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Early Vancouver, Volume 1

Major Matthews collected the contents of Volume 1 in 1931-1932 and compiled the volume in 1932. There are three versions of Volume 1 in the Archives: this is version 2, chosen because it is the most complete. Learn more about the 2011 edition, copyright, reproductions and citations.

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  • Introduction/Preface (Includes Early Vancouver, Introduction, Vancouver and Preface)[PDF]
  • Granville, 1882. (In explanation of the map of the Town of GRANVILLE, 1870 (Trutch.))[PDF] (9 MB)
  • 3 March 1931 - Kitsilano Beach. Smelts. Salmon. Elk.[PDF]
  • 3 March 1931 - City Halls. Police Station. Water Street. Gastown.[PDF]
  • 3 March 1931 - Kitsilano Beach. Greers Beach. Elk. Salmon.[PDF]
  • Kitsilano Beach.[PDF]
  • Kitsilano.[PDF]
  • Newspapers. [PDF]
  • 14 April 1931 - Falling the trees. The fire brigade, 1887 Geo. L. Schetky.[PDF]
  • 8 May 1931 - Kitsilano, how named Professor Chas. Hill-Tout.[PDF]
  • 17 May 1931 - Greers Beach. Kitsilano. Mrs. J.Z. Hall of Killarney. [PDF]
  • 28 May 1931. [Mrs Hall's reminiscences about a wolf, the C.P.R construction gang, smelts, trout, Jericho, canoe parades on Dominion Day, New Westminster Rifles, Nelson Street, a detailed Granville Street discussion, Christ Church and Greers Beach][PDF]
  • 28 May 1931 - Hastings Street in 1887. Falling the forest. Percy DesBrisay.[PDF]
  • Hastings Street. Mrs. J. Hampton Bole, ne McAllister.[PDF]
  • 10 June 1931 - Big trees. Granville Street. Georgia Street.[PDF]
  • June 1931 - Port Moody. Canadian Pacific Railway. First eastbound freight. Tea from Orient to England.[PDF]
  • 11 June 1931 - Port Moody. Canadian Pacific Railway.[PDF]
  • 11 June 1931 - Wild animals in Vancouver.[PDF]
  • Moodyville. Post Office.[PDF]
  • Kingsway.[PDF]
  • Rifle Ranges. Peele Butts.[PDF]
  • Indians.[PDF]
  • Elk.[PDF]
  • 12 June 1931 - Early C.P.R. trains. First C.P.R. depot.[PDF]
  • The first C.P.R. depot, Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 13 June 1931 - Early steamers of Vancouver. North Vancouver and Moodyville ferry. S.S. Senator. Union Steamship Company wharf.[PDF]
  • Early Steamers. S.S. Senator. S.S. Pearl. S.S. Charmer and Premier. S.S. Pearl.[PDF]
  • 15 June 1931 - Hastings Road. Gastown. Darktown Fire Brigade.[PDF]
  • 18 June 1931 - Vancouvers first regiment. The Drill Hall. Sergeant Major Bundy. Schools.[PDF]
  • 18 June 1931 - Union Jack, Canadian Ensign (flags.)[PDF]
  • 22 June 1931 - Ancient villages of Vancouver. Indians. Kitsilano.[PDF]
  • June 1931 - First Dominion Day celebration, 1887. Seymour Battery. Westminster Rifles. Sergeant Major J.C. Cornish.[PDF]
  • June 1931 - Seymour Battery. Captain (Judge) Bole. Senior Sergeant John Reid.[PDF]
  • 29 June 1931 - Wild animals in Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 30 June 1931 - Mount Pleasant. Rifles and rifle shooting. 13th Avenue West.[PDF] (3 MB)
  • The First Drill Hall. The Imperial Opera House.[PDF] (2 MB)
  • 30 June 1931 - Point Grey School.[PDF]
  • Wild animals of Vancouver.[PDF]
  • Anglican Church in Point Grey.[PDF]
  • Vancouver Celebrates Her First Dominion Day.[PDF] (5 MB)
  • Testing the first fire engine. [PDF]
  • 3 July 1931 - Early fires. Fire engines and M.A. maclean. The Coffee Brigade. Water.[PDF]
  • Father Clinton.[PDF]
  • 3 July 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886. Father Clinton.[PDF]
  • 3 July 1931 - Post offices.[PDF]
  • Memorandum. [Photographic plates of C.S. Bailey & Company sold by Mr. William Bailey to the Dominion Photo Company about 1929 and petition about the moving of post office.][PDF]
  • 6 July 1931 - Spratts Ark, early cannery in Vancouver.[PDF]
  • English Bay Cannery.[PDF]
  • 6 July 1931 - Spanish Banks. Columbia River salmon fishing boats.[PDF]
  • The great salmon year, 1900.[PDF]
  • 6 July 1931 - Wild animals in Vancouver. Point Grey.[PDF]
  • 15 August 1931 - Wild animals in Vancouver. Little Mountain. Capitol Hill.[PDF]
  • 7 July 1931 - Street railway. Interurban.[PDF]
  • 7 July 1931 - Columbia Street.[PDF]
  • Dupont Street, now Pender Street East. Carrall Street.[PDF]
  • Water Street, Hastings Street, Keefer Street.[PDF]
  • Cambie Street, Georgia Street, Seventh Avenue, Westminster Avenue, Park Avenue, etc. Johnstone Street.[PDF]
  • Seventh Avenue (not east or west, but Seventh Avenue), same date.[PDF]
  • 9 July 1931 - Kitsilano. Fourth Avenue West. Tatlow Park.[PDF]
  • Vancouver Gas Company Limited.[PDF]
  • 10 July 1931 - Squatters. Hastings Street. Pender Street.[PDF]
  • Carrall Street.[PDF]
  • 10 July 1931 - Chinese Riots. John Morton. Early water.[PDF]
  • 10 July 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886. H.P. McCraney.[PDF]
  • 14 July 1931 - Residential areas of Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 15 July 1931 - Bicycles and bicycle paths.[PDF]
  • 15 July 1931 - West End, 1890, the photograph.[PDF]
  • 15 July 1931 - Talton Place.[PDF]
  • 15 July 1931 - Deadmans Island. Hospitals. Early pest house. Smallpox.[PDF]
  • Hospitals.[PDF]
  • Granville Street.[PDF]
  • 20 July 1931 - Granville Street. J.R. Seymour.[PDF]
  • 18 December 1931. [Mr. Henderson who was the proprietor of the Georgia Pharmacy on Georgia Street.][PDF]
  • 20 July 1931 Hotels.[PDF]
  • The Carter House[PDF] (2 MB)
  • The Brunswick House.[PDF]
  • 20 July 1931 - Kitsilano Beach. Greers Point. The hotel site, Kitsilano Beach.[PDF]
  • Kitsilano Beach, Greers Beach.[PDF]
  • 20 July 1931 - Kitsilano Beach. The Canadian Band. Bull frogs.[PDF]
  • 20 July 1931 - Fires and fire brigades.[PDF]
  • Dupont Street, now Pender Street East.[PDF]
  • The fire engine M.A. MacLean.[PDF]
  • 21 July 1931 - McDonough Hall, oldest building in downtown district of Vancouver, 1931.[PDF]
  • Lotus Hotel, Abbott Street.[PDF]
  • 30 July 1931 - The first electric light in Vancouver. The first electric railway. H.P. McCraney.[PDF]
  • The start of the electric street railway.[PDF]
  • The street railway.[PDF]
  • The original electric light company and the street railway amalgamate.[PDF]
  • 31 July 1931 - Telephone companies.[PDF]
  • 31 July 1931 - Central Park. rifle ranges. Richmond Rifle Range.[PDF]
  • 31 July 1931 - Stanley Park.[PDF]
  • 5 August 1931 - Construction of street railway in Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 5 August 1931 - The famous Maple Tree. Carrall Street.[PDF]
  • 5 August 1931 - City Halls.[PDF]
  • City Council.[PDF]
  • 8 August 1931 - Early water works. Hastings Sawmill.[PDF]
  • Kitsilano, preemption.[PDF]
  • August 1931 - Bus lines. Kitsilano Beach. Macdonald Street. Broadway. Kerrisdale.[PDF]
  • 10 August 1931 - Saint James Church. Father Clinton.[PDF]
  • 10 August 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886. Gastown. Douglas Road.[PDF]
  • Provincial gaol.[PDF]
  • Water tanks.[PDF]
  • The first fire engine. The water tanks.[PDF]
  • Granville Street in 188-. Dunsmuir Street in 188-. The first fire engine.[PDF]
  • 10 August 1931 - Airport. Granville Street South. Eburne.[PDF]
  • 12 August 1931 - The Indian Reserve. Kitsilano. Burrard Street Bridge. Cornwall Street. Cedar Street. Big trees.[PDF]
  • 12 August 1931 - Hollyburn. West Vancouver. Navvy Jacks. School. Post Office. The first holly trees. Mr. and Mrs. John Lawson.[PDF]
  • Navy Jacks house.[PDF]
  • 12 August 1931 - Hollyburn and the famous holly trees.[PDF]
  • The first post office.[PDF]
  • Tame deer.[PDF]
  • The first wharf.[PDF]
  • 12 August 1931 - The first school and wedding.[PDF]
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Lawson.[PDF]
  • West Vancouver. Lieutenant Colonel John W. Warden, D.S.O., O.B.E., 102nd Battalion.[PDF]
  • 13 October 1931 - Christ Church Cathedral. Dean Renison, D.D., M.A.[PDF]
  • Christ Church Cathedral.[PDF]
  • 14 October 1931 - Kitsilano Beach. Wild animals of Vancouver.[PDF]
  • The Jungle of 1931. Hastings Sawmill, site, 1931.[PDF]
  • 14 October 1931 Well-known people.[PDF]
  • 14 October 1931 - Early public library. Cordova Street and Hastings Mill.[PDF]
  • 15 October 1931 - The Ellesmere Rooms. Pender Street West.[PDF]
  • 15 October 1931 - Pender Street West.[PDF]
  • The big trees. Georgia Street West.[PDF]
  • 15 October 1931 - Early public library.[PDF]
  • 15 October 1931 - City Hall.[PDF]
  • 15 October 1931 - A.E. Beck, Esq., K.C.[PDF]
  • 17 October 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886. The Regina Hotel, which escaped.[PDF]
  • 17 October 1931 - Kitsilano. Greers Beach. First Narrows.[PDF]
  • 18 October 1931 - Duke of Connaughts Own Rifles. Lieutenant Colonel C.A. Worsnop.[PDF]
  • 18 October 1931 7th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Lieutenant Colonel W. Hart-McHarg.[PDF]
  • 19 October 1931 - The Jungle of 1931. Hastings Sawmill. Vancouver Harbour Commission and Colonel R.D. Williams.[PDF]
  • 19 October 1931 - Kitsilano. St. Marks Church. Bishop Sovereign, B.D.[PDF]
  • Site of St. Marks Church.[PDF]
  • Fossils of earlier ages in Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 20 October 1931 - Big trees. Westminster Avenue.[PDF]
  • Horse racing. Granville Street, 1887.[PDF]
  • 21 October 1931 - The lamplighter of Vancouver.[PDF]
  • The Bluff. Howe Street.[PDF]
  • Canadian Pacific Railway. Taxation.[PDF]
  • 28 October 1931 - John Innes, historical scenic painter.[PDF]
  • Mrs. Mary Capilano.[PDF]
  • John Innes.[PDF]
  • 28 October 1931 - Holy Trinity Church.[PDF]
  • Kitsilano. Salmon in early days.[PDF]
  • 29 October 1931 - Princess Louise Tree.[PDF]
  • Water supply of Gastown.[PDF]
  • Gastown.[PDF]
  • 30 October 1931 - Visit of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (H.M. The King and Queen.)[PDF]
  • 31 October 1931 Personalities.[PDF]
  • November 1931 - St. Marks Church. Kitsilano.[PDF]
  • 14 November 1931 - Our Pioneer ParkThe Historic Cambie Street grounds.[PDF] (4 MB)
  • 14 November 1931 - The lamplighter of Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 16 November 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886. H.P. McCraney. C. Gardner Johnson.[PDF]
  • Early C.P.R. dock, 1886.[PDF]
  • 17 November 1931 - John Innes.[PDF] (3 MB)
  • 19 November 1931 - John Clough. The chain gang. The lamplighter of Vancouver. Our first jailer. The Great Fire of 1886.[PDF]
  • 19 November 1931 - Granville and Seymour streets.[PDF]
  • J.R. Seymour.[PDF]
  • 20 November 1931 - Water works. Boultbee. Hastings Sawmill. Commercial Drive.[PDF]
  • 25 November 1931 - Early Vancouver Public Library. George Pollay, first librarian.[PDF]
  • 26 November 1931 - C.P.R. Reserve on False Creek. Cambie Street. Homer Street. The Imperial Oil Company Limited.[PDF]
  • 28 November 1931 - Lieutenant Colonel William Hart-McHarg.[PDF]
  • 28 November 1931 - The Canadian anthem, O Canada.[PDF]
  • 28 November 1931 - Kitsilano, street names.[PDF]
  • J.H. Calland of Kitsilano.[PDF] (5 MB)
  • 30 November 1931 - Opening of Stanley Park, 1888. Burrard Inlet. Visit of Governor-General.[PDF]
  • The slogan, One hundred thousand men in nineteen-hundred and ten.[PDF]
  • The Jungle of 1931.[PDF]
  • 30 November 1931 - The first Dominion Day (1 July 1887.) Indian canoes. Early Burrard Inlet. Waterfront illuminations.[PDF]
  • 3 December 1931 - Kerrisdale. street cars. 41st Avenue West.[PDF]
  • 3 December 1931 - The echoes of the real estate boom. 54th Avenue East.[PDF]
  • Clough Avenue (South Vancouver), afterwards 61st Avenue East.[PDF]
  • Main Street (formerly Westminster Avenue.)[PDF]
  • Early aeroplanes (approximately 1906 or 1908.)[PDF]
  • 3 December 1931 - Kitsilano Beach, post office.[PDF]
  • 4 December 1931 - His Grace the Lord Archbishop of New Westminster. Colonel the Most Reverend A.U. DePencier, O.B.E., D.D.. 62nd Overseas Battalion, C.E.F. (Hulmes Huskies.)[PDF]
  • 11 December 1931 - Grove Crescent, False Creek. First City Hall. Indians. Early maps of Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 12 December 1931 Salmon.[PDF]
  • Deadmans Island. The Great Fire of 1886.[PDF]
  • Chinamen. Onderdonk.[PDF]
  • 12 December 1931 - Canadian Pacific Railway. Bridges. Construction of C.P.R. and officials.[PDF]
  • 14 December 1931 Salmon.[PDF]
  • The Great Fire of 1886. Fires of clearing operations.[PDF]
  • 15 December 1931 - Granville Street, 1 July 1900. First military camp in Vancouver. Royal Canadian Regiment.[PDF]
  • 21 December 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886. Geo. L. Schetky.[PDF]
  • 21 December 1931 - The first Vancouver-Westminster electric railway. Captain E.S. Scoullar.[PDF]
  • 21 December 1931 - Burrard Inlet and Westminster Telephone Company. Captain E.S. Scoullar.[PDF]
  • 23 December 1931 - Greers Beach.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - Cambie Street, Cordova Street, Hastings Street. Mrs. Janet S. Pollay, relict of our first librarian.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - Union Jack, Canadian Ensign.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - The first electric railway in Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886. Early telephones and telegraphs. J.W. McFarland, Hugh Keefer, W.H. Gallagher. C.P.R. trains.[PDF]
  • C.P.R. trains.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - The Carter House. Milk. McGeer, the dairyman. Smelts.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - Chief Capilano, 1792. Meeting of Captain Vancouver. Mrs. Mary Capilano, Noel Robinson.[PDF]
  • How some Indians got English names. Johnny Scow, Indian, Alert Bay.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - Early logging skid roads in Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - Holy Trinity Church (Anglican), now Orange Hall.[PDF]
  • St. Marks Church (Anglican), Second Avenue West.[PDF]
  • St. Andrews Church (Presbyterian), Richards and Georgia. [PDF]
  • Imperial Opera House, the old Drill Shed.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - Dominion Day. Fire Brigade. Horse races. Diamond Jubilee, 1897, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1897.[PDF]
  • 1863. An early survey of the site of the village at the entrance of Burrard Inlet, now Vancouver.[PDF]
  • 3 January 1932 - Burrard Inlet survey, 1863. Survey of site of Vancouver. Royal Engineers.[PDF]
  • 30 December 1931 - Granville. Royal Sappers and Miners. Early Vancouver. W.H. Gallagher, Esq. [PDF]
  • Granville, 1885.[PDF]
  • Clearing the forest away.[PDF]
  • The giant trees.[PDF]
  • The Great Fire of 1886.[PDF]
  • The start of the fire.[PDF]
  • Vancouver consumed by flame.[PDF]
  • God bless the sailors.[PDF]
  • An improvised morgue for the dead.[PDF]
  • The first church service after the fire. the Presbyterian Church. Reverend C.L. Thompson.[PDF]
  • North American Chinamen.[PDF]
  • North American Chinamen. R.H. Alexander.[PDF]
  • Vancouvers first civic election, 1886.[PDF]
  • The first council meeting.[PDF]
  • The first council assembles.[PDF]
  • The first disturbance.[PDF]
  • Mayor MacLean.[PDF]
  • Early financing.[PDF]
  • The Chinese riots.[PDF]
  • Exeunt the Chinamen.[PDF]
  • The first post office, Granville.[PDF]
  • Early streets.[PDF]
  • The first hospital.[PDF]
  • The first courts.[PDF]
  • Our early schools.[PDF]
  • The Cambie Street grounds. Hastings. George Blacks.[PDF]
  • Salmonbellies and salmonbellies.[PDF]
  • Tar Flats.[PDF]
  • Early Stanley Park. L.A. Hamilton. A.G. Ferguson.[PDF]
  • The Granville Hotel. Tom Cyrs. Long bit, short bit, 12 and 25. Liquor.[PDF]
  • John Clough.[PDF]
  • The old Court House on Victory Square.[PDF]
  • Water. Gas.[PDF]
  • 31 December 1931 - The Great Fire of 1886, casualties.[PDF]
  • 31 December 1931 - Water Street. The Great Fire of 1886. The Customs House. Drug store. Photographer. Granville, 1886. H.T. Devine.[PDF]
  • 5 January 1932 - Reminiscences of a pioneer doctor, Dr. H.E. Langis.[PDF]
  • 5 January 1932 - The Great Fire of 1886. Dr. Langiss skeleton.[PDF]
  • 5 January 1932 - The smallpox scare.[PDF]
  • 10 January 1932 - Mr. Sam Greer. Greers Beach. Mr. T. Mathews.[PDF]
  • 11 January 1932 - 6th Regiment, the Duke of Connaughts Own Rifles 1899-1920. 7th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919. 1st B.C. Regiment, (7th Battalion C.E.F.) D.C.O. 1920-1930. the B.C. Regiment (D.C.O.R.) 1930. Major G.W. Melhuish, O.C.,6th Regiment D.C.O.R.[PDF]
  • 16 January 1932 - North American Chinamen. Hastings Mill Store, now foot of Alma Road. Native Daughters of B.C., Post No. 1. Honourable S.F. Tolmie, Prime Minister of B.C. [PDF]
  • 18 January 1932 - The Cambie Street grounds. Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee, 1897.[PDF]
  • Granville Street. Post Office.[PDF]
  • Diamond Jubilee Celebration, 1897. Cambie Street grounds.[PDF]
  • 18 January 1932 - Darktown Fire Brigade. Dominion Day Celebrations, 1 July 1890.[PDF]
  • 24 January 1932 - The Carter house. The Chinese Riots. Lewis Carter. The Great Fire of 1886.[PDF]
  • 24 January 1932 - The first volunteer soldier of Vancouver.[PDF]
  • City of Vancouver, survey of site for city, Canadian Pacific Lands, Alderman L.A. Hamilton.[PDF]

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