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Fonds AM139 - McGuigan family fonds

Municipality of South Vancouver

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McGuigan family fonds

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  • 1886-1960 (Creation)
    McGuigan family

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  • 1.7 m of textual records
  • 53 photographs

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Thomas Francis McGuigan (1860-1910) and his brother William Joseph arrived in Vancouver from Ontario in 1886. Both signed the petition for the incorporation of Vancouver and became involved in local civic and political affairs. William Joseph (1853-1908), a doctor, was appointed City Coroner in 1886, served on the Hospital Board, and was elected alderman in 1892 and 1898-1903 and mayor in 1904. Thomas became City Clerk, 1886-1905, and was elected Alderman in 1906. A third brother, James (1856-1920), arrived in 1893 and shortly thereafter became chairman of the B.C. Electric Co. Employees' Committee. His eldest son, William Joseph "Bill" McGuigan (1887-1961), founded the Grouse Mountain Scenic Incline Railway Co. in 1911 and was Market Commissioner of Vancouver, 1932-1951.

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The Grouse Mountain Scenic Railway Company was created in 1911 under the provisional directors L.C. Miles, W.J. McGuigan, W.H. May, W.J. Manson and W.H.R. Collister. Work was slowed by the recession and reduced share sale. In 1913 the company's charter was extended for another year; however, with the outbreak of the war in 1914 local improvement came to a standstill, and in 1915 the activities of the company were concluded.

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The fonds includes correspondence and other personal records; copies of reports (apparently from City of Vancouver records); Grouse Mountain Scenic Incline Railway Co. records, 1911-1935; miscellaneous maps and drawings; and photographs of the McGuigan family, civic functions, Jewish-owned retail stores, street scenes, and markets.

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Records from former Add. MSS. 866 were retrieved from the City Dump; records from former Add. MSS. 920 were presented by the McGuigan family through William Bruce McGuigan at a ceremony during City Council meeting on 8 April 1986.


  • Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 492"
  • Includes records from separate accruals formerly identified and described as AM139, AM866 and AM920. These descriptions have been amalgameted into a single fonds; citations for these records should use only AM139.

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See also AM77, Grouse Mountain Scenic Incline Railway Company fonds.

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