Fonds - Western Fuel Corporation of Canada fonds

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Western Fuel Corporation of Canada fonds

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  • 1910-1942 (Creation)
    Western Fuel Corporation of Canada

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50 cm of textual records;11 photographs

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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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The Coal Register was donated to the Nanaimo District Museum in an undocumented transaction in March, 1971; the Annual Report, 1915, was donated to the Archives by R.S. Isaacson in 1992. The remaining records were donated to the Museum in undocumented transactions. The subsidiary coal ledger was extracted from a group of unrelated records in Accession 1999 036 A.

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Fonds consists of the administrative and operational records of the Western Fuel Company and its successor companies. The records of its eventual parent company, Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd. are described separately. Fonds is arranged in the following series: 1) Annual report; 2) Correspondence; 3) Financial records; 4) Coal record books; and 5) Photographs.

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BCAUL control number: NCAI-111

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