On July 26, 1924, Janet Smith was found shot in the head by a .45 calibre automatic revolver in the basement of a Shaughnessy house. The murder of the Scottish nanny rocked Vancouver. The murder touched on high-level police corruption, kidnapping, drugs, society orgies and rampant racism. This is a short excerpt from At Home With History: the secrets of Greater Vancouver’s heritage homes.
Charles Marega died on March 27, 1939.
And, while you may not know his name you will know his work. Those are his two lion statues at the south end of the Lions Gate Bridge. And while the lions may be his most well known work, Charles (or Carlos as he was christened) was a prolific sculptor in Vancouver.
I wrote about the Garden family a couple of weeks back. William and Mary Garden arrived in Vancouver in 1889, opened up the Garden and Sons Wholesale Tea and Coffee on East Hastings, and lived for a time at a house at Thurlow and Alberni. William died suddenly in 1897, and it appears that the “Sons” had other ideas, because the business disappeared from the directories the following year.
The weather is warming up and it’s time to check out some tours. Here’s a look at some heritage happenings around Vancouver this spring and summer:
Saturday May 2: Authors for Indies – This is such a cool initiative. Over 600 authors will be giving talks, doing demonstrations, and just acting as booksellers for the day at independent bookstores across Canada.
Summer might be disappearing, but there’s a huge amount of events happening around history and heritage in Vancouver this fall. Take a tour in the footsteps of a soldier heading off to war 100 years ago, attend a book launch with local historians, artists and writers, or maybe take in an art show or a lecture on early vaudeville in an old Shaughnessy mansion.
Thomas Hooper once had the largest architectural practice in Western Canada. He designed hundreds of buildings including the Victoria Public Library, the Rogers Chocolates and the Munro’s Books Building in Victoria. And in 1912, the same year he designed Hycroft in Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s Winch Building and submitted plans for UBC, he designed Christina Haas’s, Cook Street brothel.
A list of upcoming events around and about Vancouver’s history and heritage.
As the archivist for the CBC in Vancouver, Colin Preston looks after more than 250,000 items and programmes on film and videotape. And, as he’ll tell you, it’s the best historical archive of film footage west of Toronto.