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April 3, 2016

Sawmills and Opera Houses: A Brief History of Block 14 and the Origins of Chinatown

Sawmills and Opera Houses: A Brief History of Block 14 and the Origins of Chinatown
By John Atkin

Exhibit: April 3 – May 26, 2016
Opening reception: April 2, 2016 | 1:00-3:00pm

Included with Garden admission
Free for Garden Members

There is a rich and complex layered history of significant cultural and historical activities on the site of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park, which are the origins of Vancouver’s Chinatown. Learn about the past muddy shoreline of False Creek that sat at the edge of Carrall Street and became the home of the Royal City Planing Mill in 1886, providing employment for many Chinese men who then settled nearby in bunkhouses built out over the creek.

This early population attracted other residents and businesses and by the 1890s the population was large enough to see the construction of the Sing Kew Opera House which could seat 500 patrons. It became an early bridge between cultures in the city. Over the years train stations, playgrounds, bus depots, roads and gas stations have occupied this important slice of Chinatown.

“Sawmills and Opera Houses” features historic maps, texts and archival photographs to explore the significant history of this fascinating block where Chinatown began. The exhibit coincides with the celebration of the Garden’s 30th anniversary.


Start: April 3, 2016 10:00 am
End: May 26, 2016 4:30 pm

April 30, 2016

Annual General Meeting

An invitation to our Members:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of DR. SUN YAT-SEN GARDEN SOCIETY will be held at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:30am.

Members are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting and in order to vote need to be a member-in-good-standing as of April 1, 2016.

At the meeting, we will:

1. Elect Trustees to serve on the Board for the term 2016-2018 (more details below).

2. Receive the President’s Report, Executive Director’s Report and committee reports and financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015.

3. Meet our newly appointed Executive Director and say thank-you to an out-going Trustee for his years of service.

Light refreshments:
After the AGM, members are cordially invited to stay for a light lunch.
Please RSVP by phone at 604-662-3207 ext 209, email communications@vancouverchinesegarden.com or in person at our Visitor Services desk.



Start: April 30, 2016 10:30 am
End: April 30, 2016 1:30 pm

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