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Caulfeild Property Owners and Ratepayers Association

  • Corporate body
  • [1925-1928]

The Caulfeild Property Owners and Ratepayers Association was a group of Caulfeild residents engaged in issues of concern to the neighbourhood. They held regular meetings in members' homes and prepared correspondence and petitions to staff and Council of the District of West Vancouver.

Payne, David

  • Person

David Payne owned a cabin on Hollyburn Mountain in West Vancouver. Around 1937 he joined a provincial policing service involved in mountain rescue in Lynn Valley.

Dundarave Pharmacy

  • Corporate body
  • 1925-?

Dundarave Pharmacy was opened ca. 1925 by James Finlayson. From 1937 to 1942, it was owned by pharmacist W.L. Ker, and from 1942 to 1944 by Alex Steven. It was also known informally as Libby's Pharmacy, when owned by Frank Libby after 1959.

Fletcher (family)

  • Family

John Howard Fletcher was born in 1889 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. When John was five, his father moved the family to Canada where he had bought some land. John's father and the two oldest boys built a six room frame house on the newly purchased land. The house was five miles north of Armstrong, BC. When John was fifteen he left the interior for Vancouver where he worked as a farm hand. In 1904 he found a job as a messenger boy for the Western Union Telegraph Co. Later, his brother Herbert found John a job as an apprentice with the Mitchel-Courtney Electrical Company.

During Canada's first real depression, John found a job at one of Vancouver's first all motion picture theatres, The Royal. Although he had never run a projector, John quickly learned from watching another projectionist. He then worked at various other theatres until he bought his own projector and started running his own shows. However, it only lasted for three weeks because he ran out of shows. John then returned to Vancouver to his old job. He continued as a projectionist as well as studying at Sprott-Shaw college. When he graduated, he took a job as a secretary for a railway survey company. This entailed a horse-back trip into the interior. He later also surveyed the Alaska-Yukon boundary.

In 1914, war was declared and John headed back to Vancouver to enlist. He was a private, first class, of the 62nd Battalion. After five months of training John headed for Halifax. After just leaving the harbour, the munitions ship blew. John completed more training when he arrived in England. In the field, he worked as a sapper or field engineer.

After the war, John travelled to Jamaica where he was offered the job of drying bananas. After eight months in Jamaica, he contracted jaundice and was told to leave Jamaica.

John then returned to Vancouver and bought a small theatre. June 5th, 1925, John married Amelia (Alma) Eleanor Snider, a cashier at the Paramount Film Exchange. Bert Snider, Alma's father, offered to help pay to build a new theatre for the young couple. The theatre became the Hollyburn Theatre in West Vancouver which opened in June, 1926. John and Alma by then had seven children. They resided at 2283 Haywood Ave.

During WWII, John became ill and sold the theatre and took a job as a projectionist at the Lonsdale theatre. After recovering from his illness, John bought the old Music Box theatre at the corner of Fraser and Kingsway and changed its name to Kingcrest.

In the 1950s, John bought a lot in North Vancouver and began building another theatre. However, during this time, television became popular and theatre attendance dropped. The Kingcrest subsequently closed and John sold the unfinished theatre.

John served as Reeve of West Vancouver from 1951-1952 and Councillor in 1946 and 1948. He was also involved in the West Vancouver Chess Club. He was the first president of the BC branch of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes and Moving Picture Machine Operators of the United States and Canada.

John Howard Fletcher passed away February 20, 1983 in West Vancouver at the age of 93. His wife, Alma, passed away August 30, 1982 in North Vancouver.

John and Alma's children were Gordon Joy Fletcher, Doreen Eleanor Fletcher, Roy Howard Fletcher, Mavis Alma Fletcher, John Albert Fletcher, Hazel Grace Fletcher (b. October 21, 1932, d. May 2, 2003), and Gloria Mae Fletcher.

Gilbert, Freda, b. 1907

  • Person
  • 1907-

Freda Herrin Gilbert was born in 1907. She lived in West Vancouver, but matriculated from North Vancouver High School in 1924 as there were no matriculation high schools in West Vancouver at that time. In 1929, she obtained her certificate for a Primary Grade Teacher's course at summer school. She taught at Hollyburn School as early as 1925 until her marriage in 1933, which led to a move to Calgary. Upon her return to West Vancouver, she began teaching at Ridgeview Elementary School where her brother-in-law Harry Dickson was principal.

Spratley, Louise

  • Person
  • 1910-1993

Louise Spratley was born on June 24, 1910 in Vernon, BC and moved with her family to West Vancouver in the mid 1920s when she was a teenager. She began her career as an accountant but after marriage to Richard Leonard Spratley she turned to full-time motherhood.

In 1955, Spratley began to write a garden column for the Lions Gate Times and shortly thereafter also became the accountant for the newspaper. In 1959, she became editor of the paper, replacing editor Claude Hoodspith. Under her editorialship both Spratley and the Lions Gate Times won awards in 1965 and 1966. She left the Lions Gate Times in February 1967 to become editor of the BC Hotelman for one year.

From 1968 to 1974 Spratley was Special Assistant to BC Federal cabinet Minister, the Hon. Jack Davis. During this period she was highly involved in environmental issues, including the Capilano Hatchery, and Environment Canada's "Interdepartmental Task Force on National Marine Parks" in regards to the Straits of Georgia and Juan De Fuca.

Spratley's retirement years were busy with contract work, especially for the District of West Vancouver. She worked on the West Vancouver Community Plan in 1980 and was editor of the West Vancouver Municipal News (subsequently the West Vancouver Report), a newspaper that she founded. Spratley regarded 1992 as the year she truly retired. She died on April 26, 1993.

West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild

  • Corporate body
  • 1946-1985
 The West Vancouver Little Theatre Guild was an amateur theatre group that produced plays and presentations in the community. Prior to 1946, the group was called the West Vancouver Little Theatre Group but it did not make an impact until Ernest Laws, a prominent London actor was asked to participate. The guild was officially formed in 1946. By its second year, membership had flourished from 20 to 106, although the guild never managed to have its own facility to stage plays.

In its first season, the guild produced four plays, To Have the Honour, Distinguished Gathering, Personal Appearance, Yes and No, and scenes from Alice in Wonderland. The guild averaged four plays a year and members participated in the One Act Play Festival and the Dominion Drama Festival for which they received numerous awards. The guild also held actors workshops and studio nights. The group was renamed West Van Little Theatre in 1985, and more recently became Theatre West Van.

Gale, William

  • Person
  • 1906-1987

William Esteen Gale was born in 1906, one of two sons of Hannah Rolinson (nicknamed Annie) and engineer William John Gale who were married in England in 1901. Emigrating to Canada to join other family members, the Gales and their two young sons arrived in Calgary in 1912 where Annie Gale became active in local social causes. At a time when there were no women in government across Canada, Annie Gale won a seat in the 1917 Calgary Civic Election and became the first woman alderman in the British Commonwealth Empire. She also served as Acting Mayor on occasion – another first for a woman. She retired from civic life in 1923, and in 1925 moved to Vancouver with her husband and two sons Henry and William.

In 1936, William Gale embarked upon a career in the mortgage loan industry, working for the Northwest Mortgage Company, Ltd. as an inspector. His duties included soliciting loans, writing plans and appraisals, taking photos and doing surveys. By 1939, Mr. Gale was working for the Vancouver Mortgage Corporation Ltd., securing applications for mortgage loans, and in 1947, he was appointed as manager of the Mortgage Department of Gordon M. Thompson Ltd. He launched his own company, the W.E. Gale Mortgage Company Ltd in 1954 and his offices were located in the penthouse suite in the Vancouver Stock Exchange Building.

Gale was very proactive in seeking investment capital and he compiled two books (1944, 1950) designed to interest potential clients in Vancouver and West Vancouver. The books contained general and residential information about each area and included photographs, street scenes, and statistics on construction growth, marriages and mortgage registrations. During his lifetime William Gale also collected First Nations artifacts, rare books, and paintings. William Esteen Gale died in Vancouver in February 1987, at the age of 81.

Lettice, Katherine

  • Person

Katherine Lettice was a teacher in the 1910s at Manson's Landing School on Cortes Island. She took photographs of the school.

Rotary Club of Campbell River

  • Corporate body
  • 1946-

The Rotary Club of Campbell River (club 6224), sponsored by the Rotary Club of Courtenay was chartered on April 10, 1946. A celebration of this event was held at the community hall in Campbellton. When established Dr. Ken Craig was the first president and other board members included: F.E. McCarthy (treasurer), Carl O Thulin, Oscar Thulin, A.G. McLean, K.W. Brown, J.H. Burgess.

Although the club charter night was April 10, several (weekly) meetings of the new club took place before then. The first meeting was held on March 13, 1946. The club immediately became involved in community activities and one of their earliest community projects was supporting the construction of a new hall for the Boy Scout's.

Over the years the club has been a part of a number of significant community activities and undertaken a number of community projects. Some of those significant projects include involvement in the building of the community halls, the Centennial Outdoor Pool and ice arena, the Rotary Beach Park and Seawalk and the Cari Infant and Toddler Centre.

Additionally the Rotary Club of Campbell River sponsored the chartering of several new rotary clubs in the area including Port Hardy, Sayward, Gold River and the Campbell River Daybreak Rotary. The Rotary Club of Campbell River continues to have an active role in the community.

Rand, Paul

  • Person
  • 1896-1970

Paul Rand (Otto Schellenberger prior to May 12, 1941) was born 1896 and died in 1970. He was born in Bonn, Germany where he attended public school. He next studied for a year in art school at Frankfurt-on-Main. He came to Canada in 1912 and settled on the prairies. He travelled and sketched across Canada for two years (1912-1914) then for the next thirteen years he did not paint. In 1927 he moved to Vancouver, B.C. where he attended night classes for eight years at the Vancouver School of Art under W.P. Weston, J.W.G. Macdonald (design) and F.H. Varley (life drawing). In 1930 he became a naturalized British Subject. By 1932 he was exhibiting at the Vancouver Art Gallery Association Annual Exhibitions and in 1933 became a member of the B.C. Society of Artists (Vice-Pres., Pres., Exec.). In June of 1934 he started work as a commercial artist and for the next seventeen years was Art Director for the Sun Printing Company while continuing with his easel painting on his free time. In 1956 he became Art Director for the Evergreen Press Limited in Vancouver where he continued until his retirement in 1965. In his painting he became known for his landscapes of British Columbia which he painted in water colours, oils and tempera in impressionistic and decorative realistic styles. He received a number of awards for his painting including a bronze medal for outstanding water colour in 1937 at the Vancouver Art Gallery Exhibition; his work was selected for the Royal Canadian Academy travelling exhibition of 1942 and 1944. He was also included in the Southern Dominion Exhibition of 1936 under the Carnegie Foundation which show travelled for three years appearing in the United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands and across Canada. He was art instructor at the Polytechnic Institute of Vancouver, 1937-1938; night classes for the Armed Forces sponsored by the Canadian Legion (1944-1945). He did illustrations for a history of England text published by W.J. Gage & Co. (1937) and in 1942 he did cover illustrations for the Vancouver Sun Magazine. His commercial awards include: Gilcrafter Honour Award from Gilbert Paper Company for best letterhead (1944); Top Honour in The Bruce McAllister Memorial Award Competition "Industrial British Columbia" (1946). His solo shows include Y.M.C.A. Building, Vancouver, B.C.; posthumously in 1972 by James Warren Felter, Curator/Director of Exhibition Centre for Communications and the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby; and by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1980. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Helena. He lived in Vancouver.

Faminow, Peter

  • Person
  • 1917-2002

Peter Faminow (1917-2002) was born in Alberta to Russian-born Doukhobor parents, Sam and Elizabeth Faminow. He received his grade school and high school education in Lundreck, Alberta, and attended Willamette University in Oregon before studying law at University of Saskatchewan and University of Alberta. He met his wife, Frances Sopp, at Willamette.

While studying law, Faminow became actively involved in the Doukhobor youth movement. He would later help organize the 1958 Conference on Peace through Non-violence, author a column called 'Dasha' in the Doukhobor publication Mir, and serve as the secretary-treasurer of the Union of Doukhobors in Canada. He was also a member of a fact-finding mission to the Doukhobor residential school in New Denver, and was part of a committee of Doukhobors to recommend a resolution to that issue.

After relocating with his wife and daughters (Sarah, Polly and Megan) to North Vancouver to practice law, Faminow served as a councillor and alderman for the District of North Vancouver between 1960 and 1974 and ran once for Reeve. He also ran once as a New Democrat in the Federal election of 1963.

In 1987, Peter Faminow filed a case in the B.C. Supreme Court regarding the issue of secondary suites in North Vancouver, B.C. and succeeded in having the bylaws for allowing the rental of secondary suites changed.

Coupland, Douglas

  • Person
  • 1960-

Douglas Coupland was born December 30, 1960 on the NATO base in Baden-Söllingen, West Germany. After Coupland's father completed his military service in 1965, the family settled in West Vancouver. There, Coupland attended elementary and high school. After graduation, Coupland moved to Montreal to study sciences at McGill University. Returning to Vancouver a year later, Coupland entered the Diploma of Fine Arts program at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD). Studying three dimensional art, Coupland also compiled and wrote several editions of ECIAD's experimental student newspaper, and exhibited his first art installation entitled Wave Particles and Beams in an ECIAD student space. In 1984, the first published piece of writing by Coupland appeared in the short-lived weekly, Vancouver Voice. After graduating from ECIAD, Coupland won a scholarship to study Japanese business science at the Japan America Institute of Management Science in Honolulu. He earned an honors degree after this one-year course and returned to Vancouver briefly in 1986.

Although best known as a novelist, Coupland is also an accomplished graphic designer, journalist, visual artist, playwright, and filmmaker. After Coupland's year of study in Hawaii, he moved to Japan in 1986 and worked as a designer and researcher for the publishing company, Magazine House. Returning to Vancouver in 1987, Coupland was hired as a writer for Vancouver magazine. Coupland's first-ever article about "Generation X," defined as the generation of people born after the baby boomers in the 1960s and 1970s, was published Vancouver in September 1987. Also in 1987, the Vancouver Art Gallery hosted Coupland's one-person art exhibition entitled A Floating World. Later that year, Coupland began writing for Western Living Magazine and The Vancouver Sun. In 1988, Coupland moved to Toronto to write for the alternative business magazine Vista. Along with other articles, Coupland developed a regular "Generation X" column and comic strip, animated by Paul Richove. Having read these pieces, literary agent Peter Livingston embraced Coupland's concept and helped sell it as a book proposal to the American publishing company, St. Martin's Press.

Originally intended as a non-fiction "handbook" for Generation X, the novel Coupland wrote while living on an advance in Palm Springs can be considered trendsetting in a number of ways. In addition to the main narrative, the book introduced elements of graphic design, pop-art and wordplay to the novel genre. The book attained critical and popular success over the summer of 1990, and by the end of the year, the Generation X concept had become a major cultural phenomenon. Since Generation X, Coupland has published seventeen major literary works: ten fiction and seven non-fiction. In the 1990s, Coupland also began writing, producing and appearing in various experimental film and television projects. He produced 6 short moving image art pieces in 1994 that aired on MTV. Also in 1995, Coupland helped to write a documentary about himself entitled Close Personal Friend. Since then Coupland has been involved in more than a dozen film, television and theatrical productions.

In the past ten years Coupland has returned to visual arts, utilizing diverse media and experimenting with various forms. In the late 1990s, Coupland developed a website entitled The website combined elements of Coupland's prose (lesser known articles and journal-style postings) with scanned collages and other digitally rendered multi-media images. Arguably one of the first 'blog' projects undertaken by a well-known writer and artist, was well received in the nascent web-design community of the mid-1990s. The visual elements of Coupland's website marked the beginning of Coupland's return to three-dimensional and visual art forms. Around the year 2000, Coupland developed a series of furniture pieces for the furniture company Pure Design. Also in 2000, Coupland created an art installation entitled Spike. The installation, which featured human-sized plastic objects debuted in Vancouver and was later shown at the Totem Gallery in New York. Since then, Coupland has created or contributed to more than twenty major visual art projects, installations and exhibitions.

While working in various capacities over the course of his career, Coupland has maintained consistent creative focus in two areas: 1) literary works with a strong visual sensibility 2) visual art (particularly sculptural) projects that challenge aesthetic conventions. Coupland has earned a number of awards and distinctions since the 1990s. In 2001, Coupland’s Alma Mater (ECIAD) awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. Over the course of the 2000s, three of Coupland’s books (City of Glass, Terry and Souvenir of Canada 2) were nominated for BC Book Prizes, awarded by the Association of B.C. Booksellers. In 2005, Coupland was awarded a Vancouver Arts Award for his writing accomplishments. In 2006, the Leacock Association short-listed JPod for its annual Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Finally, as part of British Columbia's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2008, the Royal British Columbia Museum named Coupland one of the 150 most influential people in British Columbia's history.

Public Access Silviculture Information System Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1991-1993

Commissioned by the BC Ministry of Forests to manage the development of the Public Access Silviculture Information System (PASIS). The purpose of PASIS was to provide the general public with an accessible information source about silviculture, and to promote unbiased information sharing among a variety of interested people.

Johnson, Audrey

  • 1915-1993

Audrey Johnson was born in Toronto, and moved to Victoria in 1921 where she resided until her death. She received early music training in piano, violin and voice at the Royal School of Music, London, becoming a Licentiate in 1931. She later studied dramatic arts in Banff, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UBC, and UVic. She directed many winning plays for the Victoria Theatre Guild, was a BC government adjudicator for drama festivals, and was instrumental in restructuring the Victoria Little Theatre in 1950, becoming its principal director. In addition, she was actively involved in the early days of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She wrote poetry, some of which was published in two chapbooks and two Canadian anthologies. She is best known in Victoria for her arts columns in the Victoria Daily Times, from 1939-1955, and the Times-Colonist, from 1955-1987.

King, Al, 1915-2003

  • Person

Albert King was born March 3, 1915 in St. Anthony's, England and moved to Canada in 1928. In 1937 Al King was hired at Consolidating Mining and Smelting (CM & S). King quickly became involved with the International Union of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers. At this time, the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers was struggling to reestablish itself in Trail, reviving a union tradition started with the Western Federation of Miners (WFM). The WFM became the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers in 1916 and was generally known as Mine Mill. However, the dream of an independent union died with Ginger Goodwin at the end of the first world war. In 1941 King enlisted with the Canadian Air Force and was overseas until 1944. While he was gone, Local 480 of the International Union of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada) was certified. King resumed employment in Trail in 1946. Elected vice president of the Canadian Legion, Branch 11 and chair of the Canadian Legion Housing Committee, he was also chairman of the Labour Progressive Party from 1946 to 1949. In 1950, King became the president of Local 480, Trail BC a position he held until 1960. In 1960 he was elected Secretary, Western District of Mine Mill and in 1966 was named to the National Executive board as representative for Western Canada responsible for all hard rock mining and smelter operations. In sympathy with the Italians he worked with at Cominco, he changed his name to Albert Lorenzo King in 1966. When Mine Mill and Steel merged in 1967 Al King was demoted to Staff representative. Later, in 1972 he became compensation officer and was released from all other union duties so that he could devote his full attention to Workmens' Compensation Board matters. (Later called the Workers' Compensation Board) In 1968 King joined the Compensation and Safety committee of the BC Federation of Labour, an association he was to maintain for almost ten years. King became chair of the committee in 1972 withdrawing in 1976 to make room for Marianne Gilbert. In 1977 the renamed Health and Safety committee presented a report titled Perspectives for Health and Safety. One of the services offered by Mine Mill, and subsequently Steel, was the Western District Union Death Benefits plan, a fund enabling widows of miners to apply for assistance after a mining fatality. Al King became the administrator of the Western District Union Death Benefit plan in 1972. King served on the Regulations Advisory Board of the Workmen's Compensation Board in 1970 and chaired the BC Federation of Labour's Workers' Compensation Board Committee in 1975. Steel identified the education and certification of miners as a priority and King became responsible for schools and workshops throughout the province. King became the Director of the Medical Services Association (MSA) in 1972. After his retirement from the USWA in 1981, King continued to advocate for WCB claimants, and teach courses on the WCB appeal process. He published his memoirs in 1996 in collaboration with Kate Braid. Al King died in April 2003.

Austin, Alan

  • Person
  • 1932-2009

Alan Austin was a faculty member of the Biology Department at the University of Victoria from 1964-1997. He was a phycologist - a specialist in marine and freshwater algal vegetation. Austin was involved in two major research projects: Victoria Phenology Project, 1964-1986, and the Seaweed Inventory Project (SIP), 1969-1978. The SIP launched a substantial, and very rare, pre-utilisation survey of the seaweed along BC coastal waters, and produced detailed vegetation maps previously unavailable. A major proportion of the day to day research was conducted by Robert Adams, Austin's research assistant and colleague. The data from the SIP was used by the BC Commercial Fisheries Branch (later the Ministry of Environment) to assess the feasibility of commercially harvesting British Columbia's rich marine resources. Alan Austin died in Victoria, BC on September 29, 2009.

Gowans, Alan

  • 1923-2001

Alan Gowans was born in Toronto. He obtained an M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1946, an M.F.A. from Princeton University in 1948 and a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1950. He taught at a number of American universities before his appointment in 1966 as Chair of the Division of Art History in the Department of Fine Arts at UVic. He retired in 1988. He published several books on art and architectural history, including Images of American living; Four centuries of architecture and furniture (1964), and The restless art: A history of painters and painting, 1760-1960 (1966).

Canadian Federation of University Women. West Vancouver

  • 1949-

In 1949, members of the Vancouver University Club living on the North Shore formed the West Vancouver Women's Graduate Group as they no longer wished to commute to Vancouver to attend meetings. In 1956, the group voted to become affiliated with the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) founded in 1919, and by 1957 the group became the West Vancouver University Women's Club. In 1989, structural changes to the Canadian Federation of University Women led to a consequent name change of the local group to Canadian Federation of University Women - West Vancouver. The Canadian Federation of University Women is a member of the International Federation of University Women.

University of Victoria (B.C.). Administrative Registrar

The Registrar's Office was originally established in 1963 with responsibility for acting as university secretary, and student registration and records. In 1976, the functions were split into two offices: Registrar (secretary to Board and Senate), and Administrative Registrar (student records). The office is responsible for registration, admissions, and student records of all under-graduate and graduate students. The incumbents have been: Dorothy Cruickshank, 1963-1964; Ronald R. Jeffels, 1964-1967; Ron J.P. Ferry, 1968-1976; Gordon J. Smiley, 1976-1987; Cledwyn Thomas, 1988-2005; Lynda Wallace-Hulecki, 2005-2009; Lauren Charlton, 2009-present

Robinson, Darwin Albert, 1940-

Darwin Robinson was born in Parry Sound, Ont., Apr. 29, 1940, and grew up there and in Sarnia. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1958 and served until 1995. He commissioned from the ranks in 1974. Robinson worked at Yarrows as a technician for Eutechnic-Castelyon and Eyretechnics Ltd. Darwin Robinson has resided in Esquimalt, B.C. since 1958. He served three consecutive terms of office (1979-1985) as Alderman in Esquimalt. Robinson was Mayor from 2003 to 2005.

Norris, Len

  • 1913-1997

Len (Leonard Matheson) Norris was born December 1, 1913 in London, England and came to Canada in 1926. Before becoming a cartoonist for the Vancouver Sun in 1950, Norris worked at several other jobs including weighing coal, operating a switchboard, and soldiering in the Canadian army during World War II. Pierre Berton, a nationally renowned historian and then-owner of Maclean's magazine credited Norris with "single-handedly changing newspaper cartooning in Canada," and introduced Len Norris into newspaper cartooning for the Vancouver Sun. He drew for the Sun in the editorial section for 38 years before drawing his last cartoon for the paper on December 24, 1988, and officially retiring at the age of 75. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, the News Hall of Fame in Toronto, and the Order of the British Empire. He was also given an honourary degree from Simon Fraser University. He died in 1997 at the age of 83.

Gordon United Church (Victoria, B.C.)

Informal worship services of Langford United Church began a hall in the Langford area of Victoria in December 1951. An Official Board was constituted in April 1952. In May 1956, the congregation voted to change their name to Gordon United Church, in honour of the Rev. C.W. Gordon (Ralph Connor). A church building was constructed and dedicated in October, 1956.

Victoria College (B.C.). Faculty Board

The Faculty Board was established in 1960 to consolidate faculty participation in College government and to provide a body to advise the Principal on questions of academic policy. W. Harry Hickman was Chair, 1960-1963; and Dorothy M. Cruickshank was Secretary, 1960-1963. The first meeting was held January 6, 1960.

Mathison, Robert

  • Person
  • 1865-1954

Robert Mathison was born in Toronto 20 July 1865. As a young man he moved to Vancouver in March of 1886 and immediately got a job working at the Weekly Herald as a printer. Mathison opened his own printing business in Vancouver in July of 1886. He opened his printing business directly after the fire of June1886; the fire was responsible for effectively destroyed the fledgling city of Vancouver (including three print shops).

After the sale of R. Mathison, The Printer, business, Mathison travelled to Philadelphia Pennsylvania where he attended the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. Upon his return to British Columbia Dr. Mathison practiced dentistry in Greenwood and Kelowna from [1901-1944].

While a businessman in Vancouver, Mathison was active in the community, and a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade. In 1949 the Vancouver Board of Trade celebrated its 60th Anniversary, as the only surviving charter member Dr. Mathison was invited to give a speech. He passed away in Vernon in March of 1954.

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