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Sangster family

Series consists of negatives and prints relating to the Sangster’s family life. This includes photographs of Sangster residences, his immediate family, and extended family.

Sangster, J. Lewis


Series consists of photographs that primarily document Corbould family members time serving in the Canada's military. Many of the photos were taken by Charles Bernard (C.B.) Corbould who served in Egypt and North Africa during World War One.

Stretton Academy of Music

Beatrice and Mabel Cave-Browne Cave were gifted musicians who taught music to many residents of New Westminster for many years. This series consists of notebooks, loose notes, essays and instructions, music and dance guides, music notation, general inspection report, and a guest book.

Cave-Browne-Cave (family)

Family records

Series consists of a book on the genealogy of the Homer name, published in 1889, several drafts of a typewritten document entitled "Memories of My Early Childhood Days in New Westminster, B.C." The document includes a description of the Bushby House, interactions with First Nation members, and Sir John A. Macdonald's visit to New Westminster of 1886. There is also a Christmas Greetings card, and notes written presumably by Ethel Louise.

Homer (family)


Series consists of minutes created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women during the course of their meetings. The minutes reveal the changing concerns of the Local Council of Women, comprised of a large variety of topics of interest to the Council. The minutes record information such as the election of a president and various chairs, resolutions on subjects of concern, reports from members, and the Council’s discussions on fulfilling their duties. All fourteen volumes are handwritten, although some of the later volumes include the occasional typed minutes, and all have maintained good condition.

Peter Peebles' scrapbooks

Series contains three scrapbooks compiled by Peter Peebles as well as later notes written by Priscilla Galloway about the scrapbooks.

Photographs: titled and dated

Series consists of negatives that were stored in individual envelopes by the photographer. In almost all cases, the date the photographs were taken and a brief description was typed on each envelope. Each envelope in this series is considered a file. There are 219 files.

Professional records

Series consists four documents relating to professional certification.

Bole family

Josephine Slater - teaching career

Series consists of three files: newspaper clippings, materials pertaining to Canadian Dance World/Lynden Dance Studio, Josephine Slater's Advanced Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing and general photographs.

Slater, Josephine

Account book

Series consists of an account book of the Mecca Tea Rooms.

Mecca Tea Rooms

Home movies

These films have been shot and edited by Norman Lidster. Films feature a variety of subjects and themes. Many films feature scenes shot from Lidster's trips across British Columbia, Eastern Canada and the United States. Many present scenes of his family and different New Westminster celebrations including, opening of the Queenborough Bridge, opening of Irving House as a museum, scenes with the Governor-General Vincent Massey, May Days, and royal visits: 1939, 1951, 1959. Some videos might have been filmed by the Springate family, although this has not been confirmed. This series has been further sub-divided into a series (A.1) featuring only films depicting May Day (some parts on these May Day films do have subjects other then May Day and are clearly indicated).

Lidster, Hugh Norman, b. 1888


Series consists of the published advertisements for the City Market, including newspaper, radio, posters and flyers. Also included are contracts, drafts for advertisements, and promotional $5 gift certificates.

Market Vendors' Association (New Westminster B.C.)

Personal papers

Series consists of personal papers including financial information such as taxation, accounts, agreements, 'valuable' papers, correspondence, a daily journal from 1914, and a family photograph album.

1934 British Empire Games

The 1934 British Empire Games were the second of what is now known as the Commonwealth Games. They were held at the White City Stadium in London, England from August 4–11, 1934, apart from the cycling at Fallowfield Stadium, Manchester, and the swimming, which took place at the Empire Pool in Wembley. Seventeen national teams took part, including the Irish Free State.This series consists of photographs, programmes, a certificate, correspondence, and miscellaneous items related to the 1934 British Empire Games.


This series relates to the schooling of Nina Chapman (Atkinson) and her brother David Atkinson, and Doreen and Janet Chapman. It includes school work, workbooks, and school newsletters and annuals from Doreen and Janet's elementary and secondary schooling, as well as high school entrance and course completion certificates from Nina and David.


Series consists of records that pertain to the purchase and sale of stocks and other investment vehicles by the following companies: Carnavon Holdings, McLeod Investment Corporation Ltd., Alfred W. McLeod Ltd., Realty Securities Ltd., Seeley and Co. Ltd., Westminster Mortgage Corporation Ltd., and Westminster Trust Co. Series contains one stock register book.

Insurance records

Series consists of records that pertain to the insurance activities of the Alfred W. McLeod Company. Series contains two files of textual records, books, and B.C. Underwriters’ index cards for New Westminster properties.

Property Management

Series consists of records that pertain to the property management activities of the Alfred W. McLeod Company. Series contains copies of classified ads and other advertisements placed by the Alfred W. McLeod Company in various newspapers. There is also a list of custodians employed at various properties managed by the Company.


Series consists of ca. 300 black and white prints and ca. 270 negatives. Almost all of these photographs appear to have been taken in conjunction with the McLeod Company’s insurance and property management functions. Thus most of the photographs are of various pieces of property presumably insured, managed, or developed by the McLeod Company. An appraisal of school buildings was carried out in 1950 and a number of photrographs of schools are included in this series.

Membership records

Series consists of records relating to MacKenzie's involvement in a variety of fraternal organizations, societies, or associations including the New Westminster Creamery Association, the New Westminster Riding Conservative Association, Peace Portal Park, Kiwanis Club, District E Farmers Institute, and International Order of Odd Fellows.

Audio recording

Series consists of an audio recording made by Ethel Louise Homer, regarding her life and her recollections of her father.

Homer (family)


Series consists of one volume and one folder of correspondence created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women. The correspondence volume, which is from a much earlier date (1898 – 1923) contains hand-written copies of letters sent to people by the Council, as well as the replies. The folder is of a more contemporary nature (1970 – 1985), and contains typed carbon copies of correspondence. The range of subjects discussed in the correspondence is very wide, encompassing everything from formal invitations to tea to concerns regarding orphans. Near the end of the volume, the content of letters received is no longer copied, only the sender and a vague subject are retained.


This series relates to the personal life and travels of Nina and Harry Chapman. It includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and poetry, passenger lists of various steamer trips the couple took, correspondence, calendars, ration and stamp books from World War Two, various licenses and memberships, certificates, and ephemera relating to their lives in New Westminster.

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