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Experience Surrey Through Another Pair of Eyes

08feb11:00 am12:30 pmExperience Surrey Through Another Pair of Eyes11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Kiwanis Car Wash, ca. the 1950s (Roy Houghton)

Archives Talk to highlight Surrey from the 1950s and 60s

Surrey, BC – Surrey Archives invites the public to see Surrey through a whole new lens, or three.

Their next free talk, 'Surrey Through the Lens' is coming to the Museum of Surrey's theatre on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will trace the municipality's development through iconic photographs from the 1950s and 60s.

Three well-known Surrey photographers: W.W. Hastings, Neville Curtis, and Roy Houghton will be profiled, showing how they captured a glimpse of the diverse people, communities, and events in Surrey during the postwar era.

Ocean Park beach, ca. the 1960s (W. W. Hastings)

Neville Curtis was a prominent Cloverdale business-owner who also worked as a freelance writer and photographer for many Lower Mainland newspapers like the Vancouver Sun, White Rock Sun, Langley Advance and the Surrey Leader. Many of his photographs would be featured in the 1950s and 1960s Surrey Leader editions.

A long-time resident of the Crescent Beach area, W. W. Hastings' photographs have a strong South Surrey focus. The profile beach scenes, landscapes, as well as snapshots of local landmarks.

Photograph of unidentified group playing ice-hockey on frozen Mud Bay near Crescent Beach in the winter of 1961-62 (W. W. Hastings)

Roy Houghton established his Whalley photography studio in the early 1950s after returning from service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. The majority of his photographs focus on the North Surrey area and include many images of students, community events, and businesses.

"The photos by Hastings, Curtis and Houghton are significant historical assets for Surrey. Their images vividly capture life in Surrey at moment in time," said Ryan Gallagher, manager of heritage administration and facilities.

"This presentation, along with the other talks hosted by the archives, provides a unique opportunity to connect with the city’s past

Chinese laborers in Market Garden, ca. the 1960s (W. W. Hastings).

There are many other ways to engage with the city’s past, including online tools. The Archives recently launched Time Lapse, an online app that maps over 200 archival photographs to their modern-day locations, and shares snapshots of Surrey's past on the Heritage Surrey Facebook account. In addition, nearly 60,000 images are at your fingertips via the Archives' online database.

The Museum of Surrey is located at 17710 56A Ave., adjacent to the Surrey Archives at 17671 56 Ave, Surrey. Pre-registration online (4699411) or by telephone is recommended. For more information, call the Surrey Archives at 604-502-6459 or visit Follow us on Facebook at @HeritageSurreyBC.



(Saturday) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


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