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Source: Eileen French, donor (Mrs. Glen E. French)
Photographer: S.J. Thompson
Olivet Baptist Church. This was the 1st church dedicated in the
fall of 1886. A clearer print of this photo appears in the book,
"75 years of service" R286 Sa 58s p.12. The church traces its
beginnings in New Westminster to the summer of 1878. In 1885 Rev.
Robert Lennie was appointed its first official minister. Before
a church was built a small group met in members' homes, rented
halls and the court house. The site for the 1886 church was provided
by James Turnbull. It was on the south side of Agnes Street, about
six lots east of 6th Street. The church was a brick superstructure
on a stone foundation and was valued at $10,000. The church at
this time had about 35 members. Due to a burgeoning congregation,
in November 1891 an enlarged brick and stone structure opened
on Agnes Street. This building was destroyed by the fire of 1898.
Some items such as the pulpit and two upholstered chairs were
rescued from the fire and can be seen in the present church. A
new church was built and officially opened on September 16, 1938.
Both the 1899 and 1938 churches were built at the corner of Queen's
Avenue and 7th Street.
donor of this photo is an ancestor of S.J. Thompson. Thompson
was the photographer of this picture.