Subseries SS02 - Essondale (Riverview Hospital) photographs

Wide-angle view of Essondale's West Lawn with clear-cut grounds Exterior of unidentified building Essondale's West Lawn - straight-on view ca. 1914 West Lawn- straight on view from further down the hill Essondale's West Lawn- view from behind a fence Essondale interior laboratory Essondale interior lounge Essondale interior kitchen Essondale interior recreation lounge Essondale interior dormitory Interior Shoe Shop, Public Hospital for the Insane, New Westminster Essondale interior laboratory Essondale interior lounge

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Essondale (Riverview Hospital) photographs

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  • [ca. 191-] - [ca. 192-] (Creation)

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3 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 6 x 8 cm
2 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 5 x 7.5 cm
2 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 5.5 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 2 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5 x 7 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5.5 x 6.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 5.5 x 7 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 6 x 7.5 cm
1 photograph : b&w glass negative ; 6.5 x 8.5 cm

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The glass negatives were donated by a friend of John Davidson's widow. They were housed on site at Riverview Hospital in the museum operated by the Riverview Hospital Historical Society until it closed in 2012. Since then, they have been stored at the home of Anna Tremere.

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The subseries consists of 13 b&w glass plate negatives depicting the West Lawn building, which opened in 1913, as well as interior shots of various labs and lounges, and the dormitory. There is also a photograph of an unidentified building, and an interior shot of the shoe workshop at the Provincial Hospital for the Insane in New Westminster, B.C.

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One negative is damaged, with the top left and bottom left corners missing.


The photographs have been arranged in the order in which they arrived.

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Access is restricted to prints to safeguard the glass negatives. Consult copy prints or digital scans.

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Some of the photographs were borrowed and used in the publication, "Riverview Hospital: A Legacy of Care and Compassion" published by British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services , 2009.

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