Fonds - Freeman family fonds

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Freeman family fonds

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  • 1908-1937 (Creation)
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    Freeman (family)

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3 cm of textual records;146 photographs

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Harry Neville Freeman was born in Liverpool, England in 1878. The family moved to Nanaimo in 1890. Freeman's first mine job was as a trapper. Showing proficiency in mathematics, he later studied under New Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company mine surveyor F.J. George. After completing this apprenticeship, Freeman attended the University of Washington where he graduated as a Mining Engineer. Some years later, he returned to the university for a degree in geology. Freeman worked for the Western Fuel Company (the successor to the NVCMLC) and the Vancouver-Nanaimo Coal Company (Jingle Pot Mine). In 1911, Freeman married Inez Martell of Nanaimo. In 1917, he was appointed the general superintendant of the Pacific Coast Coal Co. of Seattle and was placed in charge of mines at Newcastle, Black Diamond and Issaquah. In 1922, he was appointed Inspector for Pacific Car and Foundry Co. of Seattle. In 1925, Freeman went into private practice and reported on numerous mines and properties throughout Canada and the United States. He was appointed secretary of the B.C.Chamber of Mines in 1929. He was later appointed by the federal government to take charge of first aid work on Vancouver's waterfront. At the start of World War 2, Freeman was hired to construct Camp Nanaimo military camp. In later life, Freeman was blind. He died in 1964. The Freemans had two daughters: Barbara (Stannard) and Cissily.

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Items were donated to the Nanaimo District Museum in separate undocumented transactions and dispersed to subject files. Transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in 1993, the materials were brought together as the Freeman family fonds in 2003.

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Fonds consists of a family photograph album, certificates, mine reports, a letter of recommendation from the British Columbia Chamber of MInes and a copy of a trial regarding the drowning deaths of miners at Beban Mine.

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BCAUL control number: NCAI-216

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