Item MS-3312 - Marilyn Bell film

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Marilyn Bell film

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  • 1956 (Creation)

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1 film reel (4 min., 51 sec) : acetate, col., silent; 16 mm

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Harold Barrington Elworthy was born in Victoria, B.C. December 16, 1901 to Frederick Elworthy (1854-1927) and Clara Emma Elworthy (nee Richardson) (1890-1925), daughter of George Richardson.

Elworthy started work as an office boy in 1918 with the BC Salvage Co., and went on to found the Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. in 1925. He was one of the governors of the University of Victoria and founded the Princess Mary restaurant

He married Myrta Gladys McDonald on November 4, 1921 in Sidney, B.C. The couple had four children (Betty, Arthur, Donald and James).

Harold B. Elworthy died in Victoria, June 15, 1975.

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Donated by Violet Armstrong in 2017.

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Film depicts Marilyn Bell (later DiLascio)'s swim across the Strait of Juan de Fuca on August 23, 1956. Film was commissioned courtesy of Victoria-area businessman Harold B. Elworthy.

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A digital copy is available.
A DVD version of film, provided by donor, is available.

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Accession number(s): 2017.73

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