Emily Patterson’s midnight canoe journey

Vancouver author Lisa Anne Smith suggested we ask the Transcribimus community to take on this four-page letter about Vancouver pioneer Emily Patterson. Emily set out during a dangerous gale in the autumn 1883 to save the life of Mrs. Erwin,

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Vancouver Chinese Merchants’ Exchange letter to Thomas Tracy – 1896

On September 14, 1896, Imperial Statesman Li Hung Chung visited Vancouver. The Vancouver Chinese Merchants’ Exchange asked the City Engineer, Col. Thomas Tracy to design a triumphal arch for the occasion, and sent him this letter of thanks for his

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A Vancouver child’s letter to grandma – October 18, 1909

This anonymous Vancouver child of 1909’s letter is in the Vancouver City Archives, [Reference AM336-S2] and indexed as “letter from unidentified child”. Assigned to write a letter during school hours, the child apparently took a break mid-sentence from writing to

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Rev. H.G. Fiennes-Clinton’s letter home – April 3, 1886

Rev. H.G. Fiennes-Clinton was one of the first clergy of St. James’ Church in the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.  On April 3, 1886, he wrote a letter to his sister-in-law “Lucilla”, Mrs. Clement Fiennes-Clinton, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England, telling

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Mrs. B.T. Rogers reminiscences – 1885-1886

In the City of Vancouver Archives we found these reminiscences, written by Mrs. B.T. Rogers (born Mary Isabelle Angus) at age 85. She shares her memories of Vancouver seventy years prior, when she visited as a sixteen year old girl. 

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Videos about early Vancouver

A ride through Victoria and Vancouver 1907 (Vancouver begins at about 3.14) released by the Canadian archives in Ottawa, and enhanced by youtube user guy jones. Sam Sullivan has made several Kumtuks videos about Vancouver in the early days: naming

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The ward system in Vancouver, 1886

One of the first things the Mayor and Aldermen did when forming a government was to divide Vancouver into five Wards. This was done through Vancouver By-Law No. 3 Here are the ward boundaries established in 1886, superimposed onto an

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Vancouver By-law No. 3 dividing the City into Wards

This transcript was made in March of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Mary Ann Capistrano original handwritten by-law here By Law dividing the City of Vancouver into Wards Whereas the Act of Incorporation the Council of the City of Vancouver is

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Reading the handwritten minutes

Reading the original handwriting from the early Vancouver City Council minutes can be a challenge. The nineteenth-century script is a spiky form of cursive, written with pen and ink; not always easy for twenty-first century eyes to decipher. Some of

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