Fonds PR-0236 - J. Gordon Smith fonds

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J. Gordon Smith fonds

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  • 1878-1949, 1953 (Creation)
    Smith, Joseph Gordon

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60 cm of textual records, 124 photographs : b&w and 15 illustrations

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Joseph Gordon Smith was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 16, 1874 [attestation papers say 1875]. As a young man he immigrated to Canada, ending up in Victoria, B.C. around 1898. In 1899 he married Emily Mabel Gale. Initially a reporter for the Victoria Times, J. Gordon Smith joined the Daily Colonist and became marine editor for that paper. In 1912 he left the newspaper field to join the civil service as a statistician in the Dept. of Lands. From 1909 to 1915, Smith was a Lieutenant in the 5th Regiment and in 1916 he joined the 143rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served overseas until his medical discharge in 1919. He went back to work for the B.C. Government and retired from the B.C. Travel Bureau in 1941. Joseph Gordon Smith died in Victoria on September 28, 1951.

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The fonds consists of articles, typescripts drafts, essays, notes, and biographies relating to Alaska and the history of B.C., along with 15 illustrations and 124 photographs. It also includes records and articles regarding the Russo-Japanese war, Japan, China as well as news cuttings and a diary from 1901.

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Archives code(s): MS-0383; MS-2916, G/C16/Sm5; J/B/Sm5; PDP03246-PDP03260

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Accession number(s): 75-209; 93-0637; 2008.44

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