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Fonds AM674 - Malkin family fonds

First grade class portrait at Central School

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Malkin family fonds

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  • 1840-1979 (Creation)
    Malkin family

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  • 0.23 m of textual records
  • ca. 560 photographs

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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.

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Robert Eldridge Malkin was the son of James Frederic Malkin and Julia May Malkin (nee Eldridge). He was born in Vancouver, B.C., on May 27, 1913, and died in Vancouver on June 18, 1975. He was married to Rosemary Elisabeth Rogers. In 1932, he matriculated as a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia, but he does not appear to have returned to UBC for a second year of studies. By 1934 he was working as a clerk for Home Oil. In 1937, he travelled for eight months in Europe. After his return to Vancouver in late 1937, he worked as a salesman for his family's wholesale grocery business, W.H. Malkin Co., Ltd., and later for Alaska Pine. By 1951 he had established and become president of the R.E. Malkin Lumber Company.

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The fonds consists of family correspondence, notes, diaries, notebooks, legal documents, photographs, and genealogical charts.

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Donated by Lucile Parsons on October 24, 1978, September 19, 1979, and April 21, 1981. Subsequent donation by David J. Malkin on August 1, 1996, and further acquisition by the City of Vancouver Archives on October 9, 2013.


Photographs in this fonds have been assigned reference numbers with the prefix CVA 221 and CVA 267.

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See also Add. MSS. 237, Malkin, William Harold.

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