Fonds PR-0655 - Frederick Longstaff fonds

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Frederick Longstaff fonds

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  • 1859-1961 (Creation)
    Longstaff, Frederick Victor

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12.4 m of textual records, 1200 photographs, ca. 55 maps

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Frederick Victor Longstaff was born June 15th 1879 in Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, England. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and came to Canada in 1909 as a machine gun instructor seconded to the Canadian Active Militia. He settled in Victoria in 1911 where he practiced as an architectural draughtsman, in which capacity he was involved in the design of Saint John's, Quadra Street and the James Bay Anglican Hall. From 1921 until his death he devoted himself entirely to historical and geographical studies, publishing works on naval, local and ecclesiastical history. He was interested in military affairs, naval history, mountaineering, the Anglican Church and the history of BC in general. Longstaff died in Victoria in 1961.

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The fonds consists of diaries, correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks, household accounts, photographs, and maps.

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Archives code(s): MS-0677; 198504-001; M889132.

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Accession number(s): 198504-001; 198001-002; M856030; 13653F

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