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Akrigg, George Philip Vernon, 1913-2001

  • Person
  • 1913-2001

Born in Calgary in 1913, George Philip Vernon Akrigg received a B.A. (1937) and M.A. (1940) from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. from the University of California (1944). He began his UBC teaching career in the Dept. of English in 1941. The author of many scholarly articles and books, Akrigg continued his research in the field of British Columbia history after his retirement in 1978. He died in 2001. Helen Brown Akrigg (nee Manning) was born in British Columbia in 1921. She received a B.A. from UBC (1943). After raising a family she returned to academic life and in 1964 earned an M.A. in history from UBC. She subsequently served as part-time instructor in the Dept. of Geography and later, with husband Philip continued her research into British Columbia history and place names.

Akrigg, Helen B., 1921-

  • Canada
  • Person
  • 1921-

Helen Manning was born in Prince Rupert in 1921, grew up in Victoria and attended UBC in Vancouver for her third and fourth years. She earned a B.A in 1943. At UBC she met and married Philip Akrigg [1913-2001] who taught in the English Department. Akrigg wrote her Master's Thesis on the History and Economic Development of the Shuswap Area in 1964. The couple had three children, Marian, Daphne and Mark. They owned a lakeshore lot on Shuswap Lake at Celista and spent summers there.

The Akriggs co-authored 1001 British Columbia Place Names, British Columbia Place Names and two volumes of British Columbia Chronicle.

Akroyd, Jack, 1921-1996

  • Person
  • 1921-1996

Jack Akroyd (Born Halifax, Yorks, UK, 1921; died Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 4, 1996) began working as a railroad engineering apprentice in England in the 1930s. Soon after the start of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force and spent six years as an aircraft mechanic. He volunteered for overseas service and was sent to Canada.

At wars end, and once again a civilian, Akroyd tried to enrol in art school. All the places were taken by other ex-servicemen, so Akroyd went back to work in the Locomotive works of the Great Western Railway and took evening art classes at a local college.

In the years following the war, governments of Commonwealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada advertised in the United Kingdom for immigrants with suitable trades. Akroyd arrived in Ontario in the depths of winter and began work as a machinist in the CNR roundhouse at Capreol. After eighteen months in the job, Akroyd quit to enrol in the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in 1949. In 1953, upon graduation, he moved to the West Coast where he worked at many things, including caretaker at a Jasper resort hotel. In his spare time and between labouring jobs, Akroyd sketched and painted. Stability came with a fulltime job as a draftsman with a Vancouver consulting engineering firm.

Akroyd is quoted as saying The most exciting thing I did in those years was to visit Japan, a country that I knew very little about. It was during his time in Japan that Akroyd took up photography.

In 1961, Akroyd decided to declare himself a freelance artist and quit the business world. He supported himself by helping local sculptures in their work: casting plaster molds and manufacturing fibreglass figurines; constructing armatures and building scale models. It was during this time that Akroyd supplemented his income by inspecting and repairing Kilns in the art classrooms of Vancouver.

Eventually, he began to support himself through his art works. His work is sought after throughout Canada.

Jack Akroyd died in Vancouver, B.C. on March 4, 1996.

Alabama Mining Company

  • Corporate body

The Alabama Mining Company had mining interests in the Cariboo.

Alberni Agricultural and Industrial Association

  • Corporate body

The Alberni Agricultural Association, also known as the Alberni Agricultural and Industrial Association, was founded at the turn of the century to support agricultural interests and sponsor local fairs.

Alberni Board of Trade

  • Corporate body
  • ca. 1908-

The Alberni Board of Trade was established ca. 1908 to represent the interests of businessmen and other residents of the Alberni Valley.

Alberni District Canadian Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1952-

The Alberni District Canadian Club was affiliated with the Association of Canadian Clubs and was established in 1952. The club was a forum for discussion of national issues.

Alberni District Cooperative Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1928-

The Alberni District Cooperative Association was incorporated in 1928 as an agricultural cooperative society. It later established a general store.

Alberni District Teen Town

  • Corporate body

The Alberni District Teen Town was a youth group that served the Alberni Valley.

Alberni Farmers' Institute

  • Corporate body

The Alberni Farmers' Institute represented farmers and agricultural interests in the Alberni Valley.

Alberni Indian Residential School

  • Corporate body
  • 1891-1973?

The Alberni Indian Residential School was opened as a Day School by the Presbyterian Rev. J.A. MacDonald in 1891. MacDonald's sister was able to interest the Presbyterian Woman's Missionary Society in the need for a larger school, and the new school soon became a boarding school with 50 pupils under the Presbyterian W.M.S., with Miss Elizabeth Lister as its first matron and a Mr. McKee as the teacher. H.B. Currie was Principal when the school burned down in 1917, and continued in that post when the new building, paid for by the government, was opened in 1920. Management of the school was passed to the United Church Woman's Missionary Society with church union in 1925. F.E. Pitts was appointed Principal in 1927, and remained with the school until after R.C. Scott was appointed Principal of the school in late 1939, succeeded by A.F. Caldwell in 1944. Also in 1944, two new classroom blocks and the senior residence, later Peake Hall, were built on the site, and responsibility for hiring teachers was passed to the federal government. Caldwell was succeeded by John Dennys in 1958, and J.A. Andrews in 1962. In 1969, the federal government took over full responsibility for the management of the school.

Alberni Pacific Lumber Company

  • Corporate body

The Alberni Pacific Lumber Company of Port Alberni operated one of the oldest sawmills in the Alberni Valley. Its logging railway service was operated by a subsidiary, the Alberni Pacific Transport Company. The operations of the Alberni Pacific Lumber Company later became the Alberni Pacific Division of MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.

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