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W.A.C. Bennett fonds
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W.A.C. Bennett fonds

  • F-55
  • Fonds
  • 1909 - 1981

The fonds consists of records relating to the life of W.A.C. Bennett. Documented are his personal life, business ventures, community service, club affiliations, and political activities, including his terms as Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Okanagan, and as Premier of British Columbia.

Personal records consist of early correspondence and household records, as well as material which documents W.A.C. Bennett's association with freemasonry and his fundraising activities with organizations such as the Salvation Army.

Business records consist of material relating to Bennett Hardware, Bennett’s Stores, and Calona Wines.

Political records refer to Bennett's tenure as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Okanagan, as Premier and as leader of the Opposition. Also relevant are records referring to the passage of a number of Municipal Acts and Bennett’s relationship with Federal politics.

Records include correspondence, advertisements, minutes, annual reports, telegrams, itineraries, schedules, financial statistics, financial statements, petitions, questionnaires, resolutions, reports, speeches, press releases, proposals, maps, plans, charts, file notes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, scrap books, ephemera, photographs, audio recordings, film reels, and video cassettes.

Bennett, W.A.C.

Ceremonial activities

Sub-subseries consists of photographs arising from Bennett's ceremonial activities as Premier, such as official openings and dedications, official visits and tours, and government social gatherings. Photos of official visits and tours relate to Bennett's trips to Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, and locations in Canada. Photos of opening ceremonies relate to the opening of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the Arrow Dam, the COMINCO research centre, the Fraser Wharves, the Interprovincial Steel and Pipe Co. Ltd. plant, the Malahat Highway, the Nine Mile Canyon Bridge, and other projects. Photos of government social gatherings relate to the Pacific Coast Curling Association dinner, B.C. Sports Hall of Fame presentations, and other events.

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