Fonds MS 30 - Nation family fonds

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Nation family fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1900-1907, 1983 (Creation)
    Nation (family)

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8 cm of textual records

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Harold Nation was born in New Zealand in 1876 and graduated from London (Eng.) University in 1896 with a degree in civil engineering. He worked on the railway survey in Creston during 1897 and 1898, arriving in Fort Steele in 1899 to survey a railway line from the US border to the East Kootenay mines. The position was short-lived, so he picked up labouring and surveying jobs where he could, working for the most part with small logging outfits. He also helped the Fort Steele government agent with office work. By 1906, he had obtained a temporary position as field assistant to the provincial mineralogist in Victoria, R. Fleet Robertson. He travelled home to England in 1907, then was sent by his father to Port Arthur to work as a mining engineer. He re-joined Robertson in Victoria in 1909. He spent three years with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War I. He retired from the Victoria office in 1946. He had married in 1916 in England and had three children. Harold Nation died in Victoria in 1967.

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Fonds consists of textual records of the Nation family from 1900-1907. Includes original correspondence to family members in England, 1902-1907, a draft typescript of the correspondence, 1900-1903, and a "bound" copy of the correspondence from 1900-1907 edited by Philip T. Nation in 1983. Bound copy includes notes, acknowledgments, and references.

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  • English
  • French

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BCAUL control number: FTST-53

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MS 30

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Fort Steele Heritage Town Archives

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Revised 9 January 2011.
Revised by BCANS Coordinator 24 January 2011.

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