VIEW-6805 | Royal Tour: arrival of the train at C.P.R. station, Vancouver, BC, 1901

 
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Royal Tour: arrival of the train at C.P.R. station, Vancouver, BC, 1901
William McFarlane Notman
1901, 20th century
Silver salts on film (nitrate ?) taped to supporting glass - Gelatin silver process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-6805
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

The first railway station in Vancouver was little more than a wooden shed. The second station, shown here and from a different angle in in this photo, was much more substantial. It was demolished in 1912 to make way for the present station, which is larger, though no more impressive as architecture. In October 1901, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, later to be King George V and Queen Mary, visited Vancouver. The visit caused tremendous excitement. Even at remote places such as Golden, BC, children lined up in the snow with Union Jacks to cheer the royal couple as they passed by in a CPR train.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    The CPR station has been decorated for an important event.

  • Where

    This is the Vancouver railway station, at the western end of a royal tour.

  • When

    The occasion is the Royal Tour of October 1901.

  • Who

    Like a theatre waiting for the curtain to go up, the station waits for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, later King George V and Queen Mary, on their cross-country tour.