Item AAAB1040 - Canon Alan Greene interview, 1969

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Canon Alan Greene interview, 1969

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CALL NUMBER: T0944:0005 track 2
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 2: [Original tape #1, Box 30.] Canon Alan Green discusses his personal background, including his birth in Orillia; Ontario; his father, who was the vicar at the parish there; and his siblings. He describes coming to BC in 1911 at the request of Christ Church Cathedral to work with John Antle as a student missionary on a steamship up to Van Anda. He gives his first impressions of BC; how he eased into boating; and details about the Van Anda Hospital. He then tells anecdotes about "gettin' in" with people at the logging camps and settlers on the coast. He outlines what he offered as a representative of the Anglican church, and how he would adapt his approach based on what worked in a specific community. Finally; he discusses John Antle's character.

CALL NUMBER: T0944:0006
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: [Original tape #2, Box 30.] Reverend Greene continues by describing his career with the Columbia Coast Mission, and how he came to know John Antle through a man named Cecil Owen. He discusses Antle's belief that "the Church was not there to hold services, but to render service", and anecdotes that reveal Antle's character. Then he discusses hospitals; his hospital rescue ship the "Rendezvous"; and he compares loggers and fishermen. TRACK 2: [Original tape #3, Box 30.] Reverend Greene discusses lighthouses in Bute Inlet and their keepers, including a man named Smith; anecdotes about navigation in Bute Inlet; Skookumchuck Rapids; more on adventures on Bute Inlet; and stories about settlers, including some from the Orkney Islands.

CALL NUMBER: T0944:0007
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: [Original tape #4, Box 30.] Reverend Green continues with his story about the settlers from the Orkney Islands before discussing floating logging camps in detail. The story of a rescue involving the "Columbia" hospital ship; how the "Columbia" had the first radiotelephone in the area; and more on Bute Inlet, including logging and settling attempts and various old timers. TRACK 2: [Original; tape #5, Box 30.] Reverend Greene tells about various adventures around Read Island and Surge Narrows; the burial of Father Lambert of the Seventh Day Adventists; weddings aboard the "Rendezvous"; a large women that he had carry on his back to get ashore for Christmas parties; details about old-fashioned Christmas parties; various ministers on the islands; earthquakes; various characters, including Bill Frost and John Jones.

CALL NUMBER: T0944:0008
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1969-01
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: [Original tape #6, Box 30.] Reverend Greene continues with more on the characters of Read Island; Bob Tipton, a justice of the peace, who threatened a man with a shotgun for trespassing; and others, including George Stafford. Reverend Greene also discusses the community at Quathiaski Cove on Quadra Island; the Columbia Coast Mission; and the role of the church at Bute Inlet today. TRACK 2: [Original tape #7, Box 30.] Reverend Greene comments on the role of the church in 1969; details on the history of Quathiaski Cove, circa 1905; Reverend R.J. Walker and Chief Billy Assu. [end of interview]

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Imbert Orchard, 1974-1975

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A digital copy is available.
Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-054.

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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): T0944

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Orchard ; LC-01/1-7?

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speaker: Alan Dallas Greene, interviewer: Imbert Orchard, sound recording: Ian Stephen

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