Fonds AM227 - Etches Family collection

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Etches Family collection

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17 pages

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R.C. Etches was born in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, in 1742. As a merchant shipowner, he realized the great commercial advantages to be obtained in the northwest and instructed his captains to establish a fur trading post and settlement at Nootka Sound. In 1788 he formed a joint stock company with his brother John. Four of his vessels were seized by the Spanish in 1789. Following this incident, R.C. Etches turned his attention to adventures in other parts of the world, working as an intelligence agent during the revolutionary wars.

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The collection consists of historical notes about R.C. Etches and John Etches, and other members of the family, including present-day descendants in New York and in Burnaby.

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Presented by Richard Dodd Etches of Burnaby in 1972.


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Folder formerly located at 514-F-01 fld 01.

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  • Box: 590-B-01 fld 15