It’s interesting to see how often Vancouver made the news in the early days and for what.
New Water Works
Vancouver, B. C, March 26th.— At 11:10 last night the water from Capilano river, across Burrard inlet, reached this city through the pipes of the Vancouver Water Works Company across the mouth of the harbor. Many novel engineering difficulties have delayed the enterprise, but Vancouver has now a water supply unsurpassed in quantity and purity by that of any other city on the continent.
The Daily Alta newspaper in California, March 27, 1889
A Fatal Office
Vancouver, B. C. Jan. 16.—Mayor Templeton died this afternoon of an apoplectic stroke. Mr. Templeton is the third one of Vancouver’s mayors to die a sudden death.
The Los Angeles Herald, 1898
Vancouver, B. C., May 8. —The dead body of a man was found this evening in a thick grove of trees at Stanley park by a party of young people. The head had been severed from the body, and the trunk was also dismembered and the legs broken. The police are confident that It was a case of murder. The flesh had been devoured by wild animals, so that only the bones remained of the head and trunk. There was no mark by which the Identity could be established.
Los Angeles Herald, May 9, 1900
CANADIAN PACIFIC WILL NOT MAKE ANY CHANGE
Superintendent Denies Rumor That Coast Port Is to Be Removed From Vancouver.
VANCOUVER. B. C, April 7. — R. Marpole, general superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway, denies the report that it is the company’s intention to make Quitsino [sic], on the west coast of Vancouver Island its Pacific Coast port instead of Vancouver. He said that all trans-oceanic steamships would continue to sail to and from this port.
San Francisco Call, 8 April 1905
I couldn’t find anything about the rumour or how it got started but imagine Vancouver with out the CPR…
Here’s a view of Quatsino from the water. CVA Out P963.2
I’m quite thrilled to be presenting a CINEMA SALON with one of my favourite London films, The Pool of London. Tuesday September 3, 7:30pm
POOL OF LONDON
DIRECTOR: Basil Dearden
CAST: Bonar Colleano, Earl Cameron, Susan Shaw
UK, 1951, 85 minutes
Tickets available soon at VIFF.org
Once a month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, audiences and guests have the opportunity to discuss the film over drinks and snacks in our spacious lounge.
POOL OF LONDON captures the lives of the labourers and police who work the London docklands and features the first interracial romance on British film. During the 48 hours while their cargo ship is in port, two merchant seamen come ashore – Dan, a cocky hit with the girls who dabbles in smuggling and his best friend Johnny, a shy Jamaican who gratefully follows in the shadow of his arrogant friend. Risking his life after a robbery, Dan must extricate Johnny from a murder charge. Shot on location in post-World War II docklands and central London, this evocative and atmospheric film also offers a priceless record of a city long gone.
Tickets and Information
Call the Film Info Line 604.683.FILM (3456) for the latest info and listings.
CVA Photo: St Pk N142.05
Got a question today about the fountain in Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon and was asked about whether it came from the Chicago World’s fair of 1934…
This idea has been floating around for awhile and appears in many write ups about the park, but it seemed far fetched. Why would we drag a big chunk of concrete across the country for the City’s Jubilee in 1936 instead of building it here?
The August 8, 1936 Vancouver Sun carried a story called ‘Secrets of the Fountain’. In there it talks about Robert Harold Williams, Chief Electrical Engineer with the Vancouver firm of Hume and Rumble Ltd. who conceived, designed and supervised the construction of the fountain. It took the draining of the lagoon and the setting of 70 some-odd piles into the lake’s bottom to get the fountain built.
The designKULTUR blog has a great post from 2010 about the fountain and in the comments section R.H. Williams’ grandson Glen added that ”my grandfather was acknowledged for all the work [he had done] at a party at the Hotel Vancouver.” and that “when they turned [the fountain] on for the first time, HE was inside operating it manually.”
Sometimes the real story is just way more fascinating.
A portion of the overly optimistic report from the Quebec Saturday Budget newspaper March 4, 1899.
The City, Park Board and federal government would continue fighting over who controlled the island until the 1930s when it was handed to the navy as HCMS Discovery. Probably better than the proposed sawmill.
Fort Langley needs your help. Check out the poster. hoh_flyer_2
The ‘Vancouver Park’ Dedicated.
Vancouver, B. C, September 27th There was a general holiday here to-day on the occasion of opening the public park, a magnificent domain of 1100 acres, in the western part of the city, on the shore of the inlet and gulf. A procession went from the City Hall to the park, where the Mayor of Vancouver, the Provincial secretary and others addressed the people. Mayor Oppenheimer named the park ”Stanley Park,” after the present Governor General of Canada, who sent a despatch regretting his inability to be present, as he had hoped. The city was crowded with visitors from Victoria and other places. A grand ball at the Opera House tonight closed the festivities.
From the California paper The Daily Alta Sept. 28, 2013
The Promise of Spring: http://thepromiseofspring.com
The Promise of Spring is an immersive online book available now. It is a tribute to Vancouver’s (and Vancouvers) past in the form of a lyric fiction based on a number of the author’s early experiences in the city. Originally composed in response to an extended absence from home, it observes those processes of layering within which we are unavoidably implicated: layers of time, memory, technology, and genre. In addition to providing a narrative of contemporary Vancouver life, The Promise of Spring reproduces more than 90 historical photographs from the City of Vancouver Archives’ digital collection.
The project emerges from the collaboration of author Graeme Abernethy and creative technologist Myke Preuss. Its creators seek to make with it a distinctive and visually enriching contribution to the shared story of Vancouver’s past, present, and future.
Conceived and developed in a spirit of accessibility, The Promise of Spring is made freely and widely available at http://thepromiseofspring.com.
For the last evening showing of the IMAX film Rocky Mountain Express we’re running the All Aboard tour again.
August 29th – All Aboard! 2:
The railway and industrial history of the eastern False Creek.
False Creek was home to a number of railway companies including the Great Northern, Canadian National, and the Canadian Pacific. On this tour we’ll explore the fascinating history of the eastern end of the creek between the water and Station Street and look at the extraordinary changes that have taken place here.
After the tour see the spectacular film Rocky Mountain Express which chronicles the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Rockies.
Cost: $25.00 – includes the walk and movie admission.
[Tickets from the admissions desk]
6:00pm: meet at the entrance to Science World
8:00pm: Rocky Mountain Express in the OMNIMAX Theatre
It’s been a busy summer, but at last I have a schedule for the Wednesday Night Heritage Walks.
All walks are at 7:00pm cost 10.00pp (cash or credit card), no reservations needed and they last about 2 hours. johnatkin.com
July 31st - Strathcona: innovation and history
This historic neighbourhood isn’t frozen in time but has been able to accommodate new development in innovative ways. Join us on a look at the history and development in Strathcona.
Meet at the north west corner of Union and Jackson
August 7th - John Street: off the grid in Mount Pleasant
One of the early bits of odd-ball surveying in an area once owned by H.V. Edmonds. We’ll explore the length of the street and its history.
Meet at the corner of John Street and King Edward
August 14th - West of Cambie: J.S. Woods and the English Revival style
In 1939, J.S. Woods of Master Craft homes broke ground on his Little Mountain subdivision developing a neighbourhood “of uniform character ” with “one street in the English Style and another with the western bungalow” This area is poised for significant change.
Meet at the south west corner of Ash and 28th
August 28th - Shaughnessy: the other side of Granville
The east side of Granville in this extraordinary neighbourhood seems to get all the attention. So on this tour we’ll explore the western edge of Shaughnessy with its interesting mix of homes.
Meet at the south west corner of Cedar Crescent and 17th Avenue
September 4th - The West End: The Lightheart legacy
The Lightheart brothers are responsible for some of the West End’s iconic apartment buildings and we’ll be taking look at a number of these buildings on the evening walk.
Meet at Nicola at Nelson (at the fire hall)