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Fonds AM151 - Bentley family fonds

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Bentley family fonds

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  • 1879-1920 (Creation)
    Bentley family

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56 pages

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Richard Irving Bentley (1854-1909) was born in Newmarket, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto. He was Medical Officer of a tea plantation in India from 1877-1882. He went into private practice in New Westminster, and in 1882 was appointed Medical Superintendent of the Asylum and Jail, a position from which he resigned in 1895. Bentley married Maria Amy Woods in 1884, daughter of Archdeacon Charles E. Woods of Holy Trinity, New Westminster. In 1895 they went to Juneau, Alaska, returning in 1897 to settle in Slocan City. He subsequently lived in Vancouver, Grand Forks, Slocan, Enderby and Port Moody.

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The fonds consists largely of correspondence, including personal letters written by members of Mrs. Bentley's family and professional letters written to and by Dr. Bentley. Includes Bentley's resignation letter following a report on patient conditions at the provincial Asylum for the Insane. There are also two marriage certificates of Kathleen Violet, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bentley, 1908 and 1920.

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Presented in 1955 by Mrs. Kathleen List (nee Bentley) of Chilliwack.


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Folder formerly located at 512-E-05 fld 03.

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  • Box: 512-E-03 fld 17