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Introduction

West End - Postcard - Looking west down Davie Street

West End – Postcard – Looking west down Davie Street

This site is about the history of the West End in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, starting in the late 1800s and running to about 1920. It deals mostly with the West of Denman area, which runs from Denman Street on the east to Stanley Park on the west, and from Coal Harbour on the north to English Bay on the south.

This is an outline of what is on the site:

  1. Historical Background, including street layout and street names
  2. Houses and individual named buildings
  3. Biographies and business names

The About page gives more details on the general nature of this site.

At this point, I haven’t included many pictures showing the buildings that are currently on each site. Below are sources for some current buildings. I don’t have any connection to these sites, but they are useful:

  1. Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building Location Map for West End: http://www.6717000.com/downtownmaps/map6-l.php
  2. Vancouver Real Estate: Les Twarog and Sonja Pederson: Strata Building List for West End: http://www.6717000.com/region-6.html#listofbuildings

William Harry Burley (1882-1958)

I added a new page on William Harry Burley. He was a building contractor and real estate broker. He and his brother, Leonard Burley, lived at 835 Park Road (later called Lagoon Drive) from 1909 to 1911. William sometimes spelled his last name “Burleigh”; Leonard generally used “Burley” for his last name.

James Burke (1869-1954)

I added a new page on James Burke. He was a seaman and longshoreman who lived at 1800 Alberni Street from 1903 to 1917.

He may also have lived at 1801 Alberni Street in 1901, although the insurance maps from 1897 to 1912 do not seem to include a house at 1801 Alberni Street.

Arthur Laurie Burke (1887-after 1916)

I added a new page on Arthur Laurie Burke. He was a salesman for the London and Lancashire Life and General Assurance Association. He lived at 2047 Pendrell Street in 1913.

William David Burdis (1846-1933)

Probably William David Burdis, detail from City of Vancouver Archives CVA 371-2571 - [Group of men who attended a luncheon honouring Captain W.D. Jones], about 1921, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-of-men-who-attended-luncheon-honouring-captain-w-d-jones.

Probably William David Burdis, detail from City of Vancouver Archives CVA 371-2571 – [Group of men who attended a luncheon honouring Captain W.D. Jones], about 1921, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-of-men-who-attended-luncheon-honouring-captain-w-d-jones.

I updated the page on William David Burdis. He was the secretary of the British Columbia Canners’ Association. He lived at 1869 Comox Street from 1906 to 1928.

Richard Strachan Bull (1868-1948)

I added a new page on Richard Strachan Bull. He was a hardware salesman and manager, first for the firm of Wood, Vallance and Leggatt, and later for a series of other hardware businesses.

He lived at 1919 Beach Avenue in 1903, at 1913 Beach Avenue from 1907 to 1908, and at 2044 Comox Street in 1909.

Richard Edward Bunt (1858-1918)

I added a new page on Richard Edward Bunt. He was a canneryman who lived at 1938 Beach Avenue in 1905.

Rupert Charles Buchanan (1867-1962)

I added a new page on Rupert Charles Buchanan (often called “Charles”). He was the manager of Royal Securities Corporation. He lived at 1847 Barclay Street in 1918 and possibly in 1919.

Allan Bryson (1867-1929)

I added a new page on Allan Bryson. He was a carpenter and builder who lived at 1214 Denman Street from 1904 to 1907.

George McLaren Brown (1865-1939)

I added a new page on George McLaren Brown.

PAN P103 - [View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street.

PAN P103 – [View of the 1900 Block and 2000 Block of Nelson Street], http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-1900-block-and-2000-block-of-nelson-street.

In the Vancouver City Archives hard copy of this photograph [Str P182N113], there is a Major Matthews annotation between 1999 Nelson Street (A.E. Tregent) and 1931 Nelson Street (Charles H. Wilson) that says: “Sir Geo McL. Brown, later European Agent, C.P.R.”

The Vancouver directories after 1888 include listings for George McLaren Brown in almost every year until 1901, but nothing shows him anywhere on Nelson Street. However, Major Matthews usually had a good reason when he included information in the archives, so it is possible that Mr. Brown did have a connection with Nelson Street.

George McLaren Brown, detail from Vancouver City Archives, Sp P9 - [Vancouver Rugby Football Team], 1892, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-rugby-football-team

George McLaren Brown, detail from Vancouver City Archives, Sp P9 – [Vancouver Rugby Football Team], 1892, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/vancouver-rugby-football-team

George McLaren Brown was involved with the Canadian Pacific Railway throughout most of his career. He arrived in Vancouver about 1887, where he started as a ticket agent. Later he was called a district passenger, a general agent, and an executive agent.

William E. Brown

I added a new page on William E. Brown. He was a laborer who lived at 1995 Pendrell Street from 1906 to 1909. No other information is available for him at this time.

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