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BO-48-2862 : Brownsville, Surrey

 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.

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1-9 : The Pattullo Bridge

 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.

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BO-56-357 : New Westminster Woodwards

 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.

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BO-50-109 : Queensborough

 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.

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1-10 : New Westminster Waterfront

 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.

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BO-47-604 : BC Distillery Company

 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…