Scottish Voices From the West – oral history project launch, April 4, 2012, Vancouver

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On April 4, 2012, in time for Tartan Day (6 April), Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies will launch the first part of the on-line oral history project, “Scottish Voices From the West.”

Join the the launch and demonstration which will coincide with SFU’s Tartan Day Celebration, including piping and fabulous entertainment by the Gaelic Choir and the Vancouver Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society, and a short presentation by Dr. Alison Sheridan on the brand new Museum of Scotland.

The launch and celebration will take place Wednesday, April 4, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm in Room 1420 at SFU at Harbour Centre, 515 East Hastings St., Vancouver, BC.

John Oliver High School, 100th Anniversary, Vancouver, BC, 2012

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John Oliver High School (JO) in Vancouver BC celebrates its 100th Anniversary on Friday evening, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the school at 41st and Fraser.

John Oliver High School Band and Orchestra members with instruments, 1932, Vancouver BC CanadaJohn Oliver High School Band and Orchestra members with instruments, 1932, Vancouver BC Canada. No photographer’s name. Private collection.

Among the activities:

Friday night – Meet & Greet and a concert.
Saturday – Boy Scout breakfast, Time Capsule, Guiness Book of Records aerial photo, multicultural lunch, decade rooms, and a homecoming basketball game complete with cheerleaders from the past – and more.

And the Class of ’62 John Oliver, is holding its 50 year reunion on Thursday, September 20.

The new book, The Story of South Vancouver and John Oliver High School will be available.

Arrangements for registration and accommodation, etc. are being worked out. For more information, visit the John Oliver 100th Anniversary Facebook page, see the John Oliver PAC website and the John Oliver Historical Society site.

West Vancouver – New On-line Photo Collections for 100th

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West Vancouver May Day parade, 1940s


Chamber of Commerce float, West Vancouver May Day parade, Marine Drive, 1940s. Photographer unknown. Courtesy West Vancouver Memorial Library -1802 WVML


To celebrate West Vancouver’s 100th birthday this year, the West Vancouver Memorial Library has launched a new website of historical photographs and documents; over 5,000 records will be or are digitized  So far it looks as if 1400 or so are available to view at:

Some of these photographs are on display at the Library till March 31st, 2012 and there are a number of anniversary events. Check the West Vancouver Memorial Library’s own website for details and the City of West Vancouver’s anniversary website.

These images and documents have been selected from several repositories – the West Vancouver Memorial Library, the British Columbia Archives, Capilano College, the Vancouver City Archives and the Vancouver Public Library. Note the Conditions of Use. Some photographs though are marked as ‘WVML Copyright or Public Domain’ and the conditions for personal use for these are generous. Small .jpg files can be downloaded or better copies purchased from the Library or other repositories.

Roedde House Tour, Vancouver, Feb 5, 2012

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“The Women of Roedde House Museum Tour” by local historians

Sunday February 5th, 2012, 11:00am to 12:30pm

1415 Barclay Street

$5 per person, all proceeds to the Roedde House Preservation Society

*Tour followed by a reception & light refreshments*

maximum 20 people

To arrange pre-paid TICKETS contact: (604) 684-7040 or or email

(order your tickets early as we expect this event to sell out)

Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End is a late-Victorian home in the Queen Anne revival style, built in 1893 for the family of Matilda & Gustav Roedde, the city’s first bookbinder. It has been faithfully restored with period furnishing and family artefacts to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class, immigrant family at the turn of the last century.

TOUR by: Lorraine Irving, (BC Genealogical Society & Mt View Cemetery tours) will speak on the tragic 1925 murder of young nurse Anna Catherine Roedde at Vancouver General Hospital. Lara Campbell, (Herstory Cafe & SFU Women’s Studies) will speak on Women & Domestic Service. Jolene Cumming, (Herstory Cafe & the Stanley Park History Group) will speak on Leisure & Recreational activities of the day.

More info: and

BC Pioneer Register – index update 2005-2011

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BC Pioneer Register Index 2005-2011

The index below includes names mentioned in the BC Pioneer submissions published in the British Columbia Genealogist from 2005 to 2011. These can be seen either at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, BC, or by contacting the BCGS BC Research Committee.

The BC Pioneer Register submissions up to 2004 are indexed in the BCGS publication, Pioneer Register. This is available at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library or a copy can be purchased through the BCGS Publication Committee.

For more information about the BC Pioneer Register project, please see the main BC Pioneer page.

Sept 20051890sVancouver, Sumas Mountain, Straiton Straiton, Thomas BellMay, Mary Ellen / Durbeck, Hilda2628
Sept 20051895Vancouver, Sumas Mountain, Straiton May, Mary Ellen "Nell"Straiton, Thomas Bell2628
Sept 20051890sVancouver Wadds. George2628
Sept 2005By 1892McNyter, C.Z. D.2628
Sept 2005StraitonStraiton, Douglas2628
Sept 2005StraitonStraiton, Arthur2628
Sept 20051891Vancouver MacDonald, William SeamanLogan, Katherine Steel "Kate"2490
Sept 2005By 1893Vancouver Logan, Katherine Steel "Kate"MacDonald, William Seaman2490
Sept 20051891Vancouver MacDonald, AngusThompson, Margaret Isabell "Belle"2490
Sept 20051891Vancouver Thompson, Margaret Isabell "Belle"MacDonald, Angus2490
Dec 20051862VictoriaHolmes, Helen Vandeleur1442
Dec 20051850sVictoria, Fort Langley, Fort KamloopsSimpson, George Stuart1442
Dec 20051853VictoriaLeigh, William1442
Dec 20051815Fort St. James, Fort Langley, VictoriaYale, James Murray1442
Dec 20051871New WestminsterOvens, ThomasRowe, Ruth Suannah1470
Dec 2005c. 1858Salt Spring IslandRobinson, Henry W. Nolan, Margaret / Anderson, Narcissa Jane1635
Dec 2005c. 1858Salt Spring IslandNolan, MargaretRobinson, Henry W. 1635
Dec 2005Salt Spring IslandAnderson, Narcissa JaneRobinson, Henry W. 1635
Dec 2005Antisell, Evans PermerDagan, Gladys Evelyn "Nadine"1635
Dec 20051896Victoria, Mount Lehman, VancouverDagan, Gladys Evelyn "Nadine"DayanAntisell, Evans Permer / Thomson, Wilford Ernest1635
Dec 2005By 1881Victoria, Salt Spring Island, Dayan, David Horace RobertDaganRobinson, Margaret1635
Dec 2005Salt Spring IslandRobinson, MargaretDayan, David Horace Robert1635
Dec 2005By 1867Salt Spring IslandNorton, JohnLouisa / Robinson, Annie1635
Dec 2005By 1867Salt Spring IslandLouisa Norton, John1635
Dec 2005Salt Spring IslandRobinson, AnnieNorton, John1635
Dec 2005By 1871Salt Spring IslandBittancourt, Estaino JosephRobinson, Mary1635
Dec 20051858Salt Spring IslandRobinson, MaryBittancourt, Estaino Joseph1635
Dec 2005Mount Lehman, VictoriaThomson, Albert OtisHogg, Marguerite Daisy1635
Dec 2005Hogg, Marguerite DaisyThomson, Albert Otis1635
Dec 2005Mount LehmanThomson, Arthur R.1635
Dec 2005Mission, Mount Lehman,KamloopsThomson, Mildred ElizabethHaywood-Farmer, Stewart Frank1635
Dec 2005Mount LehmanThomson, Thomas EdgarHogg, Rose1635
Mar 20061878VictoriaKettle, William HenryPerrin, Eliza Martha "Liza"3596
Mar 2006VictoriaPerrin, Eliza Martha "Liza"Kettle, William Henry3596
Mar 2006Vancouver Mahon, EdwardRebbeca Caroline Julia "Lilette"3606
Mar 2006Vancouver Rebbeca Caroline Julia "Lilette"Mahon, Edward3606
Mar 2006Vancouver, ChilliwackDempster, William ArnoldRounsefell, Mary Chipman3606
Mar 2006Vancouver, Chilliwack, ClayburnRounsefell, Mary ChipmanDempster, William Arnold3606
Mar 20061893Vancouver, VictoriaRebbeck, James KnightD'Abbadie, Emily Caroline Elizabeth3606
Mar 2006Vancouver, VictoriaD'Abbadie, Emily Caroline ElizabethRebbeck, James Knight3606
Jun 20061886New Westminster, Coquitlam, Harrison MillsKilby, ThomasFinlay, Eliza Anne3460
Jun 20061888New Westminster, Coquitlam, Harrison MillsFinlay, Eliza AnneTompkins / Kilby, Thomas3460
Jun 20061890sNew Westminster, South Cariboo, Harrison MillsKilby, ActonBarton, Jessie Isabella3460
Jun 20061896Clinton, Vancouver, Merritt, BurnabyBarton, Jessie IsabellaKilby, Acton3460
Jun 20061890Clinton, Vancouver Cunningham, Margaret Beaton Barton, Tom 3460
Jun 20061872Polly's Lake, VancouverBarton, Tom Cunningham, Margaret Beaton 3460
Jun 20061880CaribooCunningham, John3460
Dec 20061871Cariboo, Vancouver, Ladysmith, Comox ValleyPritchard, James Archibald "Archie"Cameron, Margaret 'Maggie"3371
Dec 20061880sComox ValleyCameron, Margaret 'Maggie'Pritchard, James Archibald "Archie"3371
Jun 2008South VancouverPederson, Jens PeterLauritsdatter, Lauritsen, Margrethe
Jun 2008South VancouverLauritsdatter, Lauritsen, MargrethePederson, Jens Peter
Jun 20081894-1897MidwayJohnston, EdwardWallace, Catherine4913
Jun 20081894-1897MidwayWallace, CatherineJohnston, Edward4913
Mar 20101888Vancouver Robertson, HarvieTaylor, Hattie4474
Mar 20101888Vancouver Taylor, HattieRobertson, Harvie4474
Sept 20101853Fort Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, SaanichtonSimpson, HenryButton, Adelaide5181
Sept 20101853Fort Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, SaanichtonButton, AdelaideSimpson, Henry5181