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Early Post Offices in Burrard Inlet
On 30 December 1873 Charles Newton Young, the secretary of the Nanaimo Freemasons, mailed a list of officers to J. McDonald at the Mount Hermon Lodge in Moodyville, Burrard's Inlet. The letter, franked with a 3c Small Queen stamp, received postal markings in Nanaimo, Victoria, and New Westminster, before arriving at the Moodyville Sawmill townsite on 8 January, 1874. The Moodyville Post Office did not open for another two months so there is a Burrard Inlet postmark too
Realized $770 in our Auction Saturday 7th May
Page 35 Moodyville Sawmill Lumber Spars, Grand Lodge cover
Wellburn's Historic Vancouver album: A cover sent from Victoria, B.C.’s Grand Lodge to Moodyville, North Vancouver in 1886 using a three-cent Small Queen realized $3,025 in our 11 June 2016 auction - see "Bidding War" article in Canadian Stamp News
Edgar Dewdney went on to become Lietenant Governor of British Columbia, He had arrived well-connected in Victoria in 1859, with dreams of Fraser valley gold. He was a trained civil engineer and worked with Moody at New westminster, he constructed a trail from Hope to the interior gold fields that became known as the "Dewdney Trail", he surveyed Granville and much more.
His entry into politics was accidental but he was a close friend of John Macdonald and intensely loyal which led to his role Indian commissioner and then Lieutenant Governor for the North-West Territories. His controverial record there with First Nations and the Metis Reblellion and his later time as Lieutenant Governor of B.C. can be seen in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography which concludes "He deserves some of the blame for the North-West rebellion and the repressive policies that followed it. The roads he surveyed in British Columbia were his greatest achievement."
John Mackie in Vancouver Sun > This Week in History: 1877 A glimpse into Granville townsite, when it was 'rough'
See PDF Andrew Scott article "High Bids for Gastown mail" in British Columbia Postal History newsletter
Sold for $1,815 in our 4th February 2017 auction.
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