It All Began With Gassy Jack...



Indigenous activists speak out on life of Gassy Jack (via CBC)

To see where Captain John "Gassy Jack" Deighton is buried refer to This will give you a virtual tour of Fraser Cemetery in New Westminster and you’ll see the gravesite in the Masonic part of the cemetery by clicking on #18.

John "Gassy Jack" Deighton worked for William Irving as a pilot and captain. Irving who is also buried in the Masonic section of the above built a fine house in New Westminster in 1865. Irving House still stands today and is open to the public. Gassy Jack must have been a visitor here many times.

For more about Hull, Yorkshire England where Gassy Jack was born try Look under Victorian Personalities of Hull.

For information on Moodyville, its lumber mills and personalities refer
to Lumber Mills on the North Shore Gassy Jack tried to set up a saloon in teetalling Moodyville but failed.

Hastings Mill Store managed to survive the great fire of 1886 which
obliterated the new city of Vancouver and its old centre Gastown (and
Deighton House). It was moved from its original site to the foot of Alma
Road and operates as a museum.

Excellent photos of Gastown as it is today are on

For more on the history of the Tomahawk and what it serves see

For a video tour of Historic North Lonsdale (across Burrard Inlet from Gastown) visit


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