Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver History: Sam Greer


Thursday, August 30th, 2012 — 10:44am PDT
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Kitsilano Beach is formerly known as Greer Beach, named after settler Sam Greer. Samuel Greer (aka “Gritty”) was born in Ireland in 1843 and moved to the States where he fought in the Civil War. After returning to Ireland, the Gold Rush brought him to BC where he was successful with a few claims. 1904 […]

From the CBC Archives


Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 — 10:44am PDT
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A boy and girl playing with a chained bear in their front yard in Kitsilano, a horse-drawn taxi rolling down Cordova Street, the Hotel Vancouver on the corner of Granville and Georgia. These are all images that I have featured during my weekly history photo series and have mostly been sourced from the City of […]

Vancouver History: Photographer Walter Edwin Frost


Monday, August 20th, 2012 — 1:29pm PDT
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Browsing the Vancouver Public Library Archives and the Vancouver Archives as much as I do, I often come across material from the same handful of photographers. Thanks to their work, we have a glimpse at what Vancouver life was like over many decades, building up from the tents at Granville Townsite. Today I have decided […]

Vancouver History: Stanley Park Reservoir


Thursday, August 9th, 2012 — 9:39am PDT
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The other day I was looking at an old map of Stanley Park from 1907, something I might usually come across in my weekly history research, and I spotted two watering holes on the peninsula. The first being the recognizable Beaver Lake but the other, further northwest and just south of Prospect Point, was unfamiliar. […]

Vancouver History: Percy Williams


Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 — 11:17am PDT
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It has been 84 years since Percy Williams of East Vancouver won two gold medals in track and field at the Amsterdam Olympics — a feat that has never been repeated by a Canadian. 1928 – Archives item# CVA 99-3631 & CVA 99-3638. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. As part of the King Edward High School track […]

Vancouver History: S.S. Beaver


Thursday, July 26th, 2012 — 9:05am PDT
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On this day in 1888, the S.S. Beaver ran aground at Prospect Point in Stanley Park. The Beaver was the first steamship to operate in the Pacific Northwest and was the first steamship in the Eastern Pacific. 1888 – S.S. Beaver. Archives item#: Bo P354. The Beaver left England, where she was built at Blackwall, […]