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Fonds AM362 - Wilson family fonds

Aerial view of New Brighton Park site, looking east from Renfrew Street Aerial view of New Brighton Park site, looking west along waterfront toward foot of Renfrew Street Mayor Tom Campbell and aldermen of the City of Vancouver

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Wilson family fonds

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  • Textual record

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AM362

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  • 1870-1974 (Creation)
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    Wilson family

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  • 8 m of textual records
  • ca. 600 photographs
  • and other materials

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George Halford Wilson (d. 1955) became Rector of St. Michael's Anglican Church in 1903 after being ordained in Calgary, Alberta, and having worked in Banff as Missioner. His son, Halford David Wilson (b. 1905) was educated in Vancouver and initially worked as a bank clerk and then an insurance agent. In 1934, he was elected to the Vancouver City Council. During the pre-war and early-war years, Wilson was an advocate of stringent controls on Japanese in British Columbia. In 1940, Wilson joined the Canadian Army; however, he continued on City Council until 1942, when he was sent to Britain. Returning to Vancouver after the war, Wilson was defeated in his bid for Mayor in 1946, but was re-elected to council in 1947; he served until 1953. Wilson was re-elected in 1955 and remained until 1972.
Wilson ran his own businesses, and was active in the British Columbia Automobile Association and the Royal Canadian Legion.

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(1876-1955)

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George Halford Wilson (d. 1955) became Rector of St. Michael's Anglican Church in 1903 after being ordained in Calgary, Alberta, and having worked in Banff as Missioner. He was the father of David Halford Wilson.

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(1904-1988)

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Born in Vancouver Nov. 7, 1904, Wilson was educated in Vancouver and initially worked as a bank clerk and then an insurance agent. In 1934, he was elected to the Vancouver City Council. During the pre-war and early-war years, Wilson was an advocate of stringent controls on Japanese in British Columbia. In 1940, Wilson joined the Canadian Army; however, he continued on City Council until 1942, when he was sent to Britain. Returning to Vancouver after the war, Wilson was defeated in his bid for Mayor in 1946, but was re-elected to council in 1947; he served until 1953. Wilson was re-elected in 1955 and remained until 1972.
Wilson ran his own businesses, and was active in the British Columbia Automobile Association and the Royal Canadian Legion.
He died April 23, 1988.

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The fonds consists of personal papers and church records (including sermons) of George Halford Wilson, and papers (correspondence, reports, scrapbooks) from Halford David Wilson's business and political life. Fonds includes photographs of St. Michael's Anglican Church, civic activities of Halford David Wilson, and various neighbourhood and city scenes, including airport views.

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Donated by Halford David Wilson in 1977 and Anna Maria Wilson in 1992.

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Original letters (3) removed to the vault - see spreadsheet

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