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Sansom, George Bailey, Sir

  • Person
  • 1883-1965

Sir George Bailey Sansom was a diplomatist and Japanese scholar, was born in London on 28 November 1883, the only son of George William Morgan Sansom, naval architect, of Little Thurrock, Essex, and his wife, Mary Ann Bailey, from Yorkshire. He was educated at Palmer's School, Grays, and the lycée Malherbe, Caen, and later attended the universities of Giessen and Marburg. He passed a competitive examination for the British consular service in September 1903 and was attached to the British legation in Tokyo to study the Japanese language. He served as private secretary to Sir Claude Macdonald, ambassador to Japan, from 1905 to 1912, and also in consulates around Japan. In these posts, he acquired great proficiency in the Japanese language, including local dialects. In 1915 he was in London on home leave and, being unfit for military service, was lent by the Foreign Office first to the Admiralty and then to the War Office for political intelligence work, which took him to Archangel.

Sansom worked as secretary to the ambassador, Sir Charles Eliot, a post in which he made the acquaintance of many Japanese leaders and scholars. Eliot, for whom he had unbounded admiration, encouraged him to devote the spare time which was available to him in the relatively relaxed pace of official life to the study of Japan, her language, culture, and history. In 1928 he published his first work, An Historical Grammar of Japanese, a pioneer study. Already regarded as an authority on the early history of Japan, he published in 1931 Japan: a Short Cultural History, which was based on primary materials in Japanese and added a new dimension to the English-language literature on the subject. While he was dissatisfied with aspects of the work and wanted to revise it, it was reprinted as it stood in 1936 and on countless occasions thereafter. It became the standard and most reliable text for the university courses on the subject which were growing up in the United States and elsewhere. Sansom then edited the monograph Japanese Buddhism (1935) which Eliot had left incomplete at the time of his death in 1931 and added a chapter of his own. His scholarship was recognized when, during leave in 1935, he spent half a year in New York, lecturing at Columbia University.

From the 1920s Sansom was responsible for the commercial work of the embassy. He was appointed commercial secretary in September 1923 and then commercial counsellor in January 1930. In this capacity he travelled to the Philippines in 1932 and then to India in the autumn of 1933, where he played an important negotiating role in resolving the difficult Indo-Japanese cotton dispute in a dual capacity as representative of both the Indian and British governments. He was made a KCMG in June 1935, having been appointed CMG in January 1926.

From 1947 to 1953 Sansom was professor of Japanese studies at Columbia University and from 1949 to 1953 he was the first director of its East Asian Institute. It was during this period that he wrote The Western World and Japan: a Study in the Interaction of European and Asian Cultures (1950), in which he emphasized the influence of Western thought as it reached Japan down the centuries. He was able to make another academic visit to Japan in 1950 and to publish the seminal lectures he gave on that occasion under the title Japan in World History (1951). In 1955 he decided on health grounds to move to California, where he was given an honorary ‘consultant professorship’ at Stanford University. There he spent much of the last ten years of his life, freed from routine work, working on his three-volume History of Japan (1958–64). Considering the exacting standards that he set for himself, it was a marvellous publication, but the strains of age and illness affected the final volume. He had built up over half a century a range of intellectual contacts in Japan unusual for a diplomatist; and he was able to plough into his writing the richness of Japanese material towards which he was guided by a network of academic friends. He became an honorary fellow of the Japanese Academy in 1951.

Although Sansom's official career was distinguished in its own right, it is as an interpreter of Japan that he will be remembered. His writings, originating in linguistic and Buddhist studies, gradually moved away from cultural history and in later works tended towards social and political history. He was the bridge between Japanese scholars who were anxious to have their country understood abroad and a western readership who appreciated the style and wit of his writing.

Service, Samuel

  • Person

Samuel Service was a Constable, and later Sergeant, for the British Columbia Provincial Police and, following the merge of organizations, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He worked in Port Alberni, Cowichan, Chemainus, and surrounding regions in British Columbia.

Fisk, Royal

  • Person

Royal Fisk was the founder and owner of the Fisk Hotel in Silver Mountain, California. It was later relocated to Markleeville, California, and renamed the Alpine Hotel and is now a U.S. national landmark. During the 1860s, Royal Fisk acted as a forwarding and shipping agent and corresponded closely with merchants from Victoria, BC, New Dungeness and Port Angeles, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, as well as throughout California and Montana Territory.

Campbell-Johnston, Ronald Campbell

  • Person
  • 1863-1929

Ronald Campbell Campbell-Johnston (18 Sept. 1863-29 Oct. 1929) was a mining, geological, and metallurgical engineer in British Columbia.

Lee, Ronald Bick

  • Person
  • 1892-1994

Ron Bick Lee (born Yat Yee Lee), also known as Bick Lee, was a Chinese Canadian pioneer, a successful businessman and community leader. Bick Lee was born in 1892 in Ong Sum Village, Toisan, Guangdong, China. He left his hometown for Canada in 1911. First landed in Victoria, BC working as a dishwasher, he moved to Vancouver in 1916 and worked at the historic White Lunch Restaurant. By 1921, Bick Lee had gained ample experience and sufficient capital to found Foo Hung Co. Ltd., his own importing and exporting company of Asian goods in Vancouver. The sister company, Foo Hung Hong Kong operated by his brother Yick Bun Lee was the main supplier of Bick Lee’s business in Vancouver. Foo Hung soon became one of the leading importers of Asian goods in Canada. In 1933, Bick Lee purchased a greenhouse business in east Vancouver and successfully operated the Grandview Greenhouses business and the Foo Hung business during the Depression. Bick Lee also had various other business partners in North America, China mainland and Hong Kong.

With a strong commitment to serve the community, Bick Lee led the fund-raising and re-construction projects of the Vancouver Chinese Public School and served as the school chairman for several terms. He was also the chairman of the Lee’s Association in North America for a term. As a supporter and leader, Bick Lee was involved with several other associations including Chinese Merchants’ Association, Toi San Benevolent Society and Chinese Social Development Society. Bick Lee was also an active member of Kuomintang Party in Vancouver, and he supported the Party financially during wartime.

Bick Lee married to Gin King Choon from a village near his own back in China in 1914 through a pre-arranged marriage. Because of the immigration restrictions in Canada at that time, Mrs. Lee did not get to immigrate to Canada till 1928. The couple had seven children altogether (4 sons and 3 daughters) in Canada. Bick Lee was committed to supporting and helping his own and his wife’s extended families in mainland China and Hong Kong. Bick Lee passed away on December 22, 1994 in Vancouver, BC, at the age of 104.

Duncan, Robert Alexander Bremner

  • Person
  • 1947-

Robert Alexander Bremner Duncan (1947- ) was born in Stirling, Scotland. After attending Stirling High School, Bob Duncan worked as a reporter for the Stirling Journal and the Falkirk Herald before moving to London in 1963 where he worked as a freelance writer. In 1967, Duncan came to Montreal, Canada, to attend the World’s Fair and stayed, becoming a news desk editor for the Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Journal. In 1969, Ducan began writing and producing radio dramas and documentaries for CBC Radio, eventually becoming a writer and producer for CBC Television in 1972. In 1974, Duncan left the CBC for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) where he worked until 1989, specialising in documentary, drama, and IMAX projects. In 1974, Duncan met NFB director and producer Donald Brittain. Together they made a proposal to NFB to produce a documentary on British writer Malcolm Lowry with Brittain acting as director and Duncan serving as “expert, interviewer, location manager, and sound recordist.” The film, Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry, earned Duncan and Brittain Academy Award nominations as co-producers. In 1989, Duncan left the NFB and Montreal and moved to Vancouver, B.C., where he continued to write, produce, and direct television specials for many major Canadian television networks. Duncan established his own production company, Duncan Productions Inc., which operated between 1978 and 2010, and is one of the principals of International Documentary Television Corporation (1984-present), a privately owned Canadian television production company specialising in full length network documentary programming. In addition to the Academy Award nomination for Volcano, Duncan’s films have won or been nominated for many other awards, including a Gold Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival for Margaret Laurence, First Lady of Manawaka (1980), a Writers Guild of Canada Award for V6A 1N6 (1998), and a Leo Award for Beaverbrook: The Various Lives of Max Aitken (2001). Duncan is married to television and film editor Janice Brown and has four children, Keiron, Katrina, Jessica, and Sarah.

Herring, Richard M.

  • Person
  • 1931-2012

Richard ("Dick") M. Herring was born April 27, 1931 in New York City, to parents Frederick M. Herring and Constance Herring Harrison.

He graduated from high school in 1948 in Newtown, Connecticut, and went on to earn a degree from the University of Michigan School of Forestry. He served in Korea with the US Marine Corps and the Black Watch.

Over the course of his professional forestry career he worked as a logger, forester, prospector, senior executive, and consultant. His work took him all over the world, from the tropics to the forests of Alaska, British Columbia, and the high Arctic. He worked in Alaska for Alaska Lumber and Pulp, and then for Canadian Forest Products Ltd., first as Woodlands Manager in Chetwynd, BC, and then as Manager of Mainland Logging Division on the coast. After leaving CFP he worked as a consultant, first for Stewart Ewing and Associates and then independently. He was a long-standing member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

In addition to travelling extensively, he enjoyed bagpiping, sailing, hunting, fishing, and shooting. He championed the conservation of wildlife and the preservation of First Nations culture. Other interests included military history, food, wine, and whiskey.

He died April 15, 2012 in Vancouver, BC.

Brown, Rex Pendril

  • Person
  • 1923-2018

Rex Pendril “Pen” Brown was born in Vancouver in 1923 to Emma Bentall Brown and Philip Pigott Brown, both from Essex. Brown attended UBC at age 16. At age 19, Brown was called to serve the army in WWII, but received conscientious objector status. Brown objected the war on philosophical grounds, having read pacifist writings by Bernard Shaw and others. His mother, a member of the Society of Friends and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, supported his conscientious objection.

Brown served his time in alternative service work camps at Kootenay National Park and Blubber Bay. He also served 30 days in Oakalla prison for refusing to complete work during his service. After the work camps, Brown worked as a bank teller in Vancouver. He was released from service in 1946. He married Elizabeth Dorothy Kovalcik in 1957, and the couple had two children, Rex and Marian. Brown was the lighthouse keeper at Pine Island, off the coast of British Columbia, from 1957 until a major storm damaged the station in 1967. The family then moved to Victoria, where Brown worked for the Coast Guard until retiring in 1989. He passed away on April 11 2018.

Regional District Review Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1977-1978

The Regional District Review Committee of the Legislature was initiated on September 8, 1977, to review the regional district concept as it was being implemented in British Columbia. It was the first comprehensive review of regional districts since their inception. The committee members – Phillip Farmer, Rendina Hamilton of Penticton, Alfred O. Hood of Victoria, Daphne Phillips of Dawson Creek, and Ronald Thompson of Galiano – all had experience in local government in British Columbia. Farmer was named chair by agreement of the committee, and Brigadier-General E.D. Danby served as the committee’s executive secretary. Because of his leadership role, the Regional District Review Committee was also known as “The Farmer Committee.”

Appointed by Hugh Curtis, Minister of Municipal Affairs, pursuant to order-in-council Number 2888, the committee was authorized to examine:

1) the jurisdictional role of regional districts, including an examination of present and future functions and responsibilities;

2) the structural and administrative organization of regional districts including internal and external boundaries; the relationships between regional districts and Provincial, municipal and the citizens; and Provincial financial support policy for the regional districts; and

3) such other issues germane to the review of the regional district concept as may be appropriate.

To these ends, the committee was empowered to seek briefs from interested parties and hold public hearings at various locations throughout the province.

The Review Committee held 41 public hearings at which it received 366 written and verbal submissions and an additional 150 pieces of correspondence, including one from the Greater Vancouver Regional District. The responses revealed a diversity of issues, making the differences amongst the 29 regional districts quite evident.

After becoming ill in June 1978 following the conclusion of the committee’s public hearings, Farmer resigned the position of committee chair in September 1978, at which time Rendina Hamilton was appointed acting chair and later chair of the committee. The Committee's final report, released on October 31, 1978, recommended the regional district governance model be retained, and made a total of 52 suggestions for changes. After submission of the report to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Hugh Curtis, the committee was dissolved.

Positive Women's Network

  • Corporate body
  • 1991-2017

The Positive Women's Network (PWN) was formed in 1991, in Vancouver, British Columbia, as a support group run for and by women living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV positive/AIDS) and/or Hepatitis C (HCV). Their values included responding to the needs of individual women through women-specific services, working together as a community of women infected and affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C, recognizing the impact of colonization on the history and experiences of Indigenous women, applying the principles of Greater Involvement of People with AIDS (GIPA) and Meaningful Involvement of Women with AIDS (MIWA), working together across sectors on shared issues and goals, and being a trans-inclusive space that was also child friendly.

In order to achieve these values, the organization offered free programs and resources to women living with HIV and hepatitis C , women who were vulnerable to those diseases, as well as to health care and service providers throughout British Columbia. These programs supported communities in providing a full spectrum of non-judgmental care to women and their families. The PWN provided support and education in the form of advocacy, retreats, a drop-in centre, food bank, hospital visits, a hot lunch program, information and referrals, one to one support sessions, support groups, telephone counselling, and support for family and care providers.

One year after its foundation in 1991, the PWN received an invitation to join the Pacific AIDS Resource Centre (PARC) partnership on Seymour St. in downtown Vancouver. Originally a volunteer based, small peer support group, by 1993 the PWN had hired its first paid staff members, including an executive director, a part-time office coordinator, and a part-time newsletter coordinator. They started producing a quarterly magazine at this time, "The Positive Side" and would continue publishing and distributing it over the course of the next twenty two years. In 1995 the PWN moved into the "Women's Centre" within PARC and began the Physician Education Project to educate health care providers on women’s specific HIV/AIDS related issues. As the organization continued to grow they began several research projects, partnered with AIDS Vancouver and Mclaren Housing, continued with the Health Provider Education Project, launched a female condom campaign, and created the first “Pocket Guide for Women Living with HIV”, published and distributed nationally. By the year 2000 PWN moved to its own office on Davie St.

In 2001 they created and distributed the “HIV & Women Toolkit” and in 2002-03 they launched the Women and AIDS Virtual Education (WAVE) website. They formed a partnership with Youthco and held their first Aboriginal Women’s retreat. Over the next several years they would hold many other retreats, develop a women’s retreat toolkit, and receive an AccolAID Award for Innovative Programs and Services. In 2008 PWN launched the Provincial Service Provider Training Program, and in 2009 they created the Positive Players project including the You Should Know (YSK) website. In 2010 they began the Leadership, Engagement, Action, and Dialogue (LEAD) Provincial Needs Assessment, and launched a peer support training program. By 2012 over 760 HIV + women were members of PWN, and they had 7 full time employees on staff. At this time they launched the Aboriginal Women’s Support Group, and published and distributed the Pocket Guide on Aging for Women with HIV. In April of 2017 the PWN Board of Directors voted to close the organization due to lack of funding and the changing landscape of HIV/AIDS services in British Columbia.

Thomas, Philip James

  • Person
  • 1921-2007

Philip James Thomas was born on March 26, 1921 in Victoria, British Columbia. Through his life he was a folksong collector, composer, singer, and art teacher. Thomas was interested in sound from a young age when he tinkered with ham radios, which led to him being part of the secret development of radar technology during World War Two. After five years of service, he returned from war to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree and Teaching certificate at the University of British Columbia. He then became a visual art teacher. Although he mostly worked in elementary schools, he also gave courses at the University of British Columbia Summer School and at the Vancouver Art Gallery. While he was teaching at Pender Harbour Elementary School in the early 1950s, he became interested in the folk music of British Columbia as a way to connect the students with what he was teaching.

This interest led to a lifelong devotion to finding lost folk songs of British Columbia. Through his collecting he uncovered other songs in diaries, archival papers, newspapers, and books. He also co-founded the Vancouver Folk Song Circle, later the Vancouver Folk Song Society, in 1959 with his wife Hilda Thomas.

In 1979 he published his book Songs of the Pacific Northwest. Of the 49 songs included in this publication, 19 made their way onto his record Where the Fraser River Flows. In 1981 he retired from teaching to pursue his folk singing aspirations full time. During this period Thomas participated in many folk song festivals and societies.

Thomas died at Vancouver General Hospital on January 26, 2007.

Moogk, Peter

  • Person
  • 1943-

Peter Moogk was born in 1943 in West Chiltington, England to Canadian parents. Moogk received primary and secondary schooling in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Moogk undertook his first two years of university studies at the University of Saskatchewan from 1961-1963. Soon after, he transferred to the University of Toronto, where he completed a B.A. Hons. degree in History in 1965. In 1966, Moogk completed an M.A. in History. By 1973, Moogk received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto after defending a thesis titled “A Social History of the Craftsmen of New France.”

Moogk became an assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s History department in 1969. He advanced to the position of associate professor in 1977 and professor in 2000. Moogk’s scholarly research focused on American loyalist history from 1774-1800; the social and cultural history of early French Canada, including Acadia, prior to 1800; eighteenth century European and colonial currency; Ontario’s Niagara region before 1867; and twentieth-century Canadian military history.

In addition to publishing several monographs and numerous articles, Moogk was an active member of many provincial and national historical societies, including the British Columbia Heritage Society, the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Numismatic Association, the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, and the French Colonial Historical Society. Moogk was also involved in local historical societies in the province which focused on transit history, including the Steveston Interurban Restoration Society and the Transit Museum Society.

Moogk’s contributions to academia and historical societies were affirmed by numerous awards, including the Saint-Marie Prize for outstanding contributions to seventeenth century Canadian History (1975) and the Alfred A. Heggoy prize of the French Colonial Historical Society for the best book on French colonial history published in 2000.

Moogk retired in 2005, and in 2006, he became professor emeritus.

McNelly, Peter

  • Person

Peter McNelly was a legislative reporter for The Province newspaper, as well as a bureau chief for the Victoria Times. He later became a senior aide in the Ministry of Finance under Dave Barrett’s NDP provincial government in the 1970s.

Tiessen, Paul

  • Person
  • 1944-

Paul Tiessen was born in 1944. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has published widely in the fields of modernism, cultural theory, and film theory. Tiessen retains special interest in the works of Malcolm Lowry: he was editor of the Malcolm Lowry Newsletter (1977-1984); founding editor of The Malcolm Lowry Review (1984 to 2002); and editor and co-editor of works by Lowry and scholarly volumes about Lowry. Significant critical volumes on Lowry that Tiessen has edited or co-edited include The Letters of Malcolm Lowry and Gerald Noxon, 1940-1952 (1988), Apparently Incongruous Parts: The Worlds of Malcolm Lowry (1990), The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry: A Scholarly Edition of Lowry’s ‘Tender is the Night’ (1990), Joyce/Lowry: Critical Perspectives (1997), and A Darkness that Murmured: Essays on Malcolm Lowry and the Twentieth Century (2000). In collaboration with five other academics and the Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) project, Tiessen has created a series of new scholarly editions of Lowry’s works, including Swinging the Maelstrom (2013), In Ballast to the White Sea (2014), and The 1940 Under the Volcano (2015). Additionally, Tiessen wrote the introduction to Notes on a Screenplay for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender is the Night’ by Malcolm Lowry and Margerie Bonner Lowry (1976).

Ainslie, Patricia

  • Person
  • [ca. 195-?] -

Art historian, curator, and author Patricia Ainslie was born in England and raised in South Africa. She moved to Calgary in 1977 and began work at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary in 1979, where she worked as a curator until 2006. She was instrumental in building the Glenbow's art collection and organized many of its exhibitions over the years, including Images of the Land: Canadian Block Prints 1919-1945 (which was shown internationally). She also planned exhibitions of the works of Margaret Shelton, Laurence Hyde, Cecil Buller, H.G. Glyde, and Jack Shadbolt. For her important work in printmaking, she was elected to the Print Council of America. As Vice President of Collections at Glenbow from 1993 to 2006, she worked on innovative museological projects, including deaccessioning, grading of collections and repatriation. She has published in scholarly journals and presented lectures on these topics in North America, England and Europe.

Since leaving Glenbow, Ainslie has worked as an independent curator and writer. She co-authored Alberta Art and Artists, published in 2007, and Ted Godwin: The Regina Five Years: 1957-1967, published in 2008.

Orr, Oscar

  • Person
  • 1892-1992

James Oscar Fitzalan Harley McConnell Orr was born July 27, 1892, on the Red Pheasant Cree Reserve, which is south of North Battleford in Saskatchewan. He was the first son and fifth child born to Oscar Fitzallan Orr and Alvretta McConnell. At 10 years old, Oscar ran away for 3 years and joined the circus and rode the rails down to Galveston, Texas. In 1908 he joined his mother in Vancouver and would become a lifelong resident of the city.

In 1914 Oscar married Marjorie McMillan with whom he had two sons, Oscar Jr. and Alexander. When war broke out Oscar enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy but due to seasickness he was discharged. However shortly after he joined Tobin's Tigers, the 29th Battalion based out of Vancouver. In September 1915 The Battalion went to Belgium and on July 16, 1916, Oscar was hit by shrapnel and evacuated from Ypres, France, to England. During this time he spent time at the King Edward VII Hospital in London and also at the homes of the Duke of Norfolk and Mrs. Margaret Greville, the richest woman in England at the time. He had tea with King George V and Queen Mary at the palace.

In October 1916 he returned to Canada and was called to the bar in November. What followed was an extensive career in law, becoming Vancouver's City Magistrate and serving on the Canadian War Crimes Commission in Japan in 1946. In 1945 Oscar became a King's Counsel and the next year was made a member of the British Empire. He retired in 1962, and Vancouver made him a Freeman of the City and Oscar served on the Oakalla Prison parole board for many years. In 1988, he became the second person to receive the Law Society Begbie Award from the Law Society of British Columbia and in 1990, he became a member of the Order of British Columbia.

Oscar was very interested in history, keeping an extensive library of historical documents and his family history. He lived until he was 101, and died November 1, 1992.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee

  • 1952-2014

The Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress was founded in 1952 as the Warsaw Ghetto Committee with the purpose of honouring the memory of those who died at the hands of the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 1978, Rob Krell and Paul Heller negotiated a name change to reflect a recognition of all those who suffered in the Holocaust. The Committee organized an annual memorial evening on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and sponsored other community events related to education and awareness about the Holocaust. The relationship between the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee and the Canadian Jewish Congress transitioned in the mid-1980s, when responsibility for the administration of the committee moved to the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society (VHCS). After 2014, Yom Hashoah commemorative events have been organized by staff of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC).

Gladstone, Charles, d. 1955

  • ca. 1877 - 1954

Charles Gladstone was a Haida carver, of Skidegate, B.C. He was Bill Reid's grandfather.

Josephine Gladstone

  • ca. 1869 - 1932

Josephine Gladstone (nee Wilson) was born ca. 1869. She married Charlie Gladstone on February 4, 1892. They had three children: Magaret Janet (ca. 1892), Sophia (1895), and Edgar (1897). She died at 63 in Skidegate on March 12, 1932.

Jack Lieber

  • Person
  • 1918 - 2015

Jack Lieber (1918-2015) fled Russia with his parents, coming to Canada at the age of six. His mother was the concert pianist Olga Lieber. Enlisting in the RCAF, he flew many missions into Europe and survived the crash of the Lancaster bomber in which he was navigator. After the war, he earned his B.A., Dip Ed. and M.A. at McGill, and worked as a teacher in the Montreal area for many years. The highlight of his teaching career was six years with CIDA at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, followed by a posting to Papua-New Guinea with UNESCO. When he retired in 1984, he and his wife Iris moved to Toronto.

Yau Chan Shek-ying

  • Person
  • 1923 - 1996

Mrs. Yau Chan Shek-ying was born in 1923 in Sheung Kwai Chung village, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. She was married at the age of 12, to Yau Shui-cheung, of Kwan Mun Hau village, Tsuen Wan. After her marriage she did heavy manual labour, such as going up into the mountains to cut grass and pine branches for fuel, farming the family's fields and raising pigs, and earning wages for the family by carrying kerosene and other heavy materials at the Texaco Oil Depot. It was during this heavy labour that Mrs. Yau learned mountain songs, both learned from other women and improvised. In 1976 and 1984, Mrs. Yau sang these songs to be recorded by Canadian anthropologist Elizabeth Lominska Johnson. She had eight children, several of which immigrated to Canada. Mrs. Yau began suffering serious health problems in early middle age, for which she was required to undergo kidney surgery. In the 1990s her health declined, and she passed away in 1996.

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