Fonds AM1036 - Hamber family fonds

Certificate of appreciation: U.B.C. Certificate: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Diploma: Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba Diploma: Companion of St. Michael and St. George Diploma: Honorary Colonel in 5th B.C. Brigade, R.C.A. Diploma: Honorary Colonel in Seaforth Highlanders Vencedor: cocktail recipes [Why girls leave home Part] No. 3 [Greencroft] Harem Party [Why girls leave home] Part 2 [Greencroft] Harem [Party] Bathing Party - Shooting Sask[atchewan?] Oct/26 Buccaneer Bay & Ranch - May 2/34 Buccaneer Bay Ven[cedor?] Farm - (Colored) Summer 1935 - Chickens & Ducks at farm Governor General his excellency the Right Honourable the Earl of Bessborough, PC, GCMG, and her e... Greencroft - Badminton '28 Minnekhada Ranch Mr. Patton at Golf - Shaughnessy - not much good - missed the putt Mrs. Hamber - Golf - Del Monte Naval cadet party & Ming Polo Game for BC Challenge Trophy, June 20, 1928 Polo June/27 - Douglas Lake vs. Vancouver Sailing Races and Cowichan Pictures - Sept. 1 - 2 - 3rd Taken '/38 by Webber boat scenes (Vencedor) 12 Riders at ranch Tennis - 1926 Tennis - Greencroft Vencedor at Bellingham, July 10/31 Minnekhada Ranch Why Girls Leave Home (Part I)  Greencroft Harem Party Willingdon - party on Vencedor English Bay Yacht Races & Cruise Buccaneer Bay  - May 24/34 Directional signs to Takkakaw Falls and Yoho River CPR locomotive Takkakaw Falls : Yoho National Park Back of house at unidentified location Locomotive Yoho River Takkakaw Falls : Yoho National Park Mountain view Unidentified dam Vehicle outside unidentified building Takkakaw Falls : Yoho National Park Mountain view Mountain view Eric Hamber and friend standing beside car Waterfall Vehicle outside unidentified building Unidentified dog Waterfall C.P.R. locomotive 5900 and two men Waterfall
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Hamber family fonds

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1.1 m of textual records and other material

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Eric Werge Hamber (1879-1960) was born in Parkdale, Manitoba, the oldest son of Ada Jefferson and Frederick Edmund Marsh Hamber, who had emigrated to Canada from England. He was educated at the Anglican St. John's College for Boys in Winnipeg, and later went to work in Winnipeg for the Dominion Bank of Canada, becoming manager at Calgary, Alberta, in 1906, Vancouver in 1908, and London in 1911. He was also an accomplished athlete. He married Aldyen Hendry in 1912, the only daughter of John Hendry, a prominent businessman and industrialist. Eric Hamber became general manager and vice-president of Hendry's vast network of logging, mining, and transportation companies. After Hendry's death in 1916, Hamber was left wholly in charge of the operation until the mill site was sold to the Vancouver Harbour Commission in 1925. Hamber was appointed British Columbia's fifteenth Lieutenant Governor in 1936. In addition to his business and political involvements, Hamber served throughout his career on the Board of Directors of several large companies. In 1944, he became Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. After her husband's death, Aldyen Hamber remained active and continued to support the same charitable organizations. She died in 1988.

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Materials were moved to 3851 Pine Crescent in 1960 following Eric Hamber's death under the custodianship of Aldyen Hamber. She split her time between there and the Panabode. Upon her death in 1988 and the execution of her will by Canada Trust, the contents of the house were bequeathed to Aldyen's long time secretary, Mae Rice. Mrs. Rice being in poor health, her son Lawrence took over the affairs and donated the fonds to the City of Vancouver Archives. Certain objects, such as a monogrammed shirt, John Hendry's wallet, printers blocks from the Hastings Mill, and copies of photographs have been transferred to the Vancouver Museum. Films were transferred to the BC Archives in June 1989 and transferred back in November 2007.

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The fonds consists of records of the Hamber and Hendry families and of Eric Hamber including photographs, films, manuscripts and fine art. The photographs, 1880-1985, consist primarily of professional studio portraiture and the manuscript material consists primarily of souvenirs or memorabilia. Photographs depict the Hamber and Hendry families and Eric Hamber's life as an international financier, B.C. Lieutenant Governor, industrialist, athlete, and rancher. The films are primarily home movies that depict a range of social activities in which the Hamber family was involved. Two films are newsreel items documenting a polo game for BC Challenge Trophy and the visit of Governor General his excellency the Right Honourable the Earl of Bessborough, PC, GCMC, and her excellency the Countess of Bessborough to the Britannia Mines on board of Eric Hamber's yacht.

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  • Fonds donated by Larry Rice in January 1989.
  • A copy of Richard Mackie's manuscript, For Empire and Industry: Eric Hamber and British Columbia, 1987, was subsequently donated in Feburary 1990 by Canada Trust on behalf of the Hamber Foundation.
  • Films were transfered from BC Archives, Royal BC Museum Corporation in November 2007.


  • Photographs in this fonds have been assigned the prefix CVA 703.
  • Documentary art in this fonds have been assigned the prefix 90-2.
  • Films in this fonds have been assigned numbers MI-131 to MI-153.

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