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The Malkin family resided in England during the last half of the nineteenth century. James Malkin (1828-1894) was in the pottery business. In 1884, two of his younger sons, James Frederic (1864-1950) and William Harold (1868-1959) emigrated to Canada and came to Vancouver in 1894 and 1895 respectively. They were joined by their mother, Ann Elizabeth Malkin (1832-1919) and brother, John Philip Davey (1878-1952) in 1881. The brothers became involved in the wholesale merchandise business, and in 1897 W. H. Malkin purchased Osmund Akrine and Company, a general merchandise business. He and his brothers operated the company, W. H. Malkin & Company, until 1938, when it was sold to Western Grocers Limited. The family was also active in community affairs. W. H. Malkin served as the Mayor of Vancouver from 1928 to 1930. J. P. D. Malkin acted as the Director of the War Assets Corporation during World War II.