Fonds PR-2331 - Drewry family fonds

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Drewry family fonds

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  • 1887-1984 (Creation)
    Drewry (family)

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3.25 m textual records and other material

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(19th century -)

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Members of the Drewry family were land surveyors in British Columbia in the early to mid-part of the 20th century. Both men, William Stewart and John Haworth were licensed surveyors who worked privately as well as for the provincial government.

William Stewart Drewry (1859-1939) married Claire Lillian (Hazard) Drewry, March 25, 1860. They raised their only son John Haworth Drewry (1894 – 1988) in the Victoria area, after heading west from Ontario to participate in, amongst other things, the establishment of the Coast Meridian (1887-1888). W.S. received his survey commission in 1892.

Drewry family also included Donalda Louise (Jennings) Drewry (b. 1896) whom J.H. married in 1944. Donalda worked as a teacher in the Victoria area (Esquimalt) in the 1960s.

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Presented by Joanna Drewry to the BC Archives in 1999.

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The Drewry family fonds consists principally of the personal and business papers of William Stewart Drewry (1859-1939) and his son John Haworth Drewry (1894 – 1988). Both men were licensed surveyors who worked privately, and also for the B.C. government at various times. Also included are records relating to the Drewry households, and the personal correspondence of their wives, Clare Lillian (Hazard) Drewry and Donalda (Jennings) Drewry.

Further, the fonds also includes correspondence and military records of John Haworth Drewry who enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and saw active service in France during 1918, as well as publications, maps used and created by both men in the course of their work, and a collection of family photographs.

The records have been arranged in four series: the records of W.S. Drewry,(MS-3139), the records of J.H. Drewry, (MS-3140), the records of Donalda Drewry (MS-3141), and the Drewry family series (MS-3142). It should be noted that as J.H. Drewry worked for W.S. Drewry, there is some overlap between these two series.

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3.25 m textual records, ca 250 photographs, ca 30 maps/plans

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