Fonds PR-279 - R.R.F. Sewell fonds

Saanich Council, 1923 Portrait of Joseph Nicholson Saanich: the garden of  Vancouver Island, British Columbia: brochure exterior Saanich: the garden of Vancouver Island, British Columbia: brochure interior

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R.R.F. Sewell fonds


  • 1911-1954 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 bound volume : news clippings and other material.
5 cm of textual records.
1 certificate.
12 booklets.
2 publications.
1 poster.

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Biographical history

Richard Redwell Fenn Sewell was born in 1883 in Yarmouth, England. He came to Canada in 1889 with his father, E.B. Sewell, a sail maker. They initially rented a home on Catherine Street until E.B. Sewell built a house at 3236 Alder Street in 1900. R.R.F. Sewell married Harriett Eva Towne in 1913 at the First Congregational Church in Victoria. They lived on Alder Street until ca. 1920 when they moved to Obed Avenue where they would stay for the remainder of their lives. At the time of marriage R.R.F. Sewell was a bookkeeper; he began to work as Assessor for the District of Saanich in 1917. After leaving Saanich he held a number of roles including Secretary of the Union of BC Municipalities. Richard Redwell Fenn Sewell died on September 10, 1961 at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Victoria. He and his wife Harriett had three children: Richard Benjamin Hollis, Ernest Howard Lyle, and Vincent Norman Rockwell. The Sewell home at 576 Obed would remain in the family until approximately 1991.


Archival history

Scrapbook was "found in an old house on Obed Avenue".

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Scrapbook purchased by Saanich in 1981. Other records were donated ca. 1989.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of a scrapbook (1923-1947 predominant) compiled by R.R.F. Sewell. Scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, magazine pages, Saanich facts, notices, ephemera, plans and photographs. Topics include poetry, cartoons, and satire; WWII; Saanich Municipality; elections; Union of BC Municipalities; Saanich War Memorial Health Centre and public health nursing; septic tanks, water works and water supply; Cadboro Bay; Mount Douglas; Craigflower School, McKenzie School, and McKenzie family; and taxation. Fonds includes published material including Union of BC Municipalities minutes and resolutions; Clovelly subdivision on Shoal Harbour real estate guide; reference material relating to municipal administration; provincial and federal board reports; and statistics. Fonds also includes R.R.F. Sewell's papers (1911-1941), with topics including Mattias Rowland property; administrative, financial and legislative documents; personnel lists; reference material; road paving records; correspondence with provincial and federal governments; and news clippings.

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No restrictions.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Items that were loose in the scrapbook were removed and placed into folders.

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Saanich Heritage Structure file for 576 Obed Avenue.

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Accession numbers: 1989-016; 2017-013.

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