Fonds - Dan Radford fonds

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Dan Radford fonds

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  • [ca. 1900], 1927-1956 (Creation)
    Radford, Dan

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2 leaves;5 photographs

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Dan Radford was born in the United Kingdom in 1903. His father, Albert, emigrated from England, via South Africa, to Vancouver Island around 1908. The family lived in Ladysmith where Albert was a pioneer labour organizer and served six terms on Ladysmith Town Council. Dan Radford, aged 14, starting working in the coal mines in 1917. One brother, George, was killed, at age 18, in the Extension Mine in 1919. Brother Tom was injured in the Granby No. 1 Mine. He died from his injuries on December 22, 1928 at age 16. Dan Radford was actively involved in union activities and was also a member of the 1927-1928 Cassidy Mine Rescue Team, winners of the Vancouver Island Mining Safety Association Shield. Radford served as President of the Vancouver Island Coal Miners Union prior to moving to Vancouver in 1945. In 1948, Radford was the Regional Director (B.C.) for the Canadian Congress of Labour. He was elected President of the BC Federation of Labour until 1956 when the Federation amalgamated with the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada. Radford co-chaired the founding convention of the TLC in Vancouver. From 1956 until he retired in the mid-1960s, Radford was the BC Regional Director of Education with the Canadian Labour Congress in British Columbia. In 1956, he attended the World Coal Conference of the International Labour Organization in Istanbul, Turkey. Following retirement, Radford continued to serve as labour nominee to the Board of Referees and acted on arbitration cases. Radford married Charlotte Louise (Lottie) Ferguson. Their son Jack was Recreation Minister in the Dave Barrett NDP government. Dan Radford died in 1977. According to former BC Federation of Labour President George Home, Radford "was probably one of the most respected unionists in B.C. labour history."

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Fonds consists of photographs and certificates that relate to Radford's work as a coal miner and local and provincial labour representative. Photographs include views of a mine rescue team, Radford at a conference in Turkey, a United Mine Workers of America Convention in Calgary, a strike at Imperial Laundry in Nanaimo, and Ladysmith miners. Certificates include a Certificate of Competency (1927) and a receipt for a certificate from the Granby Mine (1928).

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BCAUL control number: NCAI-163

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