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History of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

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New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

New Westminster, BC, incorporated as a city in 1860, is located on the north bank of the FRASER RIVER, 20 km east of Vancouver. Surveyed by the Royal Engineers and named by Queen Victoria, "The Royal City" was established in 1859 by Governor James DOUGLAS as the capital of British Columbia.

New Westminster, western Canada's oldest city, was the mercantile centre and the transportation hub on the mainland during and after the FRASER RIVER and CARIBOO gold rushes, but never displaced VICTORIA's overall dominance, due to the latter's easier access to ocean shipping. In 1868, the Legislative Council chose Victoria as the permanent capital of the recently united colonies of BC and Vancouver Island.

Although New Westminster secured a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) branch line in 1886, the completion of the main line to Vancouver in 1887 further relegated it to secondary rank. Nevertheless the city remained an important freshwater port, a major lumber producer, a salmon canning centre, a commercial centre for the Fraser Valley and an administrative and service headquarters with such institutions as the County Court, the BC Penitentiary, the Provincial Mental Hospital and the Royal Columbian Hospital. The city also secured rail links to the United States via the Great Northern Railway and Fraser River Railway Bridge (1904); to the eastern Fraser Valley via the BC Electric Railway (1910); and to eastern Canada via the Canadian National Railway (1915).

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  • 1859 - New Westminster named capital of B.C.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1860 - Church of St. Peter established in New Westminster

    www.gcatholic.org

  • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
    Church of St. Peter
    398 Royal Ave., New Westminster, BRITISH COLUMBIA
    Originally established in 1860
    Photograph
  • 1873
    NEW WESTMINSTER, the former capital of British Columbia, is beautifully situated on the north bank of the Eraser River, 85 miles from Victoria. Lat....Read MORE...


  • 1895 - New Westminster
    New West'minster, the former capital of British Columbia, is situated on the Fraser River, it miles from its mouth, 85 miles N.N.E. of Victoria. Lat. ...Read MORE...


  • 1898 - The City of New Westminster was visited by a destructive fire.

    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

  • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
    Ewen's Salmon Cannery, Near New Westminster. On line of C.P.R.
    Postcard
  • 1906
    New Westminster, a port of entry and former capital of British Columbia, is situated on the Fraser River, 15 miles from its mouth and 80 miles NNE....Read MORE...


  • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
    Fraser River Bridge, New Westminster, B.C.
    Postcard
  • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
    Columbia Street, New Westminster, B.C.
    Postcard
  • 1941 - Church of the Holy Spirit established in New Westminster

    www.gcatholic.org



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Church of St. Peter
398 Royal Ave., New Westminster, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Originally established in 1860
Photograph

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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Ewen's Salmon Cannery, Near New Westminster. On line of C.P.R.
Postcard

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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Fraser River Bridge, New Westminster, B.C.
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New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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Columbia Street, New Westminster, B.C.
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  • 1859 - New Westminster named capital of B.C.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1860 - Church of St. Peter established in New Westminster

    www.gcatholic.org
  • 1873
    NEW WESTMINSTER, the former capital of British Columbia, is beautifully situated on the north bank of the Eraser River, 85 miles from Victoria. Lat.... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - New Westminster
    New West'minster, the former capital of British Columbia, is situated on the Fraser River, it miles from its mouth, 85 miles N.N.E. of Victoria. Lat. ... Read MORE...

  • 1898 - The City of New Westminster was visited by a destructive fire.

    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • 1906
    New Westminster, a port of entry and former capital of British Columbia, is situated on the Fraser River, 15 miles from its mouth and 80 miles NNE.... Read MORE...

  • 1941 - Church of the Holy Spirit established in New Westminster

    www.gcatholic.org

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