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Jack Rose

Oral history interview with Jack Rose who was born in Vancouver in 1920, just one year after his parents had moved to the city. When the Second World War broke out Jack joined the Signal Corps in April 1940. Division was brought to Hong Kong in November and was captured by the Japanese and wasn't released until 1945.

Betty Averbach

Oral history interview with Betty Averbach who was born in Romania in 1921. Her family moved to Canada when she was 3 years old, the Council of Jewish Women met them and helped them get settled. Talks about growing up in Vancouver and the Jewish community here. Her father was a junk peddler when they first arrived. Talks about raising her family in Vancouver and her family's active relationship with the Schara Tzedeck synagogue. Speaks of the importance of the Jewish Community Centre in the life of the community when she was young, the support and confidence it generated amongst Betty and her friends.

David and Vera Bakonyi

Oral history interview with David and Vera Bakonyi on the late Peter Bakonyi (Vera's husband and David's father). Peter Bakonyi was born in 1933 in Budapest, Hungary. He met his wife Vera at a high school function. While in Budapest, he trained for the modern pentathlon event (fencing, swimming, horseback riding, shooting and cross country running) and played volleyball all while attending law school. He and Vera immigrated to Canada in 1957 as refugees and wed in Vancouver in 1959. He began solely training in fencing and switched his career path to real estate. Peter was a 6x Canadian Fencing Champion, 18x British Columbia Champion and attended the 1968 Olympic Games after being prevented from attending both the 1960 and 1964 games. He was also a founder of the Canadian Maccabiah Games team. He competed in the Maccabiah Games until his death in 1997. Vera and David discuss the legacy they've established in Peter's honour, such as the creation of the Peter Bakonyi World Cup (formerly Challenge Peter Bakonyi).

Lumberman's Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Photograph depicts the original Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park. Lumberman's Arch was constructed by the Lumberman's Union in 1912 to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Connaught. It originally stood along his procession route, at Homer and Pender. It was moved to Stanley Park and remained there until 1947 when it was condemned and demolished. A replacement structure was erected in 1952.

Grassy field with evergreen trees in foreground; wooden log replica of Parthenon temple in middle of image; ships in the harbour in background.

Climbers on Siwash Rock, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Photograph depicts climbers on Siwash Rock. According to Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) legend, Siwash Rock is the transformed body of a Skwxwú7mesh man who asked the great Transformer Q'uas for nothing more than prosperity for his people. Q'uas transformed him to rock so that he could serve as an indestructible monument to selflessness.

Large rock formation with wide base in water; small waves crashing against base; small sapling growing on top of formation; four climbers using ropes at various heights on formation; boat with white sail in background

Vancouver Lacrosse Team

Photograph depicts the Vancouver Lacrosse Team in 1915.

Three rows of men standing and sitting against a wood wall; label in bottom right corner reads "PHOTO by ROGNON LEONARD FRANK"; members of team written across bottom of image.

Written on recto: "Vancouver Lacrosse Team - 1915", "- Davis - McCuaig - Painter - Fitsgerald - Griffith - Pickering - McLaren - Crookall -", "- Miller - Ion - Donahue - Murray - West - Con Jones - Brynjolfson - Allen - Johnson - Gibbons - Dill Jones -", "- H. Jones - Peacock - Donihee - Roberts - N. Jones - "

New beach scene, English Bay

Photograph depicts the beach at English Bay.

Crowds of people in bathing suits on the sane, with towels and parasols; people in water and on wharves in the water; tall brick structure and houses in background.

Summer scene at Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver B.C.

Photograph depicts a summer scene at Kitsilano Beach.

Groups of adults and children sitting on the grass and swimming or canoeing in the water; dock with diving board in left of image; Burrard Bridge and Hotel Vancouver visible in background.

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