Fonds PR-2345 - Leonard John Getgood fonds

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Leonard John Getgood fonds

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  • moving images
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  • [ca. 1957-1977] (Creation)
    Getgood, Leonard John, 1916-2000

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16 film reels, 203 photographs and other material

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Leonard John Getgood was a teacher, actor, musician and filmmaker. He was born in England, served with the British Army in the Second World War, and took teacher training at Didsbury Training College in Manchester (1947-49). In 1957, after teaching in England for some years, he immigrated to Canada and obtained a BC Teaching Certificate at the University of British Columbia. Settling in Nanaimo, he taught at Nanaimo Junior High School and Woodlands School, specializing in music and theatre. He was also active in music and theatre outside his teaching role, performing with the Yellow Point Theatre Group and at the Oregon Shakespearian Festival in Ashland, Oregon (1963-64). Having studied film production in England in the 1930s, Getgood was also active as an amateur and commercial filmmaker in the period 1957-1977, and received a Canadian Film Award for his childrens’ film “The Boy Next Door”. He retired from teaching in 1979 and moved to Victoria, where he continued his involvement with music, working with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Victoria Opera Society, and the Juan de Fuca Orchestra.

In some of his films, he credits himself as “John L. Getgood”.

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The fonds consists of films made in Victoria and southern Vancouver Island by Leonard John Getgood, as well as slides showing Pender Island and the Yellow Point Drama Group. The fonds also includes an oral history interview with May Roberts about the history of the Yellow Point Drama Group, and a copy of Roberts' booklet on that subject..

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Donated by the creator's wife, Christina Getgood, 2000.


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Film reels, audio cassettes and videotapes are not accessible.

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Copyright was retained by the donor, Christina Getgood.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number(s): 93-8337; F2005:05; V2005:06; T4408.


Film reels are in cold storage. Audio and video tapes are in cool storage.

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Includes 16 film reels : 16 mm; 203 35 mm slides; 2 videocassettes; 2 audio cassettes; and 1 printed book.

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The fonds includes a short book, "The History of the Yellow Point Drama Group" by May Roberts [published 1971], which is housed in container 938337-0007.

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