Friday 8 May 2015

Richmond, Child of the Fraser: 1979-1989

By Leslie J. Ross

I enjoy looking into the past, reading about times gone by, looking at pictures of historical events, I have spent time volunteering at both the City of Vancouver and the City of Richmond Archives, flipping through historical documents and scanning images. I especially love learning about places that I have lived. I have lived in Richmond for most of my life and Child of the Fraser is a treasure that all Richmond-ites should check out.
First published to mark Richmond's Centennial, it is filled with a collection of photographs, letters, and primary documents. For those who have ever done or ever need to do a project about Richmond or want to research Richmond, this is a wonderful resource. This book is a fun blast from the past and lets readers see how much Richmond has changed in such a short time. My favourite image is on page 12; an aerial of Steveston Harbour, my my my how things have changed. After you take the time you enjoy this short read you may also want to venture over to the City of Richmond Archives, make an appointment today!


  1. Child of the Fraser sounds like a fantastic resource for Richmond history enthusiasts. Thanks for highlighting it! I can't wait to explore the archives and see those changes firsthand.
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  2. Richmond owes its identity to the mighty Fraser River. As the river’s child, the city’s growth and character are intricately tied to its waterways, fishing industry, and maritime heritage. Ross explores how the Fraser shaped Richmond’s development, from its early days as a farming community to its emergence as a vibrant suburb.
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