Fonds PR-232 - Raper family fonds

E.T. Raper farmhouse Mrs. E.T. Raper, [right] Mrs. E.T. Raper and family E.T. Raper farm looking southeast

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Raper family fonds


  • [1915]-[196-] (Creation)

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4 photographs. – 6 scrapbooks. – 1 ledger. – 1 vol.

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Edward Albert Raper and his wife Sarah (née Rippon) came to the Gordon Head area of Saanich in 1918. They bought property at 3990 Cedar Hill Road and began farming, eventually acquiring enough land for a herd of 60 dairy cattle. Edward also had a milk route to sell the milk that was produced. Sarah was very active in St. Aidan’s Church. After Edward Raper’s death in 1966, much of the farmland was sold for development. The Raper farmhouse was demolished in 1983. Sarah Raper died in 1979.


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Donated to Saanich Archives in multiple accessions beginning in 1984.

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Fonds consists of photographs of the Raper family and farmhouse taken in the 1960s, and includes 6 bound scrapbooks and one ledger containing items related to expenses, employees, planting diary and news clippings mostly from the 1930s and 1940s. Includes 1 children’s book Come unto these yellow sands by Margaret L. Woods, published 1915.

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No further accruals are expected.

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  • English

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Accession number: 1984-002, 2007-035, 2007-036

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