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Dried wedding bouquet of Margaret McCleery

Item is a small dried and pressed flower bouquet which has been encased in glass. The flowers were given to Major J.S. Matthews by Mrs. Margaret Mackie (nee McCleery) after her wedding Mar. 17, 1945.

Matthews dried and encased the flowers and added a note: "On 17 March 1945, being Irish, Miss Margaret Elizabeth McCleery, youngest daughter of Fitzgerald McCleery, who, together with his brother Samuel, were the first settlers on the site of Vancouver, 1862, astonished me , near the City Hall, by informing me that I would never see my old friend Miss McCleery again: that early that morning at the Manse she had been married, and presented her husband, Robert Mackie, son. of Thos. Mackie, whose brother, William, pre-empted D.L. 472; i.e. part of Fairview. She graciously gave me her wedding bouquet, primroses and some blue flower, yellow, green and blue the colors, picked from her own, and her late father's garden on the North Arm, Fraser River. J.S. Matthews."

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

Early Canadian militia in British Columbia

Series consists of records relating to the activities of the 6th Regiment D.C.O.R. prior to the First World War, as well as to the training, battles, homecoming, honours, and ongoing association of the 102nd Battalion, C.E.F. and its members. Also included are records relating to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, Canadian Garrison Artillery (which preceded the 6th Regiment, D.C.O.R. and was part of the contingent from B.C. to the South African War). Includes correspondence, news clippings, narrative notes, photographs, company roll books, field service books, financial records, postcards, publications, maps, insurance policies, and ephemera. Arrangement is roughly chronological. Incoming and outgoing correspondence is arranged chronologically and alphabetically, respectively.

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

Greer's Beach 1884

Item consists of a perspective rendering of the Greer Homestead and surrounding area with notations on flora, fauna and water features.

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

Greer's Beach 1886

Item consists of a map of the area called "Greer's Beach" (Kitsilano Beach) and two perspective drawings of the Greer homestead.

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

Major Matthews collection

  • AM54
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1860]-1974

The collection consists of Major Matthews' private papers and records gathered by Matthews relating to the history of Vancouver when he was City Archivist. It includes numerous military records; collected photographs, [186-?]-1968; correspondence and pamphlets relating to Vancouver's water supply; examples of letter-heads, business stationery, tickets, notices and so on used in Vancouver in the 1880s; records of the planning and building of the First Narrows Bridge, Vancouver; an obituary book of clippings from newspapers; correspondence and clippings relating to unemployment and relief in Vancouver, 1931-1939; clippings relating to mayors of Vancouver, 1932-1971; clippings, photographs and menus relating to the visit of H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, 1951; clippings relating to distinguished visitors to Vancouver 1928-1953; a scrapbook of clippings relating to pioneer Vancouver aviator, William Stark, 1912; genealogical records relating to the family of J.S. Matthews; numerous topical and categorical files relating to a wide variety of subjects; and a series of index cards describing the history of street and place names in Greater Vancouver.

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

Narvaez's reconnaissance, Rio Blancho 1791

Item is a map of the coast from Lummi Island, Washington north to Burrard Inlet, showing the route of Narvaez's explorations, modern and Spanish place names, and location of trails.

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

Narvaez, 1791

Item is a map of the Lower Mainland, with place names as given n Narvaez's exploration maps and locations of First Nations villages, between Boundary Bay and Gambier Island.

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

Sketch of Greer homestead 1st draft

Item consists of a perspective rendering of the Greer Homestead, including the layout of buildings on the site and a floorplan of the Greer cottage.

Matthews, James Skitt, Major

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