Fonds - Belli-Bivar family fonds

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Belli-Bivar family fonds

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  • 1877-1966 (Creation)
    Belli-Bivar (family)

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12.5 cm of textual records;4 cm original artwork;20 cm graphic records

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Captain Roderick Belli-Bivar, M.B.E. (1890-1939) was a professional soldier and saw service in the Indian Army. In 1912, his grandfather sent him to British Columbia to purchase land. The first acreage he purchased was in "Little England" near where South Canoe is today.

Roderick met his wife, Ethel Stirling, at a ball in Salmon Arm. However, at the outset of WW I, he enlisted and returned to England. Ethel joined him in England in 1915 and they were married there.

The couple returned to Canada in 1919 and in 1920 purchased 40 acres of land from Captain Leonard, complete with a frame house, on Rotton Row. Two children were born to the couple - Valerie Patricia Elvira (b. 1924, m. 1945 to Lloyd Galbraith), and Roderic (note spelling) Gordon (b. 1920). The family relocated to Riverside, California for two years in 1931 and 1934 while Captain Belli-Bivar convalesced and the children continued their education by correspondence. The family returned to Salmon Arm and in 1935 they built a larger home on their orchard property.

Captain Belli-Bivar was much involved in fruit growing and marketing, was a Fruit Inspector and a member of the BC Tree Fruits Limited. He was also prominent in the tennis and badminton sports. Ethel (1892-1987) was a successful fruit farmer, a "lady" prospector and very active in the Salmon Arm community organizations.

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The fonds, held in two boxes, consists of six series of material relating to personal records of Ethel Marie Louise Belli-Bivar, personal records of Captain R.B. Belli-Bivar, personal records of Roderic Gordon Belli-Bivar, personal records of Patricia Belli-Bivar, miscellaneous ephemera, and Ethel Belli-Bivar's collection of twenty-three watercolour paintings.

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BCAUL control number: SAM-3066

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