Fonds PR-0769 - Robert H.B. Ker fonds

"Indian burying ground, near Victoria"; lithograph engraved from art by Charles Christi... Unidentified group in a motorcar. A group of young men in hats and pyjamas. A group on the verandah of a house. The crowded deck of a ship, either entering or leaving Belfast. Robert Ker and David Russell Ker. The Brackman-Ker Milling Co. Ltd., wharf after a fire. "The original B & K Mill, Shoal Bay, Saanich." Bobbie, born 16 Mar 1895; Russell, born 14 Jun 1897; Davida, born 16 Jul 1898. "1878 - Commemorating B & K Golden Anniversary  - 1928; third annual staff conference, W... A bridal photo. A day at the beach Haileybury College; LeBas dormitory Unidentified portrait. Bently Priory. Watching the coronation procession of King George V from the colonial stands in the mall opposite... A couple on a motorcycle and sidecar. Brackman-Ker Milling Co. Ltd. "Terrace-Haileybury College." "Windover" on Arbutus Road, Victoria. D.H. 2. Formation flying near Camp Borden, Ontario. A family on the steps of their cottage. "The Daimler with Father and Mother and Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson." A baby picture. The iron mill at Dalkeith. Watching the coronation procession from the colonial stands in the mall opposite Stafford House R.H. Brackman-Ker and his eleven pound salmon An unidentified group and motorcar. A group in an automobile outside a large house.
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Robert H.B. Ker fonds

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  • 1846-1976 (Creation)
    Ker, Robert Henry Brackman, 1895-1976

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2.4 m of textual records and other material

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Robert Henry Brackman Ker was born in Victoria in 1895, the son of David Russell and Laura Agnes (Heisterman) Ker. He was educated in Victoria and in England and in 1914 became a lieutenant in the 50th Gordon Highlanders. In 1915 he went overseas with the 48th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces (C.E.F.) and was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps (R.F.C.), serving in France with 24 Squadron, R.F.C. and then late in 1917 served at Camp Borden as a squadron commander. At the end of the World War I he entered local business in Victoria, involving himself in insurance and real estate. He was also active as a director and later president of Brackman and Ker Milling Company, and served in similar capacities with various flour milling, brewery, and oil companies, including Purity Flour Mills Limited, Home Oil Company Limited, and Molson Breweries, Limited. He also served on the board of directors of the B.C. Power Corporation and B.C. Electric Company, Montreal Trust Company, and University of British Columbia. From 1923 to 1924 Ker served on Victoria City Council as alderman and involved himself in other civic activities, as president of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Victoria Community Chest campaigns in 1937 and 1938. In later years he took an active interest in the affairs of the Greater Victoria Art Gallery and St. Michael’s University School.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, diaries, personal and business records, maps, architectural plans and photographs.

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The collection was presented to the Provincial Archives by R.H.B. Ker's son, David Nation Ker, in May 1977.


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Archives code(s): MS-0793; 198208-38; M856036; Map Reg. No. 9470A; Map Reg. No. 9471A; Map Reg. No. 17320B.

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Accession number(s): 77-092; 198208-038; M856036

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Includes: ca. 1217 photographs, 2 maps, and 6 architectural drawings

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