John Hendry (industrialist)

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John Hendry ca. 1910

John Hendry, (January 20, 1843 - July 17, 1916), created B. C. Mills, the first major lumber company in western Canada starting with his first mill in 1875.[1] He is a person of National Historic Significance in Canada.

Early life[edit]

Hendry was born in Belledune, New Brunswick to Scottish immigrants James and Margaret Hendry (née Wilson), and worked at the family mill before moving west permanently in 1872.

Lumber dominance[edit]

Ships loading at Hastings Mill in the 1800s.

In 1876, Hendry and David McNair established Nanaimo Planing Mills.

Political foray[edit]

Hendry, was on New Westminster city council from 1879–80 and elected mayor in January 1889. He resigned in July because of a conflict of interest with him being involved with the New Westminster Southern Railway Company.


John Hendry Park is a 27.31 hectare park at 3300 Victoria Drive and 15th Avenue in Vancouver.

Hendry's introduction of steam donkeys and railways were the model for the lumber industry of the 20th century.

In 1926, Hendry's daughter Aldyen, who was married to the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Eric Hamber, donated some mill property to the Vancouver Park Board with the condition that it be named after her father. It is still known as John Hendry Park.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "John Hendry". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005. 
  2. ^ City of Vancouver
  3. ^ Vancouver Olympic Host City

External links[edit]

Morton, Jamie (1998). "Jenkins, John". In Cook, Ramsay; Hamelin, Jean. Dictionary of Canadian Biography. XIV (1911–1920) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.