Fonds PR-2386 - Walter F. Rushbrook fonds

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Walter F. Rushbrook fonds

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  • 1905-1951 (Creation)
    Rushbrook, Walter Field

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6 cm of textual records and 5 photographs

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Walter Field Rushbrook was born on August 12, 1868, in Burlington, Ontario (then known as "Wellington Square"). He was the fifth child of a family of twelve born to George Rushbrook and Eliza Gooderham Field. Rushbrook graduated from the University of Toronto in 1900 and was ordained in the Anglican church the following year and spent the rest of his life as a clergyman. He arrived at Port Essington, British Columbia, on September 28, 1905. In 1909, Rushbrook was supplied with a small boat that allowed him to travel up and down the Skeena and Buckley rivers, visiting construction camps. In 1912, in order to further his coastal work, the Anglican Diocese purchased the "Northern Cross" boat which allowed Rushbrook to visit a wider area along the coast. Over the course of seventeen years, Rushbrook made monthly visits to logging, fishing, and mining camps, lighthouses, various settlers or campers, as well as providing monthly services at Stewart, Anyox, Alice Arm, and Port Simpson. Robert Tomlinson often accompanied Rushbrook as engineer to the ship. Due to old age, Rushbrook ceased his coastal missionary work and was transferred to St. Peter's Church in Port Rupert. Rushbrook died in Prince Rupert on February 23, 1951.

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The records were donated to BC Archives in 1980 by Walter F. Rushbrook's daughter, Dorothy Skinner.

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The fonds consists of the personal records of Rev. Walter F. Rushbrook and includes a letter written by Rushbrook to his nephew, some news clippings, a letter written by Rushbrook to a Mr. Hume providing a biographical overview of Rushbrook's life, and a typed manuscript with handwritten corrections of a novel by Rushbrook entitled "The Trollers." By his own account, the novel is "semi-fictional" and details life on the Pacific coast. The fonds also includes 2 photographs of Rushbrook (one with the Northern Cross), one postcard of Port Essington ca. 1909, one photograph of totem poles (unknown location), and one photograph of unidentified individuals in a boat.

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Accession number: 80-118, 198012-004

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  • Box: 913433-0230
  • Box: 000602-0001