history

Members of the Heritage Rail Players sit in the “Connaught” rail car at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

PICTURES: Heritage Rail Players visit railway station in Cloverdale

Still no decisions on whether or not Surrey’s heritage rail will open in 2020

Members of the Heritage Rail Players sit in the “Connaught” rail car at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)

B.C. museum releases more than 16,000 historical photos of Indigenous life

Digitized images preserved and shared with Indigenous communities

An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)
A woman crosses 176 Street. Duckworth’s and the Cloverdale Hotel can be seen on the right. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives / 180.1.85)

Cloverdale: The Historic Heart of Surrey

A short history of Cloverdale and Clayton Heights

  • Jun 16, 2020
A woman crosses 176 Street. Duckworth’s and the Cloverdale Hotel can be seen on the right. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives / 180.1.85)
View of the newly constructed 1912 Municipal Hall at Highway 10 and 176A Street. The 1912 Hall is currently the home of the Surrey Archives. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 180.1.95)

A Walk Through Time

A tour of Cloverdale’s historic heart

  • Jun 15, 2020
View of the newly constructed 1912 Municipal Hall at Highway 10 and 176A Street. The 1912 Hall is currently the home of the Surrey Archives. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 180.1.95)
Surrey history buff transcribes her way to a provincial award

Surrey history buff transcribes her way to a provincial award

‘It can be tedious work but it’s also very interesting,’ Diane Johnson says

Surrey history buff transcribes her way to a provincial award
Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)

BCHF conference once again slated for Cloverdale

Surrey Historical Society to host 2021 history conference

Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)
A memorial headstone with two names – Frank and Louise Johnson – was recently found at a property along 13 Avenue in South Surrey. (Contributed photo)

Ocean Park memorial marker to be returned to family

Headstone engraved with names of Frank and Louise Johnson to reside at nearby property in meantime

A memorial headstone with two names – Frank and Louise Johnson – was recently found at a property along 13 Avenue in South Surrey. (Contributed photo)
Curious neighbour solves Ocean Park headstone mystery

Curious neighbour solves Ocean Park headstone mystery

Bill Field tracks down information after work crews discover memorial at under-development property

Curious neighbour solves Ocean Park headstone mystery
Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin
A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thumbprint, hairbrush: Franklin wreck in Nunavut waters reveals sailors’ lives

In 2019, the Parks Canada team produced extraordinary images of the HMS Terror

A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Kamloops sculptor casting Canada’s forefathers in bronze

Four of Canada’s early prime ministers will be cast in bronze at a shop in Knutsford, B.C.

  • Feb 9, 2020
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
Cemetery tour offers chance to discover ‘real-life love stories’

Cemetery tour offers chance to discover ‘real-life love stories’

City of Surrey event to be hosted by historian Sue Bryant

Cemetery tour offers chance to discover ‘real-life love stories’
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

The best of both worlds in hotel condo

  • Dec 11, 2019
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit
Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria

Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria

Painter is also an art writer and art historian

  • Sep 27, 2019
Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria
HISTORY: How do you keep Surrey kids out of trouble? Make them mayor.

HISTORY: How do you keep Surrey kids out of trouble? Make them mayor.

Teen Towns provided entertainment, life experience for post war-era teens

  • Sep 6, 2019
HISTORY: How do you keep Surrey kids out of trouble? Make them mayor.
The Hard Times Dance, held by the Surrey United Soccer Club in October 1969. From left: Don Dempke, Joan Sewell, Wayne and Virginia Heinz. They were the prize-winning couples in the costume parade that evening. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / SA1992.036.16161)

HISTORY: Surrey hoedowns and ‘moonlight dances’ were the place to be

Dancing, revelry united community members of all ages

The Hard Times Dance, held by the Surrey United Soccer Club in October 1969. From left: Don Dempke, Joan Sewell, Wayne and Virginia Heinz. They were the prize-winning couples in the costume parade that evening. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / SA1992.036.16161)
Founding family of the Peninsula

Founding family of the Peninsula

Jennifer Rausch is the latest descendant to open a business maintaining the family’s ties to the area

  • Jul 12, 2019
Founding family of the Peninsula
William (Bill) Robinson was a familiar face at Surrey’s Heritage Rail. (Contributed)
William (Bill) Robinson was a familiar face at Surrey’s Heritage Rail. (Contributed)
The building located at 7791 192 Street had been a private residence for decades before it was torn down on June 26. It was built in the 1920s as a church. (Frank Bucholtz)

Cloverdale church built by freed slave, Japanese immigrants quietly demolished

Building had been private residence for decades before being torn down on June 26

The building located at 7791 192 Street had been a private residence for decades before it was torn down on June 26. It was built in the 1920s as a church. (Frank Bucholtz)
Training exercise at the Cloverdale Emergency Hospital. (City of Vancouver Archives / CVA 586-2173 / Don Coltman, Steffens Colmer-Studios Ltd.)

HISTORY: Cloverdale created an emergency hospital during the Second World War

The community came together during a time of need

  • May 14, 2019
Training exercise at the Cloverdale Emergency Hospital. (City of Vancouver Archives / CVA 586-2173 / Don Coltman, Steffens Colmer-Studios Ltd.)