5630 Dunbar St. at 41st Ave.
604-684-4613

Historic Vancouver

Early Post Offices in Burrard Inlet

 

 

Edgar Dewdney

John Mackie in Vancouver Sun > This Week in History: 1877 A glimpse into Granville townsite, when centre was 'rough'

Page 64 of Historic Vancouver has the letter contained in the Granville P.O. envelope from Page 63. It's from the surveyor of the Granville townsite "and a pretty rough one it is" he writes. The surveyor was Edgar Dewdney who later went on to become Lieutenant Governor of B.C. See the full page 64 here

Granville P.O.

Page 63 of Historic Vancouver has one of the earliest Granville cancels. It's dated 1877. Granville P.O. was in the store at Hastings Mill Wharf and Henry Harvey was Postmaster.

Granville 1877 cancel

See the full page 63 here

Hastings P.O

In 1897 the Burrard Inlet P.O. became Hastings P.O.

Hastings

Page 37 of Wellburn's Album has the only known (first) Hastings, B.C. cancel sold for $5,500 in our 2 July auction.

Moodyville P.O.

Burrard Inlet PO

Moodyville P.O. was established in 1874 and changed to North Vancouver P.O. in 1902. Page 36 of Gerald Wellburn's Album illustrates and realized $770 in our 18 June 2016 auction

Benjamin Springer

Benjamin Springer was Moodyville's Sawmill manager and also Moodyville postmaster from 1886 - 1890
Wellburn Page 34 Realized $441 in our 4 June 2016 auction

Burrard Inlet P.O.

Page 32 of the Gerald Wellburn Historic Vancouver collection Realized $770 in our Auction Saturday 7th May

Burrard Inlet Post Office

Page 31 of Wellburn's album Realized $ 280.50 in our 14th May 2016 Auction

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 PO

 

Latest Updates & Media coverage

Gerald Wellburn
Legendary B.C. Collector

Gassy Jack
Of Gastown

Sewell Prescott Moody's Mill
Dietz, Nelson and Robert Burnaby

Early Vancouver
from the Forest to a Magnificent City

Governor Sir Antony Musgrave
On Her Majesty's Service

Jeremiah Rogers
The Greatest Logger Of Them All

Sam Greer and Greer's Beach

Portuguese Joe No. 2
Accused of shooting, signs Statement with Granville JPs

Yesler's Grand Sawmill Prize
and the Puget Sound connection

Early Vancovuer Post Offices
Burrard Inlet PO
Moodyville PO
Hastings PO

Jonathan Miller
Early Vancouver pioneer.

More Historic Vancouver pages


 

Page 31 Burrard Inlet P.O.

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

Moodyville P.O.

Burrard Inlet P.O.

Page 32 of the Gerald Wellburn Historic Vancouver collection

Realized $770 in our Auction Saturday 7th May

Burrard Inlet P.O.

Burrard Inlet P.O.

Page 34 of Wellburn's Album - Benjamin Springer Moodyville mill manger and Postmaster

Moodyville PO

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

Moodyville

Page 36 Moodyville P.O

Moodyville PO

Page 37 Hastings P.O - contains the only known Hastings, B.C. cancel

Page 63 with one of the earliest Granville P.O. cancels, dated 1877

Realized $1,210.00 in our 21 January auction.

 

Granville PO

Granville PO back

Page 64 with the letter from the Granville townsite surveyor Edgard Dewdney

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'

Sold for $1,815 in our 4th February 2017 auction.

See Gerald Wellburn Historic Vancouver page

Bid now in Current Auction

 

Home - Info - Auction - Sales - Appraisal
All Nations Stamp & Coin

5630 Dunbar St. at 41st Ave.
Vancouver, BC, V6N 1W7

Phone: 604-684-4613

e-mail: collect@direct.ca