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Mayors and Aldermen in Early Vancouver:

Vancouver City Council 1894

Vancouver City Council 1893

Vancouver City Council 1892

Vancouver City Council 1891

Vancouver City Council 1890

Vancouver City Council 1889

Vancouver City Council 1888

Vancouver City Council 1887

Vancouver City Council 1886

Citizens of Early Vancouver:

Vancouver City Directories online: 1860 – 1955
The Vancouver public library hosts these online directories.  Choose the year you want to see, then you can search by last name or by street if you are researching a building or a neighbourhood.