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HELEN AND HARRY MAXWELL FONDS
Fonds CR-136
Souvenir cards from France [graphic material]/ copyright LAPI. -- 1940-1945.
Physical Description 40 photographs : b&w trading cards ; 5.5 cm x 9 cm
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content File consists of 40 small cards with photographs of Nazi atrocities and captured German soldiers on the front and a caption in english and french on the back. The photographs and cards were created by the French photograph co-operative LAPI (Les Actualites Photographiques Internationales) which was one of the few agencies authorized to work under the German occupation from 1939 to 1945. The cards were brought home to Delta by Harry Maxwell who served with the Canadian Army in Europe in 1945.
Notes Title from donor's identification
Accession No. 2009-040
Postcards received by William Maxwell [textual record]. -- 1909 - 1930.
Physical Description 5 postcards
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content File consists of 5 postcards with messages addressed to William Maxwell in Ladner and Vancouver from friends in Montreal, Burlington, Portland and Vancouver. Three of the postcards have comic fronts, the other two have photos of Revelstoke and Hamilton Beach.
Notes Title from format of items
Accession No. 2009-040
Newspaper "Daily Mail" June 30th, 1919 [textual record]. -- June 30, 1919.
Physical Description .5cm textual records
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content File consists of the front section of the English newspaper "Daily Mail" titled the "Golden Peace Number" Monday, June 30, 1919. The newspaper describes the Treaty signed at Versailles, the new borders of Germany (map), and discusses the social, political and military futures of countries of the world as well as provides a history and chronology of World War I. The newspaper is in poor condition.
Notes Title from title of newspaper
Accession No. 2009-040
Legal records [textual record]. -- 1919-1972.
Physical Description 8 pages textual records
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content File consists of original legal records beonging to Helen and Harry Maxwell. The records include Helen and Harry's Wedding Certificate, Verification of Birth (Helen), Harry's Certificate of Birth, and land deeds for Lot 12 of D.L. 96, and Lots 1 and 2 of Block 6 of D.L. 96.
Notes Title from contents of file
Accession No. 2009-040
Harry Maxwell's World War II service records [textual record]. -- 1940-1945.
Physical Description .5cm textual records
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content File consists of Harry Maxwell's military service records, including service in the Fishermen's Reserve from August 1940 to May 1944, and the Canadian Army 1944-1945. The records include Enrollment in the Non-permanent Active Militia of Canada dated November 22, 1940; Certificate of Service in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve/F.R.; Canadian Army Soldier's Service Book; and Canadian Army Soldier's Pay Book.
Notes Title from contents of file
Accession No. 2009-040
Eulogies for Laure Clark (Bradshaw nee Maigret) [textual record]. -- 1996 [copied 2009]
Physical Description 11 p. textual records
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content File consists of photocopy of handwritten remembrances about Laure Clark written by her daughter Helen Maxwell and grandson Alvan Maxwell on the drive from Delta to Laure's funeral in Williams Lake, and by two caregivers at Cariboo Lodge. Laure passed away at the Cariboo Lodge Care Home in Williams Lake March 10, 1996.
Notes Title from contents of file
Accession No. 2009-040
Helen and Harry Maxwell fonds [graphic material; sound recording; textual record]. -- 1908-1996.
Creator Maxwell, Helen and Harry
Physical Description 1 cm textual records 204 photographs 3 audio cassettes
History Biographical Harry Alvan Maxwell was born in Ladner June 30, 1919, and lived his life there and in Port Guichon. His father, William Alexander Maxwell (1877-1946), moved from his family home in Ontario to Ladner about 1906 or 1907. In 1914 William (Billy) purchased the Fashion Stable business and two lots (Lots 35 and 36 of D.L. 106) from J.M. Collinson, and operated a livery stable and coal and wood delivery business there until his death in 1946. Billy married Constance Tiller (?-1958) in 1916 and they had two children, Everett Lorraine (Raynie) born in 1918 and Harry Alvan in 1919. The family lived in a duplex on Georgia Street until sometime in the mid 1930s when Constance and Harry separated and Harry and the boys moved into the small house by Fashion Stables. Harry left school after Gr. VII and worked as a fisherman. His first boat was called “L’il Iodine”. In August 1941, Harry volunteered for the Fishermen’s Reserve which patrolled the Pacific Coast of Canada for enemy activity from 1939 to 1944. In 1944 Harry entered the Canadian Army and served in Europe aiding displaced civilians for the duration of the war. Harry returned to Ladner after the war and took up fishing again. In 1949 Harry and Helen Bradshaw were married. Helen Celeste Bradshaw was born August 19, 1927, in Prince George, the second of four children and sister to three brothers Laurie, Jackie and Donny. Her mother, Laure (nee Maigret) and father Herbert Bradshaw moved to Ladner in 1936 after the confectionery business that Herbert ran in Prince George went bankrupt. Herbert and Laure separated shortly after, leaving Laure to bring up the children. Laure found work picking berries and in the pea cannery and then established her own taxi business in 1941 with partner Jack Bavin. The taxi business thrived during World War II and was sold in 1947. Laure married Cal Clark in 1948, first moving to a farm near Tilbury Island and then in 1951 to Williams Lake. Helen’s teenage years had the added excitement of being near the air force base at Boundary Bay during World War Two. Helen graduated from high school in 1946 and worked at the Royal Bank. Harry and Helen lived in the small house by Fashion Stables for the first five years of their marriage. They moved to their first home in Port Guichon in 1955, purchased through the VLA. (4546 River Road; the house had been built by May and Murray Dobrilla about 10 years before). They also purchased a lot on the river (Lot 12, D.L. 96) where they could tie up Harry’s last fishing boat “Halary” built in 1958. Helen and Harry had three children: Alvan in 1950, Laurence Everett (“Babe”) in 1951 and Micky Marvin in 1965. When Micky was born Harry quit fishing, sold the boat “Halary”, and worked for the School Board as a custodian until he retired in 1976. Harry passed away in 1992. Helen had learned to sew from her grandmother and used her skills to work as a dressmaker in Ladner. She did very well at dressmaking, which gave her income to take up other activities such as curling. Helen had the double lot divided on which their first house was located and built a second more modern home next to it at 4538 River Road in 1989/90. This house was sold in 2006 when Helen moved into an apartment in Ladner.
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content Fonds consists largely of photographs of Harry Maxwell's childhood, military service in the Fishermen's Reserve in WWII, and life as a fisherman; oral histories collected from Helen Maxwell which tell about growing up in Ladner, her mother Laure Clark's life, and Helen's career as a dress maker; and photographs of Harry and Helen's children, parents, home and friends. The textual records support the stories told by the photographs: Harry's military service records, birth and wedding certificates, and deeds to land purchases in Port Guichon.
Accession No. 1985-136; 2003-047; 2009-040; 2009-041
Item 1985-136-1
Gathering at McNeely Hall [graphic material]. -- 1915.
Physical Description 1 photograph : b&w ; 16 cm x 22 cm (sight) in mat 23 cm x 28 cm 1 photograph : b&w, copy negative ; 10 x 12 cm
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content Consists of photograph of people gathered at McNeely Hall on Delta Street. People identified include Gladys Montgomery, Willy Savage, Art Swenson, Billy and Constance Maxwell, Edgar Fenton, Clara Swenson Savage, Belle Smith, Bessie Innes, Mattie Savage (Pybus), Alex Montgomery and Percy Smith.
Notes Original photo was loaned to DMA in 1985 to make copy. The original was donated to the DMA in 2009. People are individually identified on photocopy of image in Photo Binder and Accession file. Title from contents of photo and donors identification
Accession No. 1985-136; 2009-040
Image File Name photos/1985_136/00001.jpg
Item No. Range DPN 1985-136-1 and 2009-40-146
Item 1985-136-2
McCrea's Pool Hall [graphic material]. -- [ca. 1919]
Physical Description 1 photograph : b&w ; 13 cm x 17.5 cm (sight) in mat 18 cm x 23 cm 1 photograph : b&w, copy print ; 12 x 17 cm 1 photograph : b&w, copy negative ; 10 x 12 cm
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content Consists of photograph of Billy Maxwell and Walter Creech playing pool in McCrea's Pool Hall on Delta Street.
Notes Original photo was loaned to DMA in 1985 to make copy. The original was donated to the DMA in 2009.
Accession No. 1985-136; 2009-40-147
Image File Name photos/1985_136/00002.jpg
Item No. Range DPN 1985-136-2 and 2009-40-147
Item 1985-136-3
Billy Maxwell at McCrea's barber shop [graphic material]. -- [ca. 1919]
Physical Description 1 photograph : sepia ; 13 cm x 18 cm (sight) in mat 20 cm x 25.5 cm 1 photograph : b&w, copy print ; 12 x 17 cm 1 photograph : b&w, copy negative ; 10 x 12 cm
Acquisition Source Donated by Helen Maxwell
Scope Content Item is a photograph of the interior of McCrea's Pool Hall in Ladner, with Billy Maxwell getting a haircut. Person cutting Billy's hair is identified by donor as Walter Creech.
Notes Original photo was loaned to DMA in 1985 to make copy. The original was donated to the DMA in 2009. Copy print and negative for 1985-136-3 was missing Aug. 21, 2009. Title from contents of photograph and donor's identification
Accession No. 1985-136; 2009-040
Image File Name photos/1985_136/00003.jpg
Item No. Range DPN
1985-136-3 ; 2009-40-3