Fonds AM459 - Alfred Marmaduke Wastell collection

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Alfred Marmaduke Wastell collection

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0.03 m

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Alfred Marmaduke Wastell was born in Haliburton, Dysart County, Ontario, in 1872 and came to British Columbia in 1897. In 1909, he went to Alert Bay to take charge of lumbering and box-making for the B.C. Fishing and Packing Company. Wastell was active in the Victory Loan Drive for both world wars, and later served in several public offices, including Justice of the Peace, Stipendiary Magistrate, Small Debts Court Magistrate and Juvenile Court Judge. Wastell established the small community of Telegraph Cove on his Vancouver Island land holdings. He passed away at the age of 90.

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The collection consists of reminiscences composed by Wastell dealing with 19th century logging in B.C., First Nations peoples of Alert Bay and various place names on Vancouver Island.

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The typescript and manuscript recollections were sent to City Archives by Alfred Wastell between 1952 and 1959, where they were edited and retyped.


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  • Box: 562-F-04 fld 08-09