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New Westminster Museum and Archives Series
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Estate files

Series consists of records that pertain to the business and personal activities of the subjects of the files. Each estate file has its own unique collection of records. The original provenance of these records was the subjects of the files. Subsequently these records were used by another party in the course of settling these subjects’ estates. Series contains three boxes of files. These files include deeds, correspondence, invoices, receipts, insurance policies, investment certificates, contracts, indentures, and other records. The series includes several files pertaining to early Sikh residents.

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.

Stock registry

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

Stock transfers

Series consists of records that pertain to transfer of shares among the investors in Westminster Trust Co. The series contains two share transfer books.

Insurance records

Series consists of records that pertain to the insurance activities of the Alfred W. McLeod Company. Series contains two files of textual records, books, and B.C. Underwriters’ index cards for New Westminster properties.


Series consists of ca. 300 black and white prints and ca. 270 negatives. Almost all of these photographs appear to have been taken in conjunction with the McLeod Company’s insurance and property management functions. Thus most of the photographs are of various pieces of property presumably insured, managed, or developed by the McLeod Company. An appraisal of school buildings was carried out in 1950 and a number of photrographs of schools are included in this series.

Photographs and postcards

Series consists of photographs and postcards belonging to the Peebles family. There is also one file of film negatives.


This series relates to the personal life and travels of Nina and Harry Chapman. It includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and poetry, passenger lists of various steamer trips the couple took, correspondence, calendars, ration and stamp books from World War Two, various licenses and memberships, certificates, and ephemera relating to their lives in New Westminster.

Community Organizations

This series contains records primarily relating to the family's involvement in various community organizations. This includes Nina Chapman's involvement with various Parent Teacher Associations and the Pythian Sisters, the Marcia Atkinson's membership in the Ancient Order of the Foresters and The Odd Fellows, and Nina and Harry's roles in the Sapperton Pensioner's Association. The series contains meeting notes, newsletters, reports, membership cards, handbooks, correspondence, conference and convention programs, and a scrapbook. The series includes 5 sub-series: Parent Teacher Associations, Pythian Sisters, Ancient Order of the Foresters, Odd Fellows, and Sapperton Pensioner's Association.

Peter Peebles' scrapbooks

Series contains three scrapbooks compiled by Peter Peebles as well as later notes written by Priscilla Galloway about the scrapbooks.


Series consists of photographs that primarily document Corbould family members time serving in the Canada's military. Many of the photos were taken by Charles Bernard (C.B.) Corbould who served in Egypt and North Africa during World War One.

Photographs: without titles and dates

Series consists of photographs that were found in large envelopes with either no dates or titles. The photographs cover a broad range of subjects. Series consists of eleven files.

Stretton Academy of Music

Beatrice and Mabel Cave-Browne Cave were gifted musicians who taught music to many residents of New Westminster for many years. This series consists of notebooks, loose notes, essays and instructions, music and dance guides, music notation, general inspection report, and a guest book.

Cave-Browne-Cave (family)

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.

Family records

Series consists of a book on the genealogy of the Homer name, published in 1889, several drafts of a typewritten document entitled "Memories of My Early Childhood Days in New Westminster, B.C." The document includes a description of the Bushby House, interactions with First Nation members, and Sir John A. Macdonald's visit to New Westminster of 1886. There is also a Christmas Greetings card, and notes written presumably by Ethel Louise.

Homer (family)

Audio recording

Series consists of an audio recording made by Ethel Louise Homer, regarding her life and her recollections of her father.

Homer (family)


Series consists of minutes created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women during the course of their meetings. The minutes reveal the changing concerns of the Local Council of Women, comprised of a large variety of topics of interest to the Council. The minutes record information such as the election of a president and various chairs, resolutions on subjects of concern, reports from members, and the Council’s discussions on fulfilling their duties. All fourteen volumes are handwritten, although some of the later volumes include the occasional typed minutes, and all have maintained good condition.


Series consists of one volume and one folder of correspondence created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women. The correspondence volume, which is from a much earlier date (1898 – 1923) contains hand-written copies of letters sent to people by the Council, as well as the replies. The folder is of a more contemporary nature (1970 – 1985), and contains typed carbon copies of correspondence. The range of subjects discussed in the correspondence is very wide, encompassing everything from formal invitations to tea to concerns regarding orphans. Near the end of the volume, the content of letters received is no longer copied, only the sender and a vague subject are retained.

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.

Sangster family

Series consists of negatives and prints relating to the Sangster’s family life. This includes photographs of Sangster residences, his immediate family, and extended family.

Sangster, J. Lewis

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


Series consists of records that pertain to the motions, resolutions, and decisions of the directors and shareholders of the Company. There are also financial records appended to some of the minutes. A regular feature of the minutes is the recording of loans that were approved by the directors of the Company. The series contains six books of minutes.

Commercially produced films

These films feature scenes and short films that have been commercially produced that Norman Lidster purchased over the years. The films appear to feature scenes that have been shot between the 1910s to 1950s. Most films are travel videos featuring views of multiple towns, cities, and countries around the world. Other films are types of news reels featuring British royal weddings, royal visits and coronations (Also featuring coronation of a Maharaja). Also featured are scenes from the First World War with T.E. Lawrence and Field Marshal Allenby. Furthermore, some films feature stories of various themes.

Lidster, Hugh Norman, b. 1888

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