Fonds - Western Fuel Corporation collection

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Western Fuel Corporation collection

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  • 1921-1928 (Creation)
    Western Fuel Corporation of Canada

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.05 cm of textual records

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In 1903, the Western Fuel Company, incorporated in California, purchased the New Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company, successor to the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1918, the company was incorporated under the British Columbia Companies Act as the Canadian Western Fuel Company Ltd. to give it a Canadian identity for tax reasons. In 1921, all company assets were conveyed to Henry Squarebriggs MacKay, a Los Angeles lawyer. A major change in the U.S. shareholders and the need for further financing necessitated the formation of a new company and resulted in the dissolution of the Canadian Western Fuel Company Ltd. In 1921, the new company, the Western Fuel Corporation of Canada Ltd. was incorporated under the British Columbia Companies Act and conveyed from H.S. MacKay. There was another reorganization in 1923 although the company name did not change. To differentiate between this and the predecessor company, company records refer to "Old Company" and "New Company" In 1928, the whole of the company's common shares were sold to Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd. While operations were directed by the new parent company, they were carried on under the Western Fuel name until the closure of its mines by the exhaustion of the coal measures.

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Receipt was donated to the Archives in 1993. Booklets were donated to the Nanaimo District Museum in an undocumented transaction and transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in 1993.

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Collection consists of a a receipt from E.J. Wilson to Western Fuel Corporation for labour and materials used in the installation of water connection at the Wilson home at 395 Ninth Street, a booklet detailing the agreement between the Corporation and its employees (1927) and a booklet detailing the agreement between corporation employees and Dr. George A.B. Hall (1921). A manuscript annotation on the verso of the booklet reads "Exhibit No. 1 Hall vs. Lane, June 28/22, A. Forrester, Re[g]."

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BCAUL control number: NCAI-270

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