Series S01 - Photographs

Colony Farm main house and feed barn, with Essondale construction in background Horse- unidentified young Clydesdale Patients harvest hay with barns and the arena in the background Exterior shot of barn with sheep in foreground Laundry, Public Hospital for the Insane, New Westminster Three sets of clydesdale teams ploughing a field in front of the barns Essondale interior dormitory Essondale interior lounge Essondale interior kitchen Essondale interior recreation lounge Essondale's West Lawn - straight-on view ca. 1914 Essondale interior laboratory Essondale interior laboratory Essondale interior lounge West Lawn- straight on view from further down the hill Essondale's West Lawn- view from behind a fence Wide-angle view of Essondale's West Lawn with clear-cut grounds Exterior of unidentified building Interior Shoe Shop, Public Hospital for the Insane, New Westminster Power lines along the road Chickens in a pen Stone Gates Power lines along the road Colony Farm panorama Fence and river Stone fence and power lines along the road Flock of geese with farmer in background Pigs in outdoor pen Clydesdales with plow and farmer Two Clydesdale plow teams in field, with West Lawn building under construction in the background
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  • [ca.191-] - [ca.192-] (Creation)

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113 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
49 photographs : b&x glass negatives ; 20 x 25 cm
8 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 16.5 x 20.5 cm
7 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 6 x 8 cm
5 photographs : b&w nitrate negative ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
5 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 5.5 x 7.5 cm
4 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 5 x 7 cm
3 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 5.5 x 7 cm
2 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 6.5 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negatives ; 1.5 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negatives ; 2 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negatives ; 4 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negatives ; 5 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5.5 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negatives ; 5.5 x 8 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 6 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 6.5 x 8.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 6.5 x 9 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 9 x 10 cm

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The series consists of photographs predominantly depicting Essondale (Riverview Hospital) and Colony Farm. The photographs include scenes of Essondale's West Lawn building in varying states of completion, portraits of prize winning livestock (Holstein cattle, Clydesdale and Belgian horses), scenes during periods of flooding at Colony Farm, and general pastoral scenes. Some of the photos were taken by W.J. Moore, a prominent Vancouver photographer. Other photographs in the series depict the Experimental Farm in Agassiz, BC, as well as the Public Hospital for the Insane in New Westminster, B.C.

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Some glass negatives are damaged. Consult finding aids and lower level descriptions for more details.


The series has been arranged in several ways. Subseries 01 has been arranged according to the numbering system imposed by the original donor when donating the negatives to the Coquitlam Heritage Society. This numbering system has been maintained as it corresponds to the copy prints. The remaining glass negatives had no obvious original order so the archivist divided them into two subseries: Subseries 02 (Essondale photographs) and Subseries 03 (Colony Farm and other unidentified photographs).

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Copy prints and scanned digital copies are available. Consult the Finding Aid for more information.

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Subseries 01 relates to the glass negative collection in the Coquitlam Heritage Society collection (C4). The complete set of negatives was first purchased by the Coquitlam Heritage Society and then later a subsection pertaining to Riverview and Colony Farm was donated to the Riverview Hospital Historical Society.

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