Fonds PR-0390 - Gwyn Gray Hill fonds

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Gwyn Gray Hill fonds

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  • 1935-1984 (Creation)
    Gray Hill, Gwyn

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52 cm of textual records

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(Ca. 1913-1995)

Biographical history

Gwyn Gray Hill (sometimes known as "Grayhill") was born in England or Wales sometime around 1913. He arrived in Victoria around 1931 and spent his life living on various boats and travelling the coast between Victoria and Alaska. Around 1985 he moved to Duncan. He died in the Cowichan District Hospital on May 19, 1995.

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The log books were given to Daphne Wertherim-Aymes in 1984 by Gwyn Gray Hill. She gave them to Beth Hill in 1995 and in 1996 Beth Hill donated them to the BC Archives.

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The fonds consists of 19 log books kept by Gwyn Gray Hill between 1935 and 1984. The log books provide detailed descriptions of people, places and activities seen by Hill while living on his boats and travelling on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Hill recorded detailed observations on the weather, harbour activities and businesses, shipping and marine life.

The fonds also includes annotated copies of the British Columbia Pilot, volumes 1 and 2 from 1961 and 1965; an annotated copy of the 1962 United States Pilot and an annotate copy of Capt. Lillie's coast guide from 1976.

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The books are water damaged from years of being stored on boats.

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Accession number(s): 92-7427

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