Thomas Fletcher Neelands

Mayor 1902-1903 (Acclaimed in 1903)
[b. Mar 8, 1862 Carleton, Ontario;d. Dec. 2, 1944, Vancouver. Arrived Granville (Vancouver) March 1886.]

Land issues marked Neelands’ tenure. After being burned out of the flour and feed business in the Great Fire, he became involved with the Pacific Building Society offering mortgages by lottery to members who paid dues to build up the fund.

While he was mayor, the city’s recreational facilities improved and expanded with the acquiring of rights for sunbathing on the English Bay shore, Alexandra and Strathcona Parks (now city hall), and the Cambie and Powell Street grounds. He also officiated at the cornerstone laying of the Vancouver Free Library at Main and Hastings (now Carnegie Centre) March 29, 1902.