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John Christopherson fonds
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John Christopherson fonds

  • CA DMA CR-48
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1976

The fonds consists of records relating to the functions and activities of John Christopherson, the manager of B.C. Packers Limited oyster operation on Boundary Bay in Delta. The records mainly deal with oyster operations at Boundary Bay and Pendrell Sound, and include daily work diaries, correspondence, invoices, cost estimates, time sheets, boat log books, inventories, newspaper clippings and other reference material. The fonds includes photographs that detail the operations of the Boundary Bay oyster plant. The fonds also includes personal records that belong to John and Grace Christopherson, including correspondence, a travel diary, and memorabilia that relate to their social activities in Delta. The fonds is arranged in seven series: Work diaries; Boundary Bay oyster operation records; Boat log books; Pendrell Sound seed operation records; Reference materials; John and Grace Christopherson personal records; and, Photographs.

Christopherson, John

Work diaries

Series consists of diaries written by Mr. Christopherson to record the daily total hours worked by himself and employees of the Boundary Bay plant, the amount of product processed, weather, and work done to manage the oyster beds. The diaries also record Mr. Christopherson's trips to other osyter operations at Comox, Pendrell Sounds, Ladysmith Harbour, among others.

Boat log books

Series consists of log books recording the daily operation of tug boats used in the B.C. Packers' oyster operation, mainly the M.V. East Delta, M.V. E.F.N., Togo No. 1, and M.V. Jervis Queen. Major contents include destination and time on each course, weather conditions and nature of work. The boats were largely used to tow scows loaded with oysters tot eh plant in Delta, and to position empty scows over the oyster beds. At low tide the empty scows would land near the beds to which the workers would walk and harvest the oysters. Full scows were then floated back to the plant. The "East Delta" was used by Mr. Christoperhson to travel to other oyster operations, and became a second home for John and Grace after the closure of the plant in Boundary Bay.

Pendrell Sound seed operation records

Series consists of memos and reports relating to the proposed purposes and cost estimation for the Pendrell Sound seed operation project, and Mr. Christopherson's diary of work done and costs incurred for the 1971 to 1974 seasons.

Photographs

Series consists largely of photographs of the oyster farming operation at B.C. Packer's Oyster Plant in Boundary Bay taken by John Christopherson. The photographs show seeding and harvesting techniques used in oyster farming, as well as the construction of the oyster plant in 1941. Series also contains photographs of Sikh and other workers at the plant, the Christopherson home, and pictures of John and Grace camping and doing other activities with friends.