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Fonds AM1485 - Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No.1 fonds

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Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No.1 fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the provenance of the fonds

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  • 1889-1996 (Creation)
    Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1

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  • 3.5m of textual records
  • 14 photographs

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([ca. 1889-1996])

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The Loyal Orange Institution or Loyal Orange Association, also commonly known as the Orange Order, is a Protestant fraternal order originated from Northern Ireland in 1795. The Order sees itself as an organization to defend Protestant civil and religious liberties. The idea of the Orange Order spread to Canada in the 1810s. The Loyal Orange Association is organized in a system of Lodges. “Primary Lodges” are at the local level, with District, County and Provincial Grand Lodges. These Lodges participate in their communities while assisting in the administration of the Association and carry out the policies of the National body – the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada.

The first primary Loyal Orange Lodge in British Columbia was founded in New Westminster in 1863. In 1891, the Provincial Grand Orange Lodge was formed. The Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No.1 was probably formed at around the same time with their county hall located at the corner of Hastings Street and Gore Avenue.

There were 25 primary lodges in Vancouver County in 1913. Vancouver Royal Black Preceptory No. 802, joined by more qualified and senior Orange members, was also founded. Besides as a religious organization, the Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge was involved in social and charitable works. The Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge remained active until the end of the 1990s.

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The fonds consists of administrative records, reports, correspondence, minutes, membership registers and publications documenting the operation of the Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No.1. The fonds also contains records created by the affiliated primary lodges and organizations, as well as records of the Grand Orange Lodge of British Columbia.

The fonds is arranged into the following series: Vancouver County Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1 records (1921-1995), Primary lodges of Vancouver County records (1905-1996), Vancouver Royal Black Preceptory No. 802 records (1902-1996), Non-affiliated lodges records (1899-1986), Grand Orange Lodge of British Columbia records (1903-1993), Reports and publications (1928-1996), Certificates and Photographs (1889-1990).

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Donated by Ian Smythe, archivist/historian of Grand Orange Lodge Western Canada, in 2006.


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  • English

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