To share photographs and memories or view more of our collection on Eburne, please contact the Sea Island Heritage Society.
William (Harry) Eburne (1855-1924) arrived on Sea Island in British Columbia, in February 1875 and purchased Eburne Island in 1878. He opened a general store on Sea Island which became the North Arm Post Office in 1885. Eburne was a well-known businessman and chicken farmer and his name was given to the business district that emerged in the area now known as Marpole (Vancouver).(1)
The Eburne area originally consisted of land on Sea Island, the North Arm of the Fraser River and Eburne Island. When the area of Eburne on the North Arm was renamed Marpole in 1916, the use of the name for the Richmond lands gradually disappeared.(2)
The Eburne area was located on the northeast corner of Sea Island, along the North Arm of the Fraser River and close to the Marpole and Eburne bridges. It was, and still is common to see tugboats on the river.
Marpole Bridge in 1955 - Jack Phillips Collection
Eburne Bridge to Bridgeport around 1958 - Jack Phillips Collection
South end of Marpole Bridge around 1958 - Jack Phillips Collection
Tugboat pulling barge under Marpole Bridge
Tugboat in ice on North Arm of Fraser around 1958
North Fraser Harbour patrol boats in 1969 - Irene Eastman Collection
The photograph of the Eburne area below was retrieved from the City of Richmond Archives(3), and with your assistance the Sea Island Heritage Society is trying to identify individuals who lived in the Eburne area or owned a business.
Eburne 1954 - Photo courtesy of City of Richmond Archives
Sea Island Heritage Society continues to try to identify all residents of Airport Road in Eburne, and would appreciate your help or reference to individuals who can assist. Click any of the links below to view the list of residents and addresses compiled over the years.
(1) (2) City of Richmond Archives, 1985 157 1 . Retrieved from City of Richmond Archives on November 19, 2017.
(3) City of Richmond Archives, 1954, Richmond, item no. 1977 1 108, Eburne Area [digital image].
Sea Island Heritage Society
4191 Ferguson Road, Richmond, British Columbia
Canada V7B 1P3