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Minutes from February 28, 1887

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two

  • Correspondence from Yung Chung asking for “protection from Mob”, filed
  • Motion carried to “exempt from taxation for a period of twenty years, the yards, workshops, round houses of the Canadian Pacific Railway…on the North Side of False Creek”
  • Salary of City Engineer doubled from $50 per month to $100
  • As both roads to New Westminster are “almost impassable”, Mayor and Aldermen petition the government to repair these roads

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in October of 2015 by guest transcriber Christopher Stephenson, MLIS Candidate, The University of British Columbia.

Minutes from February 21, 1887

Transcript      Original document

  •  Both water works companies required to submit their final proposals to Council on March 7, 1887
  • $40 granted to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster for care of patients following the 1886 Vancouver fire
  • Establishment of a Jubilee to celebrate both Queen Victoria’s 50th anniversary as monarch, and the completion of the CPR terminus

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in October of 2015 by guest transcriber Christopher Stephenson, MLIS Candidate, The University of British Columbia.

Minutes from Special Meeting February 17, 1887

Transcript     Original document

  • Special Meeting to enable John Boultbee to go to Victoria to carry through the amendments to the City Charter.

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in October of 2015 by guest transcriber Christopher Stephenson, MLIS Candidate, The University of British Columbia.

Minutes from February 14, 1887

Transcript     Original images: part one | part two

  • Hudson’s Bay Co. applied for a wholesale liquor license in connection with groceries.  Refused (vote went 8-2) on the grounds that the current by-law did not permit it
  • One James Pollay asked to use City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to hold an “anti-Chinese meeting” and his request was granted
  • T.T. Black appointed City Auditor
  • Dr. Beckinsale sent in an account for $5.00 for “examining a lunatic”

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in October of 2015 by guest transcriber Christopher Stephenson, MLIS Candidate, The University of British Columbia.

Minutes from Special Meeting February 11, 1887

Transcript     Original document

  • Special Meeting to consider amendments to the City Charter

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in October of 2015 by guest transcriber Christopher Stephenson, MLIS Candidate, The University of British Columbia.

Minutes from February 8, 1887

Transcript     Original document

  • Though unable to grant any money to form a City Band, council granted the band use of City Hall for rehearsal on any available evening
  • The Finance Committee (Ald. David Oppenheimer, chairman) recommends passing of a by-law to raise $150,000
  • The Board of Works to meet every Wednesday at 2:00 and the Fire Water and Light Committee at 3:00

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in October of 2015 by guest transcriber Christopher Stephenson, MLIS Candidate, The University of British Columbia.

Minutes from January 31, 1887

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two

  •  From John M. Stewart; calling the attention of the Council to his inability to hold a Police Court for the trial of H.L. Edson “on account of the Police Magistrate refusing to act
  • Mr. Gallagher having declined to carry out his tender for the clearing of the Cemetery, the tender to go to the next lowest bidder
  • Dr. McGuigan’s account includes charges of $5.00 to examine “Buchanan, a Lunatic” and $10.00 for holding an inquest on A. Cordova

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in October of 2015 by guest transcriber Christopher Stephenson, MLIS Candidate, The University of British Columbia

Minutes from January 24, 1887

Transcript     Original document

  • J. H. Carslile appointed License, Fire, and Health Inspector at a salary of $75 a month, his duties to begin Feb. 1
  • City Clerk to write the Hon. Provincial Secretary asking for a grant of $2000 for the hospital and $1,000 for the Fire Department

These minutes were transcribed in July, 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White
and funded through the generosity of Darrin Pezer at Proactive Building Maintenance

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