By Constance Brissenden
With additional research by Larry Loyie
The History of Metropolitan
Vancouver Hall of Fame represents nearly 500 of the thousands of
people who have contributed to the history of the lower mainland
of BC. They come from all walks of life, all cultural backgrounds
and all occupations. All of the Hall of Famers are now deceased,
and we are proud to include a brief record of their accomplishments
here. For the first time, Metropolitan Vancouver has a biographical
directory that includes many individuals from communities overlooked
in the past.
If you have suggestions for inclusion (remember
the person must be deceased), please contact us HERE.
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For Mayors of Vancouver,
Juan Francisco de la Bodega Y Quadra (Y Mollinado)
Navigator bap. June 3, 1743, Lima, Peru; d. March 26, 1794, Mexico
City. His navigation studies began in Spain. Fought in Cuba, Honduras
and Malvinas during the seven-year war between England and Spain.
From 1775-79, made two expeditions from San Blas. His final expedition,
to Vancouver Island, began in 1792. Explored all the northwest coast
of North America. Catalogued over 400 species of flora and fauna,
studied aboriginal population and vocabulary. A friend of Captain
George Vancouver, he suggested that Vancouver Island be named for
him. Died of a seizure while walking on the street.
John Qualen Actor b. Dec. 8, 1899, Vancouver;
d. Sept. 12, 1987, Los Angeles, Calif. His father, Olaus Peter Qualen,
was pastor of First Scandinavian Church on Prior from 1898-1900.
Spent his childhood travelling in Canada and US. Went into acting
against his father's wishes. Performed in more than 120 films; his
first was Street Scene (1931). Portrayed the father in three movies
about the Dionne quintuplets. Noteworthy roles in Casablanca, The
Country Doctor, Reunion, Five of a Kind. Played Muley in The Grapes
of Wrath. His last movie was Frasier, the Sensuous Lion, made in
Joe Quoy Jockey b. c. 1867, New Westminster;
d. Jan. 7, 1942, New Westminster. His parents came from California
following the gold rush. Father ran a store in New Westminster,
and owned several horses. The first races in New Westminster were
held on Columbia, then unpaved. Joe was 12 years old and 90 pounds
when he first raced. Rode at tracks in B.C., including Langley and
Nanaimo, and in Seattle, Portland and Walla Walla. After putting
on weight, he turned to sulky riding. Supported lacrosse and rowing.
Ran a small New Westminster tobacco store burnt out by the fire
of 1898. He "announced 'Business as Usual' inside of two days."
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