Documents of Early Vancouver


Minutes from March 12, 1888

Transcripts     Original Documents: part one | part two

  • Mr. Pitt asks remuneration for loss of leg through being run over by fire engine.
  • Mr. Abbott [CPR] asked to kindly remove fence on Heatley Avenue and to construct crossing on railway.
  • Numerous calls for tender to improve streets. Bridge on Pender Street near brewery, etc.
  • Money put aside for the building of Granville Bridge to ultimately connect with North Arm bridge.

Minutes from March 5, 1888

Transcripts      Original documents: part one | part two | part three

  • Five dollar reward to report those dumping on city streets.
  • Approved $20 to man whose team of horses had been destroyed after being infected by glanders.
  • Approval to raise $125,000 by way of debentures for general improvements.
  • Request to provincial government to sell lands for settlement.
  • Note that in these times every individual payment needed to be approved by the Council so most meetings had extensive lists of costs.

Minutes from February 27, 1888

Transcripts      Original documents: part one | part two

  • Rev. Robson asks to restrict liquor traffic. No action taken.
  • Request to sign advertising case on Cordova Street.
  • Several requests for improvements to streets.
  • Petition to amend the charter reducing qualifications for office and voting.
  • Request for bridge over North Arm to Lulu Island and another to Sea Island to reduce the cost of produce.

Minutes from Special Meeting February 23, 1888

Transcripts      Original documents

  • Special meeting to review an agreement between the City and Claude Gauthier to build a smelting works within city limits

Minutes from February 13, 1888

Transcripts      Original documents: part one | part two

  • Request to the federal government for a bridge across the North Arm of the Fraser River.
  • Request to relax by law for the mixing of mortar on the street.

Minutes from February 6, 1888

Transcripts      Original documents: part one | part two

  • Request to the federal government to build lighthouse at First Narrows because of large increase in vessels.
  • Request to federal government for permission to build Granville Bridge to ultimately connect to North Arm of the Fraser River.

Minutes from January 30, 1888

transcripts     original documents

  • Ald. Brighouse granted three months leave of absence.
  • Map of Foreshore of False Creek submitted.
  • Petition from city officials asking their salary be paid on the first of every month.
  • Report requested for comparison of cost on vitrified or wooden sewers and making them deep enough to drain basements.
  • Board of Works empowered to find a dumping ground.
  • Estimate of cost of gravelling Park Road.

Minutes from January 23, 1888

Transcripts       Original Documents

  • Committee appointed to meet with Richmond Committee regarding constructing bridges from Lulu Island and Sea Island.
  • Map submitted with streets with sewers and plans for additional.
  • Alexander and Oppenheimer recommend street trees be planted.
  • Request to Province for 64 acres of land in Hastings Townsite for public park for recreation.
  • Request to the Post Office that Vancouver has 6000 people and is growing; it needs letterboxes stationed in various parts of the city.
  • Bylaws for regulating storage of gunpowder and firing of guns in the city.
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