A plea to share Burnaby's history around wartime

In the process of writing my memories of living in the 7100-block of East Hastings and going to Capitol Hill School for eight years, I visited the school and the City of Burnaby Archives (a state-of-the-art, up-to-date department and storage facility).

I also made a few phone calls to the Burnaby School Board.

I ran into a brick wall. Research on the web brought bits and pieces of the area back to mind but there is little information for the war years and shortly thereafter. The Burnaby Archives (with up to date climate controlled vaults) say they would welcome writings and pictures of “back then”—1940 up to and including the 1950s. I have submitted a couple pictures, and am in the process of gathering a few more and writing memories of my important growing years from six to 16. Our generation saw such a change in both life’s conveniences and societal thinking.

I urge people in their late 70s and early 80s to contribute their pictures and memories of back then.

When you are gone, life as we knew it will be lost. And not to worry about your writing skills or how the picture is not quite as you would like it.

It is what it is, and important to pass on.

The Burnaby Archives is located at 4595 Albert St., Burnaby, B.C. V5C 2G6, and their number is 604-297-4818.

I urge you to pass your history on.

Hamish M. Hall

Tucson, Arizona

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