Friday, July 10, 2015

A Duke, A Duchess and a War

This group of photographs is from the Vancouver Public Library online collection

A 1901 photo taken by Philip Timms. This may have been the Empress of India, carrying the Duke and Duchess of  Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) 

A 1901 photo, photographer unknown, of the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. CPR Station, Vancouver

Leonard Frank took this photo in 1901 at the Hastings Saw Mill. The arch is made of giant logs and the people are gathered to greet the royal visitors.

Philip Timms took this photo of the CPR depot at night during the royal visit.

As  you may have figured out by the opening photographs, one of the things I am telling you about today is the 1901 visit to Vancouver of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York - later King George V and Queen Mary.

Today's photos are to show you the lavish reception and enthusiasm Vancouver can have for its royal visitors. You may remember when I told you about an 1876 visit to Burrard Inlet and the hamlet of Gastown by Lord and Lady Dufferin where they were greeted with a 21-gun salute.

However, Vancouver does have a more practical side to its patriotism.

The following four photographs are from The City of Vancouver online archives.

E.B. Herman caught this shot of the royal party approaching the Japanese arch.

Sept. 30, 1901 - the Duke and Duchess open the Beatty Street Drill Hall

The Duke and Duchess at the corner of Cordova and Cambie.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York.

The year was 1893 and Captain T.O. Townley - a Vancouver lawyer and future mayor - was authorized to develop No.5 Company of the British Columbia Brigade of Garrison Artillery in Vancouver. There were already other units of the brigade in Victoria and New Westminster.

Before the uniforms and equipment had arrived, Townley was promoted to Major. He certified 80 men January 16 and 17, 1894 and their first parade was held on January 18 in the Imperial Opera House on Pender Street. When Lord Stanley, the governor-general visited in November of that year, he was given a creditable guard of honour. 

Recruiting for the brigade was rapid and in 1896, No. 5 Company became the two-company 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, Canadian Artillery, reorganized as the 6th Battalion of Rifles in July, 1899.

Philip Timms took this photo on September 30, 1901 of the Duke and Duchess's procession.

The Chinese welcome arch for TRH. Philip Timms, photographer.

Same photographer. TRH on West Hastings on Seymour.

A shot from the courthouse grounds, decorated for the royal visit. Philip Timms, photographer. These last four photos are from the Vancouver Library.

The Boer War began and the city's patriotism was whipped into a frenzy. They were severely disappointed though when only 17 Vancouver men were selected for service with the Royal Canadian Regiment in South Africa. (Seven more came from New Westminster) During a wild parade through town, a milk cart with a boar's head mounted on a pole appeared.

Eight months after the men left, the Duke of Connaught became an honorary colonel of the Vancouver unit. The unit took the title of 6th Rgt. Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles.

September 20, 1901, Philip Timms, photographer. The courthouse grounds decorated for the visit.

Stuart Thomson took this photo of a drawing of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901.

Dominion Photo Co. is credited for this 1901 photo of the TRH arriving in Vancouver. The previous three photos are from the Vancouver Public Library.
The Duke and Duchess at a reception at the Hastings Saw Mill. Photograph from the City of Vancouver archives.

I want to thank Alan Morley and his book, Vancouver from Milltown to Metropolis for the above information.

I hope you find the beauty around you.

The CPR station at the foot of Granville Street, decorated for the royal visit.

Northwest Mounted Police escorting TRH on Hastings Street.

The Duke and Duchess pass through the Japanese Arch.

Firemen's arch on Cordova Street for the royal visit.

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