history

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.)
Santa Claus visits Duckworth’s Department Store in Cloverdale, 1949. (Courtesy of City of Surrey Archives / SM.62)

HISTORY: Dark days of Second World War challenged Cloverdale’s Christmas spirit

Community looks local as rationing and blackout curfews limit Cloverdale residents

  • Dec 26, 2018
Santa Claus visits Duckworth’s Department Store in Cloverdale, 1949. (Courtesy of City of Surrey Archives / SM.62)
Andrea Pickard, Planner with Central Saanich, sits on a bench and enjoys the view of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Don Denton photography

Walking the Crossroads of Central Saanich History

From pub to church, examining local historical landmarks

  • Dec 4, 2018
Andrea Pickard, Planner with Central Saanich, sits on a bench and enjoys the view of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Don Denton photography
‘Iron Road West’ is White Rock author Derek Hayes’ latest illustrated history. (Harbour Publishing)

‘Iron Road West’ launches this Friday from Cloverdale rail station

Illustrative history on B.C. railways is White Rock author Derek Hayes’ 18th book

‘Iron Road West’ is White Rock author Derek Hayes’ latest illustrated history. (Harbour Publishing)
The 1881 Town Hall, ready for transport to its new home at the Museum of Surrey. The town hall was housed in the BC Vintage Truck Museum, once the Surrey Museum, and surrounding additions were demolished in order that the hall could be extracted. (Brian Leong)

HISTORY: 137-year-old ‘civic treasure’ was Surrey’s original town hall, a poultry barn and museum

1881 Town Hall slated to be moved to Museum of Surrey’s heritage campus

  • Sep 12, 2018
The 1881 Town Hall, ready for transport to its new home at the Museum of Surrey. The town hall was housed in the BC Vintage Truck Museum, once the Surrey Museum, and surrounding additions were demolished in order that the hall could be extracted. (Brian Leong)
Cars drive on a flooded Pacific Highway (Hwy 15), south of Fry’s Corner, January 20, 1968. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 180.9.29)

HISTORY: How Fry’s Corner survived floods, Prohibition, and a baby monkey

The story behind the Fry family, and how they transformed a Cloverdale crossing

  • Aug 3, 2018
Cars drive on a flooded Pacific Highway (Hwy 15), south of Fry’s Corner, January 20, 1968. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 180.9.29)
A flood at the Port Mann and the Canadian National Railway shops. Men are in the water, a house, and a railway crossing sign are shown in the flooded area. (Photo courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / SMA89.064.004)

HISTORY: Memories of 1948 Fraser River floods still run strong

Looking back on the Fraser River flood of 1948, 70 years later

  • Jul 3, 2018
A flood at the Port Mann and the Canadian National Railway shops. Men are in the water, a house, and a railway crossing sign are shown in the flooded area. (Photo courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / SMA89.064.004)
Rodeo Queen candidates, May 1951. (City of Surrey Archives / SM.140A)

HISTORY: The Rodeo Queens of Cloverdale

For decades, Rodeo Queens served as ambassadors of the big show

  • May 19, 2018
Rodeo Queen candidates, May 1951. (City of Surrey Archives / SM.140A)
Surrey’s first doctor, Dr. Fred Sinclair, ca. 1930. (Courtesy of City of Surrey Archives / 170S30)

HISTORY: ‘Doc’ Sinclair, Surrey’s first physician

Sinclair instrumental in bringing care, hospital to Surrey patients

  • Apr 10, 2018
Surrey’s first doctor, Dr. Fred Sinclair, ca. 1930. (Courtesy of City of Surrey Archives / 170S30)
The Surrey Historical Society invites families who have lived in Surrey for generations, and those who immigrated or moved to the city during the 20th century, to the workshop series. (pixabay)

Surrey Historical Society to gather personal tales in oral history workshop series

First workshop to be held in North Surrey this fall

The Surrey Historical Society invites families who have lived in Surrey for generations, and those who immigrated or moved to the city during the 20th century, to the workshop series. (pixabay)
From left: Eliza Campbell (Lueta’s mother), Ada Mary Rife (Lueta’s daughter), and Lueta Milton. Ada holds her daughter, Mildred Rife. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 170C06)

HISTORY: Lueta Milton was one of Cloverdale’s first reporters

Lueta Milton wrote a column for the New Westminster Columbian newspaper in the 1890s

From left: Eliza Campbell (Lueta’s mother), Ada Mary Rife (Lueta’s daughter), and Lueta Milton. Ada holds her daughter, Mildred Rife. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 170C06)
The new mural pictures five Fageol ‘Flyer’ trucks, sold to the Municipality of Surrey in the 1930s. Pacific Highway markers stand in front. (Samantha Anderson)

New mural installed at BC Vintage Truck Museum

Cloverdale-based museum’s new mural features five Fageol ‘Flyer’ trucks

The new mural pictures five Fageol ‘Flyer’ trucks, sold to the Municipality of Surrey in the 1930s. Pacific Highway markers stand in front. (Samantha Anderson)
The Cloverdale Library’s upcoming “Ted and Louie’s Wedding” research seminar, presented by Brenda L. Smith, uncovers how to find the story behind “17 September 1901, St. Mary’s Parish Church, Eaton Constantine, Shropshire.” (Cloverdale Library)

Learn how to dig into your own past at upcoming Cloverdale Library workshops

Discover how to navigate tombstone data, land records and more

  • Feb 27, 2018
The Cloverdale Library’s upcoming “Ted and Louie’s Wedding” research seminar, presented by Brenda L. Smith, uncovers how to find the story behind “17 September 1901, St. Mary’s Parish Church, Eaton Constantine, Shropshire.” (Cloverdale Library)
‘War bride ships’ often gave one bunk for a woman to share with her children. (MIKAN 335228x / Library and Archives Canada)

HISTORY: The story of Surrey’s war brides

Love blooms from the ashes of the Second World War

  • Feb 23, 2018
‘War bride ships’ often gave one bunk for a woman to share with her children. (MIKAN 335228x / Library and Archives Canada)
This photograph, dated 1931, shows a crowd admiring a Stinson float plane that had landed to pick up passengers at Crescent Beach. Jack Berry would have been 13 years old when he took this photo. (Jack Berry / surreyhistory.ca)

Surrey historian, photographer Jack Berry passes away at 99

Berry documented Surrey’s history through photos

This photograph, dated 1931, shows a crowd admiring a Stinson float plane that had landed to pick up passengers at Crescent Beach. Jack Berry would have been 13 years old when he took this photo. (Jack Berry / surreyhistory.ca)
Basketball in the Athletic Hall, 1949. Spectators can be seen observing from the balcony. (Photo courtesy of the Surrey Archives, SM57)

HISTORY: Cloverdale’s Opera House and Athletic Hall was the place to be for nearly half a century

A popular venue until it burnt down in 1952 in a blaze so intense it nearly took Cloverdale with it

  • Jan 26, 2018
Basketball in the Athletic Hall, 1949. Spectators can be seen observing from the balcony. (Photo courtesy of the Surrey Archives, SM57)
The family history programming at Cloverdale Library can help learners discover how to access the library’s records and how to properly sort through and understand their own family archives. (Fabien Barral / Unsplash)

Discover your family secrets this year at Cloverdale Library

Upcoming family history programs at Cloverdale Library can help family historians dig in to the past

  • Jan 5, 2018
The family history programming at Cloverdale Library can help learners discover how to access the library’s records and how to properly sort through and understand their own family archives. (Fabien Barral / Unsplash)
The Victoria Day weekend unveiling of the Cloverdale Cenotaph drew quite the crowd. (City of Surrey Archives / 40.5.11)

HISTORY: Cloverdale Cenotaph holds nearly a century of memories

Each of the Surrey residents memoralized in the square have their own story to tell

  • Nov 14, 2017
The Victoria Day weekend unveiling of the Cloverdale Cenotaph drew quite the crowd. (City of Surrey Archives / 40.5.11)