Fonds CR-64 - Thomas E. Ladner and family fonds

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Thomas E. Ladner and family fonds

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CA DMA CR-64

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  • 1869-1983 (Creation)
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    Ladner, Thomas Ellis

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17 cm of textual records;198 photographs

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(1836-1922)

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Thomas Ladner was born in Cornwall, England. He went to California in 1852, where he worked in mining and trading for six years and then travelled to B.C. in 1858. Ladner settled with his brother, W.H. Ladner, at Ladner's Landing, named for them because they were the first settlers south of the Fraser River below New Westminster. Ladner became involved in the farming and fish canning industries, most notably in the building of the Delta Salmon Cannery at Ladner's Landing and the Wellington Packing Company at Canoe Pass.

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The fonds consists largely of correspondence and financial records that pertain to Thomas Ladner's business ventures in salmon canning and farming. Thomas Ladner's correspondence April 28, 1892 to November 11, 1896 (of which this archives holds photocopies) is made up of letters sent to Robert Paterson Rithet, Ladner's agent and business partner in the Victoria Canning Co. Ltd. The financial records largely concern Thomas' farming operation, of which the ledger of 1919-1924 provides the most complete documentation. Also included in the fonds are historical notes written by Leon Ladner and Yvonne Killam about the Thomas Ladner family, and photographs of Thomas Ladner, his immediate family and descendants, his farm, and Ladner family friends and activities.

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File inventory is available. Item level descriptions of photographs in Accessions 1983-263 and 1981-069 are also available.

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BCAUL control number: DMA-335

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