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Fonds AM237 - William Malkin fonds

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William Malkin fonds

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  • [ca.1870]-1959 (Creation)
    Malkin, William Harold

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  • 0.25 m of textual records
  • 53 photographs

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William Malkin was a native of Burselm, Staffordshire and emigrated to Canada in 1884 with his brother James Frederic Malkin. They first settled in Grenfell, Assiniboia, Northwest Territories. W.H. Malkin came to Vancouver in 1895, with his brother John Philip Davey Malkin, to join J.F. Malkin who preceded them. The brothers founded the wholesale grocery firm of W.H. Malkin and Company in 1897. In 1902 William Malkin was elected President of the Board of Trade. He served on the Royal Commission on Taxation in 1911, and was chairman of the Victory Loan Campaign during the World War I. In 1928 he was elected Mayor. He was also active in the cultural affairs of Vancouver and was one of the founders of the Vancouver Art Gallery. He served as the vice-president of the Vancouver Symphony Society, president of the Cancer Foundation and Honourary Colonel of the British Columbia Regiment. He was awarded the OBE in 1945 and made a Freeman of the City in 1947.

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The fonds consists of photographs, correspondence, and legal papers relating to W.H. Malkin and Company of Vancouver, as well as scrap books containing material relating to W.H. Malkin's interests, political career and speeches.Fonds includes photographs depicting the Malkin family, W.H. Malkin at various public functions during his term as Mayor, and travel views.

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Photographs in this fonds have been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix CVA 373.

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