Beatty Street Mural Vancouverites
Who are some key figures in Vancouver history and how are they recognized in the city?
You will find a selection of notable Vancouverites on the 2011 Beatty Street Mural, created by a team of artists headed by Vincent Dumoulin, Milan Basic and Manuel “Peeta” Di Ritawas.
Captain James Cook.
Anchored in Nootka Sound in Vancouver Island.
March 29, 1778
Captain George Vancouver
Made his way into the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the HMS Discovery
April 30, 1792
Col. James Clement Moody – Royal Engineers
Chose current site of New Brighton Park as a good site for a town
A plaque there reads: ‘Where Vancouver began.’
Sir James Douglas.
Fur Trader. Governor of Vancouver Island, 1851-64
Governor of BC, 1858-64
Called the ‘Father of BC.’
E. Pauline Johnson
A renowned First Nations Poet. Her Legends of Vancouver book includes Deadman’s Island:
It is dusk on the Lost Lagoon,
And we two dreaming the dusk away,
Beneath the drift of a twilight grey–
Beneath the drowse of an ending day
And the curve of a golden moon.
It is dark in the Lost Lagoon,
And gone are the depths of haunting blue,
The grouping gulls, and the old canoe,
The singing firs, and the dusk and–you,
And gone is the golden moon.
O! lure of the Lost Lagoon–
I dream to-night that my paddle blurs
The purple shade where the seaweed stirs–
I hear the call of the singing firs
In the hush of the golden moon.
Entrepreneur. Chinatown Pioneer. Philanthropist.
Built the Wing Sang Building.
Esther McCleery + brother Fitzgerald McCleery
Based on an 1862 Photo
Fitzgerald built the New Westminster-Point Grey Trail with his brother, Samuel.
First to farm on the Fraser Delta Lands. The McCleery farm = today’s McCleery Golf Course.
Sa7plek. Chief Joseph Capilano
A Squamish Nation leader, carver and strong advocate for First Nations rights.
Many local sites are named in his honour
English Bay’s first and much celebrated lifeguard and swimming teacher.
The downtown stretch of beach came to be known as ‘Joe’s Beach.’
Entrepreneur + Vancouver’s 2nd Mayor.
Donated his mayoral salary + own land for parks and schools.
2. Charles Woodward
Founder of Woodward Department Stores
Was a Vancouver MLA
Sculpted by Coeur de Lion MacCarthy
Installed Saturday April 28, 1922
Yvonne de Carlo
Vancouver born actress, singer and dancer
Moved to Hollywood and starred in movies such as Sephora, and The Ten Commandments.
Played Lily Munster in CBS’ The Munsters.
Well-known Radio Host, DJ, Author and MC.
Multiple Honours and the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame.
Olympic medal sprinter + Sports Program Pioneer.
Fought successfully to prevent a freeway that would destroy the Strathcona Neighbourhood and much of downtown.
‘Are you Experienced?’
Internationally-renowned Haida artist
His works range from master-carved gold to Lootaas, a 15-metre war canoe carved from a single cedar log.
Previously worked as a CBC announcer.
Worked 14 years as a MLA
Athlete, humanitarian, fundraiser for cancer research
Inspired the country with his Marathon of Hope run.
In galleries across the world, such as MOMA, SFMOMA and The Art Institute of Chicago
Also a leader in photography, painting, music, performance
He has likewise exhibited in major galleries and biennales across the world.
Co-owner of Liberty Bakery on Main.
Author, known primarily for his many books on Vancouver
His site – http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/index.htm – was the photographic source for many of the portraits on this mural.
Geneticist, broadcaster, author
For many, the first voice they heard on sustainable ecology.
Host of CBC’s The Nature of Things
Photographer, Technology Mentor, Author, Entrepreneur
Krug was on hand to document the Beatty Street Mural when it was first created.rst being created.