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Background to naming of Anniedale School

By Bob Reimer, July 2017

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

Anniedale School - Background

Anniedale School
Elizabeth Pooley

Elizabeth Wilhelmina Pooley (Fisher)

Issac Birch Fisher

Isaac Birch Fisher
(brother of Elizabeth W. Pooley)

Admiral Stanley

Admiral Victor Albert Stanley

Lord Stanley

Lord Fredrick Arthur Stanley


Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor General of Canada in 1888, the City opened Stanley Park on September 27 of that year. Most people are surprised to discover that it was this man who not only suggested an annual amateur ice hockey match to be played in the Dominion of Canada (as it was known as then) but that he also donated the eponymous Cup: the symbol of hockey supremacy.


Admiral Victor Albert Stanley, Victor Stanley (1867–1934). Signed by sitter and dated 1910. The Honorable Sir Victor Albert Stanley was a Vice–Admiral in the British Royal Navy.


Location of original Anniedale School

THE ANNIEDALE SCHOOL WAS LOCATED AT 18055 WILSON-TOWNLINE ROAD AKA 96 AVENUE. The legal address for this site is: PID: 000–704-377 BLOCK 12, EXCEPT: PART ON HIGHWAY PLAN 28296; DISTRICT LOT 121 GROUP 2 NEW WESTMINSTER DISTRICT PLAN 3519 FROM APPROXIMATELY 1983 TO CROWN.


Owners of Anniedale School Property


Property ownership Property Ownership2

Drawings of School Property

Drawings of School Property

TRANSFER OF THE PARCEL OF LAND FROM ELIZABETH W. POOLEY TO BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES


property transfer

09/07/1962 Her Majesty the Queen in Right of BC


TRANSFER OF THE PARCEL OF LAND FROM BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES TO HER MAJESTY THE Queen for #1 highway.

hwy transfer of property

Trans Canada Highway #1 Expropriation Drawing showing location of Anniedale School property.

Expropriation 1962

Surrey Map circa 1891 showing Anniedale School property.

Surrey Map 1891

Surrey Map circa 1892 showing Anniedale School property I.B. Fisher.

Surrey Map 1892

Overview of Fisher and Pooley Families

This Research began as a project to locate the namesake for the Anniedale Community and the School. The first step was to retain the services of a historical title search consultant, Powell Research (1995) Ltd.


The findings revealed that Elizabeth Wilhelmina Pooley (born Fisher) was the person who transferred the land to the Board of School Trustees for a sum of $1.00.


Further research found the connection between Elizabeth Wilhelmina Pooley to I. B. Fisher, who shows up on the 1892 Surrey Map. I.B. Fisher is Isaac Birch Fisher the brother of Elizabeth Wilhelmina. Isaac was the first manager of the Bank of British Columbia and lived in New Westminster at a house named Gadshill.


"Gadshill," home of I.B. Fisher. – [ca. 1886]

I.B.Fisher Home 1886

Elizabeth Wilhelmina Fisher arrived in Esquimalt, BC on January 12, 1863 on the Strathallen with her four brothers William, John Lloyd, Isaac Birch, Thomas and parents William Fisher and Harriet Alice Fisher (born Birch) and their home was Fernhill.


The Fisher family home was Fernhill and was the birth place of daughter Annie Bickerton Pooley and her marriage to Victor Albert Stanley.


Marriage, news item

Elizabeth Wilhelmina Fisher married Charles Edward Pooley who was appointed in 1866 as the registrar of British Columbia and travelled extensively with Judge Begbie.


In 1896 their second daughter Annie Bickerton Pooley married Admiral Hon. Sir Victor Albert Stanley (1867–1934).


Annie's husband Victor was the son of Fredrick Arthur Stanley (1841–1908) the 16th Earl of Derby. Stanley advanced quickly in the Royal Navy after entering Her Majesty’s service in 1880.


Victor Albert Stanley became Lieutenant in 1889, Commander 1901, Captain 1905, Naval attaché to Russia 1905, Naval attaché to Washington DC 1918, Second in Command 1st Battle Squadron 1919 and Vice Admiral Commanding Reserve Fleet 1924 before retiring as Admiral Honourable Sir Victor Albert Stanley 1926.


Annie became known as Dame Honourable Annie Bickerton Stanley. Anniedale school was named after her.


Ancestors of Annie Pooley Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4

Summary of naming of Anniedale School



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