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Map of New Westminster District BC, 1882

October 17, 2014

Map of New Westminster District BC 1882 title clipAn unexpected find in the Reports of the Post Office Inspectors (see previous post) was this 1882 “Map of New Westminster District BC” showing for the first time the surveyed route of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Fraser Valley to Port Moody.

Map of New Westminster District BC  1882 - Woods & Turner

The map is printed by Britton & Rey of San Francisco and is an update of the original 1876 Map of New Westminster District.  The main distinguishing feature is that dark line on the north side of the Fraser River ending at the head of Burrard Inlet —- the hard won route of the Canadian Pacific Railway to salt-water.

The full title is “Map of New Westminster District B.C. 1882 – Compiled from all the latest surveys and showing the line of the Canadian Pacific Railroad – Published by Woods & Turner, Civil Engineers – New Westminster.”  Scale 1:126,720.

1883 03 18 advert Woods & Turner revised map of New Westminster District showing railwayThe map was advertised for sale in 1883 for a price of $1.25.

The 1882 map is served up in sections in these records, and it has been annotated with some Post Office locations added, so we can’t provide a clear copy. Archives Canada has it.

Woods & Turner

George TurnerGeorge Turner was one of the Royal Engineers who came to BC in 1859.

Turner demonstrated early that he had a nose for location when he bought one of the first lots for sale opposite New Westminster. Everyone was interested in agricultural land, but Turner chose a lot located at the starting point of  Colonel Moody’s preferred road to Langley.  (Section 1, Block 5 North, Range 2 West.)

Corporal JB Launders took the adjacent lot. (Read about the Girard road contract in the initial post on this blog.)

George Turner RE property map


Turner also bought the similarly strategic  Lot 48, Group 2  in present day Abbotsford. This lot was later owned by Joseph Sexton Knevett de Knevett, son-in-law of Ebenezer Brown.

Woods & Turner 1883In private practice, George Turner partnered with surveyor Charles Edward Woods in the engineering and development firm Woods & Turner.

1891 01 28 South Westminster tenders to Woods Turner GambleAfter the death of Ebenezer Brown in 1883,  Woods & Turner  handled the sell-off of many of Brown’s extensive land holdings for de Knevett.

In 1891 the firm of Woods, Turner & Gamble developed a subdivision opposite New Westminster, donated land there for a city ferry landing and dubbed the place "South Westminster."

George Turner had also platted the West End of Vancouver.  See "Paean to the Lane" by Lisa Brideau in Pricetags 67, Lanes issue, with what looks like the first Leckie Building on the front cover.

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