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The Canadian Defence Service voting regulations, [1948] : book of key maps

Item consists of one bound atlas measuring 46 x 40.5 cm. It contains 69 electoral district maps arranged from east to west for the cities of Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Hamilton, Windsor, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria-Nanaimo, and St. John's. Maps vary in scale and include the districts' population as of the 1941 census. Each map includes an electoral district definition as defined in the Representation Act of 1947. Depending on their scale, maps depict railway lines, bodies of water, ferry routes, street names, and/or house numbers. Electoral district, and some municipal, boundaries are in red.

The Canadian War Service voting regulations, 1944 : book of key maps [annotated]

Item consists of one bound atlas measuring 45 x 38 cm. It contains 63 electoral district maps arranged from east to west for the cities of Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Hamilton, Windsor, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. Maps vary in scale and include the districts' population as of the 1931 census. Each map includes an electoral district definition as defined in the Representation Act of 1933. Depending on their scale, maps depict railway lines, bodies of water, ferry routes, street names, and/or house numbers. The table of contents and many of the maps are annotated in graphite, red, or blue pencil. Maps 52 and 53 for Edmonton east and west (respectively) are missing.

[Vancouver Island and Mainland] : [footage]

Footage. This lengthy compilation comprises the earliest Booth films (mostly unedited 100-foot reels), placed in chronological order. They focus on travel and recreation in two major areas: Vancouver Island and the lower Fraser Canyon. The first reel (1931) shows an auto court and various scenes around the Fraser Canyon, including native Indians drying fish. This is followed by a series of reels (all from 1932) showing tourist spots and recreation on Vancouver Island, including Butchart Gardens, Goldstream Park, Saanich Inlet, a lake (possibly Shawnigan Lake), skating (at Lost Lagoon, Vancouver), fishing and water sports at Vancouver Island spots, the Chemainus River, Nanaimo, the CPR ferry "Princess Elaine", a pan of Comox Valley, many coastal features, and a sequence on hikers in high mountain terrain. Another reel shows details of native fishing in the Fraser Canyon. A brief sequence (ca. 1933), shows a car on a snowy road being towed by two horses. The last reel (1934) shows fishing at Campbell River.

If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it

Travelogue. An airline passenger waiting for his flight is introduced to the scenic and recreational attractions of B.C. by a talking issue of Beautiful B.C. magazine. Includes footage of Victoria (streets, Swiftsure yacht race), Butchart Gardens, boating, Friendly Cove, Della Falls, Gold River, camping scenes, Campbell River fishing derby, loggers' sports, Nanaimo bathtub race, Vancouver (skyline, streets, Gastown, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, restaurants, theatres), Whistler Mountain skiing, Fraser Valley, Fraser Canyon, Indian salmon fishing, Thompson-Nicola country, cattle ranching, rodeo, wildlife, fresh-water fishing, Okanagan Valley scenes, Kelowna Regatta.

[Island connection]

News footage. An (uncompleted?) TV news feature examining the pros and cons of a proposed fixed link between Vancouver Island and the Mainland. Includes interviews with Vancouver Island residents who support or oppose the plan. Includes footage of Victoria and other Vancouver Island communities; Strait of Georgia ferries (including jetfoils); and interview with Sam Bawlf, Mel Couvelier, Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney, Dr. Patrick McGeer, and others.

Princess in wonderland

Documentary. Princess Margaret's 1958 royal visit to mark BC's Centennial. Includes: numerous official welcomes and ceremonies; Royal Review of ships of the RCN, US Navy and Royal Navy; visit to natural gas development at Fort St. John; rodeo at Williams Lake; opening of Okanagan Lake Bridge and Fort Langley restoration; UBC convocation (and bestowal of honorary degree on Princess Margaret); aerial and travelling shots from planes and trains. Premier W.A.C. Bennett and Lieutenant-Governor Frank Ross appear throughout.

The E & N Bridge over the Nanaimo River

Item consists of one photograph of an Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Company (also known as E&N Railway) trestle bridge spanning the Nanaimo River. Image is taken from water level, looking up the banks of the river towards the bridge.

[NDP MLA Dave Stupich]

News item. In an interview in his Nanimo riding, NDP MLA Dave Stupich comments on the abandonment of the CP Ferry route during the winter months. He also discusses the agricultural land reserve loss. He says that the BC Land Commission people made their stand clear right from the beginning. Despite Social Credit promises to eliminate or reduce the power of the Land Commission Act when re-elected, there have been no changes in the Act to date.

Earle C. Westwood interview : [Mitchell & Nikitiuk, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T2662:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood discusses his early life PERIOD COVERED: 1909-1953 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-05-31 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood discusses his early life. He describes his family, their pioneering experiences in the Nanaimo area, his education, and his work as a bank clerk, longshoreman, and millwright assistant. Mentioned in context are Nanaimo, B.C.; Port Alice, B.C.; Britannia High School in Vancouver; Wesley Black. TRACK 2: Earle Westwood discusses the Depression, his return to Nanaimo, his funeral parlour businesses in Nanaimo and Duncan, and his involvement in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Nanaimo City Council, and his period as mayor of Nanaimo. He also relates his impressions of; the Coalition government, his early career ambitions, and his organizational membership. Westwood describes his first interests in Social Credit and his first meeting with W.A.C. Bennett. In addition, he discusses the provincial election of 1953. Mentioned in passing are Ernie Carson, George S. Pearson, Byron Johnson, Peter Maffeo, and Lorenzo Giovando. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood discusses his experiences as a cabinet minister PERIOD COVERED: 1956-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-05-31 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood discusses the provincial elections of 1953 and 1956 as well as his own election in 1956 and his appointment as Minister of Trade and Industry. Mentioned also are his travels with Premier Bennett in 1954, party platforms in the 1953 and 1956 elections, and his perceptions of his political opponents. He describes his objectives as MLA and cabinet minister and the projects undertaken by the Department of Trade and Industry while it was under his direction. TRACK 2: Earle Westwood discusses the origins and policies of the Department of Recreation and Conservation, the nature of the tourist industry in B.C. during the late 1950s, and the creation of Beautiful B.C. Magazine. He also discusses decision and policy making in his ministry as well as some activities of the B.C. Federation of Fish and Game Clubs. Westwood also relates how his estimates were approved by Treasury Board. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood on his later political life and his period as Agent-General PERIOD COVERED: 1960-1968 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood recalls his days as Minister of Recreation and Conservation, and Commercial Transport. He discusses the provincial election of 1960, the Pacific Northern Railway, and the B.C. government takeovers of the B.C. Electric Co. and the Black Ball ferry fleet. Westwood also discusses northern development and some speculation that B.C. would seek the Winter Olympics. TRACK 2: Earle C. Westwood evaluates the effectiveness of the C.C.F. opposition during his years in office, focusing on the roles of Robert Strachan, Dave Barrett and Leo Nimsick. He also comments on the nature of the Social Credit opposition during the Dave Barrett administration. Westwood recalls the provincial election of 1963 and his retirement from politics. Also discussed are his period as Agent-General, the effects of socialism in Britain and Westwood's travels with W.A.C. Bennett in Europe. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood on his time as Agent-General and his general perception of politics PERIOD COVERED: 1964-1978 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood recalls his travels in Europe with W.A.C. Bennett and his accomplishments as Agent-General. He discusses his activities upon returning to B.C. and comments on his perceptions of various political figures including: Dave Stupich, Leo Nimsick, Tom Uphill, Gordon Gibson, Deane Finlayson, Robert Bonner, Einar Gunderson, Phil Gaglardi, Robert Thompson, and Ronald Worley. Westwood also discusses how cabinet was run during the W.A.C. Bennett years, how policies were developed, and his own relationship with Bennett. TRACK 2: Westwood discusses the relationship between the Social Credit party in B.C. and Social Credit parties in other provinces (Alberta and Quebec) and the relationship with the federal Social Credit party. He also describes his activities before the caucus and his perceptions of W.A.C. Bennett as premier. Also discussed are Westwood's relationship with the press, government-organized group relations, and his perceptions of other political parties. Westwood also comments on the role of government. CALL NUMBER: T2662:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Earle C. Westwood discusses various political and social issues PERIOD COVERED: 1939-1978 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Earle C. Westwood discusses civil defence in Nanaimo during World War II; all night sessions in the Legislature; his first interests in Social Credit; the Coalition government in B.C.; dominion-provincial relations during his terms in office; the Robert Sommers case; his concept of free enterprise and socialism; his impressions of Lyle Wicks, Eric Martin, and William Chant; proselytizers of the original Social Credit theories; and the current administration of W.R. Bennett. He also discusses California's Proposition 13 and the appeal of Social Credit to British Columbians. TRACK 2: Westwood discusses public reluctance to admit their support for Social Credit; eastern perceptions of Social Credit in B.C.; his meeting with Joey Smallwood; the fishing industry in B.C.; and his former plans for Newcastle Island as Minister of Recreation and Conservation. Westwood completes the interview with a brief account of his present activities.

Princess in wonderland : out-takes, reel no. 1

The item consists of a film reel of out-takes from 1958. It shows the royal visit by HRH Princess Margaret and centennial celebrations in BC. Footage includes: Naval review; New Westminster City Hall; Williams Lake Stampede (from grandstand); last cruise of the ferry "David Lloyd-Jones"; long shot of Okanagan Lake Bridge; Nanaimo cake; first arrival at Empress Hotel; Fleet review; Langley; Williams Lake Stampede (from fence); UBC convocation procession; UBC Memorial Gymnasium; Prince George; Quesnel; train parked; Chilliwack; HMCS "Crescent"; Naval review; New Westminster City Hall; Vancouver City Hall; Mayor Hume; church attendance in Kelowna; crowds at Vancouver City Hall and New Westminster City Hall; Pattullo Bridge, New Westminster; children's wing at Vancouver Preventorium; RCAF honour guard review at Comox airport; Comox hospital; arrival and convocation procession at UBC; HMCS "Crescent"; Veterans hospital, Vancouver; presentation of First Nations gift and dances.

Personal and official papers

  • GR-2277
  • Series
  • 1913-1951

Personal and official papers of Victor C. Fawcett, Official Administrator of Nanaimo, ca. 1900-1940. Official papers (Files 1-10) include court documents, police records; the personal papers (Files 11-13) relate to Edgar and Myra Fawcett.

British Columbia. Official Administrator (Nanaimo)

The No. 5 Wellington mine

Item consists of one photograph of the Number 5 coalmine at Wellington, near Nanaimo. Train tracks are visible in the foreground with wooden buildings and structures at centre.

Methodist Church records

Methodist Church papers including minute books for Vancouver Island and British Columbia District, 1860-1884; and British Columbia Conference, Committee on Missions, 1889-1898; British Columbia District Treasurer's Book, 1880-1894; 20th Century Thanksgiving Fund Account Book, 1900-1901; miscellaneous financial papers, 1860-1881; papers on Indian Affairs, 1881-1899; other official correspondence, 1859-1894; and the News Reporter's Book from the Excelsior Literary Society, New Westminster Collegiate and High School, 1881-1883.

Copied from originals borrowed from E.S. Robson, Vancouver, 1948. Originals transferred to Vancouver School of Theology, 1989.

Finding aid: volume list.

Methodist Church of Canada. British Columbia Conference

The No. 5 Wellington mine

Item consists of one photograph of the Number 5 coalmine at Wellington, near Nanaimo. Train tracks are visible in the foreground with wooden buildings and structures at centre.

The Nanaimo Post Office

Item consists of one photograph of the Nanaimo post office, built in 1884 on Front Street. Nine men and a horse-drawn wagon are posed in front of the two-storey, stone building that was designed by Thomas Fuller (1823–1898). Nanaimo Harbour and the bows of two ships are visible behind the building

Nanaimo

Item consists of one photograph of Nanaimo. Cleared trees are in the foreground and a man is standing on a large stump. The city and waterfront are in the distance.

Philip J. Piper interview

RECORDED: Nanaimo (B.C.), 1968-08-20 SUMMARY: Mr. Philip J. Piper discusses life in Nanaimo. Mr. Piper's father came to Nanaimo in 1888 with his father and brothers; his mother arrived the following year. He discusses games; the big bonfire; the neighbourhood "gangs"; the tar flats; attended Central School. First jobs: hotel bellhop, plumber's assistant, undertaker's establishment. Roads and bridges. Rafting on Commercial Inlet near Terminal Avenue. After his retirement, Mr. Piper served five terms as chairman of the Parks Board, then five terms as a Nanaimo alderman. Developed Piper Park, which displayed historic machinery -- locomotive, fire pump, etc. Historic sites and buildings in Nanaimo, including those related to the Hudson's Bay Company. Gyro Club bonfire to celebrate V-J Day. His wife, Edith, is member of the pioneer Ferguson family. (Mrs. Piper discusses a family heirloom, a brass samovar.) The story and first voyage of the "Albatross", a former US Navy torpedo boat purchased to transport fish to market in Seattle. Herring in Nanaimo Harbour, churned up by the passenger ship "Joan".

Archibald McKinlay Diary Part 1

File consists of one diary of Archibald McKinlay, the first of two. The diary spans November 3, 1876 to February 9, 1877 and documents McKinlay's travels to reserves as reserve commissioner and includes copies of correspondence, basic census information for Indigenous communities, and translations of Indigenous languages.

McKinlay, Archibald, 1811-1891

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