester, on beautiful glacier fed Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies. This trip, in 2007, was a long dreamt of reward for paying off the mortgage on their Burnaby condo suite. While canoeing on …
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2016
Other Title Information
title supplied by film maker
Collection/Fonds
Elders Digital Storytelling project
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV016.37.8
Storage Location
Digital Only
Physical Description
1 mp4 video (5 min., 14 sec.) : digital, 25 fps, col., sd., stereo
Formats
mp4
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
This film is created was Cindy Gierarch. The film shares happy memories of canoeing with her husband, Lester, on beautiful glacier fed Moraine Lake in the Canadian Rockies. This trip, in 2007, was a long dreamt of reward for paying off the mortgage on their Burnaby condo suite. While canoeing on the lake, Cindy learned a valuable lesson that she would never forget - “life will glide along smoothly and joyfully as long as I keep my paddle on the bottom of our canoe.”
History/Biography
Cindy Gierach has lived in Burnaby for the past 22 years.
Notes
Transcribed title
Creator
Cindy Gierach
Subjects
Recreational Activities - Canoeing
Geographic Features - Mountains
Names
Gierach, Cindy
Gierach, Lester
Elders Digital Storytelling Project
Geographic Access
Alberta
Video Tracks
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Physical Description
1 videodisc (13 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in.
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Moving Images
Call No.
388.46 BCH VR
Contributor
British Columbia Electric Company
Place of Publication
[British Columbia, Canada]
Publisher
BC Hydro
Publication Date
c1947
Physical Description
1 videodisc (13 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects LoC
British Columbia Electric Company
British Columbia Electric Railway Company
British Columbia Electric Railway Company -- History
Dams -- British Columbia -- Bridge River Region
Bridge River Hydroelectric Development
Natural gas industry
Local transit -- British Columbia -- History
Local transit -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History
Trolley Cars -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland
Streetcars -- British Columbia -- Vancouver
Electric substations -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland Region
Vancouver (B.C.) -- Central business district
Vancouver (B.C.) -- Streets
Geographic Access
Bridge River (B.C.)
Lajoie Dam (B.C.)
Lower Mainland Region (B.C.)
Vancouver (B.C.)
Notes
Summary: Promotional film. The BC Electric Railway Company's $50 million post-war expansion and modernization program, to be completed by 1950. Includes: expansion of transit services, including start of the switch from streetcars to trolley buses; water gas plant; explanation of the Bridge River project, with footage of construction (including La Joie Falls storage dam); Lower Mainland power sub-stations. Various Vancouver street scenes, especially Fraser Street and downtown
Credit note : sponsored/presented by: British Columbia Electric Company; producer: Lew M. Parry; producing agency/company: Trans-Canada Films Ltd.
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Love Farmhouse Oral History Project series

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museummultipleformat10392
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1925-1930 (interview content), interviewed between 1988 and 1991
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Description Level
Series
Physical Description
Textual records + 3 audio cassettes + 1 videocassette
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created and collected during research of the Love family and the Love family farmhouse and include oral history interviews in various formats. Interviews were conducted by Jim Wolf and Burnaby Village Museum curator Colin Stevens with members of the Love family including;…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Description Level
Series
Series
Love Farmhouse Oral History Project series
File No.
51320-20
Physical Description
Textual records + 3 audio cassettes + 1 videocassette
Scope and Content
Series consists of records created and collected during research of the Love family and the Love family farmhouse and include oral history interviews in various formats. Interviews were conducted by Jim Wolf and Burnaby Village Museum curator Colin Stevens with members of the Love family including; Annie Chamberlain, William Parker, Esther Stanley, Albert Parker and Elsie Hughes. Interviews were focused on the subject of the interior and exterior of the farmhouse from a first person perspective. The goal was to obtain as much information as possible from family members in order to accurately restore, furnish and exhibit the farmhouse back to it's original 1920s era.
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Names
Love, Jesse (1849-1928)
Burnaby Village Museum
Hughes, Elsie
Parker, Albert "Bert"
Parker, William Charles
Chamberlain, Annie
Stanley, Esther Love
Accession Code
BV018.41
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Date
1925-1930 (interview content), interviewed between 1988 and 1991
Media Type
Textual Record
Sound Recording
Moving Images
Notes
Title based on content of series
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Labour of Love - The Saving of Number 119

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo12281
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
March 23, 1993 (date of original), digitized in 2013
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (10 min., 16 sec.) : VHS, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Documentary film about the Parker Carousel #119 including information on it's history, acquistion, restoration and fund raising. It also includes footage of the opening at the Burnaby Village Museum in 1993. Film was written and coceived by Steve Turnbull, narrated by Ross Douglas and directed by P…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
March 23, 1993 (date of original), digitized in 2013
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Series
Film Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.4.28
Physical Description
1 videocassette (10 min., 16 sec.) : VHS, col., sd.
Material Details
VHS was digitized in 2013
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Documentary film about the Parker Carousel #119 including information on it's history, acquistion, restoration and fund raising. It also includes footage of the opening at the Burnaby Village Museum in 1993. Film was written and coceived by Steve Turnbull, narrated by Ross Douglas and directed by Paul Brettell.
Notes
Transcribed title from film content
Label on Videocassette reads: "Gastown Post & Transfer... / Carousel Video / Burnaby Village Museum / 10:00 / Date: 03/23/93"
Creator
Burnaby Village Museum
Subjects
Carousels
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Video Tracks
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Our Heritage, A Lesson for the Future

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo12340
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1992 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (22 min., 6 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Film, “Our Heritage A Lesson for the Future” is a Burnaby Heritage Advisory Centennial Project that was funded by the City of Burnaby. Film opens with the logo “Burnaby 1892 / 1992 / Centennial” followed by the title "Our Heritage A Lesson for the Future". Video synopsis reads: "A school field tr…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1992 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Series
Film Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.4.30
Physical Description
1 videocassette (22 min., 6 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Film, “Our Heritage A Lesson for the Future” is a Burnaby Heritage Advisory Centennial Project that was funded by the City of Burnaby. Film opens with the logo “Burnaby 1892 / 1992 / Centennial” followed by the title "Our Heritage A Lesson for the Future". Video synopsis reads: "A school field trip to BVM provides some unexpected events and new meaning to the word "Heritage" for Sarah. Interested in the future but bored with the past, she is catapulted "back to the future" when Gordy Haddon magically transports her back to his life in Burnaby in 1922. Using the museum facilities, old movie footage, and a video photo album, Sarah learns many things about Burnaby's past 100 years, and relates them to scenes, objects and place names which exist today. Turning the tables, Sarah then transports Gordy into her Burnaby of the 1990s, where he is agog and sometimes a little scared by the changes which have occurred. Skytrain, the Metrotown, shopping complex, video cameras, and even a modern escalator seem to be incredible developments. With a new understanding of heritage, a happy and excited Sarah leaves Burnaby village Museum with a real appreciation of her surroundings and the role of history in her past and future.”
Notes
Transcribed title from film
End credits read: “Special thanks to: / Mr. Gordon Haddon / graduated Seaforth School / in 1929” ; “Financial assistance by: The City of Burnaby / The Province of / British Columbia through / the BC Heritage Trust / Trans Mountain / Pipe Line Company Ltd.”; “Special Assistance by: / Burnaby’s Heritage / Advisory Committee / Burnaby School / District No. 41”; “Project Concept: / Grayden Hayward / Harry Pride”; “We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the following: / Burnaby Village Museum / B.C. Transit / Burnaby Historical / Society Archives / The Kapoor Family”; “Spectra Communications- / Doug Nicolle / Brantford Elementary School / Burnaby Planning & / Building Department”; “Burnaby Heritage / Site Interpreters / Milly Canvin / June Hickey / Lynda Orr / Ken Millard”; “FORCE4 / FORCE FOUR PRODUCTIONS”
Creator
Burnaby Heritage Advisory Centennial Project – City of Burnaby
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Buildings - Schools
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Seaforth School
Haddon, Gordon
Responsibility
Burnaby Heritage Advisory Committee
FORCE4 / FORCE FOUR PRODUCTIONS
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Video Tracks
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
March 2007
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 DVD (46 min., 29 sec.) : col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item consists of film titled "From the Ashes". Summary: 01:00 - 42:58 The film documents the restoration work that was done on the BC Electric Interurban Tram Car No. 1223 by Friends of Interurban 1223, the installation and opening at Burnaby Village Museum and the volunteer dedication ceremony and…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
March 2007
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Series
Moving Images series
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV013.27.20
Physical Description
1 DVD (46 min., 29 sec.) : col., sd.
Material Details
Disc number 1 from set of 2 DVDs
Pictures courtesy of / various contributors. / This video is a non-/ profit production / for use by Friends of / Interurban 1223. / NessClan Productions / March 2007"
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item consists of film titled "From the Ashes". Summary: 01:00 - 42:58 The film documents the restoration work that was done on the BC Electric Interurban Tram Car No. 1223 by Friends of Interurban 1223, the installation and opening at Burnaby Village Museum and the volunteer dedication ceremony and luncheon (2007). Film includes archival footage and photographs of BC Electric Railway in Vancouver and vicinity along with recorded television news coverage of the restoration. 42:59 - 45:54 The film includes a bonus feature with archival footage, titled "Remembering a Time when life was not quite so hectic... BC Electric Interurbans in Burnaby 1950". This portion of the film includes background music by Judy Garland singing "The trolley song". 45:55-46:29 A glimpse inside of the Interurban Tram 1223 barn at Burnaby Village Museum with members of the Friends of Interurban Tram 1223 hard at work.
Notes
Title based on DVD title
Handwritten label on DVD reads: "1 / Friends of the 1223 / Copy 123_Computer / DVD_DVD / "From the Ashes" / Disc 1 / 46 Min."
Front cover on DVD case reads "Friends of Interurban 1223" and verso of cover on DVD case reads: "Kay Bell / Wes Bennett / Cice Brown / Dave Brown / Dennis Brown / Wayne Brown / Bill Burby / Gino Caletti / Rosemary Cooke / Kay Copeland / Sid Cumbers / Gary Davis / John DeForest / Bill Dick / Mike Drewery / Don Dunham / Ed Eckley / Faith Edwards / Sharon Edwards / Tom Edwards / Brian Elder / Alan Emmott / Robert Floritto / Sid Foshaug / Les Francis / Barry Gaston / Don Geisser / Tom Gooden / Diane Herberts / Doug Hitchen / Dian Holt / Bill Kennedy / Tom Klopp / Bert Koll / Jim Kozak / John Lenning / Larry Levchuk / Ray Loop / Margaret Matovich / Joan McGeachie / Pixie McGeachie / Heather McKay / Rita Michaelson / Bryan Ness / Kisten Odaiyer / Jo Olson / Sherman Olson / Bert Richardson / Carol Rush / Ralph Salsbury / Bev Sandercock / Barrie Sansom / Harry Vagg / John Whiting / Bob Wilson"
Contact Burnaby Village Museum for permission to view film content.
Creator
NessClan Productions
Subjects
Transportation - Electric Railroads
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Friends of Interurban 1223
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 6857 Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
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Through the Lens of Andy Digney

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo10099
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’…
  1 Video  
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
Title based on contents
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
Video Tracks
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1912 Parker Carousel Restoration 1991 to 1994

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo12334
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1991 and 1994]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (1 hr., 9 min., 44 sec.) : digital, 29 fps, col., sd., stereo
Scope and Content
Item consists of unedited film footage titled “1912 Parker Carousel / Restoration / 1991 to 1994". Film footage documents various stages of restoration of the carousel including, the carousel horses, the "Dog House" and Wurlitzer. There is some narration by the camera person but sound quality is po…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1991 and 1994]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.12.1
Storage Location
Digital collection
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (1 hr., 9 min., 44 sec.) : digital, 29 fps, col., sd., stereo
Material Details
Segments are marked by date
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item consists of unedited film footage titled “1912 Parker Carousel / Restoration / 1991 to 1994". Film footage documents various stages of restoration of the carousel including, the carousel horses, the "Dog House" and Wurlitzer. There is some narration by the camera person but sound quality is poor and segments contain ambient noise. The footage is divided into segments marked by dates, visible in the bottom right corner. Dates range between April 1991 and March 1993. Some of this unedited footage could have been used for the Burnaby Village Museum film "Labour of Love - The Saving of Number 119" (see BV020.4.28). 00:00 - 03:23: Apr. 20, 1991 : Volunteers and staff working on the restoration of carousel horses in the Texaco warehouse. They are busy scraping away old paint. Various horses are suspended on frames while some are laid on their sides on work benches. 03:24 - 06:15: Nov. 2 1991 : Volunteers and staff working on scraping and sanding away old layers of paint on carousel horses in the Texaco warehouse. Some horses are getting repairs. A little narrative coming from camera operator but mostly ambient sound. Pieces of the "Dog House" are also visible. 06:16 - 08:20 : Dec. 28 1991 : Horses are in various stages of restoration and repair inside the Texaco warehouse. 08:21 - 09:40 : Dec. 28, 1991 : Volunteers are gathered in a lunch room taking a break. Views of carousel horses in another room of the warehouse which have been applied with a sealer. The Worlitzer is also visible during a stage of restoration. Camera pans outside the Texaco warehouse located at the base of Burnaby Mountain on Burrard Inlet. 09:42 - 11:03 : Mar. 31 1992 : Some horses have been sealed with a clear coating and others have been applied with a white undercoat primer. 11:04 - 17:36 : Apr. 11 1992 : Horses with primer undercoat, views of the Wurlitzer under restoration as well as panels of the "Dog House" 17:37 - 18:18 : May 30, 1992 : Wurlitzer and painted horses 18:19 - 21:53 : Jul. 25 1992 : Volunteers are working on painting carousel horses, various parts of carousel including the floor decks are also visible. 21:54 - 25:39 : Sept. 19 1992 : Volunteers are working on painting carousel horses and pieces of the "Dog House", mirrors are being inserted, decking is varnished. 25:40 - 30:39 : Oct. 10 1992 : Views of carousel horses with coats of primer, freshly painted horses, segments of the varnished deck, volunteers painting segments of the "Dog House" and finished horses. 30:41 - 41:30 : Nov. 14 1992 : Loading finished horses from warehouse into van to transport to museum. Photography shoot in warehouse of completed horses, mounting horses on poles at museum. Don Wrigley assisting. A view of the Carousel building at Burnaby Village Museum under construction. 41:32 - 47:27 : Nov. 20 1992 : Painted horses - details; parts of the carousel gears, poles etc 47:28 - 50:00 : Footage recorded from an exerpt from Red Robinson's Classic theatre where he narrates about the History and Saving of the Carousel. 50:02 - 1:03 : Mar. 15 1993 : Completed carousel inside the carousel building at Burnaby Village Museum, volunteers and staff are putting together the finishing touches for the opening day. Volunteers are gathering inside and seating themselves on horses around the carousel for the Volunteers Grand Opening. The carousel begins to move with some volunteers riding various horses while the Wurlitzer plays in the background. 1:04:10 - 1:09:44 : March 27 1993 - Carousel is officially opened. Includes interviews by curator Colin Stevens with Friends of Carousel president, Don Wrigley and Dave Zieffert, Restorator of the Wurlitzer and Gordie Ironside who helped work with the restoration. Gordie demonstrates how each carousel horse was built using a prototype that was built for educational purposes.
Notes
Transcribed title taken from film footage
Creator
Alex Matches
Subjects
Carousels
Names
Friends of the Carousel
Video Tracks
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B.C.E.R. Video: Then and now

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumlibrary5926
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Physical Description
1 videodisc (128 min, 43 sec.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
  1 Image  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection
Reference Collection
Type
Moving Images
Accession Code
BV013.27.21
Call No.
388.46 TRA VR Ver 1
Place of Publication
Vancouver
Publisher
Transit Museum Society
Publication Date
c2004
Physical Description
1 videodisc (128 min, 43 sec.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Subjects LoC
British Columbia Electric Railway Company -- History
Downtown Historic Railway (Vancouver, B.C.)
Street-railroads -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland -- History.
Street-railroads -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History
Electric railroads -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland -- History
Electric railroads -- British Columbia -- Vancouver -- History
Subjects
Transportation - Rail
Notes
Original footage shot on 16mm film in the early 1950's by Ken Hodgsen.
Summary : Historical film footage of Lower Mainland trams on their various routes as well as an excursion train. Film footage is part of the B.C. Transit Centennial and includes a voice over commentary by Frank Horn and Vic Sharman. Frank worked as a motorman on the BC Electric Railway. 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. 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.
Produced by David Asselin, President, Transit Musem Society
Cover on verso of DVD case includes photos with description: "Here are three instructors... Vic Sharman, Frank Horne & Don Bellamy for the Downtown Historic Railway (D.H.R.) Who have all had previous experience driving interurbans in the Vancouver area in the 1940's & 1950's"
Contact Burnaby Village Museum to view video.
Images
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Step Back in Time at the Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo12339
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2000 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (29 min. , 59 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Film titled “Step Back in Time at the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel” includes narration by Archie Millar. The film opens with historical background regarding land settlement and development in Burnaby supported with historical images. The film then transverses into contemporary images and foota…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2000 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Series
Film Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.4.29b
Physical Description
1 videocassette (29 min. , 59 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col., sd.
Material Details
Sponsored in part by: The Burnaby Historical Society; Poetry Written by: Don Benson; Voices: Arlie Mason; Tom Worledge
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Film titled “Step Back in Time at the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel” includes narration by Archie Millar. The film opens with historical background regarding land settlement and development in Burnaby supported with historical images. The film then transverses into contemporary images and footage of the Burnaby Village Museum which opened in Burnaby on November 19, 1971 in commemoration of British Columbia joining the confederation of Canada. The film’s title text, “Step Back / In Time / at the Burnaby Village / Museum & Carousel” appears a few minutes past the opening footage. Narration continues throughout the film along with interviews with various staff members and museum interpreters. The film is divided into various segments containing titles in order of appearance: “Deer Lake Park” provides glimpses of and information about Deer Lake Park, its heritage buildings and cultural facilities including The Burnaby Art Gallery, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Village Museum. “A Living Museum” takes you on a tour of some of the museum’s exhibits and programs through the museum’s interpreters. “The Magical Carousel” provides background on the historic C.W. Parker Carousel #119 that was restored and opened on the site in 1993. “Keeping History Alive” speaks to the interpretive, artifact and archival collection of the Burnaby Village Museum with information provided by Curator Colin Stevens, Assistant Curator Steve Turnbull and Assistant Director of Cultural Services, Denis Nokony. “A Step Back in Time” speaks to the various 1920s highlights and features that the museum has to offer. “Something Special / is Always Happening” tells of the annual events that the museum offers to capture the interests of visitors. “A Day at the / Burnaby Village / Museum & Carousel” includes Denis Nokony speaking about the importance of the museum and what it means to visitors and the community.
Notes
Transcribed title from film content
Creator
Burnaby Village Museum
Subjects
Carousels
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Deer Lake Park
Burnaby Art Gallery
C.W. Parker Co.
Responsibility
Burnaby Village Museum - City of Burnaby
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Video Tracks
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Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel Highlights

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo12343
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1993] (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (2 min., 9 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col. , sd.
Scope and Content
Film footage highlights about the Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel. Film opens with title “Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel / Step back in time” followed by a montage of various events, programs and exhibits taking place at the museum. Montage is supported with background music and choral singi…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1993] (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Series
Film Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.4.33
Physical Description
1 videocassette (2 min., 9 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col. , sd.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Film footage highlights about the Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel. Film opens with title “Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel / Step back in time” followed by a montage of various events, programs and exhibits taking place at the museum. Montage is supported with background music and choral singing, there is no narration.
Notes
Transcribed title from film
Creator
Burnaby Village Museum
Subjects
Buildings - Civic - Museums
Carousels
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Responsibility
City of Burnaby
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Video Tracks
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Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel - promotional footage

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo13063
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2000 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (29 min. , 33 sec.) : Betacam SP, 29 fps, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item consists of promotional film footage for the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel". Film footage includes glimpses of the Burnaby Village Museum site with visitors touring the various exhibits and programs through museum's interpreters including Heritage Christmas, Easter Weekend, Labour Day Week…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
2000 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Series
Film Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.4.36
Physical Description
1 videocassette (29 min. , 33 sec.) : Betacam SP, 29 fps, col., sd.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item consists of promotional film footage for the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel". Film footage includes glimpses of the Burnaby Village Museum site with visitors touring the various exhibits and programs through museum's interpreters including Heritage Christmas, Easter Weekend, Labour Day Week, Fall Fair Event and a final versions with highlights. Summary of Content: 00:00-00:27 Blank screen 00:28-00:48 SMPTE colour bar screen reads "Property of: / Burnaby Village Museum / and Carousel / copyright 2000". 00:49-00:58 Blank screen 00:59-12:44 Heritage Christmas with entertainers, Father Christmas, Print Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Seaforth School, Elworth House, Herbalist, Village exteriors, Christmas Carolers, Love Farmhouse and the C.W. Parker Carousel. 12:45-15:29 Easter Weekend: Entertainment, Ice Cream Parlour, Speeches, Easter Bonnet Parade, bunnies and chicks. 15:30-22:40 Canada Day Celebrations and Labour Day Week: Visitors arriving, flag waving, singing O'Canada, cake cutting and entertainment. 22:41-24:18 Fall Fair Event: harvest displays, potatoe sack races, baking and preserves competition, fortune telling, 24:19- 24:25 Blank screen 24:26-26:45 Highlight Video: "Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel / Step back in time...". Includes compiled footage some gathered from previous content. This footage is followed by edited promotional footage "Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel / Step back in time" which includes some of the previous film footage. 26:46-29:33 Blank screen
Notes
Transcribed title from film content
Label inside videocassette case reads: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel / Promotional footage: / 00:01:00:00 Heritage Christmas... / 00:12:50:00 Easter Weekend... / 00:15:43:00 Canada Day Celebrations ... / 00:20:17:00 Labour Day Week / 00:21:54:00 Fall Fair Event.../ 00:24:28:00 Highlight Video / (2:00)"
Creator
Burnaby Village Museum
Subjects
Carousels
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Deer Lake Park
Burnaby Art Gallery
C.W. Parker Co.
Responsibility
Burnaby Village Museum - City of Burnaby
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Video Tracks
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Burnaby's Photographic Family Album - Burnaby Image Bank Collection : Volume 1

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo12336
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1992 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 avi video file (22 min., 16 sec.) : b&w, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Item consists of a digitized copy of film titled “Burnaby Image Bank Collection / Volume 1 / 1992" produced by the Simon Fraser University Archives, and Archivist, Jim Ross in recognition of Burnaby’s Centennial. The film is a finding aid which consists of a collection of eighty nine photographs ta…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1992 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Video collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV014.39.2
Storage Location
Digital collection
Physical Description
1 avi video file (22 min., 16 sec.) : b&w, col., sd.
Material Details
Digitized from original Video Home System VHS cassette tape "Scotch / T120 VHS" brand; in a hinged, hard plastic case
“Special Thanks / to the / Burnaby / Centennial / Committee”
“Additional Support / Provided by the / Provincial Government / through Challenge 91 Program / and Student / Work/Study Programs”
“Production Crew / Joe Behar / Laurence Lee / Sally Ng / Mark Tripp / Enid Britt / Ann Carroll / Frances Fournier / Jim Ross”
Thanks to / Photographers and staff of / Instructional Media Centre / Frank Campbell / Video Technologist / Kurtis Vanel / Audio Specialist”
Thanks to / Rick Sharpe / Academic Computing Services / Andrew Bridges / Apple Canada Inc.”
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item consists of a digitized copy of film titled “Burnaby Image Bank Collection / Volume 1 / 1992" produced by the Simon Fraser University Archives, and Archivist, Jim Ross in recognition of Burnaby’s Centennial. The film is a finding aid which consists of a collection of eighty nine photographs taken by the citizens of Burnaby during the course of the century and was designed for students and citizens wishing to explore the history of Burnaby. Copy negatives were created from original photographs and held by the Simon Fraser University Archives (now held with City of Burnaby Archives). Photographs in this video are indexed under the following headings “Communities / Neighbourhoods / Subjects / Names / Photographs". An introduction is provided by Simon Fraser University Archivist, Jim Ross.
History/Biography
The video was made available for public purchase and viewing on Video Home System (VHS) format. Burnaby schools and branches of the Burnaby Public Library received their own (VHS) copy for information and research purposes. Photographs from the Burnaby Image Bank Collection are now held by the City of Burnaby Archives.
Notes
Transcribed title
City of Burnaby Archives holds original VHS - see: Burnaby's Photographic Family Album-Burnaby Image Bank Collection: Volume 1- Item No. 577-001
City of Burnaby Archives holds the Burnaby Image Bank collection - photographs that are referred to in this video
Creator
Simon Fraser University
Subjects
Persons - Pioneers
Persons
Documentary Artifacts - Photographs
Geographic Features - Districts
Geographic Features - Neighbourhoods
Names
Simon Fraser University
Ross, Jim
Responsibility
Simon Fraser University
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Video Tracks
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B.C. Transit Centennial: Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Way Points

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo10100
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
Historical film footage of B.C. Electric Lower Mainland trams on their various routes as well as an excursion train. Film footage is part of the B.C. Transit Centennial and includes a voice over commentary by Frank Horn and Vic Sharman. Frank worked as a motorman on the BC Electric Railway. The tra…
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.
"Railway Pictures Inc." "Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Way Points"- Directed and Produced by Ken Hodgson
Colourist: Al
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Historical film footage of B.C. Electric Lower Mainland trams on their various routes as well as an excursion train. Film footage is part of the B.C. Transit Centennial and includes a voice over commentary by Frank Horn and Vic Sharman. Frank worked as a motorman on the BC Electric Railway. 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. 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. Summary: 0:00 – 16:18: Title card reads "Gastown Post & Transfer" "BC Transit / Transit Centennial" "Burnaby Lake". Footage of a Burnaby Lake Line tram from the Carrall Street depot in Vancouver to the Sapperton terminus, New Westminster. 16:18 – 30:20: Title card reads "Gastown Post & Transfer" "BC Transit / Transit Centennial" "Central Park". Footage of a Central Park Line tram from the New Westminster depot to the Carrall Street depot. 30:20 - 40:53: Title card reads "Gastown Post & Transfer" "BC Transit / Transit Centennial" "Oak St. Line". Footage of an Oak St. Line tram from Victory Square to the Marpole terminus. 40:53 – 49:41:Title card reads "Gastown Post & Transfer" "BC Transit / Transit Centennial" "Fairview Belt Line 1". 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: Title card reads "Gastown Post & Transfer" "Skagit River Railway". Footage of 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: Title reads: "Railway Pictures Inc." "Chilliwack and Fraser Valley Way Points" with voice over by Frank Horn and Vic Sharman, directed and produced by Ken Hodgson. Opens with Vic Sharman, his wife and family at Liverpool Old Station (Scott Road) preparing for the last trip on the Chilliwack Line October, 1950. 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: Footage of 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: Footage of decommissioning of the system: removal of the tram power lines, scrapping and burning of tram cars at the Kitsilano yard.
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 Company
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Tram 1223 move from Royal Oak warehouse to Burnaby Village Museum

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo13072
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
February 2007 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocasette (58 min., 33 sec.) : miniDV, 29 fps, col., sd.
Scope and Content
Film footage created by Harry Pride documenting the move of BC Electric Interurban Tram 1223 from Royal Oak warehouse (6857 Royal Oak Avenue) to the Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Avenue). Restoration of the tram was undertaken by the "Friends of Interurban 1223" between 2001 and 2007 at th…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
February 2007 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Friends of Interurban 1223 fonds
Series
Moving Images series
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.5.712
Physical Description
1 videocasette (58 min., 33 sec.) : miniDV, 29 fps, col., sd.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Film footage created by Harry Pride documenting the move of BC Electric Interurban Tram 1223 from Royal Oak warehouse (6857 Royal Oak Avenue) to the Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Avenue). Restoration of the tram was undertaken by the "Friends of Interurban 1223" between 2001 and 2007 at the Royal Oak warehouse before being moved to the newly built tram barn at Burnaby Village Museum. The top portion of the tram and two tram trucks were loaded onto flatbeds and early Friday February 16, 2007 the tram was moved to the museum arriving just before 5 am. Members of the Friends of Interurbran 1223 along with Burnaby Village Museum staff gathered at the museum in anticipation of it being moved to its final destination. A 200-ton crane and a crew from Nikel Brothers house movers hoisted the Interurban 1223 into position before it was winched inside the tram barn.
Notes
Transcribed title from miniDV case
Label on minDV case reads: "Tram 1223 Move from / Royal Oak Warehouse to / Burnaby Village Museum / Harry Pride / 604-433-4797"
Label on miniDV reads: "Tram 1223 Move / to BBY VIll Muse. / H Pride"
Creator
Harry Pride
Subjects
Transportation - Electric Railroads
Names
Pride, Harry
Burnaby Village Museum
Friends of Interurban 1223
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 6857 Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Video Tracks
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Digney film 2 - Family in Burnaby, Construction of Sears building and wedding

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1934 and 1964] (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video (26 min., 51 sec.) : digital, 16 fps, col., si.
Scope and Content
Film created by Andy Digney and his son Ernest "Dig" Digney. The film opens with scenes of different dogs playing outside; exterior of Andy and Alice Digney’s house on Kaymar Drive; interior of the Digney bowling alley with pins being reset; interior of Andy Digney’s greenhouse at his house on Kaym…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1934 and 1964] (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 (26 min., 51 sec.) : digital, 16 fps, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Film created by Andy Digney and his son Ernest "Dig" Digney. The film opens with scenes of different dogs playing outside; exterior of Andy and Alice Digney’s house on Kaymar Drive; interior of the Digney bowling alley with pins being reset; interior of Andy Digney’s greenhouse at his house on Kaymar Drive; construction of the Sears building in [1954] behind Digney home at 3698 Bonsor Street; unidentified outdoor wedding attended by the Digney's and Swans; Campbell family gathering in Victoria; gathering of friends and family inside Alice and Andy Digney’s home on Kaymar Drive before they leave for their World tour in 1964.
Notes
Title based on contents of film segment
Digitized film is a copy from original 8 mm film
Nine Film segments from this compilation are described at item level and available for viewing on Heritage Burnaby: BV019.18.3.1; BV019.18.3.5; BV019.18.3.9 to BV019.3.13 and BV019.18.3.16
Contact Burnaby Village Museum to view entire content
Creator
Andy Digney
Subjects
Sports - Bowling
Buildings - Commercial - Stores
Buildings - Recreational - Bowling Alleys
Names
Digney, Andy
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Bonsor Avenue
Burnaby - Kaymar Drive
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Interviews with Bill and Albert Parker by Colin Stevens January 17, 1992

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo9840
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1920-1930 (interview content), interviewed January 17, 1992 (date of original), digitized 2020
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (53 min., 14 sec.) : col. , sd.
Scope and Content
Film footage documenting informal interviews with brothers William “Bill” and Albert Parker conducted by Burnaby Village Museum curator, Colin Stevens. The footage opens in the administration building of the Burnaby Village Museum where Bill Parker describes a pair of cross country skis that he is …
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1920-1930 (interview content), interviewed January 17, 1992 (date of original), digitized 2020
Collection/Fonds
Jesse Love farmhouse fonds
Series
Love Farmhouse Oral History Project series
Description Level
Item
File No.
51320-20
Accession Code
BV018.41.50
Physical Description
1 videocassette (53 min., 14 sec.) : col. , sd.
Material Details
Interviewer: Colin Stevens
Interviewee:William (Bill) Parker; Albert Parker; Mrs. William Parker
Location of Interview: Jesse Love farmhouse at the Burnaby Village Museum
Camera: Susan Green and Colin Stevens
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Film footage documenting informal interviews with brothers William “Bill” and Albert Parker conducted by Burnaby Village Museum curator, Colin Stevens. The footage opens in the administration building of the Burnaby Village Museum where Bill Parker describes a pair of cross country skis that he is donating to the museum. Bill recollects how he constructed the skis out of cedar in the late 1920s when he was about 9 or 10 years old. Bill tells of how he skied in the neighbourhood of the Jesse Love farmhouse on Cumberland Road, using the skis until the mid to late 1930s. The film continues with a tour of the Jesse Love farmhouse which is under restoration on site of the Burnaby Village Museum. Curator Colin Stevens takes Albert and Bill Parker through various rooms inside of the house sharing details of what staff have discovered during the restoration process and gathers informative details by interviewing them. During the interviews, the brothers recollect what it was like living in the house in the 1920s. They provide details on the house’s construction, fixtures, heating and water systems along with particulars regarding furnishings and décor. Information that was gathered through interviews such as this, supported the restoration to be completed as accurately as possible.
History/Biography
Albert and William Charles “Bill” Parker are the sons of Sarah Parker (nee Love) and William Parker. Sarah Parker was the daughter of Jesse and Martha Love and grew up in the Love farmhouse located at 1390 Cumberland Road in Burnaby. Sarah and William Parker and their three children (Albert, Bill and Elsie) moved into the Love farmhouse in about 1925, eventually buying it in 1928 following the death of Sarah’s father Jesse Love. Sarah continued to live in the house until after her husband William died and eventually sold the house to her daughter Elsie Hughes and her husband John Hughes in 1966.
Notes
Title based on contents of video
Video was digitized to mp4 in March 2020 from original VHS tape
Creator
Burnaby Village Museum
Subjects
Sports - Skiing
Buildings - Heritage
Names
Stevens, Colin
Parker, William Charles
Parker, Albert "Bert"
Burnaby Village Museum
Love, Jesse (1849-1928)
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Video Tracks
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Blacksmith Shop with Jeff Chenatte

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo12344
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1998 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 videocassette (32 min., 59 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col. , sd.
Scope and Content
Film, titled "Blacksmith Shop with Jeff Chenatte" is an instructional training video about the fundamentals of Blacksmithing taking place at the Burnaby Village Museum. The film is narrated by experienced Blacksmith Jeff Chenatte who provides historic background in the art of blacksmithing and demo…
  1 Video  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
1998 (date of original), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum fonds
Series
Film Collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV020.4.34
Physical Description
1 videocassette (32 min., 59 sec.) : VHS, 29 fps, col. , sd.
Material Details
Film opens with SMPTE colour bars
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Film, titled "Blacksmith Shop with Jeff Chenatte" is an instructional training video about the fundamentals of Blacksmithing taking place at the Burnaby Village Museum. The film is narrated by experienced Blacksmith Jeff Chenatte who provides historic background in the art of blacksmithing and demonstrates detailed step by step instructions in how to use the forge and various tools and machinery in the Village Museum’s Blacksmith Shop.
Notes
Transcribed title from film
Film credits read: “Directed Shot & Edited / by Morgan H Kroon / Written by / Jeff Chenatte / Thanks to / Jeff Chenatte / Maurice Guibord / Shadbolt Centre / Cineworks / Burnaby Village Museum”; “Burnaby Village Museum / Education Dept 1998”
Creator
Burnaby Village Museum
Subjects
Buildings - Civic - Museums
Occupations - Blacksmiths
Names
Burnaby Village Museum
Chenatte, Jeff
Guibord, Maurice
Kroon, Morgan H.
Responsibility
Burnaby Village Museum Education Department 1998- City of Burnaby
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Morley-Buckingham Area
Video Tracks
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