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Item AAAB1342 - Agnes Harris interview

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Agnes Harris interview

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AAAB1342

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  • 1962-02-08 [date recorded] (Creation)

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SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Agnes Harris : Port Essington recalled PERIOD COVERED: 1860s-1905 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-02-08 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In this interview Agnes Harris remembers Port Essington. Her husband, Arthur George came to B.C. in 1890 and met Robert Cunningham at Port Essington in 1892. She talks about Robert Cunningham; and the establishment of Port Essington, his enterprises and the local coinage. Agnes Harris speaks about her own background, meeting her husband, her trip from Vancouver, her arrival in Port Essingt;on (1905), first impressions and a description of the town, port and buildings. She describes Robert Cunningham, his character, his businesses, his store, sawmill, the tug "Chieftain", his engineer --; Alec McLean (hero of Jack London's The Seawolf) and Captain Bonser. TRACK 2: Agnes Harris continues with recollections about Captain Bonser and riverboats. She describes Port Essington's social life; and customs, New Year's celebrations, Christmas, winter activities, the fire of 1899, Cunningham's Hotel, mock elections, railway construction, an anecdote and Wiggs O'Neill.;

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Imbert Orchard, 1974-1975

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Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-069.

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  • Copying Restriction: Clients requesting research/private copies must fill out CBC form.
  • Use Restriction: Not for broadcast or commercial use without written permission of the CBC.
  • Copyright Status: Copyright Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Accession number(s): T1213

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Orchard ; S-24/1-2

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speaker: Agnes Harris, interviewer: Imbert Orchard, sound recording: Ian Stephen

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