The History of Metropolitan Vancouver's

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.

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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 1973.

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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