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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 Simpsons-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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Bus Service Organizing Committee

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumphoto2975
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
August 1941
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w hand-tinted to col. ; 17.5 x 24.5 cm, mounted on card 28 x 35.5 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of John Matheson, Dave Fleming, Sid Playfoot, unidentified and Harold Keys in suits and hats, standing in front of a red bus with a sign over the windshield that reads, "LOCHDALE". These men made up the organizing committee for the first bus service that was to run beyond the route of th…
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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w hand-tinted to col. ; 17.5 x 24.5 cm, mounted on card 28 x 35.5 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of John Matheson, Dave Fleming, Sid Playfoot, unidentified and Harold Keys in suits and hats, standing in front of a red bus with a sign over the windshield that reads, "LOCHDALE". These men made up the organizing committee for the first bus service that was to run beyond the route of the Hastings East Street cars (the Lochdale bus was built by Ed Collins and owned and operated by Ed Neville).
Subjects
Transportation - Buses
Transportation - Public Transit
Names
Matheson, John
Fleming, Dave
Playfoot, Sid
Keys, Harold
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Accession Code
BV988.8.1
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Date
August 1941
Media Type
Photograph
Historic Neighbourhood
Lochdale (Historic Neighbourhood)
Scan Resolution
600
Scan Date
1/11/2010
Scale
100
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in blue ink on recto of card mount reads: "John Matheson Dave Fleming Sid Playfoot HAROLD Keys/ ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR FIRST BUS SERVICE BEYOND/ HASTINGS EAST STREET CARS AUGUST 1941/ BUS - OWNER ED. NEVILLE/ BODY BUILT BY ED COLLINS VANCOUVER B.C."
Note in pencil on recto of card mount reads: "PINKERTON"
Images
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Digney film 1 - Digney family in Burnaby, Okanagan, Vancouver, Victoria, California and Seattle

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo10593
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1954 and 1964] (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (23 min., 34 sec.) : digital, 16 fps, col., si.
Scope and Content
Item consists of a film compliation created by Andy Digney and his son Ernest "Dig" Digney. The film footage is a combination of twenty eight short segments taken at different times in various locations. The film footage documents family events, gatherings and vacations. The film opens with an outd…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[between 1954 and 1964] (date of original), copied 2019
Collection/Fonds
Digney Family fonds
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV019.18.2
Storage Location
Digital only
Physical Description
1 mp4 video file (23 min., 34 sec.) : digital, 16 fps, col., si.
Media Type
Moving Images
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Item consists of a film compliation created by Andy Digney and his son Ernest "Dig" Digney. The film footage is a combination of twenty eight short segments taken at different times in various locations. The film footage documents family events, gatherings and vacations. The film opens with an outdoor Christmas display and is followed by several other film segments taking place in Burnaby at 7749 Kaymur Drive; 6521 Bonsor Street and Brentwood Mall as well as Okanagon Lake Resort; California; Seattle; Vancouver and Victoria.
Notes
Title based on contents of film
Digitized film is a copy from original 8 mm film
Twelve Film segments from this compilation with Burnaby content are described at item level and available for viewing on Heritage Burnaby: BV019.18.2.1; BV019.18.2.2; BV019.2.3; BV019.18.2.4; BV019.18.2.6; BV019.18.2.11; BV019.18.2.12; BV019.18.2.13; BV019.18.2.15; BV019.18.2.16; BV019.18.2.22; BV019.18.2.28
Contact Burnaby Village Museum to view entire content
Creator
Digney, Ernest Frank "Dig"
Digney, Andy
Subjects
Holidays - Christmas
Names
Digney, Andy
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Bonsor Avenue
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Digney film 2 - Family in Burnaby, Construction of Simpsons-Sears building and wedding

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumvideo10598
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 Simpsons-Sears building in 1954 behind the 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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