Fonds - Frank Allwood fonds

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Frank Allwood fonds

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  • 1935-1936 (Creation)
    Allwood, Frank H.

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2 cm of textual records;ca. 500 photographs

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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, and assisted in the production of the motion picture film "The Silent Barrier". Allwood later moved to Kelowna where he opened a survey office and was appointed City Engineer of Enderby. He died in Kelowna in 1946.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, ephemera, and photographs relating to the filming of the movie, "The Silent Barrier" (also known as "The Great Barrier") in Revelstoke and area in 1935 and 1936. The movie depicted the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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BCAUL control number: RMA-760

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