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Fern Bedaux series

This series consists of a copy of the 1932 diary entries from Fern Bedaux that was copied from Library and Archives Canada. Fern Bedaux was the wife of Charles Bedaux, and accompanied him on many of his expeditions, including the 1934 Sub-Arctic Canadian Expedition. The other, and major, part of this series is the extensive collection from Fern Bedaux’s photograph album. These photographs were chosen for their significance to the Hudson’s Hope Museum Packers along the trail project by Rosaleen Boardman, Ross Peck, and Jay Sherwood. These photographs are housed in the Library and Archives Canada database.

Charles Bedaux Series

This series consists of a unique letter from Bedaux to the Oakley Parker, five months prior to his suicide. Charles Bedaux was the orchestrator of the 1934 expedition. After the expedition and on his return to Europe he was arrested and imprisoned and at this point wrote this letter. This document is unique to the Hudson’s Hope Museum and was donated by the Parker family for the Packers on the Trail exhibition. The copy of the photograph of the map in this series was purchased from the Library Archives of Canada. This map was part of the story and promotion of the Packers on the Trail project. This series is arranged into two sub-series: Letters, and Photographs.

Donor material

The Packers on the Trail project owes part of its success to the generous donations. Both photographs and stories were donated to the Hudson’s Hope Museum to help bring life to the artifacts and textual material that made up the exhibit. The contribution of anecdotes from those involved or connected to the Bedaux expedition are key to really experiencing the cowboys journey through story. The photographs donated by Madeline Carlson and Norm Busche helped to show the social life as well as the outside view of the expedition and the members. This series is arranged into two sub-series: Interviews, and Photographs.


This series contains the overall view of the social events that accompanied the creation of the Packers on the Trail project. Most of these events are annual, but during 2009 were Bedaux expedition themed to highlight the project. A large number of photos were taken to document these events including the launch of Bannock & Beans. Jay Sherwood, Vancouver author, and the relatives and friends of the Bedaux cowboys are showcased throughout. This series is arranged into two sub-series: Reunion, and Harvest social.


This series contains the finished products of the hard work that went into creating educational and exciting exhibits. There were three major parts to the exhibit that was created for the Packers on the Trail project; virtual, museum, and educational. All these helped to explain and highlight the cowboys essential role in the Bedaux 1934 expedition. Rosaleen Boardman, Ross Peck, and Jay Sherwood were instrumental in the creation of these exhibits. This series is arranged into three sub-series: Virtual, Museum, and Education.


This series consists of the developmental stages of the Packers on the Trail project undertaken by Jay Sherwood and Ross Peck, who are avid and valued researchers for the Hudson's Hope Museum. This series also includes documents detailing the promotion and awards that were created and presented for this project. This series is arranged into four sub-series: Funding, Jay Sherwood Research, Committee Meetings, and Promotion.

Miscellaneous records

Series consists of records collected by the Local Council during the course of their activities. The series includes correspondence, memos, program outlines, reports, and many other types of records created by both the New Westminster Local Council as well as the National Council of Women of Canada. The records demonstrate the large amount of communication and information sharing between the two levels of the Council of Women.

Common Programs

Series consists of “common program” records. A common program was an official meeting to which the public was invited to hear a speaker presenting on a specific topic. Each instance of common program contains different types of records, including correspondence, outlines of programs, expenses, and transcripts from the speakers. Topics included are Reproductive Technology and Homelessness.


Series consists of copies of published works including a copy of the Victoria Historical Review.

Bole family

Annual meeting reports

Series consists of reports created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women in order to record their annual meetings. The content of these reports include individual activity reports by the president, secretaries, and various committees, financial reports, and law and safety reports. The reports also contain lists of the elected members of the Council, and information on events that happened during the previous year. Copies of the reports were also created in order to provide them to the National Council of Women of Canada. There is also a folder of miscellaneous reports created by the Local Council on many different subjects, such as resolutions, reports from smaller committees, and reports created for other levels of the Council of Women.

Priscilla Galloway's scrapbooks

Series consists of two binders in which Dr. Priscilla Galloway collected family papers, letters, photographs and other memorabilia relating to the Peebles family. She has added annotations on sticky notes to most of the items in the binders.


This series includes photographs and slides taken by the family and studio portraits of family members. The majority of the images are from Nina and Harry's travels in the 1960's and 1970's, including images of them and their travel companions in England, the Rocky Mountains and Alberta, Victoria and various places in the United States. The series also includes images of the family and their house in New Westminster, events and locations in New Westminster, family member's involvement with community organizations, and school class pictures.

Architectural drawings

eries consists of records that pertain to the architectural specifications of the Westminster Trust Building. They document the proposed electrical alterations to the Westminster Trust Building. There is also a partial floor plan of the ground floor. Series contains two blueprints.


Series consists of records that pertain to the Westminster Trust Co.’s function as trustee and/or executor of wills. Individuals deposited their wills with the Company for safe-keeping. These wills were placed in Westminster Trust Co. envelopes and then sealed. Series contains three boxes of wills.

Stock certificates

Series consists of records that pertain to the sale, transfer, and cancellation of stock certificates of the Westminster Trust Co. Series contains two certificate books and a collection of loose certificates.

Stock transfers

Series consists of records that pertain to transfer of shares among the investors in Westminster Trust Co. The series contains two share transfer books.

Stock registry

Series consists of records that pertain to the issuance of shares to investors. The series contains one registry book.


Series consists of records that pertain to the motions, resolutions, and decisions of the directors and shareholders of the Company. There are also financial records appended to some of the minutes. A regular feature of the minutes is the recording of loans that were approved by the directors of the Company. The series contains six books of minutes.

Photographs and postcards

Series consists of photographs and postcards belonging to the Peebles family. There is also one file of film negatives.

Community Organizations

This series contains records primarily relating to the family's involvement in various community organizations. This includes Nina Chapman's involvement with various Parent Teacher Associations and the Pythian Sisters, the Marcia Atkinson's membership in the Ancient Order of the Foresters and The Odd Fellows, and Nina and Harry's roles in the Sapperton Pensioner's Association. The series contains meeting notes, newsletters, reports, membership cards, handbooks, correspondence, conference and convention programs, and a scrapbook. The series includes 5 sub-series: Parent Teacher Associations, Pythian Sisters, Ancient Order of the Foresters, Odd Fellows, and Sapperton Pensioner's Association.


Series consists of items of an ephemeral nature including a copy of the roll of recipients for The Good Citizen Metal published by the Native Sons of B.C., Tillicum, a copy of the Pioneers of Vancouver, Here Before the Train, published by the Vancouver Archives, a collection of poems entitled, Gems, by Billy Browne.

Bole family


Series consists of yearbooks created by the New Westminster Local Council of Women. The year books were released annually, and recorded the history of the council, past presidents, current officers, affiliated societies, life members, reports from the president, secretary and standing committees, financial statements, and the minutes of the annual meeting. The year books also contain advertisements from businesses in New Westminster.


The series consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, programmes, correspondence, certificates, a scrapbook, and an essay.

Photographs: prints

Series consists of a small number of photographic prints. These are photographs for which there are no negatives. The series consists of one file.

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