This is the Timberland Lumber Company Sawmill, located in the Brownsville area of Surrey, from 1948. The dock that you see near the sawmill, might very well be the remains of Surrey’s only ferry terminal. It operated between Surrey and New Westminster up until the late 1800’s. In the background, of course, is New Westminster.
This is a somewhat higher altitude shot of the Pacific Coast Terminals in New Westminster from 1946. The terminals handled the import of general cargo such as apples, wood and refrigerated food.
This is New Westminster Secondary School from April 27, 1950. At that time, the school was called Vincent Massey Junior High. It is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 8th Street in New Westminster.
This is a great view of the outskirts of New Westminster looking north from the Pattullo Bridge. You can see the old B.C. Penitentiary in the background and beside it the old Provincial Mental Hospital.
This is a shot of the “stand-alone” Woodwards in New Westminster from 1956. The store was only two years old when this photo was taken. It was torn down in 1991 to make room for Royal City Center Mall.
This is the Queensborough area of New Westminster from 1950. To help you get your bearings, the photo was taken from the Queensborough side looking North-West back towards New Westminster. Ten years after this photo, the saw mills were replaced by the Queensborough Bridge.
This is an interesting photo of the New Westminster waterfront from 1951. The steamship in the picture is the Royal Mail Line’s “Loch Avon”, a cruise ship operating in the Pacific and run jointly with Holland America Lines.
This is the waterfront of New Westminster from 1951. No elevated parking structures covering Front Street. Just look at those boardwalks…
Would you believe the Braid Street Skytrain Station and Bus Loop was once the BC Distillery Company? This snowy air photo from 1947 shows the New Westminster factory as it used to be. The intersection on the right is the corner of Brunette Avenue and Braid Street, but back then, Braid Street was actually Distillery…
This is a pretty amazing shot of downtown New Westminster in 1947.