Fonds IH 1997.47 - Harry Chapman family fonds

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Harry Chapman family fonds

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CA NWMA IH 1997.47

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  • 1920-[199-?] (Creation)
    Chapman, Harry (family)

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78 cm of textual record
ca. 300 photographs

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Harry Chapman was born in Leeds, England on July 18, 1901 and moved to Ladysmith in 1919 to play football (soccer). In 1924 he was picked to play for the Dominion of Canada Football Association's team on their Australasian Tour. While in Ladysmith he qualified as a coal miner and worked as a timber packer. In 1926 Harry moved to New Westminster, where he played for the New Westminster Royals Football club and was part of the 1928 Dominion Championship team. During this time he got a job digging ditches with the City of New Westminster and eventually became a Water Works superintendent. Once retired Harry was involved with the Sapperton Old Age Pensioner’s Association.

Nina Chapman (Atkinson) was born September 13, 1908 in New Westminster to Marcia and Fred Atkinson. She had three siblings: Dave, Frances, and Violet. She attended Second Street School and subsequently T.J. Trapp Tech Technical High School. Until her marriage to Harry she worked as an operator for the British Columbia Telephone Company. In 1952 Nina became a member of the Pythian Sisters at the Mainland Temple #14. She was the secretary of the temple for many years, and in 1976 she was elected District Deputy Grand Chief, and in 1980 she served as District Secretary. She was also involved with the Parent Teacher Association of Lord Kelvin-Lister Schools, the New Westminster Parent Teacher Council, serving as president in 1950, as well as the B.C. Parent Teacher Federation. Along with Harry she was also a member of the Sapperton Old Age Pensioner’s Association and sat as president of the organization for 25 years.

Nina and Harry Chapman met at the Odd Fellows Hall in New Westminster, and were married in 1930. The family lived at 807 Edinburgh Street. Nina and Harry had two children: Janet and Doreen. Janet was born in 1939 and Doreen was born around 1934. The girls attended Lord Kelvin-Lister Schools, New Westminster (Vincent Massey) Junior High, and Lester Pearson High School. Harry and Nina had 5 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren as of 2005. Harry Chapman died in 1985 and Nina Chapman died in 2005.

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Fonds consists of the records of Nina, Harry, Janet and Doreen Chapman, as well as Marcia and Dave Atkinson. The fonds spans from the 1920's until Nina and Harry's senior years in the late twentieth century. Records relate to Janet and Doreen's schooling, Nina and Harry's occupations and their community involvement, and the family's personal life. The fonds includes schoolwork, correspondence, scrapbooks, drawings, conference and convention proceedings, reports, meeting notes, newsletters, certificates, and photographs. The fonds is arranged into six series: School, Personal, Sports, Occupation, Community Organizations, and Photographs.

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