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Fonds AM112 - Vancouver Pioneers' Association fonds

Mr. Samuel Achurch Mr. John Addison Mr. G.L. Allen Mr. Alf Anderson Mr. Ashford Mr. Joseph Astell Mr. Thomas E. Atkins Mr. John J. Banfield Mr. Ernest E. Barker Mr. John Barnett Mr. Samuel Beaumont Mr. George W. Beanland Mr. Carl L. Behnsen Captain Wellington Bell Mr. James O. Bigger Mr. William W. Bolton Honourable W.J. Bowser Mr. Joseph H. Boyd Mr. William M. Bruce Mr. H. Burrett Mr. Hugh E. Campbell Mr. Donald K. Campbell Mr. H.J. Cambie Mr. G.P. Carr Mr. Arthur H. Chambers Mr. Frank Charman Mr. Ed Choate Mr. Sam G. Churchill Mr. Robert G.L. Clarke Mr. H.H. Cleugh Mr. William B. Cochrane Mr. John H. Cocking Mr. Carlton C. Cook Mr. J.C. Cornwall Mr. John J. Cowderoy Mr. J. Graham Crawford Mr. Robert M. Currie Mr. Harry H. Davis Mr. Joe N. Dawzy Mr. James A. Dickie Mr. James D. Doig Mr. Robert Fraser Drummond Mr. Thomas Duke Mr. Charles P. Eastman Mr. Dawson H. Elliott Mr. William C. Elliott Mr. Samuel J. Emanuels Mr. Jonathan E. Evans Mr. William H. Evans Mr. Herbert Evans
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Vancouver Pioneers' Association fonds

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  • 1894-2009 (Creation)
    Vancouver Pioneers' Association

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  • 0.38 m of textual records
  • 197 photographs

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The Vancouver Pioneers' Association was founded as the Vancouver Pioneers' Society in 1893 as a social organization for people who arrived in Vancouver prior to the Great Fire. The society ceased to meet in the late 1890s but was revived in 1911. Since 1911 membership rules have been altered on several occasions and membership is now open to all persons who have resided in Vancouver for forty-five or more years. Members included Vancouverites such as M.A. MacLean, David Oppenheimer, H.O. Alexander, Charles Woodward, Don Bellamy, Howard Green, and Dal Richards.

The Association organized their first annual banquet in 1912 and helped host the anniversary of the 1886 Great Fire, incorporation, Jubilee and other City anniversary celebrations. In July 1993, a cairn and plaque was established in Stanley Park to commemorate the centenary of the Association. In more recent decades, the Association continued to hold an annual Birthday Party for incorporation and Christmas banquet for members. In 2007, an Anthology of members’ stories was published. The Association eventually dissolved in 2010.

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The fonds consists of the membership rolls of the Vancouver Pioneers' Society and Vancouver Pioneers' Association; minutes; correspondence; accounts; circular letters; programmes of various V.P.A. social events, constitution and by-laws, guest book; photographs of pioneer reunions and portrait photographs of members. The membership rolls contain the dates of arrival in Vancouver of all members as well as information on age and occupation. Fonds also contains drafts manuscript material for their 2007 Anthology publication as well as a written history of the Association.

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Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers in the range CVA 292-1 to CVA 292-152; as well as 2010-040.1 to 2010.040.45

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