Vancouver sends $500 for Springhill mining disaster relief – Feb 24, 1891

Council read a telegram from the mayor of Halifax calling for assistance for the sufferers of the Springhill Disaster. $500 was telegraphed at once for their relief.  [editor’s note: The Nova Scotia provincial Archives maintains a database of Nova Scotia mining fatalities as well as a more general history of mining from the seventeenth century to the present]

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Christopher Stephenson
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 page 246 only

Vancouver Feb. 24th, 1891.

A special meeting of the Council was held on Tuesday February 24th 1891 at 1.30 P.M.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown, McDowell and DePencier.

The meeting was called for the purpose of considering a telegram which was received from the Mayor of Halifax calling for assistance for the sufferers by the Springhill Disaster; where about 117 lives were lost, and many children left fatherless and many widows mourning.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brown,

That $500.00 be telegraphed at once to the sufferers.

The Council then adjourned,

D. Oppenheimer

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk