New Brunswickers Celebrating Dominion Day in Vancouver, 1912

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1912 had been a year for many new beginnings, and one major disaster, but the first week of July was also a sad one in Canada. Local news centred on the aftermath of the Regina Cyclone, June 30th, in which 28 people died, and in Vancouver, on the drowning of 2 people in First Narrows.

But in 1912, as in the years since 1871 when BC decided to join Canada (July 20, 1871), British Columbians celebrated Dominion Day July 1st.  Here is a glimpse from the past of how some spent their day.

Second Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada, c. 1917. Photographer Stuart Thomson.Second Beach,  c. 1917, photographer Stuart Thomson. Courtesy the City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 99-213.

New Brunswickers Picnicked at Park

Natives of Eastern Province and Their Friends Enjoyed Dominion Day Outing {Vancouver, 1 July 1912].

Natives of New Brunswick and their friends, to the number of several hundred picnicked at Second beach, Stanley Park, yesterday afternoon. A programme of sports was carried out in the afternoon, and the day wound up with an enjoyable repast under the big trees flanking the beach. The youngsters romped the sands and took part in the sports in which they were joined by big brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers.

Towards the close of the day a number of speeches were given by representative New Brunswickers, and a committee appointed for the purpose of electing officers rendered its report. The officers selected were: Mr. W.D. Everett, president; Mr. John Burpee, first vice-president; Mr. James Pelkie, second vice-president; Dr. D. J. Bell, third vice-president; Mr. Harry D. Hipwell, secretary; Mr. W.M. Raymond, treasurer; executive committee, Messrs. Clinton Gray, Charles Olts, J. B. Appleby, Gideon Phillips and Fred Williams.

A[t] 9 o’clock last night officers of the association held a meeting at the office of Dr. Bell, and it was decided that the organization should be known as the New Brunswick Association of British Columbia. A resolution expressive of sympathy for Mrs. Fred Hale, who recently suffered the loss of her husband, one of the prominent public men of New Brunswick, was passed and ordered forwarded to the bereaved lady.

Daily Province, Vancouver, BC, Tuesday 2 July 1912, page 21.

Canadian Veterans Death Cards – World War I – on-line at LAC

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New at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) – Canadian Veterans Death Cards: First World War.
This collection includes Canadian World War I nurses and soldiers, if veterans, and a few others, but only those whose deaths were reported to Veterans Affairs up to the 1960s. The collection does not include those who died overseas during the war.
Before searching, check the Help section for more information and for explanations of abbreviations, etc.
This collection is part of LAC’s digitized microform, so is not searchable. The cards were originally used as an index and were filmed alphabetically. Details can include next of kin, date and cause of death and place of burial.

Website Updates, June 2012

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Two new indexes have been added to the website now, including

British Columbia Auto Permit Holders, 1904-1905 on the Members’ Projects page.

Victoria, British Columbia Naturalization Index, 1859 on the BCGS Research Projects page.

Both of these indexing projects are on-going, so watch for updates.

and the winners of the BCGS Family History Book Award for 2012 have been announced!

And Brief Guides to Genealogy and Family History for both Vancouver and Victoria, BC, Canada are now available on the website, also at the BCGS Research Projects page. These were originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist and have been updated and revised for the website.

‘Trails in Time’ – winner of 2011 BCHF BC Website Award

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Walter Volovsek is the winner of the British Columbia Historical Federation’s 2011 BC Website Award for his attractive and useful site, Trails in Time, “dedicated to the contemplative walker”, and offering descriptions of each trail covered, a look at the trails’ construction, and history articles. Lots of photographs, old and new.

Walter Volovsek has been active in both constructing and interpreting local trails and their history and his book, Trails in Time: Reflections, will be published this August, along with his book on Edward Mahon, one of the founders of Castlegar, BC.