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Agnes Neave interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-07-07 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Agnes Neave recalls moving from the Prairies to British Columbia in 1940 after her family became ill with typhoid. She found an advertisement for a small property in Ootsa Lake which ha;d good fishing. She describes her first trip into the area by train and ferry; her first impressions; setting up a three year rental with the option to buy after that; the trek from Burns Lake with h;er whole family and their possessions; establishing themselves at Francois Lake; what life was like there; and the Anglican church at Francois Lake. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., December 1977 - July 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0094 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interviewed by Hal Leiren RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-12-20 SUMMARY: In an interview with Hal Leiren, Premier Bill Bennett reviews his administration's accomplishments and talks about future prospects for BC. Among the issues discussed are the economy, education, unemployment, industry, transportation, national unity, French language education, Bennett's political aspirations, and labour relations. 20 December 1977. NOTE: TRANSCRIPT ONLY. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0095 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Speech to Roadbuilders Association RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1978-04-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett's speech to the BC Roadbuilders Association, Vancouver 25 April 1978. [TRACK 2: blank.] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0096 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: News conference on E&N Railway RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-05-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett at a news conference on the proposed cancellation of E & N Railway passenger service, 17 May 1978. [TRACK 2: blank.] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0097 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: News conference on trip to Alaska RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-05-31 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett news conference following his two-day trip to Anchorage, Alaska, during which he met with Alaska Governor Hammond. Their talks dealt particularly with rail transportation. 31 May 1978. [TRACK 2: blank.] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0098 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Reaction to constitutional proposals RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses his government's reaction to the federal government's constitutional amendment proposals, 12 June 1978. [TRACK 2: blank.] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0099 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Speech to social credit convention RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 & 2: Premier Bill Bennett's speech to the Social Credit Party's north shore "mini-convention", 17 June 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0100 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Reaction to report on electoral redistribution RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett reacts to the interim report on electoral redistribution by Judge Lawrence Eckardt. Bennett indicates that the recommendations for new political boundaries will be accepted without amendment and that legislation will be introduced shortly. [TRACK 2: blank?] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0101 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interviewed by Sun reporter Neale Adams RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-23 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 & 2: Premier Bill Bennett is interviewed by Vancouver Sun reporter Neale Adams, 23 June 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0102 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: BC's response to federal constitutional proposals RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-06-27 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: At a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses BC's response to the federal proposals for constitutional reform, 27 June 1978. [TRACK 2: blank?] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0103 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: News conference with Idaho Governor Evans RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-07-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Premier Bill Bennett and Idaho Governor John Evans at a news conference, following their meeting to discuss the possibility of energy exchanges, 6 July 1978. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Bill Bennett : [press conferences, interviews, speeches, etc., November 1977 - April 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1707:0083 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interviewed by Ed Ogle of Time Magazine RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an interview with Ed Ogle of Time Magazine, Premier Bill Bennett discusses confederation, the western provinces' position on federalism and certain economic issues, and Rene Levesque and separatism. Bennett proposes limiting government growth, comments on the self-centered attitudes of politicians, French language rights, and Canadian multiculturalism. TRACK 2: Bennett claims Canadian federalism holds more flexibility than the American system, and claims his government will do everything possible to maintain national unity. He also speculates about the possible consequences of the break-up of confederation. 11 January 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0084 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Announces electoral reform commission and E&N Railway decision RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-12 & 19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett announces the appointment of Judge Lawrence Smith Eckardt as a commissioner under the Public Enquiries Act to make an enquiry into electoral reform. Bennett also answers questions on international fishing boundaries and gives the BC position on fishing limits. He discusses Claude Ryan's five region concept and various aspects of Canadian federalism. 12 January 1978. TRACK 2: In a press conference, Bennett announces the CTC decision to grant BC's request for a stay in the CPR order to suspend passenger services on the E & N Railway. The stay is valid for five months, during which the CPR will continue to provide passenger service. In the meantime, BC is to appeal the CPR decision in the courts. Bennett also discusses the importance of this service, and answers questions concerning the BCR and BC Tel. 19 January 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0085 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: State of the province address message and Saanich Chambers of Commerce address RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-25 & 1978-02-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett presents his economic and financial quarterly report (termed the "state of the province address"). Things are looking up in BC, Bennett states, and he relates how labour relations, industrial growth and the general economy have improved over the past year. He comments on legislation which has been passed and on the state of dominion/provincial relations, alluding to BC strategies and proposals to be adopted at an upcoming federal/provincial conference. He also calls for freer trade to bolster the economy. 25 January 1978. TRACK 2: In an address to the combined Chambers of Commerce in Saanich, Bennett speaks about the effort necessary to improve public access to government, and about the role of legislators. He relates how the province's economy has grown over the past two years, and suggests it is time for (realistic) optimism. Bennett also comments on provincial job creation efforts and federal/provincial resource development plans, 2 February 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0086 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Remarks at First Ministers' Conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-02-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In his opening remarks to the First Ministers' Conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses inflation, the economy, unemployment, finance, industry, natural resources and strategies to deal with problems in these areas, 13 February 1978. TRACK 2: During the afternoon sitting of the First Ministers' Conference, Bennett comments on the growth of the public sector in Canada, urging all governments to adopt a policy a policy of spending restraint, and proposes several methods of cutting government costs, 13 February 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0087 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Press conference on throne speech, and sworn in as minister RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-03-30 & 1978-04-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses the throne speech. He announces that Harvey Wilfred Schroeder will be the new Speaker of the House, and Steven Rogers will be the deputy speaker. The throne speech deals with job creation, with an emphasis on small business and individual enterprise. Jobs are to be created in the private sector, aided by government efforts and deregulation. 30 March 1978. TRACK 2: Bennett is sworn in as Minister of Energy, Transport and Communications the day after Jack Davis's resignation, and conducts a press conference afterwards. Bennett asks his colleagues to endorse Evan Wolfe as the new director of BC Hydro and Sam Bawlf as the director of the BC Harbour Board. Bennett refuses to comment further on Davis's resignation. 4 April 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0088 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Discusses Jack Davis's resignation and economic plans RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference, Premier Bill Bennett states that the investigation into the Jack Davis affair was instigated by a private individual, and claims that any minister must resign under similar circumstances. Davis would be restored to the premier's confidence if he is cleared. 6 April 1978. TRACK 2: In a news conference, Bennett discusses his economic plans for BC. He comments on the federal budget and sales tax reductions, and answers questions concerning unemployment and job creation efforts. 11 April 1978. NOTE: Unedited transcript is available for this track only. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0089 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Premier's post-Yorkton news conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a news conference, Premier Bill Bennett comments on the viability of the Fort Nelson extension of the BCR, Cyril Shelford's proposed resignation, the upcoming federal election, and federal;/provincial financial arrangements. 17 April 1978. TRACK 2: Bennett announces that regular economic meetings between the provinces and Ottawa will commence. 17 April 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0090 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Meets northern mayors about BCR extension RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-04-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mayors from northeastern BC meet with Premier Bill Bennett to persuade his government to extend the BC Railway to Fort Nelson. They present various economic and political arguments to further their case. 20 April 1978. TRACK 2: Bennett responds by stating that the matter will have to be studied further before any decision is made. 20 April 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0091 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Post-Trudeau visit press conference RECORDED: [location unknown], 1977-11-01 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a press conference, Premier Bill Bennett discusses the results of his meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau. The discussion touched on aspects of the national economy, the teaching of the French language, national unity, the constitution, and the five regions concept of Canadian federalism. 1 November 1977. [TRACK 2: blank.] CALL NUMBER: T1707:0092 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interview with Gary Bannerman (part 1) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 and 2: In a radio hot line program interview with Gary Bannerman on CKNW Vancouver, Premier Bill Bennett discusses northern development through the extension of the BC Railway, government plans to stimulate the economy, and the employment situation in BC. 25 January 1978. CALL NUMBER: T1707:0093 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Bill Bennett: Interview with Gary Bannerman (part 2) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-01-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 & 2: In a radio hot line program interview with Gary Bannerman on CKNW Vancouver, Premier Bill Bennett answers questions from listeners across the province. He discusses liquor legislation, the distribution of government information, the role of government, and various government services. 25 January 1978.

[Billwiller family films]

Amateur film. Includes scenes of Britannia Beach townsite and the surrounding area, as well as a trip on the PGE Railway, building a road to Britannia Beach, May Day celebrations at Britannia (including crowning of the "Copper Queen"), Cub Scout gatherings, sports day events, and family scenes (Christmas, babies, children, friends and neighbours, fishing trips, etc.).

[Bloedel picnic ; train trip ; fair ; Royal visit, 1959?]

Amateur film. B&W: Parade. MacMillan Bloedel lumber yard. COLOUR: Beach. People, bagpiper, rocks, etc. Boat trip; passes fishing town, some sort of plant. Train trip (by CPR to Qualicum from Parksville?); scenery; a fair with races, games, eating, etc. Royal visit: Victoria (Douglas and Yates); Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip [?]; good shots of street and buildings; the Empress Hotel in full decoration. 1958 May Day, dancers, parade.

Caroline Moffat interview

CALL NUMBER: T1784:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Caroline Moffat recalls some of her experiences in the Tatla Lake area, 1921 to 1937, including: a winter journey to her homestead in Tatla Lake in 1923, school days at Tatla Lake, wild horses, growing up in the bush, encounters with wild animals, gatherings at Tatla Lake to distribute mail, details of a winter journey to Corkscrew Creek in the Anahim Lake area in 1931 to start a ranch there. TRACK 2: Mrs. Moffat continues discusses meeting Lord Tweedsmuir during his visit to the Bella Coola valley in 1937, incidents of a cattle drive at Anahim Lake, anecdotes about a pet moose, a story about an altercation with local Indians and the local deputy.

CALL NUMBER: T1784:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Moffat describes the landscape around Anahim, the story of a journey made to give birth to her first child in 1940, activity in the Anahim Lake area around the time she moved there in 1932, stores and settlements and roads in the area, the trail to Bella Coola, an anecdote about Ralph. TRACK 2: Moffat finishes her discussion of Indians, people in the Ulkatcho area, stories about encounters with wolves and cougars, Pan Phillips and her sister Jane Lehman, travels in the area, and a story about a load of hay.

CALL NUMBER: T1784:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Moffat comments and tells stories about her brother and sisters, Alfred Bryant, Jane Lehman and Bunch Trudeau, her parents, Phyllis Bryant Kellis and Cyrus Bryant, her father's background, a winter journey with her sister Jane (who was a nurse) to take care of an Indian. TRACK 2: More stories and discussions of local Indians including Joe Kapoose and Thomas Squinas, the death of her father, stories about wild horses, her first trip to Anahim Lake to find land and comments about the area.

CALL NUMBER: T1784:0004 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Moffat tells a story about a neighbor, Indians and liquor, a description of the Bryant cabin at Tatla Lake: the stove and bath nights, a story about her mother digging a well, the garden, pastimes at a nearby lake, stories about Jane and her family, her father's pioneering spirit, travels, memories of the rail journey to Clinton and a wagon trip to Soda Creek in 1919. TRACK 2: A discussion of her personal philosophies such as reincarnation, arising from the discovery that she has cancer, her attitudes toward death, reflections on the quality of her life and winding up her affairs, a story about an altercation with Indians over a horse and a load of hay, and an encounter with a cougar.

[Columbia Valley near Golden and Banff]

Amateur film. Shows scenery and wildlife in the vicinity of the Columbia and Yoho Valleys and the towns of Golden, Skookumchuck and Banff. Includes footage of the Kicking Horse and Columbia Rivers, Lake Louise, Emerald Lake, waterfall in Yoho Park, train passing through Spiral Tunnels, Radium Hot Springs, etc.

Coquihalla by rail and Vancouver waterfront

The item is an amateur film reel containing two brief films. The first records a train trip along the Canadian Pacific Railway's Coquihalla route taken around 1955. Brief shot at the end of the film shows a ship caught against Second Narrows Bridge, Vancouver, being pulled away by tugboats. The second shows Vancouver waterfront, rail yards, and longshoring and shipping activity, ca. 1933.

[Coquihalla lodge, fishing, miscellaneous railway shots]

Amateur film footage. The beginning and middle of this film reel contain shots taken from trains leaving or arriving in Vancouver on the CPR main line. The balance of the reel includes: views along the Kettle Valley Railway; activities at the rail station of Coquihalla and nearby Lil-Joe Lodge; CPR steam locomotives 3628 and 3652; Sperry Rail Services rail detector car SRS 130; clearing of land, horse logging, and construction of log buildings for the lodge; a pack train; and row boats and trout fishing on the Coquihalla Lakes.

Ed Smith interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-03-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Smith discusses his work for railroad companies starting in the U.S. and later for the BC Electric for thirty-six years on the Chilliwack line. He talks about the rolling stock; the freight business; lumber products; farm produce; milk-train operation; train incidents; the rail route; descriptions of areas along the route; day and night operation; hours and pay; and company officials. TRACK 2: Mr. Smith continues with his discussion about the railway; the reduction of the passenger service; duties of the conductor; company officials; passenger train crew; skills of the motorman; cattle on the line; incidents; trainmen's jargon; collisions; coaches; incidents along the line; signals; weather conditions.

Eric Elkington interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1966-02-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Elkington recounts his father's [William Howard Elkington] coming to the Cowichan area in 1883; he bought a place on Quamichan Lake and established a farm, "Oak Park". He talks about the Cowichan Creamery; schooling; Miss Skinner; childhood adventures; Quamichan Lake School; South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club; social life; amateur dramatic society; a childhood illness and being sent to Victoria to hospital in 1895; meeting the Dunsmuirs and Sir Henry Crease. He discusses his schooling and education at Victoria High School. TRACK 2: Dr. Elkington recounts traveling to Victoria; the train route; stage between Duncan and Cowichan Lake; his father's farm; Chinese labour; Cowichan's "gentleman farmers"; Robert Service; Maple Bay; Billy Beaumont; anecdotes; sailing in Cowichan Bay; "public school boys"; the Elkington family house and Indians.

F.P. McPherson interview

CALL NUMBER: T3550:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-04-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In an interview with Robert Turner, F.P. McPherson discusses: his background -- Scottish family, born in 1889 in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.; worked various jobs as a youth; father was in railroading; went to B.C. in 1912 with his third-class license (for engineer work); in B.C., he ran a donkey engine in the bush between Jervis and the Sechelt Islands for Sumner and Macdonald; working at the Midland Borough Collieries; building pipes for a number of different camps in the Merritt area in 1915; randomly getting a job with the railroad in Merritt; hired on as a brakeman, quickly became a conductor. TRACK 2: F.P. McPherson discusses: attempt to build a tunnel from Tulameen to the Coquihalla between Portia and Jessica -- anecdote about his role in this process; description of Andy McCulloch; laying the track; responsibilities of a conductor; a typical work day. CALL NUMBER: T3550:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Railroading in B.C. : F.P. McPherson RECORDED: [location unknown], 1979-04-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: F.P. McPherson describes photographs and documents: more on Andy McCulloch -- meeting him on a work train near Juliet, "McCulloch's Wonder" (the book); did own cooking when on the trains; McCulloch (cont'd); his work on the Coquihalla; anecdote about getting caught in a snowstorm. TRACK 2: McPherson: more on getting caught in the snow on Christmas Eve; usually 11 cars on a passenger train; he helped build the line up to Copper Mountain; made his last trip in 1954 with his daughter; differences between the railroads then and now; anecdote about the birth of a child while he was conductor. (End of interview)

Hugh H. Logan interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [1960?] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Logan recounts his parents' early life in Esquimalt; the family moved to New Westminster in 1909. Mr. Logan started with the BC Electric at age thirteen; he describes his first job; financial background of BCE; his first trip to Chilliwack; weekender special trains to Sumas; World War I; job advancement; post-war; his employment in various positions; train dispatching; train master; and the superintendent for rail operations. He discusses the railway's effect on the Fraser Valley's economic development; the station buildings; the route; mills and logging shipments; freight; population of the valley; milk-trains; pride of the employees; and the M.B. King Lumber Co. at Newton. TRACK 2: Mr. Logan discusses transcontinental freight rates; international trade; freight traffic; financial arrangements with the CPR; BC Electric services; the train route and stations from New Westminster to Chilliwack; local traffic; farm freight; truck traffic; World War II; the end of passenger service in 1950; bus traffic; Pacific Stages; trainmen; "bloomer days"; and traffic growth.

Jessie Toynbee interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1972-05-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1 & 2: Anecdotes about husband, and meeting him. Long engagement. Married 1924; lived in Ganges. Birth of children. Experiences while attending Normal School in Vancouver, ca. 1915. Taught on Saltspring, then took over the Post Office. No men around after World War One. Off to Cold Creek near Fernie, travelling by train. Games to play while stuck in the mountains in winter on a slide-bound train. The Depression. (Mrs. Clinton Stewart Wood is also heard on the tape.)

Lillian Green interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Lillian Green discusses her husband, Dr. Frank Green, who worked on Crowsnest Pass; the typhoid outbreak in Cranbrook; performing medical services for several lumber companies. Mrs. Green's father was an unsuccessful partner in a private bank. Mrs. Green's father, Otis Staples, built a lumber mill near Cranbrook; she married in 1905. She describes Cranbrook's first hospital in 1904. TRACK 2: Green continues by discussing Sullivan Mine operating before it was sold; why the town always turned out for theatrical and musical companies; the Cranbrook to Vancouver route, which required switching boats and trains seven times; the mines keeping the businesses in Cranbrook alive; and Staples Mill going out of business after WWI.

Lindsay Annabel Stonehouse interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Lindsay Stonehouse: Lindsay and her family, the Roys, came to D'Arcy from Scotland in the mid-1920s. The family operated the D'Arcy lodge for five or six years, feeding PGE passengers and getting to k;now the railroaders. Lindsay now lives in retirement in Lillooet.;

Mount Stephen

Actuality. "The camera was mounted ahead of a locomotive travelling over a single track winding in and around points in the Canadian Rockies. The camera photographed the side areas of the track, showing trees, telegraph poles, and some running water by the roadbed." (LOC catalogue description, quoted in Colin Browne)

Opening of Bridge River : final stage

The item consists of unedited footage from 1960. It shows the opening ceremonies of the Bridge River Hydro-Electric Project, Second & Final Stage, September 8, 1960. Includes people en route to opening by bus and train, views of transmission towers, turbine rooms, spillways, etc. and officials at site.

Panoramic view, Albert Canyon

Actuality. "'This piece of scenery was taken in the Albert Canyon on the line of the Canadian Pacific [Railway], and is considered to be one of the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. The chief big features of these pictures are the towering cliffs which rise straight up thousands of feet on either side, and between which runs a river, adding materially to the interest of the view, and passing through a tunnel hewn out of solid rock which can be seen from a distance of nearly a mile during the time of approach of the train, forms a very interesting climax to this picture.' Mountain peaks, stands of timber and [telegraph] poles alongside the tracks are all visible from the camera mounted on the front of the train." (Colin Browne)

Panoramic view, Lower Kicking Horse Canyon

Actuality. "'In this picture we show the ending of this canyon, taken from the front of a locomotive on the Canadian Pacific [Railway], running through this marvellous piece of scenery at a high rate of speed. The train seems to be running into the mountains of rock as each curve is reached and rounded, making the scene exciting from start to finish." (quoted by Colin Browne)

Panoramic view, Lower Kicking Horse Valley

Actuality. "'This charming piece of scenery commences at Mt. Hector on the Canadian Pacific [Railway] and runs through the Valley of the Kicking Horse, showing the huge mountains covered with snow. It is among the most interesting of our Rocky Mountain panoramic series. As the train runs along the Kicking Horse River, we see in the distance Mt. Field and Mt. Stephen, both 10,000 feet above the level, and passing through a tunnel cut through a mountain of solid rock we finally enter the town of Field, which is in the heart of the Ottertail group. As a panoramic mountain picture this is the most thrilling, as the audience imagines while they are being carried along with the picture, the train will be toppled over thousands of feet into the valley below.' Sometimes streams can be seen, and telegraph poles. A group of Chinese workmen is scattered by the train. The camera mounted on the cowcatcher records the slow entrance into Field and passes a railroad siding with several boxcars, a water tower and a few one-story buildings, the film ends before a good view of the town is possible." (Colin Browne)

Panoramic view, Upper Kicking Horse Canyon

Actuality. "'This charming piece of scenery was taken at Glenochole and Golden which is the commencing point of the picturesque part of the Ottertail Group of mountains on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. In the distance we see the huge mountains towering thousands of feet above the railroad tracks, the peaks of the mountains being covered with snow. The picture being taken from the front of an engine while the train is running a distance of several miles gives an excellent view of this beautiful section of the country.' The train also crosses bridges. (Colin Browne)

Phyllis Kellis interview

CALL NUMBER: T0611:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Phyllis Bryant Kellis recalls some of her experiences homesteading in the Cariboo-Chilcotin area, 1919 to 1928. Mrs. Kellis offers a description of her rail journey to Clinton, her first few months in the area, her experience working for Mr. Becher at a hotel in Riske Creek, the ranch at Soda Creek, the story of how her wagon burned on the way to Tatla Lake, a detailed description of her journey to Tatla Lake, her first Christmas there, her life there and hard times at Soda Creek. TRACK 2: Mrs. Kellis discloses more details of life at Tatla Lake: school, stages, a description of her cabin there. She describes how the arrival of mail was seen as a social event, an unfriendly neighbor, an encounter with a traveling pianist while playing for a dance at Soda Creek, her move to Williams Lake and her music.

CALL NUMBER: T0611:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-07-21 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Kellis discusses her musical background, Lord Tweedsmuir's visit to Tweedsmuir Park in 1937, Mrs. Kellis's piano, Mrs. Kellis's health problems being the impetus for a move to BC from Seattle, and more on her first days in BC. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Rails to romance

The item is a promotional film from ca. 1946 showing the route of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway from its southern terminus at Squamish to the Central Interior, and aspects of the area served by the railway. Includes footage of a voyage from Vancouver to Squamish on Union Steamship's "Lady Alexandra", with a stop at Bowen Island; sports and recreation at Alta Lake; cattle drive; wheat fields; placer mining; logging; PGE crews at work.

Includes footage of: Anderson Lake, Barkerville, Bowen Island, Bridge River, Clinton, D'Arcy, Lillooet, Quesnel, Seton Lake, Squamish, Wells, Williams Lake, Alta Lake, Birkenhead River, Lac La Hache, Rainbow, Vancouver, Cariboo Region, Cheakamus River

Rails to romance

Promotional film. The route of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway from its southern terminus at Squamish to the Central Interior, and aspects of the area served by the railway. Includes footage of a voyage from Vancouver to Squamish on Union Steamship's "Lady Alexandra", with a stop at Bowen Island; sports and recreation at Alta Lake; cattle drive; wheat fields; placer mining; logging; PGE crews at work.

Includes footage of: Anderson Lake, Barkerville, Bowen Island, Bridge River, Clinton, D'Arcy, Lillooet, Quesnel, Seton Lake, Squamish, Wells, Williams Lake, Alta Lake, Birkenhead River, Lac La Hache, Rainbow, Vancouver, Cariboo Region, Cheakamus River

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