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Stanley Park Brewery

Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2013 starts tomorrow!

Last year, we showed you some of our beer-related holdings. This year, we’re featuring an 1898 oil painting of the entrance to Stanley Park. Inset in one corner is the house that became the original Stanley Park Brewery. According to Major Matthews, the house was built by George Grant Mackay at the foot of Georgia Street at a what was then 725 Chilco Street.[1]

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Stanley Park entrance and Stanley Park Brewery. Painted in 1897. Artist anonymous. Reference code AM1562-: 72-574.

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The photography of James Crookall

Thanks to funding provided by the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives, we have been able to describe and digitize over one thousand of James Crookall’s images and make them available online.

James Crookall was born November 7, 1887 in Preston, Lancashire, and came to Vancouver as a child. Throughout his life, Crookall was an avid amateur photographer and an enthusiastic outdoorsman. He was an active member of the Vancouver Photographic Society and regularly exhibited his photographs in international salons. He died on July 27, 1960, and his fonds was donated to the Archives by Mrs. Doris Crookall in 1979.


Self portrait, 1938. Reference code AM640-: CVA 260-978.

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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 27 is UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, and this year’s theme is “Audiovisual heritage: see, hear and learn”. To celebrate we’d like to showcase a few of the moving images we’ve preserved, and introduce our Internet Archive Partner Page for Film.

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If Logs Could Talk: A Brief Introduction to Stanley Park

Main entrance to Stanley Park showing bridge and arch over Coal Harbour - 1890s

This weekend, July 8th-10th, is the Summer Live event at Stanley Park’s Brockton Point.  In celebration of Vancouver’s 125th birthday, Summer Live will exhibit the city’s diverse arts and culture, showcasing artistic workshops, dances, performances and art installations. It will be a celebration of what Vancouver has become in all its 125 years, including:

  • stories and drum songs by members of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations,
  • Coast Salish canoe races in Coal Harbour,
  • free performances by internationally-renowned musical acts, and
  • recreational and family activities on the Brockton Point fields.

Looking south across Coal Harbour towards Downtown from Brockton Point

An Untouched Landscape Despite Be-Ins, Murder and Banks Heists

While Vancouver’s skyline has changed somewhat over 125 years, Stanley Park’s natural landscape – with the exception of the odd wind storm – has remained relatively unscathed since the city’s beginning in 1886. The park continues to be the city’s natural fixture. When you are at Brockton Point this weekend, stroll along the seawall or through the trails and appreciate the park’s history.

Many events  have taken place in Stanley Park since its beginnings, and thanks to Major Matthews and his habit of collecting, numerous newspaper clippings documenting these events have been kept. They can be a very valuable resource when the Archives does not have a record of these events in any other form.

Vancouver newspaper clipping from April 15, 1968

Traffic has always been heavy on the Stanley Park causeway during rush hour. If you’re attending this weekend’s festivities, hopefully you can avoid this. During the late 60s, though, traffic jams could have been due to factors other than vehicle volume.  Continue reading