Fonds 056 - William Gale fonds

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William Gale fonds

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CA WVAN 056

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  • 1930-1960 (Creation)
    Creator
    Gale, William

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12.5 cm of textual records and other material

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(1906-1987)

Biographical history

William Esteen Gale was born in 1906, one of two sons of Hannah Rolinson (nicknamed Annie) and engineer William John Gale who were married in England in 1901. Emigrating to Canada to join other family members, the Gales and their two young sons arrived in Calgary in 1912 where Annie Gale became active in local social causes. At a time when there were no women in government across Canada, Annie Gale won a seat in the 1917 Calgary Civic Election and became the first woman alderman in the British Commonwealth Empire. She also served as Acting Mayor on occasion – another first for a woman. She retired from civic life in 1923, and in 1925 moved to Vancouver with her husband and two sons Henry and William.

In 1936, William Gale embarked upon a career in the mortgage loan industry, working for the Northwest Mortgage Company, Ltd. as an inspector. His duties included soliciting loans, writing plans and appraisals, taking photos and doing surveys. By 1939, Mr. Gale was working for the Vancouver Mortgage Corporation Ltd., securing applications for mortgage loans, and in 1947, he was appointed as manager of the Mortgage Department of Gordon M. Thompson Ltd. He launched his own company, the W.E. Gale Mortgage Company Ltd in 1954 and his offices were located in the penthouse suite in the Vancouver Stock Exchange Building.

Gale was very proactive in seeking investment capital and he compiled two books (1944, 1950) designed to interest potential clients in Vancouver and West Vancouver. The books contained general and residential information about each area and included photographs, street scenes, and statistics on construction growth, marriages and mortgage registrations. During his lifetime William Gale also collected First Nations artifacts, rare books, and paintings. William Esteen Gale died in Vancouver in February 1987, at the age of 81.

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The fonds consists of materials relating to the business activities of William Gale, mortgage broker. The material is contained in one binder and includes mortgage books, correspondence, letters of employment, a map, photographs, an article by William Gale, and several newspaper advertisements relating to residential areas in West Vancouver.

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  • English

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In March 1954, Gale compiled two books for 1944 and 1950 containing information and photographs, designed to interest potential clients in Vancouver and West Vancouver. These have been consolidated into one binder. Each originally included a wide variety of material related to housing development, although the material acquired is mainly limited to information and photographs directly related to residential areas in West Vancouver. Each area is designated by a letter, keyed to a map, with descriptive text and photographs.

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Includes 4 maps, 5 pamphlets, 8 scanned photos.

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created March 29, 2010

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