Fonds Add. MSS. 1036;CVA 703 - Hamber family fonds

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Hamber family fonds

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CA CVAN Add. MSS. 1036;CVA 703

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  • [ca. 1850-1985] (Creation)
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    Hamber (family)

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1.2 m of textual records and other material

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Eric Werge Hamber (1879-1960) was born in Parkdale, Manitoba, the oldest son of Ada Jefferson and Frederick Edmund Marsh Hamber, who had emigrated to Canada from England. He was educated at the Anglican St. John's College for Boys in Winnipeg, and later went to work in Winnipeg for the Dominion Bank of Canada, becoming manager at Calgary, Alberta, in 1906, Vancouver in 1908, and London in 1911. He married Aldyen Hendry in 1912, the only daughter of John Hendry, a prominent businessman and industrialist. Eric Hamber became general manager and vice-president of Hendry's vast network of logging, mining, and transportation companies. After Hendry's death in 1916, Hamber was left wholly in charge of the operation until the mill site was sold to the Vancouver Harbour Commission in 1925. Hamber was appointed British Columbia's fifteenth Lieutenant-Governor in 1936. In addition to his business and political involvements, Hamber served throughout his career on the Board of Directors of several large companies. In 1944, he became Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. After her husband's death, Aldyen Hamber remained active and continued to support the same charitable organizations. She died in 1988.

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The fonds consists of records of the Hamber and Hendry families and of Eric Hamber including photographs, manuscripts and fine art. The photographs, 1880-1985, consist primarily of professional studio portraiture and the manuscript material consists primarily of souvenirs or memorabilia. Photographs depict the Hamber and Hendry families and E.W. Hamber's life as an international financier, B.C. Lieutenant-Governor, industrialist, athlete, and rancher.

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File list available in hard copy only in Archives' Reading Room.

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BCAUL control number: CVAN-458

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