The Grandview Database

May 29, 2017

The Grandview Heritage Group has today published the June 2017 update to their Grandview Database. This now includes, amongst much else, the entire collection of 1911 households as enumerated in the Canada Census of that year (or at least as many as are still readable in the records).

The database is designed to provide a history of every house and household in the core of Grandview, including the nearly 2,000 that have been demolished and/or replaced over time.  It is published in pdf format allowing readers to perform easy searches on addresses, family names, businesses and, indeed, on any text component. The amount of material still to be entered is immense and the database is continually updated and published at the beginning of every month.

If you have a household or a historical connection in Grandview (in the area within the bounds of Clark, Hastings, Nanaimo, and Broadway) take a look at the database and see what we have found for your house.  We eagerly encourage corrections, additions, and suggestions.

The Postwar Housing Bubble

May 12, 2017

As a follow up to an earlier post about the collapse of house and land values in the pre-WW2 period, I have today posted a brief notice about the post-war boom from 1948 to 1955.

Both posts use very small data sets but I believe they are good illustrations of what can happen over short periods of time.

Hope you find it of interest.

Birth of A Community, Part 4

May 6, 2017

I have today published the fourth part of my brief history of Grandview. This chapter covers the first growth of Grandview from 1901 to 1907.

I hope you find it of interest.

Chemical Warfare — An Anniversary

April 22, 2017

With the current controversy in Syria over the use of chemical weapons it is fitting to note that the first effective use of poisonous gases in warfare was 102 years ago today.  (It had been tried without success in Poland the previous January.)

On 22nd April 1915, the Germans opened 6,000 cylinders of chlorine gas at Ypres. In very short order, more than 1,000 French and Algerian troops were dead and another 4,000 were wounded. The genie was literally out of the bottle and we haven’t looked back since.

Both the wife and son of the man who created the gas, Fritz Haber, committed suicide in shame. Undeterred, he would go on to help develop Zyklon-B, the Nazi’s death-camp gas, before himself falling foul of the Nazi’s anti-Jewish racial laws.

Chapter 3 of Birth of A Community

April 17, 2017

The third part of my history of early Grandview is now available at the Grandview Heritage Group website. This part covers the earliest settlers in our neighbourhood, from 1891 to 1901.

I hope you find it interesting!

Bursting The Bubble

April 13, 2017

At the Grandview Heritage website I  just posted a quick look at the housing market in Grandview back in the 1930s. It may offer some historical perspective on how house prices can fall.

Hope you find it of interest.

More Birth of Our Community

April 3, 2017

I have today published the second part of my history of early Grandview.

This part covers the period 1880 to 1899 when Grandview failed to blossom as a number of speculators had hoped.  As always, I am keen to hear comments and corrections.