Friday, November 14, 2014

The end of 47

November 14, 1947 a dubious honour was bestowed on Vancouver. William Munavish - a safecracker from Vancouver - was named Canada's first habitual criminal.

On November 20, Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were married.

The next day, Vancouver's first FM radio station began broadcasting. CBU-FM 105.7 had a test period and in the beginning, programming was simulcast on CBR AM 1130.

The old Lumberman's Arch was demolished. It had been erected at Pender and Hamilton for the 1912 visit of the Duke of Connaught then moved to Stanley Park. On August 29, 1919, it was dedicated to its designer, Captain G.P. Bowie who died in World War I. The arch was demolished due to fears it would collapse and injure someone,

On December 29, liberal Byron "Boss" Johnson became premier of the province. I have written on Johnson before when I was working on my series about B.C. premiers last year and you can go here to read more.

Vancouver born composer, Jean Coulthard went to teach music at the University of British Columbia. She held that position until 1973, when she retired. In 1994, Coulthard received an Order of British Columbia and the citation reads, in part:

“Jean Coulthard's belief that a composer has a special responsibility to the community resulted in works designed to be accessible to the wider public, including works for students. She has brought British Columbia recognition in the musical field that has made possible the achievements of younger composers whom she taught and assisted.”

In 1947, Chinese citizens got the vote back, which they had lost in 1875.

The new BC Tel building at Seymour and Robson was named for the company's first president, William Farrell.

The Blue Bombers, a junior Vancouver football team, became Dominion Champions. This was the first time this had happened in Vancouver and the team was coached by Punjab born, Ranjit Matu. Matu was a star athlete in the 1930s and later.

A 29-year-old, pugnacious reporter by the name of Jack Webster left the newspaper world of Scotland and England and came to work at the Vancouver Sun. Vancouver would never be the same again! Here's an entry from 2012 when I wrote on Mr. Webster.

Thanks to The History of Metropolitan Vancouver website for the information above.

I hope you find the beauty around you.


  1. Why had the Chinese lost their vote in your elections in 1875? Were you overrun with their people or had they done something terrorist to bring about the loss of their vote. Enjoyed your blog.

    1. There was a lot of racism against the Chinese. Governments tried to forbid them from immigrating to Canada, taxed them outrageously - anything to get them to leave. Or not come at all.

      Monday I am starting something new. So watch for it!