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Fonds AM236 - Thomas Wicks fonds

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Thomas Wicks fonds

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AM236

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  • [ca. 1854-1947] (Creation)
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    Wicks, Thomas P.

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  • 0.06 m of textual records
  • 10 photographs (includes 1 daguerreotype and 2 ambrotypes)

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(1868-1949)

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Thomas Wicks was born in La Cola, Quebec. In 1882 he signed on an as apprentice on sailing ships and landed in B.C. in 1883. Christened Skookum Tom by the Coast Indians, he lived near Alert Bay. From 1903-1907 he lived in Vancouver, but returned to Alert Bay, serving there as a police officer. In 1911 he married Kate Curling. He helped raise money for the Alert Bay Mission Church. In 1916 he served in the Pioneer Battalion overseas. After the War he farmed in the Chilliwack district, a highly successful market gardener. Briefs were prepared on the operation of the farm for presentation to committees for returned soldiers farms in Britain. In 1938 he moved to Nanaimo.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and personal papers, relating to farming ventures, 1931-1947; a letter concerning the Alert Bay Mission Church, 1913; a letter to Wicks from MacKenzie King, 1946; the manuscript of Wicks autobiography; several photographs of members of the Wicks family and Ned Fregonne.

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Presented by T.P. Wicks in 1939-1942.

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  • Box: 514-F-02 fld 04-05
  • Box: 196-G-02
  • Box: 974-E-02 fld 51
  • Box: 974-E-07