Fonds AM112 - Vancouver Pioneers' Association fonds

[Thirty-one surviving members of those who voted at the first civic election in the Oval Room of ... [Thirty-one surviving members of those who voted at the first civic election in the Oval Room of ... Captain Freeman Captain Jonathon F. Gosse Captain R.E. Gosse Captain Wellington Bell Captain William Hamilton Honourable W.J. Bowser Mr. "Jimmy" Shubert Mr. A.C. Simpson Mr. A.J. Paterson Mr. Alex Matheson Mr. Alex Morrison Mr. Alf Anderson Mr. Angus Munn Mr. Archie M. Fraser Mr. Arthur C. Langdale Mr. Arthur H. Chambers Mr. Ashford Mr. B. Frank Young Mr. C. Gartley Mr. C.W. Morris Mr. Carl L. Behnsen Mr. Carlton C. Cook Mr. Charles P. Eastman Mr. Cyrus M. Flanders Mr. D.G. McLennan Mr. Dawson H. Elliott Mr. Don McLean Mr. Donald K. Campbell Mr. Dougal "Duke" McKinzie Mr. Duncan D. McIntosh Mr. Duncan W. McCallum Mr. E.A. Marshall Mr. Ed Choate Mr. Ernest E. Barker Mr. Frank Charman Mr. Frank Moyls Mr. Frank Urquhart Mr. G. Thomas Mr. G.L. Allen Mr. G.P. Carr Mr. George Gaskell Mr. George Hay Mr. George McQuaig Mr. George Miller Mr. George Munro Mr. George Simpson Mr. George W. Beanland Mr. Gilbert S. McConnell
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Vancouver Pioneers' Association fonds

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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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