"Campaigning in the Peace": The Peace River Expedition Photograph Collection
Accession No. 2004.14.1.22
On August 19, 1927 a group of 13 “Liberal” minded men, including the Hon. Dr. James Horace King, H.G.T. Perry, Provincial MLA for Fort George, along with civil engineer Sydney Junkins, embarked on a boat journey up the Parsnip and Peace Rivers to reach constituents in the Peace River District. The trek had started in Vancouver, B.C., had proceeded by train to Ashcroft and motor car to Summit Lake, north of Prince George. At Summit Lake, they loaded their supplies and embarked on their rustic boat trip, proceeding along the Parsnip River to Finlay Forks, and then down the Peace River to Hudson Hope, just past Fort St. John. During this riparian adventure, they portaged, poled off of shallow river beds, traversed over rapids and camped under the stars. On its conclusion on August 31, the campaigners continued by motor car to the Peace River, and then by train to Edmonton. It is speculated that the expedition was undertaken because of Perry’s interest in extending the Pacific Great Eastern to Prince George and into the Peace River. This collection consists of 23 photographs; 1 map. (19-31 August 1927)
The Golden-Tongued Orator Who Established a City: The H.G.T. Perry fonds
Accession No. 2002.7.1.3
Harry George Thomas Perry (1889-1959) of Whitwick, Leicestershire, England arrived in Prince George in 1912, quickly becoming a successful businessman. He established Perry’s Shoe Store, a real estate and insurance business, and was owner and editor of several regional newspapers, including the Fort George Tribune, the Prince George Citizen and the Prince Rupert Daily News. Perry also participated in civic life in Prince George: as School Trustee, director for the Prince George Theatre Ltd., Chairman of the Joint Committee for the Incorporation of Prince George, and President of the Board of Trade, all before becoming Mayor of Prince George (1917-1918; 1920). Perry founded the local faction of the Liberal Party, serving as its first President of the Fort George District & P.G. Local Liberal Association (1912-1959). In 1941 H.G.T. Perry (a.k.a. the “golden-tongued orator”) began a long and successful career in Provincial Politics, including positions as Speaker of the BC Legislature (Fort George, 1920-1928; 1933-1945), Provincial Minister of Education (1941-1945), and Chairman of the BC government’s Post-War Rehabilitation Council. This collection consists of 3.18m of textual and other material. (1910-1967)
Alexander Manson: Lawyer or Prospector?
Alexander Manson was the first lawyer to practice law in Prince Rupert, B.C. In 1916, he entered Provincial politics under the Liberal Party banner, and became the M.L.A representing the region in the 1920, 1924, and 1928 elections. He was appointed Speaker of the House (1921), and Attorney General and Minister of Labour (1922-28). Upon his defeat in 1933, Manson returned to Vancouver to practice law, and subsequently was appointed Supreme Court Justice – a position he held until his retirement in 1961. The 133 black & white photographs [ca. 1930-1940] identified within the Alex Manson Mining Collection document mining-related activities at Manson Creek and Germansen Landing in which he had financial interests.
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