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Major Matthews collection West Vancouver (B.C.)
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Draft map of Indian villages and landmarks, Burrard Inlet and English Bay, before the whiteman came

The map is a draft of map 56.01, "Indian villages and landmarks, Burrard Inlet and English Bay, before the whiteman came." It shows the geographic area bounded by the north shore of Burrard Inlet, the Fraser River, Point Atkinson, and the Burrard Inlet Second Narrows. Shown on the map are coastal sites labeled with First Nations place names.

Howe Sound - Burrard Inlet

Item is a topographical map of the municipalities surrounding Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet. Municipal boundaries, roads and other transportation infrastructure, and radio stations are also included. The Greater Vancouver water supply areas and waterways are shown along with pipe lines, power lines and telegraph lines.

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The item is a table of place names shown on map 56.01; Indian villages and landmarks, Burrard Inlet and English Bay, before the whiteman came. The table gives First Nations names and their approximate english meaning, or the European name given to the same location.

Map of portion New Westminster District

Item is an annotated tracing of a map showing the future sites of Vancouver, Burnaby and the North Shore from an area bordering on English Bay to an area bordering on North Arm. Traced over by J.S. Matthews in 1954, it illustrates intended land settlement and subdivision in 1877. Also shown are bodies of water, Hastings & Granville Road, and the settlements of Hastings and Granville. Annotations are an introductory note by Matthews in August 1954 titled "Before Greater Vancouver." Enclosed with the map are four letters between J.S. Matthews and W.H. Hutchinson, Chief of the Geographic Division of the B.C. Survey and Mapping Branch of the Department of Lands and Forests, in 1954 concerning the map's provenance and Matthew's efforts to increase the legibility of copies of the original map.

Reeves of West Vancouver

Album includes portraits of the following Reeves of West Vancouver: Charles Nelson, John Lawson, George Hay, Valient Vivian Vinson, David Morgan, R.C. Proctor, Sydney Gisby, Joseph Bentley Leyland, J. Edward Sears, Patrick Willoughby Field, William Dickinson, Thomas J. Brown, J. Howard Fletcher, A Hugo Ray, J. Richardson, and R.J.G. Richards. The album also includes some biographical information on the Reeves.

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