This biography of Vancouver Alderman W. J. Brewer was originally published in the Vancouver Daily World newspaper of December 31, 1888, and transcribed by volunteer Lesley H. in May of 2018.


the colleague of Robt. Clark, in Ward 3, comes into the council for the first time. He came to the Province, from Australia, about 18 years ago, and farmed for a considerable length of time at Mud Bay. He was born in the year 1842 at Falmouth, England. And was brought up and educated there, leaving for the Australian Colonies in 1865. Thinking that he would better himself here, he left Australia and came to British Columbia in 1870. In the year 1882 he, in conjunction with Donald Chisholm, M.P., made the purchase of 36 acres of land just west of the British Columbia Smelting Company’s site, which land has now become immensely valuable. In the year 1885, Mr. Brewer stopped farming, and seeing that the town site of Granville was likely to be transmogrified into the glorious City of Vancouver, came to reside here permanently, and went into contracting with Mr. Fraser. Both are practical carpenters and many buildings in the city show the evidences of their handiwork. Last spring Mr. Brewer erected the fine double residence to be found on Pender Street owned by T. C. Sorby, architect. Of Victoria. Latterly, he acted in the capacity of foreman and overseer in the Lady Stephens and A.G. Ferguson Blocks, on Hastings Street. Mr. Brewer is about 46 years of age and a bachelor. His career in Vancouver, as a private citizen. Has shown him to be an honest, straightforward and outspoken gentleman, one who could be relied upon for keeping his promises and with a level head on his shoulders. The electors of Ward 3 may feel sure that their interests will be well looked after by Mr. Brewer.the colleague of Robt. Clark, in Ward 3, comes into the council for the first time. He came to the Province, from Australia, about 18 years ago, and farmed for a considerable length of time at Mud Bay. He was born in the year 1842 at Falmouth, England. And was brought up and educated there, leaving for the Australian Colonies in 1865. Thinking that he would better himself here, he left Australia and came to British Columbia in 1870. In the year 1882 he, in conjunction with Donald Chisholm, M.P., made the purchase of 36 acres of land just west of the British Columbia Smelting Company’s site, which land has now become immensely valuable. In the year 1885, Mr. Brewer stopped farming, and seeing that the town site of Granville was likely to be transmogrified into the glorious City of Vancouver, came to reside here permanently, and went into contracting with Mr. Fraser. Both are practical carpenters and many buildings in the city show the evidences of their handiwork. Last spring Mr. Brewer erected the fine double residence to be found on Pender Street owned by T. C. Sorby, architect. Of Victoria. Latterly, he acted in the capacity of foreman and overseer in the Lady Stephens and A.G. Ferguson Blocks, on Hastings Street. Mr. Brewer is about 46 years of age and a bachelor. His career in Vancouver, as a private citizen. Has shown him to be an honest, straightforward and outspoken gentleman, one who could be relied upon for keeping his promises and with a level head on his shoulders. The electors of Ward 3 may feel sure that their interests will be well looked after by Mr. Brewer.

W. J. Brewer, Vancouver Alderman

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