The Award-Winning City Reflections DVD is now available.
The DVD contains the 53-minute main feature, which was
shown on May 22, 2008.
from William Harbeck 1907 film
This main feature is based on the earliest known surviving
film footage of Vancouver, shot in 1907 by William Harbeck
from the front platform of a streetcar as it made its way
through the streets of downtown and the West End. Besides
the main feature and 1907 film, it also includes a full-screen
version of the same route in 2007. Many additional features
round out the DVD including news items from 1907, interviews
with film and streetcar historians, and more on the intriguing
life of filmmaker William Harbeck who died in the Titanic
disaster of 1912.
There is also a special film bonus showing Victoria in
1907. Harbeck shot the film just days before his Vancouver
footage. This equally fascinating Victoria footage shows
the Francis Rattenbury-designed B.C. Parliament building,
the Empress Hotel under construction, downtown streets and
views along the Gorge waterway.
For more information or to order your copy of the City
Reflections DVD, please visit www.cityreflections.ca.
Read more about the film here
Awards for City Reflections DVD
British Columbia Historical Federation's Award of Merit, presented by Ronald Greene, BCHF President, in Nelson B.C. on May 16, 2009.
City of Vancouver Heritage Award through the Vancouver Heritage Commission to recognize and honour special projects and accomplishments in the field of Heritage Conservation.
Historical Markers in Vancouver Parks
The Vancouver Park Board has accepted in principle a Vancouver
Historical Society proposal to place two historical markers.
One would be at Hallelujah Point in Stanley Park (near the
totem poles) and the other at Devonian Park (at the foot
of Denman Street), each marking the historical significance
of the area. The Park Board conditions are that the Board
has the final say over the design and the wording, and that
the Vancouver Historical Society must pay for the manufacturing
and installation costs, estimated at $5,500. The Society
is currently looking for funding for this project.
What follows is the wording that has been proposed for
the signs. This information will be written on laminated
boards, which will be mounted on metal posts.
The first marker would be placed at Hallelujah
Point so that tourists could easily access it from
the parking lot. It would consist of a three-part marker,
each pointing out a different historical aspect of the surrounding
area. Each part would consist of a printed message and photos
or illustrations mounted on an angled board and held up
by a metal post anchored into a cement base.
The Hallelujah Point marker will have three sections.
The left section will have the following words:
Vancouver's First Graveyard From the
1860s until 1887 the deceased from the community here
and from the early settlement of Hastings Mill, located
across the waters near Gastown, were buried along the
shoreline between the Nine O'Clock Gun and the Brockton
Point Lighthouse. Bodies were also buried in the nearby
wooded area. The graveyard was Vancouver's first burial
site but ceased to be used when the Park roadway was built
in 1887 and Mountain View cemetery opened that same year.
The centre section will have this information:
A Thriving Settlement
For several millennia Coast Salish people used this site.
From the 1860s Europeans, Chinese and others built houses
and lived along the shoreline. After Stanley Park was
opened in 1888 the Chinese were the first to be removed.
Others continued to live here until evicted in 1931, the
last person leaving in 1957. One of the families planted
lilac bushes to your far left - they are all that remain
of this thriving community.
The right section will have this text:
Deadman's Island was used by First Nations peoples for
millennia as a place for their dead. From the 1860s Europeans,
Hawaiians, Asians and others, generally with contagious
diseases, were buried there. Others made their homes there.
The federal government, which secured title in 1906, repeatedly
removed the island's varied inhabitants. In 1942 Deadman's
Island became the naval reserve training centre, HMCS
Names of the families will be featured separately
from the main text, perhaps in a box or as part of the border.
They include: Baker, Brew, Brown, untraced Chinese, Cole,
Cummings, De Costa, Dunbar, Fernandez, Gonsalves, Klah Chaw,
Kulkalem, Long, Mannion, Pells, Shwuthchalton, Silviey,
The second marker would be placed at Devonian Park
either near the sidewalk along Georgia Street or along the
shore beside the sidewalk there. As the information is layered,
a single board held up by a metal post would be appropriate.
The Devonian Park marker will have the following
From Coal Seams to a Park
This Site's Layers of History
In 1859, British Royal Navy Captain George Henry Richards
named this bay Coal Harbour, after finding occasional
coal seams within its sandstone. As the coal was of low
quality and very sparse, it proved to be uneconomic to
In the 1860s Coal Harbour was settled by several Hawaiian
families and consequently was known as Kanaka Ranch. They
grew fruit and vegetables as well as fished and hunted
to sustain their small community. They also sold coke,
which they made from the local coal, to Hastings Mill,
located near Gastown, where the men worked. The children
trekked daily along a shore path to school at the Mill.
(Possible family names to be added: Eihu, Keamo, Nahanee,
In 1911 on part of the Kanaka Ranch site, the Patrick
brothers built the Denman Arena, which was one of the
world's largest indoor rinks at the time, holding 10,500
people. It was home to the Vancouver Millionaires who
won the Stanley Cup in 1915. The Arena burned down in
In 1927, Frank Patrick built an auditorium at 1805 West
Georgia Street alongside the Denman Arena. Over the years,
the auditorium and arena hosted boxing and wrestling matches
and many rallies as well as other attractions. Originally
called Denman Auditorium, the name was changed to Georgia
Auditorium in 1952. In 1959 this Vancouver landmark was
In 1984, through the will and determination of a number
of dedicated people and the philanthropy of the Devonian
Institute of Alberta, the Vancouver Parks Board created
the Devonian Harbour Park, which you see today.
Another item could be added to the Denman Arena/Georgia
Auditorium section, which would give a sampling of the many
notables featured over the years at the complex.
Prime Ministers R. B. Bennett and
John Diefenbaker, Premier W. A. C. Bennett
Aimee Semple McPherson
Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Charlie
Parker, Oscar Peterson
Paul Anka, Everly Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald,
Buddy Holly, Jeanette MacDonald, Margaret Truman
Jack Dempsey, The Vancouver Millionaires,
Each marker will be credited to the Vancouver Historical