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Account book

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

Mecca Tea Rooms


Series consists of records that pertain to the Dominion Trust Co.’s role as a trustee and/or executor of wills. Individuals deposited their wills with this company for safe-keeping. Series contains one box of wills.


Series consists of a photograph album belonging to one of the owners, Ruth Petter, that documents the Tea Rooms and the lives of its owners.

Mecca Tea Rooms


Series consists of three maps; trench maps of Amiens, France and Valenciennes, Belgium, and a map of Brussel-Namur.

Bole family

Teaching - Jane Murie Peebles

Series consists of two files, one containing a portfolio of teaching materials for an art class and another containing records pertaining to Jane Murie's teaching career.

Stock registry

Series consists of records that pertain to the issuance of shares to investors. The series contains one registry book.


This series includes photographs and slides taken by the family and studio portraits of family members. The majority of the images are from Nina and Harry's travels in the 1960's and 1970's, including images of them and their travel companions in England, the Rocky Mountains and Alberta, Victoria and various places in the United States. The series also includes images of the family and their house in New Westminster, events and locations in New Westminster, family member's involvement with community organizations, and school class pictures.

Lady Aberdeen ephemera

Series consists of items related to Lady Aberdeen, the creator of the Council of Women. Items included are a history of the Council of Women, correspondence from Lady Aberdeen, and published material created by Lady Aberdeen.

Income debentures

Series consists of records that pertain to the issue of debentures to investors. Series consists of income debentures in denominations of $100.00 and $500.00 dollars. They are filed by investor name. Series contains debenture certificates.

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.

1936 Olympics

Noel Oxenbury participated at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. She competed for the 100 metre backstroke event, but was eliminated the first round. This series consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, speech, and correspondence related to the 1936 Olympics.


Series consists of a minutes book that contains the resolutions and decisions, and financial information of the business.

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.


Series consists of yearbooks created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women. The year books were released annually, and recorded the history of the council, past presidents, current officers, affiliated societies, life members, reports from the president, secretary and standing committees, financial statements, and the minutes of the annual meeting. The year books also contain advertisements from businesses in New Westminster.

1938 British Empire Games

Noel Oxenbury competed at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney and won a gold medal in the 4×110 yard freestyle relay alongside Phyllis Dewar, Dorothy Lyon, and Mary Baggaley. She also placed fourth in the 3×110 yard medley relay with Baggaley and Joan Langdon and competed in the 110 yard backstroke. Due to the onset of World War II, the games were not held again until 1950.This series consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, a diary, and miscellaneous items related to her participation at the 1938 British Empire Games.


Series consists of negatives, prints and postcards from J. Lewis Sangster’s time serving in World War I. These include photographs that were taken by J. Lewis Sangster himself, as well as postcards that he had collected and/or sent during his time overseas. There are also photographs of J. Lewis Sangster’s son Ross during WWII.

Sangster, J. Lewis

New Westminster subjects

Series consists of negatives, prints and postcards from J. Lewis Sangster’s time spent growing up and living in New Westminster.

Sangster, J. Lewis

Combined home and commercial produced films

These films contain parts filmed by Norman Lidster and parts purchased by him that have been spliced together on the same film reel. Parts of film shot by Norman are scenes of a trip to Yellowstone National Park, the New Westminster Hyack Anvil Battery, family scenes and a trip to Grand Coulee Dam. Parts of film purchased by Norman include multiple 1920s Hollywood short clips on various topics.

Lidster, Hugh Norman, b. 1888

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.

New Westminster Credit Women’s Breakfast Club

Series consists of a book entitled “History of the New Westminster Credit Women’s Breakfast Club.” The Breakfast Club was organized on August 5, 1934, with the purpose of promoting the interests of women who were employed in the credit profession. The book contains an account of what the club did on specific dates, written by different club historians over the years. The book presumably belonged to a member of the Local Council of Women.

Personal items

Series consists of small personal items belonging to J. Lewis Sangster, which he collected during his time living in New Westminster, pertaining to New Westminster, his military service, his travels and correspondence. Items include newspaper clippings, tickets, membership cards, postcards, business cards and commemorative ephemera.

Sangster, J. Lewis

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