Fonds AM427 - William Orson Banfield fonds

Rotary Picnic - New Castle Island Dawson School class portrait The opening of the Banfield Pavilion The opening of the Banfield Pavilion The opening of the Banfield Pavilion City Hall Vanc[ouver]'s Ceremony, The City Hall Steps City Hall Vanc[ouver]'s Ceremony, The Indians Sing City Hall Vanc[ouver]'s Ceremony, The Mayor's Welcome Speech Highbury Tunnel - The Unlined Portion Highbury Tunnel - The Party Coming Out Capilano Park Pool Opening - Opening Speech Capilano Park Pool Opening - Tea Hour Opening of Festival - Opening Speech by Lieut. Governor P.N. E. Parade Last Council Meeting - Mayor getting tray from Wilson Inauguration - Swearing in the Mayor Park Tour - Rathie Cuts Ribbon [Aerial view from helicopter] - Head of False Creek [Aerial view from helicopter ] - West End and Apartment Houses [Aerial view from helicopter] - West Point Grey [Aerial view from helicopter] - Log booms in Pt. Grey [Aerial view from helicopter] - Hastings Park [Aerial view from helicopter] - Loading Dock, North Shore [Aerial view from helicopter] - Hastings Park [Aerial view from helicopter] - Granville Bridge looking south [Aerial view from helicopter] - Trans Canada Highway [Aerial view from helicopter] - Shaughnessy and Quilchena [Aerial view from helicopter] - Shaughnessy Golf Club House City Hall Council Chambers. The Mayor's inaugural speech City Hall; W.O.B. in Robes Seated at Desk City Hall; New Flag - Spread Out City Hall; Mayor Rathie in his office. Inauguration: Mayor and Mace Entering Council City Hall; Bennett Dinner; Bennett speaks. Bennett Dinner; Receiving Line City Hall; Putting up New Flag - Council Chamber City Hall; Red Ensign from Roadway City Hall; New Flag Being Hoisted. City Hall: Vaniers' Visit [Governor General] Luncheon; Mme. Vanier receiving roses. City Hall; Vaniers' Visit; Vanier Conversing with group at luncheon at Hotel. Vaniers' Visit; Leaving the City Hall - Vanier and Rathie. City Hall; Vanier Visit - Down the Red Carpet City Hall; Vaniers' Visit - Luncheon at Hotel Vancouver; Mrs. Pearks and Mrs. Vanier City Hall; Drapeau [Mayor of Montreal] receiving gift. City Hall; Vanier Visit; Mayor's Lounge; Vanier seated. City Hall; Drapeau Luncheon; Drapeau Speaks City Hall; Drapeau signing register. City Hall; Vanier Visit; Madame Vanier signing Visitor's Book. City Hall; Vanier Visit; Our Luncheon Table; Cates-Colin-Butler—Bea—Henry City Hall; Vanier Visit; A group conversing with Madame Vanier at Hotel Vancouver
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William Orson Banfield fonds

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  • 2.3 m of textual records
  • ca. 2,900 photographs
  • 7 architectural drawings

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William Banfield was born in Vancouver, the son of John J. Banfield. John J. Banfield arrived in Vancouver in 1891 and operated a real estate and insurance office. He also served on many civic bodies, including the School Board, the Hospital Board, the Exhibition Association and the Board of Trade. William Orson Banfield graduated from the University of British Columbia with a master's degree in 1923. He worked briefly as a chemical engineer before joining his father's business. In 1934, Banfield formed his own firm, Norwich Agencies, Limited. He sold the firm in 1956 and retired in 1960. Banfield was active in civic affairs: he was elected president of the Vancouver branch of the Red Cross in 1946, president of the Vancouver Rotary Club in 1947, president of the Civic Non Partisan Association in 1956, and Chairman of the Board of Vancouver General Hospital in 1957. In 1961, he was elected to Vancouver City Council as an alderman.

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The fonds consists of business records of the Banfield family's insurance companies, papers from Banfield's university days, and papers relating to his volunteer activities, especially with the Vancouver General Hospital. There are also scrapbooks, photographs and clippings. Photographs depict family life, travels and Banfield's public life as a Rotarian, a civic official and a trustee at Vancouver General Hospital.
The fonds is arranged into 8 series: Business records, Certificates and company posters, Civic and personal matters, Photographs, Publications relating to Vancouver General Hospital, Scrapbooks and news clippings, University papers, and Vancouver General Hospital Records.

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Donated by William Orson Banfield in 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1980.


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