Fonds AM170 - Simson family fonds

Vancouver, B.C. : Canada's evergreen playground : city map and points of interest of Vancouver, B... Map of Greater Vancouver showing principal streets Seven Sisters in Stanley Park Big timbers in Stanley Park Upstairs interior of Thomas Dunn and Company on Alexander Street Upstairs interior of Thomas Dunn and Company on Alexander Street Upstairs interior of Thomas Dunn and Company on Alexander Street Fishing boat "J.R.D." in dry dock Fishing boat "J..R.D." in water The Empress ship at C.P.R. docks Paddle wheeler "Nasookin" in dry dock Dinner for 50th Anniversary of Vancouver's first election

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Simson family fonds

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  • 0.71 m of textual records
  • 10 photographs
  • 17 nautical charts

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Calvert Simson, born in Penrith, England, in 1862, left London in 1883 and sailed to Victoria, arriving in 1884. From Victoria he went to New Westminster, where he worked as a night watchman for the Dominion Sawmill. He worked as a shopkeeper on the beach in Granville and later as a storekeeper at Hastings Sawmill until 1891. He was also Granville's last postmaster, from 1884 to 1886. Simson managed the Chandlery Department of T. Dunn and Co. from 1893 to 1902. In 1902 he moved to the Ship Chandlery Department of Boyd Burns Co. In 1908, Simson and Arthur Balkwill opened up their own company, Simson-Balkwill Co. Ltd. Ship Chandlery and Engineering Supplies. They remained in business until 1929 when they sold their interest to Gordon and Belyea Ltd. Simson died in 1958. Jean Chrow, sister of Calvert Simson, married William Chrow. She died March 4, 1948. Gordon Simson is the son of Calvert Simson.

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The fonds includes private papers of William Chrow; a diary of Calvert Simson's trip from England; retail accounts; photographs; clippings; grocery accounts; published items dealing mainly with Vancouver's history; pilot charts of the oceans; miscellaneous notes relating to ships and shipping in early Vancouver; two logs kept by 3rd Officer R.V.A. Corbetts in 1925 and in 1927 on board SS Port Brisbane; and weather logs kept by Calvert Simson. Photographs depict views of Stanley Park, boats, Thomas Dunn and Company and a group portrait of those elected in Vancouver's first civic election.

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Presented by George Simson of Vancouver.


Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 372"

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