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Basil G. Hamilton fonds


Physical Description:
12.5 cm of textual records. -- 27 photographs

Basil G. Hamilton, 1869-1933 was born in Collingwood, Ontario. He worked as a bank clerk with the Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1887-1890, before moving to Fort William, Ontario. In 1890 he was hired as a land inspector for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) land department in Winnipeg and travelled to Brandon, Kemnay, Alexander, Rapid City and Hamiota, Manitoba. In 1895 he inspected lands near Maple Creek, Swift Current, Wapella, Moosomin and Cannington Manor, Saskatchewan. His journals and diaries provide vivid descriptions of his travels. From 1904 to 1910 he resided in Calgary, Alberta where he continued to work for the CPR. In 1910 he and his wife, Anna Maud Crawford, 1868-1936, moved to the Windermere Valley, British Columbia, first residing in Wilmer and later Invermere where he was connected with the Columbia Valley Irrigated Fruit Lands Ltd. and later started an insurance company. Throughout his life he was involved with various community organizations, and after moving to British Columbia became extremely interested in David Thompson's life, particularly his activities in the Windermere Valley. Hamilton was involved with the Board of Trade, Hospital Association, Freemasons, and other groups in Invermere. He was the author of The Legend of Windermere / Basil G. Hamlton. - Invermere: B. G. Hamilton, 1921 [first published in the Cranbrook Courier, Christmas edition, 1920].

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal diaries and journals (1893-1918). Includes photographs, correspondence, reference material, and articles written by Hamilton related to David Thompson and the Windermere area (1912-1942).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Roxie Alexander, Alexander Allan, Albert Austin, Maj. W.B. Barwis, J.J. Barter, Effie M. Blair, P. Turner Bone, boxing, George Brown, Herbert M. Cherry, Rev. John H. Clark, Myrtle M. Cushing, Alexander Scott Dawson, J. Lonsdale Doupe, Mrs. James Findlay, James Finn, Mrs. John S. Hall, A.E. Hardy, Birdie Harris, J.A. O'Neil Hayes, Col. Lawrence Herchmer, Rev. W. Hodnett, H.H. Honens, Wesley Hooper, Joseph Howse, Diamond Jenness, Jeremiah Jessup, Henry Sepmus Jones, Bert Kesting, Rev. Stanley Keene, Colin Kerr, R.N. Kirkpatrick, Kootenay (Indians), C.S. Lott, John Niblock, Dean E.C. Paget, Paradise Mine (BC), Senator Perley, Bishop Cyprian Pinkham, Dr. Frederick S. Pope, Mrs. Charles W. Rowley, George T. Seyman, C.M. Shower, William Skitch, H.R. Dudley Smith, William Tode, Archdeacon W.F. Webb, Arthur O. Wheeler, and Hector Wheeler. SASKATCHEWAN TOWNS: Alameda, Arcola, Beaver Creek, Carlyle, Carman, Carnduff, Estevan, Grande Coulee, Hirsch, Indian Head, Moose Jaw, Oxbow, Qu'Appelle, Regina, Sintaluta and Weyburn. MANITOBA TOWNS: Boissevain, Deloraine, Elkhorn, Glenboro, Hartney, Manitou, Melita, Miami, Oak Lake, Oak River, Pipestone, Portage la Prairie, Rathwell, Roland, Rosebank, Rosser, Souris, Virden, Winnipeg and Wolseley.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Mrs. W. Weir, 1965-1967.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-469, PA-966, NA-1135

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