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A flood at the Port Mann and the Canadian National Railway shops. Men are in the water, a house, and a railway crossing sign are shown in the flooded area. (Photo courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / SMA89.064.004)

HISTORY: Memories of 1948 Fraser River floods still run strong

Looking back on the Fraser River flood of 1948, 70 years later

  • Jul 3, 2018
A flood at the Port Mann and the Canadian National Railway shops. Men are in the water, a house, and a railway crossing sign are shown in the flooded area. (Photo courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / SMA89.064.004)
Rodeo Queen candidates, May 1951. (City of Surrey Archives / SM.140A)

HISTORY: The Rodeo Queens of Cloverdale

For decades, Rodeo Queens served as ambassadors of the big show

  • May 19, 2018
Rodeo Queen candidates, May 1951. (City of Surrey Archives / SM.140A)
From left: Eliza Campbell (Lueta’s mother), Ada Mary Rife (Lueta’s daughter), and Lueta Milton. Ada holds her daughter, Mildred Rife. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 170C06)

HISTORY: Lueta Milton was one of Cloverdale’s first reporters

Lueta Milton wrote a column for the New Westminster Columbian newspaper in the 1890s

From left: Eliza Campbell (Lueta’s mother), Ada Mary Rife (Lueta’s daughter), and Lueta Milton. Ada holds her daughter, Mildred Rife. (Courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives / 170C06)
The new mural pictures five Fageol ‘Flyer’ trucks, sold to the Municipality of Surrey in the 1930s. Pacific Highway markers stand in front. (Samantha Anderson)

New mural installed at BC Vintage Truck Museum

Cloverdale-based museum’s new mural features five Fageol ‘Flyer’ trucks

The new mural pictures five Fageol ‘Flyer’ trucks, sold to the Municipality of Surrey in the 1930s. Pacific Highway markers stand in front. (Samantha Anderson)
‘War bride ships’ often gave one bunk for a woman to share with her children. (MIKAN 335228x / Library and Archives Canada)

HISTORY: The story of Surrey’s war brides

Love blooms from the ashes of the Second World War

  • Feb 23, 2018
‘War bride ships’ often gave one bunk for a woman to share with her children. (MIKAN 335228x / Library and Archives Canada)
This photograph, dated 1931, shows a crowd admiring a Stinson float plane that had landed to pick up passengers at Crescent Beach. Jack Berry would have been 13 years old when he took this photo. (Jack Berry / surreyhistory.ca)

Surrey historian, photographer Jack Berry passes away at 99

Berry documented Surrey’s history through photos

This photograph, dated 1931, shows a crowd admiring a Stinson float plane that had landed to pick up passengers at Crescent Beach. Jack Berry would have been 13 years old when he took this photo. (Jack Berry / surreyhistory.ca)
Basketball in the Athletic Hall, 1949. Spectators can be seen observing from the balcony. (Photo courtesy of the Surrey Archives, SM57)

HISTORY: Cloverdale’s Opera House and Athletic Hall was the place to be for nearly half a century

A popular venue until it burnt down in 1952 in a blaze so intense it nearly took Cloverdale with it

  • Jan 26, 2018
Basketball in the Athletic Hall, 1949. Spectators can be seen observing from the balcony. (Photo courtesy of the Surrey Archives, SM57)
The family history programming at Cloverdale Library can help learners discover how to access the library’s records and how to properly sort through and understand their own family archives. (Fabien Barral / Unsplash)

Discover your family secrets this year at Cloverdale Library

Upcoming family history programs at Cloverdale Library can help family historians dig in to the past

  • Jan 5, 2018
The family history programming at Cloverdale Library can help learners discover how to access the library’s records and how to properly sort through and understand their own family archives. (Fabien Barral / Unsplash)
The Victoria Day weekend unveiling of the Cloverdale Cenotaph drew quite the crowd. (City of Surrey Archives / 40.5.11)

HISTORY: Cloverdale Cenotaph holds nearly a century of memories

Each of the Surrey residents memoralized in the square have their own story to tell

  • Nov 14, 2017
The Victoria Day weekend unveiling of the Cloverdale Cenotaph drew quite the crowd. (City of Surrey Archives / 40.5.11)
This photo of Christ Church in the Surrey Centre Cemetery has been dated around 1900, but no one knows for sure exactly when it was taken. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives)

HISTORY: Surrey Centre Cemetery a wealth of history

From Surrey’s pioneers to wartime heroines, Surrey Centre Cemetery holds many stories

  • Oct 30, 2017
This photo of Christ Church in the Surrey Centre Cemetery has been dated around 1900, but no one knows for sure exactly when it was taken. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives)
“Clover Sue,” the goat, held by Lois Larsen, Ann Munroe and Susie Cloes at the Surrey Fall Fair in September 1954. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives / SM.330)

HISTORY: Surrey’s century-old Fall Fair lives on in new celebrations

The public holiday once included an annual Surrey vs. Langley tug-of-war, ‘fattest baby’ contest, more

  • Sep 29, 2017
“Clover Sue,” the goat, held by Lois Larsen, Ann Munroe and Susie Cloes at the Surrey Fall Fair in September 1954. (Courtesy of the Surrey Archives / SM.330)
The A.D. Matheson General Blacksmith shop, ca. 1900. (Courtesy of Surrey Archives / 180.1.52)

HISTORY: Surrey’s first police chief, fire marshall a man of ‘many strengths’

A. D. Matheson was Cloverdale’s blacksmith when he was hired as a policeman in 1905

  • Aug 25, 2017
The A.D. Matheson General Blacksmith shop, ca. 1900. (Courtesy of Surrey Archives / 180.1.52)
A great blue heron maneuvers its catch into its mouth in the pond off 122 Street and 70 Avenue in Surrey. (Grace Kennedy photo)

North Delta history: Where is Scott Lake?

Did you know Scottsdale Centre used to be a beaver pond?

  • Jun 23, 2017
A great blue heron maneuvers its catch into its mouth in the pond off 122 Street and 70 Avenue in Surrey. (Grace Kennedy photo)