Burnaby Lake Postal Scale
This postal scale was used by Harriet Woodward at the Burnaby Lake Post Office. The Burnaby Lake Post Office was operated out of the Woodward sisters' cottage, a prefabricated cottage erected in 1904. The cottages were designed by J.J. Mahoney and architect Joseph Bowman and were manufactured in Vancouver by the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company. Maude Sarah Woodward (1865-1958), originally from England, was a pioneer nurse of Vancouver. She purchased this property in 1903 from her two close friends, Louis and Annie Hill, who were among Deer Lake's first residents. Maude and her sister, Harriet Julia Woodward (1879-1969), were prominent figures in the Deer Lake community and together they established the first post office in Burnaby. Due to the lack of any local facilities, in September 1904 Harriet Woodward established a private primary school here for the local children, which continued after 1908 as a kindergarten. The cottage was enlarged several times to accommodate the expanding post office until 1912, when the Woodwards began construction of a new, larger house.