British Columbia / B.C. Postal History - 22 / 23 June 1883 - GRANVILLE, B.C. (split ring / broken circle cancel / postmark) to Victoria, B.C. via New Westminster, B.C. (sent by their daughter Agnes Deans Cameron who was a school teacher in GRANVILLE)(PID:52052757744) Source
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GRANVILLE became Vancouver in 1886. The Post Office was located at the Hastings Mill about 1/3 mile from the townsite of GRANVILLE. There had been significant economic activity in the area and across Burrard Inlet at Moodyville since the early 1870's. LINK to a list of the Postmasters who served at the GRANVILLE Post Office - www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/postal-heritage-philately/...; When this letter was sent Henry Harvey was the Postmaster at GRANVILLE - he served as Postmaster from - 1 April 1874 to - 13 August 1884. At Hastings Mill, Henry Harvey, whose grandson is of the firm of Loewen & Harvey, acted as postmaster, while D. S. Milligan performed similar duties at Moodyville; Maximilian Michaud, who operated the hotel at the summer resort of Hastings, also looked after Her Majesty's mail. Henry Harvey was the first Storekeeper / Postmaster at Hastings Sawmill. Calvert Simson followed him, but Captain Raymur, manager, was gone before Calvert Simson came. Frame followed Simson, and was the last storekeeper at Hastings Sawmill. George Harvey, formerly of Turner, Beeton, Victoria, was nephew to Henry Harvey, the first storekeeper. LINK - archives.vancouver.ca/projects/EarlyVan/SearchEarlyVan/Vo... Mail for Moody's Mill, Hastings Sawmill and Granville townsite was taken by rowboat from Burrard Inlet Post Office. On March 1, 1880 the City Archives and Mr. McConaghy again are the authority the government's second recognized Post Office on Burrard Inlet was opened in the Hastings Mill general store, with Henry Harvey, as postmaster. It was named Granville and became the mail distribution point for the Inlet area. The office was moved on February 1, 1886, to Carrall Street, between Powell and Cordova. - sent from - / GRANVILLE / JU 22 / 83 / B.C / - split ring cancel - this split ring hammer (A1-1) was not listed in the Proof Book - it was most likely proofed c. 1874 - (RF D). - via - / New Westminster / June 22 - partial cds transit backstamp - arrived at - / Victoria / June 23 - partial cds arrival backstamp Addressed to - Mrs. Duncan Cameron / James Bay / Victoria James Bay is a high density neighbourhood of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is the oldest residential neighbourhood on the West coast of North America that is north of San Francisco. James Bay occupies the south side of the Inner Harbour close to downtown. Access to the neighbourhood is along Belleville Street, Government Street, Douglas Street and Dallas Road. Jessie and Duncan Cameron met and married during the gold rush in California. As the gold rush waned, news spread of gold in British Columbia the family moved to Victoria in 1860. Duncan spent much time in the Cariboo until his accidental death in 1884. They had four daughters and one son. Jessie (nee Anderson) Cameron (b. 5 November 1822 in Ceres, Fife, Scotland d. 24 February 1906 (aged 83) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) - LINK to her death certificate - search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b9... Her husband - Duncan Cameron (b. 23 March 1827 in Crieff, Perth and Kinross, Scotland - d. 28 January 1884 (aged 56) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) - he was a a miner and contractor. LINK to his death certificate - search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/db... Clipped from - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper - Seattle, Washington - 1 February 1884 - Duncan Cameron, a pioneer citizen of Victoria, was accidentally killed near that place the other day. He bad been out driving in his cart, and in some way he and it were thrown over an embankment, his mangled body being found below next morning. Clipped from - The Tacoma Daily Ledger newspaper - Tacoma, Washington - 31 January 1884 - Duncan Cameron an old resident of Victoria was killed by falling from a dray cart near the city last night. The body was discovered this morning and brought to town for interment. Letter sent by their daughter - Agnes Deans Cameron (b. 20 December 1863 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - d. 13 May 1912 (aged 48) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) - she never married. - she was an educator, writer, lecturer, and adventurer. The youngest child of successful Scots immigrant parents, Agnes Deans Cameron might well have been expected to follow the conventional route for women of her generation and background: marriage and motherhood. But Cameron’s personality, intellect, and outlook guided her towards paths less familiar to women. Along the way her many talents won her wide recognition. Cameron’s initial choice of a teaching career was not an unusual one for a young Canadian woman in 1880. Her distinction lies in her level of achievement in the patriarchal public school system of British Columbia and her contributions to the western Canadian debates about education. At 16, while still a student at the Victoria High School, Cameron successfully completed the provincial teachers’ examinations and acquired a certificate which qualified her to teach in any public school in the province. Following a short stint at the private Angela College for girls in her home town, she launched her public teaching career in 1882 at the one-room school in Comox. By the new year she had managed to vacate this dismal situation in favour of a better paid and less isolated one in GRANVILLE (Vancouver). In September 1883, only a year after her departure from Victoria, she returned to take up the position of third assistant at the Girls’ School. ---- After the publication in 1910 of her informative and witty travelogue, The new north, Cameron journeyed to England on a newspaper assignment which she combined with a two-year stint for the Canadian government to promote immigration. While there she was welcomed as a member of the Institute of Journalists. Cameron returned to Victoria just before Christmas 1911. LINK to her complete biography - www.biographi.ca/en/bio/cameron_agnes_deans_14E.html LINK to her witty travelogue - The New North: being some account of a woman’s journey through Canada to the Arctic, was published in New York in 1910; a revised edition, . . . : an account of a woman s 1908 journey . . . www.gutenberg.org/files/12874/12874-h/12874-h.htm Their son - William George Cameron (b. 25 September 1853 in Calaveras County, California, USA - d. 29 October 1930 at age 77 in Victoria, British Columbia) Clipped from - The Victoria Daily Times newspaper - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - 29 October 1930 - W. G. CAMERON, FORMER CITY FATHER, DEAD - One-time Legislator, Alderman and Civic Official; Superannuated in 1927 Came to City in 1860; Had Resided Here For 70 Years - Victoria lost one of its best known figures in official life, who had been a resident for seventy years, in the death this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital of William George Cameron, who passed away shortly before 2 o'clock at the advanced age of seventy-seven years. Read the complete article at the LINK below.
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