Fonds 05.10 - Mayer family fonds

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Mayer family fonds

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CA CMX 05.10

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  • 1922-1978 (Creation)
    Mayer (family)

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32 cm of textual records;85 photographs

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Francis James Mayer met Hamilton Mack Laing in 1908 at Oakwood High School at Oak Lake Manitoba. Francis Mayer was born May 1, 1874 in Ontario. He was Principal at Oak Lake High School in Oak Lake Manitoba. They developed a friendship based on mutual love of hunting and nature. Richard James Neville Mayers was Francis J. Mayers son. He was born Oct 9, 1908 in Vancouver BC and died on May 5, 2006 in Nanaimo BC. Neville Mayers and Mack Laing developed a friendship over the years that lasted until Laing past away. R.J. Neville Mayers was born in Vancouver BC in 1908. He had a career as a distinguished agrologist in BC and past away in 2006. He admired Hamilton Mack Laing as a writer and artist and made attempts to have his work published as a collection.

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The records were kept by Neville Mayers and then by his daughter Dorothy Phillips.

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The fonds consist of correspondence to Francis James Mayer as well as Richard James Neville Mayers from Hamilton Mack Laing and Wife Ethel Laing. Fonds include photographs taken by Hamilton Mack Laing documenting his and wife Ethels homesteading adventures in Comox and typed unpublished manuscript BayBrook Lifes Greatest Adventure. Fonds include handwritten and typed natural history articles that were published in various outdoor sport magazines. Copies of magazine articles are also include in fonds. Hamilton Mack Laing was a well known wildlife author, photographer and museum collector, and artist, and made his home in Comox on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Born in 1883 in Ontario, Laing grew up on a Manitoba farm, attended art school in New York, and traveled the American west before becoming a school principal, photographer, writer, naturalist, bird collector, and nut farmer during his 99 years. He was well known in hunting and wildlife circles on Vancouver Island.

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BCAUL control number: CMX-5

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