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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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Phillips, Arthur

  • Person

Terms of Office:

1968-1973 (council)
1973-1977 (mayor)

Harcourt, Michael Franklin

  • Person

Michael Franklin Harcourt was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1943. On moving to Vancouver he attended Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. He later attended the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. and an L.L.B. Mr. Harcourt spent much of his time working with community service programmes. From 1970-1972 he was director of the Legal Aid Society of B.C. He was elected as an alderman in November 1972 and served on City Council as an alderman until 1979. He was elected as Mayor of Vancouver in 1980 and served in that capacity until 1986.

term of office:
1972-1979 (councillor)
1980-1986 (mayor)

Massey, Geoffery

  • Person

Geoffrey Massey, son of Canadian actor Raymond Massey, was born in England in 1924, and became a Canadian citizen when he enlisted in the army in 1942. After four years' service, he attended the Harvard School of Design, graduating in 1948. Massey moved to Vancouver in 1952, and pursued a successful career as an architect, joining forces with Arthur Erickson in 1964. The two produced the prize-winning overall design for Simon Fraser University and won Massey Medals for their MacMillan-Bloedel Building, the "Man in his Community" pavilion at Expo '67, and for the Canadian Government pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. In 1972, Massey left the Erickson- Massey partnership and was successful in his bid for an aldermanic seat. He served the 1973-1974 term, but did not seek re-election. However, he accepted an appointment to the City Planning Commission for 1975-1976.

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Paton, James Alexander

  • Person

James Alexander Paton was born in Beamsville, Ontario and came to British Columbia in 1905. He worked at several jobs: mining, railroad construction, surveying and carpentry. In 1907 he moved to Vancouver and by 1908 he had begun to publish the Point Grey Gazette. He remained a newspaper publisher until 1925, but he also became involved in local politics. From 1911-1912 he was a school trustee for the Municipality of Point Grey. He became an Alderman in 1924 and was Reeve from 1925-1927. After amalgamation, he served as an alderman for Vancouver. He also sat on numerous other public boards. From 1930-1936, Paton was secretary of the B.C. Canteen Fund. In 1937, he was chosen by the Provincial Conservative Party to run as a member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver - Point Grey. He was elected and remained in office until his death in 1946.

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Sweeney, Charles Edward

  • Person

Charles Edward Sweeney was born on August 30, 1930. He is one of eight children of Leo Sweeney, owner of Sweeney Cooperage Ltd. Ed Sweeney later became Vice President of that firm, although he eventually sold his share to brothers Frank and Jack in 1972. After three unsuccessful attempts, Sweeney gained an aldermanic seat in 1966, running on the Non-Partisan Association (N.P.A.) slate. He served three terms before being defeated again in the 1972 election. He ran once more, successfully, in 1974, but did not seek re-election after serving that term. Sweeney also had some interest in provincial politics. Switching from the provincial Liberal Party to the Social Credit Party in 1968, he was nominated as a candidate for West Point Grey in the provincial election of 1972, but failed to gain a seat.

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Volrich, Jack

  • Person

Jack (J.J.) Volrich was born in Anyox, B.C. on February 27, 1928. He became a lawyer and practised law in Vancouver. In 1971 he was elected President of The Elector's Action Movement (T.E.A.M.). In 1972 he ran for, and won, an aldermanic seat under the T.E.A.M. banner. He served for two terms (four years) as an alderman and in 1976 was elected mayor of Vancouver. Prior to running for a second term as mayor in 1978, Jack Volrich left T.E.A.M. and became an independent candidate with the endorsement of the Non-Partisan Association (N.P.A.). He was re-elected to a second term in office. In 1980, he ran unsuccessfully for a third term as mayor. He was defeated by Michael Harcourt.

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Wilking, Sandra

  • Person

Born in South Africa and educated in Hong Kong, Sandra Wilking came to Vancouver in 1968 to attend Simon Fraser University. She became active in a variety of international and community organizations, including multicultural training and development. Elected to City Council for 1988-1990, she served on the Neighbourhood Issues and Services Committee, Finance and Priorities Committee, Vancouver Liquor Licence Commission, Vancouver Public Library Board, Metropolitan Board of Health, Pacific National Exhibition Board, and the Race Relations Committee. She was the first Chinese-Canadian woman to be elected to City Council. Aside from civic involvement, Sandra Wilking was active with the Y.W.C.A., Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden Society and numerous other organizations.

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Morley, Alan Palmer

  • Person
  • 1905-1982

Alan Morley was a Vancouver historian and author. Morley wrote the book "Vancouver, From Milltown to Metropolis" (1961), as well as a series of articles entitled "Romance of Vancouver," which were published in the Vancouver Sun (1940).

Stevenson, Ada May

  • Person
  • ? - 1944

Ada Stevenson (nee Corlett) was born in Chicago, Illinois, and came to Vancouver in 1893. She opened the first kindergarten in Vancouver in 1898. She married A. E. Stevenson 1910. After his death in 1915, Ada returned to teaching at Alexandra Orphanage. She was also active in the Vancouver Manx Society. Stevenson donated Callister Park to the City in 1942.

Lambie, Alexander

  • Person
  • 1870-1945

Alexander Lambie emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1903, arriving in Vancouver in the spring of the following year. In the spring of 1905, he joined the Alaska Boundary Survey Party headed by George White-Fraser. "One More River: Being a Record of a Cheechacko's Summer in Alaska and Northern B.C." is based on his experiences as a member of the surveying team. He also published fiction for adults and children, including: "A Stranger in Our Midst" (1934), "When Polly Went Away" (1917) and "The Lady of Lodore" (1928).

Blackley, Andrew

  • Person
  • 1890-1976

Andrew Blackley was born in 1890 and worked as a building contractor with Blackley, Turner and McPhalen, contractors and builders. In 1923 Blackley and Turner moved their business to Yucca, California. Due to an illness in his family Blackley returned to Vancouver and worked on his own, first as a building contractor, then in Vancouver shipyards and finally with the Vancouver School Board until he retired. He died in 1976.

Smith, Arthur Gordon

  • Person
  • 1865-1944

Arthur Gordon Smith was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His father, Marcus, came to British Columbia in 1868 as engineer in charge of surveys for the CPR. Arthur Smith was educated at Upper Canada College and in 1891 he opened the first law office in Nelson, B.C. He moved to Victoria in 1892 and was appointed acting deputy attorney-general, a position he held until 1898 when he went to the Yukon to practice law. In 1905, he returned to Vancouver and in 1910 he was appointed District Registrar of Titles. Smith drafted a new Land Registry Act which was passed in 1921 and was chairman of the Town Planning Commission from 1926 to 1933. Smith retired in 1934 and died in 1944.

Peppar, Albert H.

  • Person
  • 1881-?

Albert H. Peppar was born in 1881 in Scotland and came to British Columbia in 1908. He settled in Ioco and took a great interest in plant culture, fish and game. He spent many years with the Farmer's Institute in various executive positions from 1926-1949. He wrote two books on fishing and was president of the B.C. Anglers' Association.

Watts, William

  • Person
  • 1862-1954

Captain William Watts was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and came to Vancouver in 1887 with his partner, Ed Trott. In 1889, they opened a boatbuilding business, Watts and Trott, which later became Vancouver Shipyards. Watts was an avid rower. In 1890, he won the B.C. rowing championships.

Hodgson, Catherine C.

  • Person
  • 1889-1981

Catherine Hodgson was a native of Woodgreen, London, England. Her father was the Reverend W. Lashley Hall, who came to Canada in 1892 and took up the pastorate of the Methodist church at Kaslo, B.C., in 1893. Hodgson was educated at Columbia College (Methodist) in New Westminster and St. Luke's Hospital (Anglican) in Vancouver. She married Fred William Haggman in 1909; following the death of her husband in 1948 she married J.P. Hodgson. Catherine Hodgson was a writer and was active in community and church affairs.

Bates, Charles L.

  • Person
  • 1880-1970

Charles Lynn Bates was born in Mason City, Iowa, and graduated from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in 1903 as a civil engineer. Between 1904 and 1915, he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway's Construction and Engineering departments. From 1921 to 1926, he worked for the Northwestern Dredging Company of Vancouver before moving to work for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Company at Squamish. There, Bates worked as an Assistant Engineer, Maintenance of Way Engineer and Chief Engineer from 1927 to 1942.

Rhead, Clare

  • Person
  • 1921-?

Clare (Clarence) Rhead was born in Vancouver and attended Templeton Junior High School, which published a history of Vancouver for the Jubilee Year 1936. Rhead joined the R.C.A.F. in the war and later became a purchasing agent at Park and Tilford, North Vancouver.

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.

Charleson, Donald Brims

  • Person
  • 1842-1928

Donald Charleson was born in Quebec and came to Vancouver in 1885. He worked in the shipping and lumber industries. In 1889 he was awarded a contract to clear the south side of False Creek by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. He continued to do contract work for the CPR for the next seventeen years. Charleson was a Trustee on the first Vancouver School Board from 1886 to 1887 and a founder of the Vancouver Club.

Honeyman, Douglas Ramsey

  • Person
  • 1886-1968

Douglas Honeyman was born in Eden, Manitoba. His family moved to Delta, B.C., during the 1890s and established a farm in East Delta. Honeyman and his brother Stuart joined the 29th (Vancouver) Battalion in 1914 and served in Great Britain and Europe for the duration of the war. After his discharge, Honeyman returned to his farm in East Delta, where he remained until it was sold in 1960.

Young, Ernest Vanderpoel

  • Person
  • 1878-1955

Ernest Young was born in Florence, Italy. Educated at Highbury House School, St. Leonards-on-Sea, England and King's College School, London, he trained in engineering. Following graduation, he became involved in amateur dramatic work at London's St. James' Theatre. Following his marriage in 1909, Young temporarily abandoned the theatre and England to resume his engineering career. Young and his wife came to Vancouver in 1911 to assume management of a North Shore iron foundry which produced munitions during World War I. During the war years, he sparked formation of the Vancouver Little Theatre Association, for which he produced and acted for 10 years. In 1936, Young produced Vancouver's first outdoor theatre production, which led to the establishment of Theatre Under the Stars in 1940. Young was artistic director, stage manager, and actor for TUTS for 15 years. Young also contributed to the UBC Musical Society's annual productions and advised the University's Player's Club.

Schwartz, Eberhard

  • Person
  • 1907-1965

Eberhard Schwartz was born in Germany and died in Vancouver. During World War II he was with the Intelligence Corps, and was stationed at the German Prisoner of War Camp at Farnham, Quebec between 1943 and 1945.

Spillman, Edmund

  • Person
  • 1890-1915

Edmund Spillman was a pioneer painter and decorator in Vancouver who arrived here in 1890 or 1891. His decorating firm functioned as late as 1917.

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.

Lee, Edward

  • Person
  • 1902-1976?

Edward Lee was born in England in 1902 and moved to Vancouver in 1919, where he worked as a custodian.

Lloyd, Edward

  • Person
  • 1874-1956

Edward Lloyd was born at Kenley, in Coulsdon, England. In 1897, he came to Canada and travelled in the North West Territories and in the Yukon. By 1902 he had returned to Vancouver, where he sailed aboard the Empress of India, working towards Captain's papers. Subsequently he started a family and lived in Vancouver, Port Moody, and Courtenay, British Columbia. He was a boat builder by trade, but also rented out boats and did towing and delivery services along the coast.

Imredy, Elek

  • Person
  • 1912-1994

Elek Imredy was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1912. He received his formal training in sculpture and painting in Budapest. In 1957 he emigrated to Canada with his daughter Mara and settled in Vancouver where he worked as a noted professional sculptor until his death in November 1994. Working in bronze, wood, granite, limestone, fibreglass and concrete, he produced religious sculpture for churches, colleges and schools, figures for fantasy theme parks, commemorative coins and medals as well as portraits, busts and life-size sculpture. Numerous exhibitions of his work were held across Canada and Europe. Among his better known commissions are: "Girl in a Wetsuit", a life-size bronze for Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, a seated bronze of the Rt. Hon. Louis St. Laurent for Parliament Hill, Ottawa, the Mariners Memorial, Prince Rupert, BC, and the "Lady of Justice", Law Courts, New Westminster, BC. He was a member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada, the Sculptors' Society of British Columbia and past president of the Vancouver Historical Society.

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.

Chown, Eric Vickers

  • Person
  • 1897-?

Eric Chown was born in Toronto and practiced law in Winnipeg and Shoal Lake, Manitoba. Later, he joined the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada and was appointed Branch Manager in Vancouver. In 1960, he was appointed Presiding Judge to Vancouver's first Citizenship Court where he served until 1968. Chown's father was Samuel Dwight Chown, a founder of the United Church of Canada.

Fewster, Ernest Philip

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  • 1868-1947

Ernest Fewster was born in Berkshire, England. His family moved to Canada in 1887 and to Vancouver in 1888. His father started a feed and seed business. Between 1898 and 1902, Fewster studied medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He practiced medicine in Southern Kansas, where he met and married Grace E. Smith in 1903. They returned to B.C., setting up a practice in Rock Bay, Vancouver Island. They moved to Vancouver in 1911. Fewster had an avid interest in literature and writing. In 1916, he was instrumental in the founding of the Vancouver Poetry Society and was elected its first president, a position he held until his death in 1947. Several volumes of his poetry and prose were published and reviewed.

Trapp, Ethlyn

  • Person
  • 1891-1972

Ethlyn Trapp (1891-1972) was a doctor and radiologist in Vancouver.
She was born in New Westminster, the daughter of Thomas John Trapp and Nellie Trapp (nee Dockrill). In 1913 she graduated in Arts at McGill. After working in military hospitals from 1914 to 1918 and then travelling widely, she returned to McGill and obtained her M.D. in 1927. After working with Dr. Prowd at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Dr. Trapp decided to specialize in radio-therapy. She pursued her studies in England, Sweden, France and Germany before returning to a private practice in Vancouver. She directed the British Columbia Cancer Institute and was later elected president of the B.C. Medical Association (1947) and president of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (1952). In 1954 she was awarded an honourary degree from the University of British Columbia, and in 1963 was awarded a citation by the Canadian Medical Association for her work in cancer research. She retired from medical practice in 1959 and in 1968 was awarded a medal of service of the Order of Canada.

Crowley, Everett

  • Person
  • ca. 1908-1984

Everett Crowley was born around 1908 to Jeremiah and Annie Maud Crowley, who came to Vancouver from Newfoundland. Jeremiah established Avalon Dairy and Everett eventually became president. He was active in several organizations: the Masons, the Junior Board of Trade, the Killarney Community Centre, the Vancouver South Lions Club, and the B.C. Dairy Council. Crowley was a long-time member of the Liberal Party of B.C., and ran unsuccessfully for alderman several times (1948, 1949, 1951, 1953 and 1968). In 1961, he was elected to the Parks Board, and served as a Park Commissioner for five years. He also was a member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, ca. 1969-1976, and was chairman ca. 1972-1974.

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.

Ramsey, Frederick A., Reverend Canon

  • Person
  • 1896-1984

Reverend Frederick Ramsey was born in England and came to Canada as a child. After being ordained in Ontario and subsequently serving in several B.C. locations, he was made Rector of St. Stephen's Anglican Church in West Vancouver in 1931. He was also Chaplain at Shaughnessy Hospital from 1949 to 1961. In 1965, he served on the Special Joint Committee on Skid Row Problems.

King, Garfield A.

  • Person
  • 1918-1971

Garfield King was a Vancouver lawyer interested in local history and an advocate of proportional representation.

Fitch, George

  • Person
  • 1897-1968

George Fitch served with the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders in World War I, and then was secretary to Mayors of Vancouver from 1922 to 1934. Following this, he became a wrestling promoter for the Vancouver Boxing Commission. In June 1937 he left wrestling to serve as manager of the Capilano Brewing Company and later joined Lucky Lager Breweries Limited as assistant to the president.

Maxwell, George Ritchie

  • Person
  • 1857-1902

Reverend George Maxwell was born in 1857 in Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was a graduate of the University of Glasgow and was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1880. He emigrated to Canada and served as a pastor of Presbyterian Churches at St. Sylvester, Lower Leeds and Trois Rivieres in Quebec. He came to Vancouver in 1890, where he served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church until his election to the House of Commons as a Liberal MP in 1896. He sat for Vancouver until his death in 1902, and was instrumental in obtaining a Carnegie grant for the Vancouver Public Library.

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.

Scott, Gordon W.

  • Person
  • 1893-?

Gordon W. Scott was a Vancouver city prosecutor, court magistrate and advocate for improved juvenile court systems and the legalization of drugs. He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and as a child moved to Vancouver, where his father operated the News Advertiser. Scott served in the 29th Battalion during World War 1, after which he studied at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1919. Upon graduation, he served as Assistant City Prosecutor from 1923 to 1937. He worked as City Prosecutor from 1940 to 1953. In 1953 he became a police court magistrate and in 1962 was elevated to the position of senior magistrate.

Tudor, Graham

  • Person
  • 1931-1992

Graham Tudor was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1931. He came to Toronto in the 1970s where he completed his architectural degree at the University of Toronto. Tudor subsequently came to Vancouver where he worked with the architectural firm of McCarter & Nairne and latterly with Ernest Collins Architects in North Vancouver. Tudor designed the City Hall building in Toronto, the B.C. Tel building (The Boot), the Price Waterhouse Centre, the ICBC building in North Vancouver and the Prince George Library in Prince George. He worked on the Mitchell Press Building on Broadway as well as residential buildings in North Vancouver. Tudor died in 1992.

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