YWCA To Give Magic Lantern Show – June 7, 1897

Magic Lantern Projector

The Y. W. C. A. was granted the use of the Market Hall for a magic lantern lecture*. The lantern shown above is from the Museum of Vancouver online history collection. The Health Committee recommended help for Mrs. Crook, a destitute woman with four children, and for Mr. J. A. Reid, formerly the Pound Keeper, who needed an artificial leg.

This document was transcribed in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Darlene Ochatta.

Illustration Source:
Museum of Vancouver Catalogue no. H971.66.1a-k
Accession no. 70.89.5, 1890s – 1900s

Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 606 – 611

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[Volume 8 page] 606

Vancouver June 7th 1897.

The Council met on Monday June 7th 1897.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, McQueen, Neelands, McPhaiden, Clandenning, W.S. MacDonald, Brown, D.G. McDonald and Coldwell.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Robt T. Burtwell applying for the position of Special Constable at English Bay.

Referred to the Police Committee.

From the City Engineer reporting on City Wharfs and approaches.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From J. Buntzen, Comptroller of the B.C. Elec. Railway Co. sending in Complimentary Tickets to the Mayor, Aldermen and certain City officials and stating that he thought that comprised the officials of the City.

Referred to the Finance Committee.

From T.A. Fee asking for repairs to Broughton Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Messrs Davis, Marshall, Macneill and Abbott enclosing rock crushing contract signed by them on behalf of Miss Kendall and asking that a resolution be passed authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign same and affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

Moved by Alderman Painter; Seconded by Alderman McQueen,

That the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to sign the rock crushing contract and affix the Corporate Seal thereto.


Yeas Aldermen Painter, McQueen, Neelands, D.G. McDonald, Brown & Coldwell.

Nays Aldermen Clandenning, McPhaiden & W.S. McDonald.

[Volume 8 page] 607

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.


From Mrs. J. Johnstone Secy. Y.W.C.A. asking for the free use of the Market Hall for Thursday June 17th for a lecture with Magic Lanterns.

Moved by Alderman Neelands,
Seconded by Alderman McQueen,

That her request be granted.

From H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Ry. Co. stating that the Company would hold the City responsible if a flood gate were erected where it was proposed.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Chas. Hill-Tout*: Hon. Secy. of the Jubilee Committee submitting copy of Minutes passed at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Health Inspector recommending that box drains be constructed through Blocks 21 and 104, Sub 196, and from the City Solicitor stating that the City had the right to construct such where there was no lane.

Referred to the Board of Works.

The following reports were received and read:

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday June 2nd 1897.
Present, the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Clarke & Stuart Supplies $35.05

H.H. Layfield & Co. Supplies $34.75

J. Stevens & Son Supplies $7.60

Evans, Coleman Evans Supplies $26.86

News Advertiser Supplies $19.35

W.J. McGuigan Inquest $10.00

[Volume 8 page] 608

Nelson Drug Store Co. Supplies $1.10

Peter Schneider Supplies $41.12

Champion & White Scavengering $6.50

F.E. Tilley Cemetery Clearing $350.00


From Miss Macfie furnishing Monthly Report.


From Miss Macfie complaining that C.S. Philip had not supplied her with certain goods ordered.


From Miss Macfie stating that the electric lights were turned off promptly, and that burnt out globes were returned and new ones got in their place.


From J. W. McIntosh reporting a case of destitution on Carl Avenue corner Oppenheimer Street being a Mrs. Crook with four small children.

Resolved that the case be looked after by the City if found necessary.

From the Health Inspector, Cemetery Caretaker and Milk Inspector furnishing Reports.


The following applications were received for the position of Medical Health Officer:

From Drs Maclean, Brydone Jack, Poole and Pearson.

Referred to the Council to make the appointment.

Mr. Carter applied for an artificial leg for J. A. Reid the late Pound Keeper.

Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to write to Mr. Carter and ascertain what funds he can collect from the friends of Mr. Reid and report to the Committee when they will consider what action to recommend.

From J. W. Oldfield asking for the modification of the plans for the Women’s Ward.

Left to the Engineer to arrange with him.

sgd. D. McPaiden

The report was adopted on motion of Alderman McPhaiden; Seconded by Alderman Coldwell.

[Volume 8 page] 609

Water and Market Committee

A Special Meeting of the Water and Market Committee was held on Friday June 4th 1897.
Present, the full Board.

Mssrs Hendry and Bucher waited on the Committee, asking for a reduction in the rates for large quantities of water.

It was resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to ascertain the cost per 100 cubic feet for bringing the water into the City with a view to making greater reduction on large quantities if it be thought advisable.

Mrs. Harris of Hornby Street waited on the Committee asking for an extension of time in which to pay her water rates.

Resolved that her account be allowed to run on for the present and that she be allowed to pay the same off by instalments.

It was resolved to call for fresh tenders for the alterations to the Market Shed, tenders to be in by Wednesday 9th inst. by 3 o’clock P.M.

sgd Wm. Brown

Moved by Alderman Brown; Seconded by Alderman Painter
That the Report be adopted.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 4th 1897.
Present, the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

C.L. Brown Witness fees $4.00

Post Master Stamps $20.00

W. Templeton Telegrams $2.50

The World P.&P. Co. Ads $29.16

B.C. Electric Ry. Co. Lights $1485.53

B.E. Lyster & Co. Repairs $20.10

The following contracts were approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and…

[Volume 8 page] 610

…City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto:

Carl Avenue grading Ths. Gibbons

Woman’s [sic] Ward J.W. Oldfield


From C.B. Macneill stating that the Credit Foncier had a mortgage on the property desired by the City on the corner of Pender and Burrard Streets which would be released on payment of $1000.

Resolved that the City Solicitor be instructed to complete arrangements.

The Board received a Deputation from the Militia. They requested that the Provincial Government be communicated with and asked what they intended to do towards providing a site for a Drill Shed in Vancouver.

Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Government and ask what they intend doing towards providing a site for a Drill Shed in Vancouver and bring to their attention the promises made to the Deputation from this City last March.

sgd. Jas McQuinn

Moved by Alderman McQueen; Seconded by Alderman Painter,

That the Report [be] adopted.


Unfinished Business

Under the head of unfinished business the following applications were received for the office of Medical Health Officer:

From Drs I. M. Maclean, W. D. Brydone Jack, J. M. Pearson and Alfred Poole.

The Council proceeded to ballot for the appointment and it was found that Dr. I. M. Maclean received a majority of the Council.

It was then moved by Alderman Brown; Seconded by Alderman W. S. MacDonald,

That Dr. I. M. Maclean be appointed…

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…Medical Health Officer at a salary of $40.00 per month duties to be defined by the Health Committee.



Moved by Alderman McPaiden; Seconded by Alderman Coldwell,

That the following account be paid:

City Treasurer, to money advanced to J. Nettleton. $18.00.


Reconsideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen; Seconded by Alderman Painter,

That the following By-Laws be reconsidered and finally passed and be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate seal affixed thereto:

A By-Law to amend By-Law no. 142

A By-Law to amend By-Law no. 187

A By-Law to provide for the widening of Pender Street.


Notice of Motion

Alderman W.S. MacDonald gave notice that at the next regular meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to provide for the opening up of a lane through Block 108, D.L. 196.

The Council then adjourned.

Jas. McQueen
Chairman pro tem

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Notes from transcriber Darlene Ochotta:

  • The “magic lantern” uses an electic lightbulb, reflector and lenses to magnify and project images which have been mounted onto glass slides. Sometimes accompanied by music or other special effects, magic lantern shows were originally an entertainment but in the 1800s began to be used educationally.

** Charles Hill-Tout (1858–1944) was an ethnologist and folklorist, active in British Columbia from 1891 to 1944. In 1892, he commenced extensive excavations of the Great Marpole Midden in Vancouver for the Art, Historical, and Scientific Association of Vancouver.


Hill-Tout became perhaps Canada’s most important amateur anthropologist, largely through his friendships with the Salish people. He became president of the anthropological section of the Royal Society of Canada, to which he was elected in 1913, and a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain.

-George Woodcock in The Canadian Encyclopedia.