Fonds PR 22 - Allwood family fonds

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Allwood family fonds

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  • 1921-1925 (Creation)
    Allwood (family)

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ca. 170 photographs;1 cm of textual records

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Frank Allwood was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 1889. After he graduated in engineering from McGill University, he worked for the Dominion Government, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the City of Revelstoke. He served in the Canadian Army between 1914 and 1919. Frank Allwood married Eileen Barry in Cambridge, England, in 1918. He became a B.C. Land Surveyor in 1920 and was resident engineer during construction of the Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria. Between 1919 and 1927, Frank and Eileen Allwood produced and acted in plays and musicals in the Pantages Theatre. He later returned to engineering and surveying, especially in the Bridge River and Revelstoke areas. As President of the Revelstoke Board of Trade, he helped organize the Big Bend Highway Association to promote completion of that highway link. Allwood later moved to Kelowna where he opened a survey office and was appointed City Engineer of Enderby. He died in Kelowna in 1946. Eileen Allwood later moved to Parksville.

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The fonds consists of photographs showing the construction of the Johnson Street Bridge, 1921-1923 (many taken by Howard Chapman); programs and newspaper articles on Victoria musical revues and performers and one photograph; a poster for the comic opera "The Boy"; and Eileen Allwood's reminiscences of the Pantages Theatre, 1919-1927.

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BCAUL control number: CVIC-22

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