Fonds PR-148 - McMorran family fonds

McMorrans clearing brush before building, Shawnigan Lake House on Saanich Road at Beckwith, 1897 Mount Douglas from Glendinning farm field McMorran strawberry and loganberry field near Mount Douglas McMorran family's Model T automobile George and Ida McMorran wading in Oyster River Chinese cook and foreman, Broadmead farm, Chinese New Year, 1893 Molly Richards and Ida Richards McMorran McMorran Tea House, customers with ice-cream cones Helen Burgess McMorran and Ida Richards McMorran, 1922
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McMorran family fonds


  • [ca. 1890]-2007 (Production)

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Étendue matérielle et support

3.5 cm textual records, 11.4 cm ephemera, 285 photographs

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Notice biographique

George McMorran Sr. was born in Richmond Ontario in 1855. As a young man he worked at the Stark Mills in Paisley Ontario, where in the early 1880’s he met and married Isabella Stark. In 1890 they crossed Canada with their four children on the recently completed CP railway. At Port Moody they boarded a paddle wheeler bound for Victoria. George McMorran secured employment on R.P.Rithet’s 1000 acre farm as the foreman to clear the land of timber. The McMorrans lived in a farmhouse on Rithet’s land for nine years, and once the job was completed they moved to a 12-acre home on Cedar Hill Road and Pear Street with their six children. The family spent many of their summers on the beach at Cordova Bay. George Stark McMorran, born in Paisley Ontario in 1887, was only two years old when he arrived on Vancouver Island. At the age of 21, in 1909, George went into a partnership to form a real estate company which was known as Dougall & McMorran. Dougall and McMorran began to purchase and then sub-divide land in the area of what is now Doumac Avenue in Cordova Bay. When real estate took a downturn in 1912, the company was dissolved. During WWI George Stark McMorran served as gunner (1914-18). Following the war he opened up a six by twelve foot building called the Canuck Tea Room on rented land in Cordova Bay. Successfully catering to the campers, beach goers and day trippers from Victoria, McMorran was able to expand his store and went into the summer cabin rental business, which reached the peak of 72 cabins. In 1921, McMorran’s Tea Room opened and it became famous for dances held there every Saturday night with local orchestras. In 1923, George Stark McMorran married schoolteacher Ida Richards and the couple had four children: Eric, Bruce, Richard and David. In 1926, George S. McMorran became the first postmaster in Cordova Bay and he was also responsible for bringing in most of the utilities and services to the area. Upon George S. McMorran’s retirement from the business, sons Eric and Bruce took over, updating and expanding McMorran’s, with the addition of the Seaview Plaza Super-Valu store among their ventures. George S. McMorran died in 1971. McMorran’s Beach House was a landmark building along Cordova Bay Road, having remained family owned and operated for over 80 years. McMorran’s Beach House, Lookout Ballroom and Charter’s Restaurant were run by great grandson Wallace McMorran until 2010, when the business was closed. It later reopened as the Beach House Restaurant under new ownership.

Histoire archivistique

Donated in multiple accessions 1980 to 2010 by Eric McMorran, Ida McMorran, John Jackson and Wallace McMorran.

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Portée et contenu

Fonds consists of business and personal records relating to the McMorran family and includes administrative records, correspondence, certificates, postcards and ephemera, sketchbook, maps and plans, publications, newspaper clippings, notes and reference material, photographs and artifacts. The fonds is arranged into 12 series: Financial & Household Records, Correspondence, Certificates, Ephemera, Sketchbooks, Maps & Plans, Publications, News Clippings, Notes, Reference Material, Photographs, and Artifacts.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Conditions d’accès

No restrictions on access.

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Langue des documents

  • anglais

Écriture des documents

Notes sur la langue et l'écriture

Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

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Series descriptions available.

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Unités de description associées

Associated material: Oral history interview with George Stark McMorran, 1984 (Reference code: A-034); Oral history interview with Eric McMorran, 2007 (Accession number: 2007-187); Oral history interview with Bruce McMorran, 2014 (Accession number: 2014-026-013); Heritage Structure File for 5109 Cordova Bay Road; Heritage Structure File for 3601 Cedar Hill Road

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Accession number: 1980-020, 1989-008, 1989-032, 1991-003, 2006-018, 2010-043

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Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

Mots-clés - Noms

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