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Ken Hole interview

CALL NUMBER: T3653:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Hole talks about how people from Coal Harbour went to Port Hardy to vote. He speaks about his family's arrival at Coal Harbour where his father ran a hotel, and delivered the mail. He de;scribes the settlement at Coal Harbour; the proposed Winter Harbour British naval base; coal mining in the area; the Port Alice pulp mill; Nahwitti; Quatsino; early settlers in the area; Maquinna; Hol;berg; Shushartie; Winter Harbour; local work that included logging, fishing, mining, and the canneries. TRACK 2: Mr. Hole discusses his family's coming to Canada; they arrived in Vancouver in 1909, ;and later pre-empted on Nahwitti; and then moved to Quatsino Sound. He discusses early settlers in 1910, in the Nahwitti area; clearing land; fishing; hunting; and the telephone line. The Nahwitti settlement with ten to twelve pre-emptions only lasted four years; Cape Scott with thirty-five to forty pre-emptions, lasted ten to fifteen years. He talks about gold panning in the area; road work for ;the government; schooling; Shushartie; the post office; family life; the Hope Island Indian reserve; Nahwitti Bar; World War I, and trapping.;

CALL NUMBER: T3653:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Hole continues with his discussion about Quatsino and Coal Harbour; Ben Leeson the customs officer and justice of the peace; early settlers; his family; loggers; trouble-makers; dances; ;medical care; transportation of patients; storage and importation of food and supplies; the seaplane base at Coal Harbour, 1929 to 1940; coal mining at Coal Harbour; and settlers in Quatsino Sound. T;RACK 2: Mr. Hole describes the locations of communities in Quatsino Sound; Holberg; floating logging camps; the forest fire of 1889; early settlers; the Bland family; Williams the policeman and game ;warden; Leeson the coroner and justice of the peace; schooling; Hallowe'en pranks; and fellow students.; CALL NUMBER: T3653:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Hole recalls his teachers and schooling in Quatsino; his work at a logging camp; Coal Harbour air force base; the processing of whales at the Coal Harbour whaling station circa 1949. He ;describes early Port Hardy and Hardy Bay circa 1913; copper mining; logging and fishing in the area. [TRACK 2: blank.];

Royal visit

The item is a release print of a documentary film made in 1951. The film shows Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting Vancouver and Vancouver Island during their 1951 Canadian tour. Footage includes: inspection of RCAF honour guard outside CNR station, greeting by Mayor Fred Hume and the Princess's speech at Vancouver City Hall, appearance at Brockton Point Oval, visit to Shaughnessy Hospital and services at Christ Church Cathedral, crowds on West Vancouver waterfront and HMCS Crusader. In Victoria: parade with the Canadian Scottish Regiment and the Royal Canadian Artillery, Premier Byron Johnson greets the Princess at the Legislative Buildings, honour guard inspection and artillery salute, Cowichan and Alberni Indian dance performance at Thunderbird Park. Return to Vancouver harbour; motorcade up Kingsway Avenue, Burnaby Municipal Hall, Royal Train arrives at New Westminster, departure. There are also good (brief) shots of Kitsilano Boy's Band, Junior Forest Wardens, Major J.S. Matthews, Very Rev. Cecil Swanson (dean of Christ Church), and BC Provincial Police on motorcycles with sidecars.

Edward Weyman Blenkinsop fonds

  • PR-1204
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1945

The fonds consists of a Pilot's Flying Log, correspondence, photographs of family outings and war scenes, and miscellaneous papers. [Also available on microfilm.]

Blenkinsop, Edward Weyman, 1920-1945

George Williamson interview

CALL NUMBER: T4259:0015 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : George Williamson RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-10 SUMMARY: George Williamson was born in Victoria, B.C. in 1921. Joined RCAF in World War II and learned to fly. Spent most of war on B.C. coast. Joined B.C. Airlines post war then went to Malibu Sea Aero as pil;ot for B.C. Electric's aircraft. Flew for BNP Airways when it was formed to take over the aviation activities from Malibu Sea Aero and then for B.C. Hydro when BNP split into its component companies. ;TRACK 1: Describes the faults of the Blackburn Shark torpedo bomber. His early life and first contact with aviation. Joining the Air Force and wartime flying. TRACK 2: Flying for B.C. Electric compan;y under "umbrella" of the Malibu Club, 1948-50 [?]. The story of Malibu Sea Aero. Flying for B.C. Airlines, 1945-48.; CALL NUMBER: T4259:0016 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : George Williamson RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Incidents while flying for B.C. Airlines. Collecting and crashing the Republic Seabee. TRACK 2: Rivalry between B.C. Airlines and Vancouver U-Fly. The 1942 survey flight of B.C. airport site;s and aerial survey activities.; CALL NUMBER: T4259:0017 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : George Williamson RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-10 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Introduction of Instrument Flight Rules in RCAF. "Booze flights" to Seattle. Flying for B.C. Electric and BNP Airways (post 1949) and the BNP story. TRACK 2: Talks about flying the Grumman G;oose and also comments on the Lysander.;

George F. Howsam interview

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0050 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : George F. Howsam RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-11 SUMMARY: George F. Howsam was born in Fort Perry, Ontario in January, 1895. Joined Canadian Army in World War I, transferred to Royal Flying Corps in 1916. Became WWI fighter ace flying Sopwith Camel. TRACK 1:; Describes his early life, joining the Royal Flying Corps and becoming a WWI fighter pilot. Moving to Germany at end of war. TRACK 2: Discusses post WWI occupation of Germany. Return to Canada and se;rving with the Canadian Air Board and RCAF until 1930.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0051 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : George F. Howsam RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Describes the RCAF during the 1930s and his wartime commands, notably training command and the Northwest Staging Route. TRACK 2: Comments on his favourite aircraft and fighter tactics. Medic;al care in World War I.;

Earl MacLeod interview

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0082 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. MacLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: Earl L. MacLeod was born ca. 1894. World War I flier. Stayed in RAF after war then came back to Canada and joined Canadian Air Board and later RCAF. TRACK 1: Discusses early flying in B.C. before and ;after World War I. TRACK 2: Discusses early pilots. [Duplicates T4265:0083 after first few minutes.];

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0083 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses trying to become a pilot in World War I and early training. TRACK 2: Discusses formation of Canadian Air Board.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0084 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Early Canadian Air Board activity. TRACK 2: Early B.C. activity and fishery patrols.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0085 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Earl L. McLeod RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Fishery patrols and smugglers. Chilliwack Airport. TRACK 2: Blank.;

Hugh Cannon Semple interview

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0108 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Hugh Cannon Semple (Pat) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-17 SUMMARY: Hugh Cannon Semple (Pat) was born in Belfast, Ireland in June 1899. Joining the Royal Air Force in 1918. Migrated to Canada in 1921 and joined RCAF. TRACK 1: Early life and starting with RCAF. TRACK ;2: RCAF flying from Jericho Beach, B.C. late 1920s.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0109 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Hugh Cannon Semple (Pat) RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-17 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Discusses RCAF station Victoria Beach, Manitoba, 1925. TRACK 2: Further description of early RCAF flying.;

Gordon Truscott interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Gordon Truscott RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-07-11 SUMMARY: Gordon Truscott was born on March 29, 1910 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Joined RCAF in 1928. TRACK 1: Early life and joining RCAF. The RCAF through 1930s and wartime flying. TRACK 2: Post war activity ;in RCAF and the Avro Arrow.;

Melvin Dewey Lee interview

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0060 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Melvin Dewey Lee RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-29 SUMMARY: Melvin Dewey Lee was born in Le Grande, Oregon on December 8, 1914. Learnt to fly in Seattle in 1930s. Came to Vancouver and joined Aero Club of B.C. Moved to Britain and flew for Imperial Airways. Re;turned to Canada to join RCAF and worked for Canadian Airways. Flew Sunderlands on antisubmarine patrol for RCAF. Flew for CP Air post war and joined RCAF auxiliary. TRACK 1: Describes early interest ;in aviation. Discusses early training and the Aero Club of B.C. Other aviation activity in Vancouver -- Foggin and Gilbert. TRACK 2: Flying for Imperial Airways prior to and at start of war. Returnin;g to Canada, Canadian Airways operations, and the RCAF.;

CALL NUMBER: T4265:0061 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Pioneer Profiles project : Melvin Dewey Lee RECORDED: [location unknown], 1985-06-29 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Antisubmarine patrols over the Atlantic. TRACK 2: Flying for CP Air post war and RCAF auxiliary.;

William Beresford Sylvester records

General incoming correspondence, 1927, 1959-1974; Royal Canadian Air Force [RCAF] search and rescue operation summaries (1960, 1962); two Dept. of Transport accident reports involving aircraft of Victoria Flying Services. Photographs transferred to Visual Records accession 197811-44.

Sylvester, William Beresford

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