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Bradbury, Charles

  • Person
  • 1871-1950

Born in Northampton, England, Charles Bradbury immigrated to Canada in 1915. He worked as a photographer in Vancouver. He was married to Dorothy Allison in 1907.

Bricker, Joseph S.

  • Person
  • 1890-1978

Dr. Joseph Sterling Bricker was a member of the Vancouver Photographic Society and a dentist by trade.

Brighouse, Sam

  • Person
  • 1836-1913

Sam Brighouse was a native of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who arrived in New Westminster in June 1862. He purchased the first landholdings within what is now the west end of Vancouver together with John Morton and William Hailstone. He later followed a career of farming in Richmond. Brighouse returned to Vancouver in 1881 and stood for alderman in the civic election of 1887, after having been one of the principal persons involved in obtaining the City Charter. In 1911 he returned to England; he died in England in 1913.

Brissenden, Constance

  • Person
  • 1947-

Born in 1947, Constance Brissenden is a freelance writer and editor, the author of a dozen books of history and travel, as well as co-author of books with Larry Loyie. In addition, she is a co-founder of Living Traditions Writers Group.

Broadbridge, Charles

  • Person
  • 1912-1981

Charles Broadbridge was born in Vancouver July 11, 1912. He was the son of Richard Broadbridge, a pioneer Vancouver photographer, and he had an avid interest in Vancouver history. He worked in machinery sales. He died April 2, 1981.

Brown, Alisen

  • Person

Alisen Brown was a Vancouver photographer. Their business was located at 2486 W. 3rd Avenue, Vancouver.

Brown, Lorne Ellis

  • Person
  • 1908-1976

Lorne Ellis Brown was born in Belleville, Ontario. He obtained his junior matriculation from John Oliver High School in Vancouver and graduated from the Provincial Normal School in 1928. Brown taught school from 1928 to 1940 at Lord Selkirk Elementary School and Kitsilano Junior and Senior High Schools. During the war, he worked for the YMCA War Services in Victoria, and for the Navy League. From 1944 to 1946, he was Provincial Superintendent of Physical Education for the Department of Education. He obtained a B.P.E. (1952) and M.A. (1954) in Physical Education from the University of Oregon. He served as Director of Health and Physical Education at the Provincial Normal School (1946-1955). He later became an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, a position he held until his retirement in 1973. Brown served on Vancouver's Parks and Recreation Board from 1967 to 1968. A camping enthusiast, he and his wife, May Brown, ran a private boys' camp (Camp Deka) in the Cariboo from 1961 until his death in 1976.

Brown, May

  • Person
  • Dec. 9, 1919-Mar. 1, 2019

Annie May Brown (nee Adams) was born on December 9, 1919, in Hardisty, Alberta. Her family moved to British Columbia when Brown was seven and they settled in Surrey. After graduating from Surrey High School in 1937, Brown studied physical education at the Provincial Normal School, where she graduated in 1940. During the next several years, Brown taught physical education in New Westminster, Surrey and Fernie. In 1945, Brown attended McGill University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education graduating in 1947. Brown returned to Vancouver in the same year and became a faculty member at UBC's newly formed School of Physical Education and Recreation (now Kinesiology) where she taught until 1955. She also served as head coach of the UBC women's field hockey team. In 1961, Brown obtained her Master’s degree in Physical Education from UBC.

May Brown made her entry into Vancouver politics in the election of November 1972, when she successfully ran for a position on the Park Board, as part of The Elector's Action Movement (T.E.A.M.) slate of Art Phillips. Brown served four years as a Park Board Commissioner, the latter two as Chairman. In 1976, again as a T.E.A.M. candidate, May Brown achieved a second place finish (behind H. Rankin) in the aldermanic race, a position she maintained in every aldermanic election she contested until 1984. (Bill Yee bumped her to third place in that election.) In 1978, with Jack Volrich's decision to run for Mayor independently of T.E.A.M., Brown was persuaded to stand as the T.E.A.M. mayoral candidate. Her mayoral bid failed, but she returned as alderman in 1980, serving three terms thereafter. In 1986 she decided not to seek re-election.

While on Council, Brown was Chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee, Chairman of the Council Committee on the Arts, and the Chairman of the Task Force on Day Care. On the Greater Vancouver Regional District, she was a member of the executive Committee and Chairman of the Planning Committee. Brown was a director of the Pacific National Exhibition, Chairman of the Vancouver Regional Transit Commission, and a director of BC Transit. May Brown was also an active Liberal Party member. She served as a delegate for Vancouver Quadra to the National Liberal Leadership Convention in 1984, and was a committed John Turner supporter there.

Besides civic politics, Brown involved in and contributed to sport and recreational activities. In the 1950s, she was a pioneer in the promotion and organization of women’s field hockey and synchronized swimming in B.C. From 1961-1976, Brown and her husband, Lorne, founded and directed the Camp Deka, a private camp for boys, in the Kootenays. Brown also volunteered in various recreational organizations. These included the Board of Directors of the Y.W.C.A., Board of Directors of Sport BC and the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Community Arts Council, serving as President of the Canadian Camping Association, and serving as a member of the National Advisory Council of Fitness and Amateur Sport, the BC Advisory Council for Sport and Recreation, the 1994 Commonwealth Game Society. She was a 2010 Olympic ambassador, a volunteer position appointed by VANOC to promote the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games bid.

May Brown’s contribution to the community has been acknowledged by various organizations and all levels of government. Her honours include the Order of Canada (1986), Order of BC (1993), Freedom of the City of Vancouver (1992), UBC Honourary Degree Doctor of Laws (1987), and the UBC Sports Hall of Fame (2007). In 1999, the Park Board named a park at the south end of Vancouver's Hornby Street the Lorne and May Brown Park.

May Brown passed away on March 1, 2019.

Brown, Stephen Gordon

  • Person
  • 1887-1984

Stephen Gordon "Pete" Brown came to Vancouver in 1920 to establish another bakery in a line of Brown Brothers Bakeries which his family had started in Winnipeg. He retired in 1948. He was active in numerous civic groups.

Bruce, Robert

  • Person
  • 1894-1985

Robert Bruce was born in Vancouver. Trained as a carpenter, he also worked as a bookkeeper. He also owned a small boatbuilding workshop on Dollarton Highway.

Bryan, Kennerly

  • Person

Kennerly Bryan was an architect working in Vancouver in the early years of the 20th century. As of 1913, his office was located at 710-711 North-West Trust Building, Richards Street.

Bryant, Cornelius

  • Person
  • 1838-1905

Cornelius Bryant was born in Netherton, Worcestershire and worked as a clerk for the Thorold Railway Company at Station Round Oak, Brierly Hill. He came to Nanaimo in 1857 and was a schoolmaster there for several years. He became interested in church work and was eventually ordained in the Canadian Methodist Church ca.1875. He preached first at Nanaimo, then was transferred to Granville on Burrard Inlet in 1878. He returned to Nanaimo in 1881and retired in Vancouver.

Buchan, Anna Masterton

  • Person
  • 1877–1948

Born in Scotland, Anna Buchan was the younger sister of John Buchan, Governor General of Canada 1935-1940. As an author, she wrote both fiction and non-fiction.

Buchan, David H.

  • Person
  • 1916-1979

David Buchan was newspaper photographer in Vancouver, B.C. He was born in Vancouver March 18, 1916, and died in North Vancouver Feb. 3, 1979.

Buchan, John Norman, Second Baron Tweedsmuir

  • Person
  • 1911-1996

Born in London Nov. 25, 1911, Buchan was the son of John Buchan, the first Baron of Tweedsmuir. His mother was Susan Charlotte Grosvenor Buchan, Baroness of Tweedsmuir. He spent years living in Canada because his father was Governor General. He died June 20, 1996.

Buchan, Percy Halcro

  • Person
  • 1886-1974

Percy Buchan was born Oct. 8, 1886. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1909 with a Civil Engineering degree and worked in Vancouver for the B.C. Electric Railway. He was the son of Ewing Buchan, who wrote alternate lyrics to O Canada. he died in Victoria May 21, 1974.

Bulwer, Henry Alan

  • Person

Henry Alan Bulwer settled in Hatzic in 1887, after having lived in Ireland, England, and the West Indies, and lived there until ca. 1905, when he moved to Victoria. He later settled in Vancouver. He built a 17-room house on the Hatzic property to accommodate his collection of furniture, paintings and books. He was a co-founder of the Vancouver Art Gallery, to which he gave many of his paintings. He also presented paintings to the National Gallery in Ottawa. His library was presented to the University of British Columbia.

Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Lytton, Baron

  • Person
  • 1803-1873

Baron Lytton was Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1858-1859, and was also a well-known novelist whose works include The Last Days of Pompeii and Richelieu.

Burnet, Kenneth Lumsden

  • Person
  • 1866-1954

Kenneth Lumsden Burnet was born May 31, 1866 in Quebec. He moved to British Columbia in 1898 or 1899, where he practiced as a civil engineer. Burnet died in Vancouver, B.C. Sept. 22, 1954.

Burns, Michael

  • Person
  • ?-2010

Michael Francis Donnelly Burns was a professional photographer working in Toronto, Ontario.

Michael Burns was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, before moving to Canada. He was best known as a photographer of sports, particularly horse racing and curling. He was a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, and won three Eclipse Awards for outstanding thoroughbred racing photography. Burns served as the official Canadian team photographer at five Olympic Games, and was the official photographer of the Ontario Jockey Club, Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Canadian Curling Association.

Bursill, John Francis

  • Person
  • 1848-1928

John Francis Bursill was born in London, England, and worked in the newspaper industry until 1908, when he emigrated to Vancouver. Bursill wrote for the Vancouver Sun as a columnist under the name "Felix Penne". Bursill was also a poet and lyricist working on occasion with B. C. Hilliam. He also founded Vancouver branches of the Dickens Fellowship and the Shakespeare Society, helped establish the Collingwood Institute and its accompanying library in 1908, and was involved with the Vancouver Vagabond's Club.

Burwash, Edward Moore Jackson

  • Person
  • 1873-1951

Edward Moore Jackson Burwash (1873-1951) was a geologist, educator and Methodist minister. The son of Nathanael Burwash, he was born in Cobourg, Ontario and received his B.A. from Victoria University, his M.A. (Geology) from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1915. He studied the sciences and law, worked as a field geologist for government and business, served as a Methodist minister in the late 1890s, taught at Columbian College (which became the University of British Columbia) from 1905 to 1910, served as chaplain overseas during World War I, and taught at the Universities of Manitoba and British Columbia during the 1920s. He worked for the Ontario Department of Mines in the 1930s, and retired in 1938. He died in 1951.

Bury, George, Sir

  • Person
  • 1866-1958

Sir George Bury was born in Montreal in 1866. He secured a job with the Canadian Pacific Railway, rising to the position of Vice President by the start of World War I. In 1917, he travelled to Russia at the request of the British government to study the Russian railway system and the Revolution. He received his knighthood in 1917 and retired to Vancouver the following year.

Bushnell, James Henry

  • Person
  • 1896-1950

James Bushnell was considered the "dean" of land surveyors in British Columbia. He was born in the Channel Islands and came to Vancouver in 1896. His surveys were conducted in Vancouver, throughout B.C., and in Alaska.

Cadieux, Hubert Lindsay

  • Person
  • 1912-1980

Born Oct. 19, 1912 in Montreal Hubert Cadieux of Lantzville, B.C., was a professional seaman who served with the Royal Canadian Navy before and during World War II. After the war, Cadieux settled on Vancouver Island where he served with the B.C. Ferry Authority and Northland Navigation Ltd. He also operated a boat charter company in Nanaimo. In 1965, Cadieux was training officer for the Nanaimo Power Squadron and in 1966 he taught a navigational course to Nanaimo fishermen. In 1967, he coauthored "Dogwood Fleet", a history of the B.C. Ferry Authority. He also served as curator of the B.C. Maritime Museum at Esquimalt between 1955 and 1957 and was active in the World Ship Society, acting as custodian of its photograph collection. Cadieux died on December 31, 1980.

Cairns, William John

  • Person
  • 1880-1959

Born in Toronto, Cairns was a druggist in Vancouver until 1955.

Calder, Brian K.

  • Person

Elected in 1968 under the Non-Partisan Association (N.P.A.) slate, Brian K. Calder resigned from the N.P.A. in December of 1969. In 1970 he ran under The Elector's Action Movement (T.E.A.M.) organization and served as alderman until stepping down in 1972. He served on the Town Planning Commission, worked for programs for transient youth and opposed a second crossing of Burrard Inlet.

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Campbell, Aileen

  • Person

Aileen Campbell is a writer for the Province. In this capacity she has interviewed Harry Patten Archibald, a partner in the engineering firm of Bayfield and Archibald from 1904 to 1972.

Caple, Beatrix

  • Person
  • 1905-1985

Beatrix Caple, more commonly known as Bice, was interested in all types of drama. A resident of Vancouver for many years, she was involved in the local theatre scene. She was a board member of both the B.C. Drama Association and the Playhouse Theatre Centre, President of the Community Children's Theatre, leader of the Entertainment and Hospitality Committee for the Dominion Drama Festival, and from 1965-1968 she served as Governor of the Dominion Drama Festival. Bice Caple collected programs of many of the productions she attended. She was also an amateur actress.

Cappac, John P.

  • Person

John Pain Cappac was a commercial photographer operating in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Carter-Cotton, Francis Lovet

  • Person
  • 1847-1919

Francis Carter-Cotton was born in Yorkshire, England. He arrived in Vancouver in 1886. At the time, Vancouver had two newspapers the Daily News and the Daily Advertiser. Carter-Cotton, with partner R. W. Gordon, purchased both and founded the Daily News-Advertiser in 1887. Carter-Cotton was a long-standing member of the B.C. Legislature. From 1890 to 1900 he served as an MLA for Vancouver in the Semlin administration. In the last two years of that term he was appointed to the Cabinet, as Minister of Finance, and Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works. Defeated in 1900, he returned in 1903 as representative for Richmond. He was appointed President of the Executive Council in the McBride administration and held that post from 1904 until his resignation in 1910. In an active public life, he is noted as the first chancellor of the University of British Columbia (1912), first chairman of the Vancouver Harbour Commission (1913) and as a founder and charter member of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

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