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Abbott, Elizabeth Scott

  • Person
  • 1871-1957

Elizabeth Abbott was the daughter of R.H. Alexander, an early Vancouver pioneer. She was married to J. L. G. Abbott, a Vancouver lawyer.

Abbott, Harry Braithwaite

  • Person
  • 1829-1915

Harry Abbott was born June 14, 1829, at Abbottsford, Quebec, son of the Reverend Joseph Abbott. He was the general superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.

Abray, Jackson T.

  • Person
  • 1856-1944

Jackson Thomas Abray was one of the first police officers in Vancouver. At one point he owned the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Later, he owned the Burrard Hotel which he sold in 1908. He later worked for the CPR.

Adams, Neale

  • Person
  • 1941-

Adams worked for BCTV news and he was a reporter for the Vancouver Sun.

Adams, Ramon Frederick

  • Person
  • 1889-1976

Adams was an American writer. He was born in Texas and lived there most of his life.

Adaskin, Harry

  • Person
  • 1901-1994

Professional violinist and CBC broadcaster. Adaskin was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1974.

Addington, H.E.

  • Person
  • 1916-1988

Herbert Addington was a commercial photographer working in Vancouver, B.C. In 1949, his studio was located at 5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver.

Adelstein, Peter Z.

  • Person
  • 1924-2019

Born in Canada, Adelstein was a chemist who worked for Eastman Kodak and, later, the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute for Technology.

Affleck, Edward L.

  • Person
  • 1924-2003

Edward (Ted) Lloyd Affleck was born on April 5, 1924 in Nelson, BC and died in Vancouver in 2003. He was married to Jean Galbraith in 1963, remaining married until her death in 1989. They had two children, Carolyn and David. He grew up in Nelson, moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with honours in Chemistry. He established the Alexander Nicholls Press. At university he developed an interest in acting and amateur theatre. During the 1990's he worked on a history of the Knox Operatic Group and the Dunbar Musical Theatre.

Akrigg, George Philip Vernon

  • Person
  • Aug. 13, 1913-Feb. 8, 2001

Born in Calgary, Akrigg was a professor at UBC and wrote popular history books with his wife, Helen (Manning) Akrigg.

Akrigg, Helen Brown

  • Person
  • Jun. 21, 1921-Jul. 15, 2008

Born in Prince Rupert as Helen Manning, daughter of politician Ernest Manning, Akrigg earned both a BA and an MA from UBC. She wrote popular history books with her husband, George Philip Akrigg.

Alexander, Richard Henry

  • Person
  • 1844-1915

Richard Henry Alexander (1844-1915) was Manager of Hastings Mill and a public official in the Vancouver area.
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and emigrated to Toronto with his parents. In 1862 he travelled to the Fraser River gold fields. After arriving in New Westminster he was involved in various occupation until he took charge of the Hastings Mill Store in 1870. He soon became accountant for the mill, and then was made the manager of the mill upon the death of Captain Raymur. He also served as a Justice of the Peace, and as a member of the School Board of Granville, Burrard Inlet, and was involved with numerous other public bodies.

Alexander, Robert S.

  • Person
  • 1916-1974

Robert Samuel Alexander was born on August 16, 1916 to Arthur Forbes Alexander and Agnes Boyd in Vancouver, B.C. Robert was an artist and made his living as a painter. He died on April 21, 1974 at 57 years of age.

Alexandra Neighbourhood House

  • Person

In 1892 the Women's Christian Temperance Union opened a home for motherless children in Vancouver. The organization was incorporated as "The Alexandra Non-Sectarian Orphanage and Home for Children" and moved to Alexandra House in Kitsilano. The orphanage was closed in 1938 and the building became Vancouver's first neighbourhood house offering a variety of recreational and social services activities for the Kitsilano area. In 1944, the Alexandra Non-Sectarian Orphanage was re-incorporated as Alexandra Community Activities to include Alexandra House, Gordon House, and Alexandra Fresh Air Camp. With the establishment of the Community Chest and Councils of the Greater Vancouver Area in 1944, these agencies became members. In 1955, the Joint Family Services Project was initiated from Alexandra House and Gordon House. In 1966, Alexandra Community Activities was reorganized as the Alexandra Neighbourhood Services Association, which then became Neighbourhood Services Association of Greater Vancouver in 1969. In the summer of 1971 and 1972 Alexandra House was used as a hostel for travelling youth. Shortly thereafter, Alexandra House was destroyed in a fire.

Alexcee, Frederick

  • Person
  • 1857-1944

Frederick Alexcee was a Tsimshian artist who resided in Port Simpson, B.C.

Allan, John N. M.

  • Person

John N. M. Allan grew up in West Vancouver in the 1930s. As a teenager, he attended West Vancouver High School, worked for the Campbell River Timber Company and joined Camp Elphinstone.

Allan, Oscar Bruce

  • Person
  • 1878-1966

Oscar Bruce Allan was born in 1878 in Guelph, Ontario. He moved to Vancouver in 1897, where he was employed by George E. Trorey, jeweler and watchmaker. O.B. Allan opened his first jewelry store in 1904 at the corner of Granville and Pender Streets. In 1910 or 1911 the store was moved temporarily to 581 Granville (at Dunsmuir); in 1912 it was moved back to Granville and Pender into the newly-built Rogers Building. The business manufactured and sold jewelry, especially diamonds. O.B. Allan died in 1966, leaving the business to his son, also named Oscar Bruce Allan. The latter retired in 1973.

Allan, Ray

  • Person

Worked as a photographer for the Vancouver Sun.

Allen, Eileen M.

  • Person

Eileen Allen was a commercial photographer working in Vancouver, B.C. in the middle part of the 20th century.

Allen, Silas Herbert

  • Person

Silas Herbert Allen was born in 1861 and on January 1, 1900 married Alice McLaren in Vancouver. A daughter Violet was born at home, 777 Princess Street, on May 12, 1902. Silas Allen died at the age of 60 in 1921.

Allison, John F.

  • Person

John F. Allison and Edgar M. Allison pre-empted 640 acres of land at the junction of the Similkameen River and Nicola Creek. Susan Moir, later married to John F. Allison, was considered by some to be the first white woman in the Okanagan.

Allison, Susan Louisa

  • Person
  • 1845-1937

Susan Louisa Allison (nee Moir) was born in Ceylon. Her family moved back to England and then to Hope, British Columbia. After her marriage to John Fall Allison in 1868, she settled near Princeton, where Allison ranched, trapped, mined, and kept a trading post. Susan Allison worked with her husband for many years, and continued to manage their cattle ranch after his death in 1897. She composed poetry, native Indian tales, short stories, and a series of newspaper articles, "Early History of Princeton". Her recollections were written after she moved to Vancouver in 1928.

Ames, Edward P.

  • Person

Edward Ames was trained in England as a building surveyor and valuator. In Vancouver, he was a member of the firm of Edwards and Ames, an agency dealing with estates, rentals, and insurance.

Andrews, Margaret

  • Person

In 1976, Margaret Andrews was a history instructor at Capilano College and a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia.

Angus, Anne Margaret

  • Person
  • 1900-1991

Anne Angus (nee Anderson) was born in Diyarbaker, Asia Minor. In 1909, her father retired with his family to the Kettle Valley in British Columbia to grow fruit. Anne Anderson eventually moved to Vancouver. In 1923, she graduated from the University of British Columbia. The following year, she married Professor Henry Forbes Angus. She was a board member of the Vancouver Children's Aid Society (1940-1941 and 1945-1952) and was a prominent member of the Community Chest and Council of Greater Vancouver as well as founding member of the Children's Foundation. From 1952 to 1958, she was a member of the local Board of School Trustees, the last two years as Chairman. In 1951, she produced a history of the Children's Aid Society, The Children's Aid Society of Vancouver, 1901-1951.

Appelbe, Frank

  • Person
  • 1907-2004

Frank Appelbe worked for Boeing Aircraft, MacMillan-Bloedel, Mitchell Press and B.C. Hydro on publications and in public relations.

Archer, Anthony Staunton

  • Person
  • 1909-1993

Anthony Staunton (Tony) Archer was a commercial photographer working in Vancouver. His studio was located at 876 Howe Street, Vancouver.

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