Fonds F44 - Harbottle family fonds

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Harbottle family fonds

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  • 1918-1948 (Creation)
    Harbottle, Arthur Wallace
  • 1914 - 2009 (Creation)
    Harbottle, Jeffery Percival
  • 1908-1971 (Creation)
    Harbottle, Jane
  • 1903-2009 (Creation)
    Harbottle (family)
  • 1903-1972 (Creation)
    Harbottle, Thomas Percival

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ca. 50 cm of textual records and other material

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Thomas Percival Harbottle married Jane Baynes in North Vancouver in 1912, after immigrating to Canada in 1910/11. In 1914 they had their first and only child, a son, Jeffery Percival, who was born on January 20, 1914. Thomas’s brother Arthur also lived in North Vancouver, he died in 1948. Jane Harbottle died in 1971, and Thomas died just over a year later in 1972. Jeffery didn't marry, and had no children, he died in 2009.

Thomas (or Tom) was involved in the community for most of his life, taking part in a variety of civic activities and even serving as an alderman for the City of North Vancouver in the 1930s. Thomas Harbottle owned and operated Harbottle's Jersey Products, the North Shore’s first milk delivery service, until the sale of the business in 1942. Jeffery also worked for the family business for 8 years, until 1940.

Jeffery traveled extensively and was self-employed for most of life, owning a logging company, a fishing boat, a steamship, and commercial rental properties. Jeffery was fascinated with mechanical equipment, and between his love of steamships, railways, and classic automobiles he was constantly involved in working with or restoring various pieces of equipment. After the sale and repowering of the M.V. Reliant he received the L6 Union engine in pieces and rebuilt it to working condition. He also discovered and restored a Diamond T truck he had driven for the family dairy business in the late thirties. Both items were donated to the NVMA.

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Born in North Vancouver on January 20, 1914, Jeffery Harbottle was the son of Thomas and Jane Harbottle. Jeff attended school in North Vancouver and graduated from North Vancouver High in 1932 and went to work delivering milk for the family business. After a period in the military during and after the war, Jeff worked in a variety of jobs, usually self-employed, until his retirement in 1984 (see work list below for more details.) Jeffery never married and had no children. He died on April 4th, 2009 at the age of 95.

Jeff’s interests revolved around mechanical equipment all his life. In 1963, Jeff Harbottle purchased and restored a 1932 Plymouth PB rumble seat coupe. He participated in many car shows and vintage automobile club events until he sold the car in 1998. In 1971 Jeffery Harbottle and Rob Hamilton purchased the M.V. Reliant, a wooden tugboat, and operated it until they sold it in 1987 when it became too much for Jeff, then retired, to handle.

When he sold the M.V. Reliant Jeff requested that should the engine ever be replaced that he would be allowed to have the old L6 Union engine, as he felt that the engine was a piece of history that would be otherwise lost. Shortly after the sale the Reliant was repowered and the 11 tonne engine was taken apart and removed from the tug in pieces. Jeff received all the pieces and spent the next 9 years rebuilding the engine and returning it to full working condition. In 1996 the engine was donated to the NVMA and designated as a cultural heritage object.

In 1991 Jeff acquired a Diamond T 1-ton pickup truck previously owned by his family’s dairy business, originally purchased in 1938. Over the next eight years Jeff restored the vehicle to its original state, complete with the original dairy logo and paint job. Jeffery donated this vehicle to the NVMA in 2004.

Jeffery Harbottle Work History:
1932-1940, Milk truck Driver.
1941-1943, Military Deferment, Industrial First Aid camp, heavy machinery operator.
1943-1944, Timekeeper, Rail Rd. Dispatcher.
1944-1946, Canadian Army.
1947-1950, Fisherman, West Coast Trawler.
1951, Francis Millard Packing Co. Ltd.
1952-1961, Owner-operator, Rock Point Logging, Ltd.
1962-1970, Owner, Coast Crossarms Ltd.
1971-1972, Manager of Salmon Arm Planing Mills Ltd.
1974-1984, Landlord of Commercial Buildings.
1984, Retired.

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Thomas Percival Harbottle was born in Lancashire, England on October 10th, 1878 to William Heffle Harbottle and Jessie Helen Harbottle (née Henderson). In 1902 he joined the South African Constabulary as an engineer, and was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, and Transvaal. He left the SAC in early 1903 with the intention of living in Pretoria. In August, 1905, he received admittance to the Freemason lodge of the Transvaal in Johannesburg.

In 1910 he immigrated to Canada and moved to North Vancouver. In 1912 he married Jane Baynes, who he had brought over from England the year previous. In 1914 the couple had their only child, a son, Jeffery Percival Harbottle. Thomas died on October 30th, 1972, at the age of 94. He was predeceased by his wife by one year.

Thomas Harbottle owned and operated Harbottle's Jersey Products, the North Shore’s first milk delivery service, until the sale of the business in 1942. Throughout his life Thomas was involved in many civic organisations in North Vancouver; including the Free Masons, the North Vancouver City and District Property Owners Association, and the City of North Vancouver (he was elected alderman for the City of North Vancouver in 1933.)

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Jane Baynes was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England on April 28th, 1882 to Jeffery Baynes and Ellen Baynes (née Almond). In 1911 Jane immigrated to Canada, following Thomas Percival Harbottle, who had immigrated to North Vancouver the year previously. They were married at St. John the Evangelist in 1912 and two years later in 1914 had their only child, Jeffery Percival Harbottle. She appears to have been a housewife all her life. Jane died on October 21st, 1971, at the age of 89.

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Arthur Wallace Harbottle was born in Lancashire, England on August 2nd, 1874 to William Heffle Harbottle and Jessie Helen Harbottle (née Henderson). He was a member of the freemasons, and received his Master Mason’s Certificate in Edinburgh in 1918. At some time not exactly known, Arthur immigrated to North Vancouver (his brother, Thomas Percival Harbottle immigrated in 1910). He worked for 30 years as a fisherman and does not appear to have married. Arthur died on July 19th, 1948 at the age of 74.

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The Harbottle Family Fonds contains the personal papers of Harbottle family members. The bulk of the material is associated with Jeffery Harbottle’s various projects and interests. Included are records related to the M.V. Reliant, the restoration of the L6 Union Engine that originally powered it, the restoration of the Diamond T dairy truck that was owned by the family business, Jeff’s 1932 Plymouth PB rumble seat coupe, and his general interest in ships and other forms of mechanised transportation. The smaller part of the fonds relates to records connected to other family members, including family photographs, civic activities, and the dairy business.

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World War I map transferred to Museum. Miscellaneous papers transferred to CVA and Barkerville.
See also pamphlet 1989-10 and 1938-13.
See also photograph collection numbers 8779-8810.

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No further accruals are expected, the fonds is considered closed, or very nearly so.

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BCAUL control number: NVAN-42

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Includes 857 photographs of mixed size and type, 13 objects, 11 technical drawings, 15 audio recordings and 1 video recording.

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North Vancouver Museum and Archive

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Revised: 2013-06-12

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  • English

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  • Latin


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