Fonds - Alfred W. McLeod Ltd. fonds

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Alfred W. McLeod Ltd. fonds

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  • 1860-1980, predominant 1904-1970 (Creation)
    Alfred W. McLeod Ltd.

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2 m of textual records
ca. 570 photographs
2 blueprints

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Alfred W. McLeod was born in Ontario in 1880. He was educated in New Westminster and in this city established his first insurance business in 1899. After selling his first business in 1912, he incorporated his next insurance business, Alfred W. McLeod Ltd., in 1917. Although Alfred McLeod died in Scotland in 1936, the company that he founded continued and thrived. Eventually it added real estate, commercial construction, corporate management, property management, and all classes of insurance to its services. Under its corporate management function, the company became the agent for a number of other businesses including the Westminster Trust Co. Three directors of Alfred W. McLeod Ltd., Frederick Temple Keely, Andrew Kirk Gerow, and Henry L.W. Tupper, became directors of the Westminster Trust Co. Initially calling itself the Insurance Men, the McLeod Companys later motto became The House of Complete Property Service. The ownership of the Company eventually passed into the hands of a British peer, the Duke of Westminster. The Duke of Westminster subsequently sold the company and it was amalgamated into Westland Insurance Group Ltd. in 1993.

Custodial history

The records in this fonds were in the custody of Don MacDonald, the General Manager of the McLeod Company, who donated the records to the Archives in 1985.

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The fonds consists of records created by the McLeod Company in the course of carrying out its business functions. However, the collection also contains records of other creators. This latter group of records was most likely acquired by the McLeod Company in the exercise of its corporate management role. Thus in this collection there are records created by the Westminster Trust Co., Westminster Apartments Ltd., the Dominion Trust Co, and F.J. Hart & Co. The records include books of minutes, a stock register and stock transfer books, stock certificates, debentures, wills, estate files, insurance records, newspaper clippings, architectural drawings, and photographs.

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BCAUL control number: NWM-3772

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