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Prince Rupert, BC Land, Settlement and Immigration
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Group of people in cleared area with tent

Item is a copy print of a photograph of a group of people in a cleared area with a small tent in the background in Prince Rupert on June 1, 1906. The people in the photograph are identified as: Mrs. J.L. Williams, Jack or Jock Williams, Mrs. Porter, Miss Mai Johnston, Mrs. R.L. McIntosh, J.H. Pillsbury, Mr. Pinder ? (Engineer), Captain Jenner ?, Mrs. S.G. Harris, and Cannon Rushbrook.

Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

  • 2002.1
  • Collection
  • 1887-1999

The Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Society Collection consists primarily of textual, photographic, and cartographic records related to the regional developments of the railway industry in Northern BC. A predominant portion of the collection is made up of material from the Canadian National Railway; other railways represented include the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the British Columbia Railway (BC Rail), the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Grand Trunk Railway, the Intercolonial Railway, and the Okanagan Express. Significant geographical areas covered include Prince George, the Peace River Region, Terrace, Bulkley Valley, Hazelton and Prince Rupert.

The forestry industry is represented in the collection with operational and financial records from Fyfe Lake Sawmill Ltd., which operated southwest of Prince George in the 1950s.

The collection has been organized into series according to creator, each of which also has been arranged to subseries, file and item level, where applicable. This collection consists of eight series, as follows:

1) Canadian National Railway
2) Grand Trunk Railway
3) Pacific Great Eastern Railway
4) British Columbia Railway (BC Rail)
5) Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
6) Intercolonial Railway
7) Fyfe Lake Sawmill ltd.
8) PGRFM
9) Photographs

Prince Rupert Pioneers’ Association: charter souvenir, 1914 [book]

This commemorative souvenir was produced by the Prince Rupert Pioneers’ Association in 1914. Its content provides a textual overview of the individual persons who pioneered the establishment of Prince Rupert, as well as, their associated portrait photographs. This publication also provides a brief introduction to the history of Prince Rupert and includes some related historical photographs.

First pile driven at Prince Rupert BC

Pile driver situated on Prince Rupert shoreline. Tents and wooden buildings visible on rocky background. Printed annotations on recto of photograph read: "First pile driven at Prince Rupert BC. June 8 '06."

Prince Rupert Ship Repair and Building Plant

Photo of entire ship building plant, including several vessels in the foreground. Hills are visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert Ship Repair and Ship Building Plant. Prince Rupert BC. Frank E Kirby, William T Donnelly, Engineers. 17 Battery Place. NYC."

Centre Street Prince Rupert

Photograph of residents in motion on Centre Street in Prince Rupert. Buildings are visible on either side of the street and a railway track runs down the length of the road. Annotation on recto reads: "Centre Street, Prince Rupert, BC. 1664."

After the blast 24 April 1913

Foreground shows a rocky shore covered in debris. A small crowd is visible along the coastline, and there are foggy outlines of hills beyond the water. Annotation on recto reads: "McRae Bros After the Blast 24th Apr. 13."

3rd 4th Aves and Fullton Street

Photograph shows two men and a cart full of lumber at a street intersection. Various residential buildings are visible in the background and atop a large clear cut hill. Annotation on recto reads: "3rd, 4th Aves and Fullton St. Prince Rupert. BC. Allen Photo 8/Aug/09."

The last big blast 21 January 1914

Photograph of a large explosion next to a huge pile of debris. Buildings are visible on either side and railroad track can be seen in the foreground. Annotation on recto reads: "The Last Big Blast, Prince Rupert BC 21 Jan 1914 McRae Bros. Photo"

20000 tons pontoon floating dry dock

Illustration of a large ocean liner in dry dock. The name "Minnesota" is inscribed on the top right side of vessel. Annotation on recto reads: "William T. Donnelly Consulting Engineer 17 Battery Place Tel. Rector 1491 20000 tons pontoon floating dry dock Prince Rupert, BC"

Moving mountains at Prince Rupert BC

Photograph of a large explosion on a rocky shoreline. A bridge is visible in the foreground and a body of water is partially visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "McRae Bros Moving Mountains at Prince Rupert BC Apr 24th"

First train leaving Prince Rupert

Photograph of a large crowd gathered in front of a Grand Trunk Pacific train. Residential buildings atop a hill are visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "First Train Leaving Prince Rupert June 14 1911"

SS Arna arrived in Prince Rupert BC

Photograph of ocean liner SS Arna docked in a harbour. Foreground shows two individuals on a dock in the lower right corner and a large pile of lumber in the lower left corner. Annotation on recto reads: "S.S. Arna arrived in Prince Rupert B.C March 30th 1914"

GTP SS Prince Rupert Sept 28th

Photograph of a partially sunken sailboat near a harbour. Individuals on debris and in a rowboat are surveying the damage. Annotation on recto reads: "GTP. SS Prince Rupert Sept 28th 1920 McRae." Handwritten annotation on verso reads "CTP "Prince Rupert" Sunk at Prince Rupert BC 1920."

Prince Rupert wharf and waterfront

Photograph of a small vessel on the ocean with a dock and harbour buildings in the foreground. Tents and piles of lumber can be seen among the buildings. Annotation on recto reads: "The Wharf, Prince Rupert, BC. 1657." Printed annotation on verso reads "The Wharf, Prince Rupert, BC J. Howard A. Chapman, Victoria. BC. 1657."

Side view of Prince Rupert wharf

Side view photograph of a small harbor close by a shoreline littered in organic debris. A foggy mountain range is visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Wharf and Harbor Prince Rupert. May 1908 JDA."

Overhead view of downtown Prince Rupert

Wide angle photograph of many buildings scattered in a clear cut area. Foreground shows several businesses, including "Kelly Carruther's Supply" and "Prince Rupert Hardware and Supply Co." Some remaining forest is visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert, BC 1659."

Third and fourth avenues in Prince Rupert

Wide angle photograph showing 3rd and 2nd Avenue in Prince Rupert. Many buildings, both commercial and residential, and some tents are situated along the wooden roads. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert, BC. 3rd Avenue 2nd Avenue Allen Photo Aug 6/09."

Prince Rupert looking east from waterworks

Wide angle photograph of Prince Rupert sometime during the winter. There is snow on the ground and a marge mountain range is visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert looking East from Waterworks J.D.A Pho 5/2."

Third avenue and fifth and sixth streets in Prince Rupert

Wide angle photograph showing the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 6th Street, as well as 5th Street in Prince Rupert. Many buildings are visible along the wooden street including a building in mid-construction. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert, BC. 6th Street 3rd Ave. 5th St Allen Photo Aug 6/09."

Street down to the shore

View of the road descending to the waterfront. Buildings and forested area are visible on either side of street. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert BC. '07."

Correspondence and Writings Series

Series consists of journals, draft manuscripts, correspondence, CMS documents and orders, speeches, sermons all written by or to Archdeacon W. H. Collison. Series also contains correspondence to W.E. Collison and Joyce Collison, genealogical information on the Collison family, newspaper clippings and a school paper written by Archdeacon Collison's grandaughter Katy.

Squatters in Prince Rupert, BC

Hand coloured photo of various squatter's shacks and tents, with mountains in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Squatters, Prince Rupert, B.C." Artist's stamp on lower right corner reads: "104,0033 J.V."

Construction of Third Avenue in Prince Rupert, BC

Slightly elevated street view of buildings and sidewalks being constructed in Prince Rupert, BC. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Photo by McRae Bros. Third Ave Prince Rupert, BC." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Dear Florence you better [illegible] will try and answer it in a few day I am well I will try and send you some cards I will stay here till in Dec Write[??] me and send me some cards I am 15 mile in the mountains Write your Bro LS Bill." Postcard is addressed to: "Miss Florence Wilson P.O. Box 1178 Worcester Mass U.S.A." A 2 cent Canadian stamp is affixed on verso. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert BC Jul 1 10."

Moving mountains in Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph of a large explosion on a rocky shoreline. A bridge is visible in the foreground and a body of water is partially visible in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "McRae Bros Moving Mountains at Prince Rupert BC Apr 24th" Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Rupert. July 17 1913. Dear [illegible]. Just a card for that album if you've got any room left by now. This is one of the blasts for the clearing of the drydock up here. [Illegible] W.M." Postcard is addressed to: "Miss C.M. Ranip[??] 931 Northlane Av.[sic] Seattle Wash." Two Canadian one cent stamps are affixed on verso. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert BC. PM Jul 17 13."