Fonds PR 102 - M. Leo Sweeney fonds

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M. Leo Sweeney fonds

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CA CVIC PR 102

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  • 1902-1971 (Creation)
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    Sweeney, M. Leo (Michael Leo)

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85 photographs;4 cm of textual records

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(1886-1977)

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M. Leo Sweeney was born in London, Ontario. He was the son of Michael and Helena Sweeney. In 1889, the Sweeney family moved to Victoria where Michael Sr. opened up Sweeney Cooperage. In 1912, M. Leo became the managing director of the company, and in 1923, he and his wife Mary moved to Vancouver after relocating the company headquarters. Sweeney remained involved with the business for the next fifty years. Besides his work for Sweeney Cooperage, M. Leo Sweeney also served in the executive of many private organizations including the B.C. Automobile Association, the Kiwanis Club, the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. He also participated in many sports in his youth including rugby, rowing, cricket and lacrosse. M. Leo and his wife had five sons and three daughters, many of whom also worked for Sweeney Cooperage.

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The fonds consists of photographs and miscellaneous files. Photographs depict M. Leo Sweeney's participation in sports and the Sweeney Cooperage. Miscellaneous files consist primarily of family reminiscences, a history of Sweeney Cooperage Ltd., Christmas cards and newspaper clippings.

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BCAUL control number: CVIC-100

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