Fonds AM267 - Buscombe family fonds

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Buscombe family fonds

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  • 0.08 m of textual records
  • 6 photographs
  • 3 maps and plans

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Frederick, George, and Charles Buscombe were Vancouver businessmen and public officials.
Frederick Buscombe (1862-1938) was born in Bodmin, England, and moved to Vancouver with his brother George in 1891 to set up a branch of the Jas. A. Skinner Company, a wholesale china and glassware business. He bought out the business in 1899, and was also involved in other businesses, including: Pacific Coast Lumber and Sawmills Co. Ltd.; the Pacific Marine Insurance Co., and Buscombe Securities Corporation. He served as President of the Vancouver Board of Trade from 1900-1901, President of the Vancouver Tourist Association for 1901, and was the Mayor of Vancouver from 1905-1906.
George Buscombe (1875-1958) was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and moved to Vancouver in 1891 with his brother Frederick. He began his career with the Jas. A. Skinner Company, and later became Vice-President, then General Manager of the Frederick Buscombe Co. Ltd. He also served as a Vancouver alderman from 1939-1945.
Charles Buscombe (1880-1947) was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and moved to Vancouver in 1907 to join the family business. He later became in importer of glassware and crockery.

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The fonds consists of records created and received by members of the Buscombe family. Records include correspondence, agreements, accounts, maps and plans, photographs, and other records.

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The fonds was donated to the Archives in 1973 by Mrs. Cowan of Vancouver.


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  • See also the subject files on Frederick and George Buscombe in the Major Matthews collection (Add. MSS. 54).
  • See also the drawings for Frederick Buscombe's store in the Charles Van Norman fonds (Add. MSS. 755).

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