Documents of Early Vancouver


Progress Report: Documents of Early Vancouver

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Minutes from Special Meeting November 18, 1891

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  • Special Meeting held to appoint a Police Magistrate at a salary $125 per month
  • A. Williams was unanimously selected

This document transcribed in June 0f 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Bronwyn Cripps

Minutes from Special Meeting November 13, 1891

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  • Special meeting was held to empower the Mayor and selected aldermen to meet with a delegation from Victoria council on the next day
  • Reason for meeting with Victoria was to agree on expenses to care for Chinese lepers

This document transcribed in June 0f 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Martha Hazevoet

Minutes from November 9, 1891

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  • City Market hall rented for a Temperance lecture for the sum of $10
  • City Hall to be re-insured for $5,000 over 3 years at a premium of $400
  • All correspondence between the City, the Dominion Government and the C.P.R. regarding the leper cases to be published

This document transcribed in July 0f 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Martha Hazevoet

Minutes from October 26, 1891

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  • Recent city census taken by Mackay and Emanuels shows population to be 18,260
  • Finance committee enquired into the City’s advertising in the News-Advertiser, and concluded that there was no over-charging by the newspaper

This document transcribed in August of 2016 by by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston

Minutes from October 5, 1891

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  • James Carnahan offers 20 cents a cord for the wood on the cemetery grounds
  • R.S. Coldwell appointed Police Officer
  • I. Hallet to be paid $125 per month owing since April, and at next meeting to “find out by whose authority Mr. Hallett was struck off the pay roll

This document transcribed in July of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Bronwyn Cripps

Minutes from September 28, 1891

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  • The Board of Health met to discuss the care and treatment of two Chinese lepers formerly employed by the CPR
  • Advertisement for a new Police Magistrate postponed for 3 months
  • Council “cordially endorses” Victoria council’s plan for a BC building at the (1893) Chicago World’s Fair

This document transcribed in June 0f 2016 by Transcibimus volunteer Martha Hazevoet

Minutes from September 14, 1891

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  • Letter received from H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., stating that he was authorized to proceed with the construction of the terminal station at the foot of Granville Street (now Waterfront Station)
  • Moved by Alderman Godfrey, Seconded by Alderman Templeton That the Dominion Government be petitioned to change the name of the “First Narrows” to “Lions Gate” and that of “False Creek” to “Pleasant Inlet”

This document transcribed in June of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Martha Hazevoet

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