Fonds PR-297 - Williamson family fonds

Williamson family at their home on Tyndall Avenue Williamson family W.J. and Wilhelmina Williamson family home on Tyndall Avenue Men and boys along a fence at the back of the Williamson property Gordon Head School Inez Mitchell's party Girl Guides on San Juan Avenue View from front porch [of Williamson home] with Mount Douglas in background Two women walking along San Juan Avenue W.C. Grant and family at beach
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Williamson family fonds


  • [1910] - 1942 (Creation)

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57 photographs
4 photoreproductions

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William J. Williamson and his wife Wilhelmina (nee Clarke) came to Gordon Head in 1897, and built a house on Tyndall Avenue. W.J. Williamson operated Gordon Head’s first grocery store from 1909 to 1918. He also contracted the first rural mail route in the neighbourhood which in 1913 was taken over by his eldest son Jack. Jack Williamson served overseas during WW1. When he returned, he took over the Gordon Head bus service in 1921 and ran the business until it was bought by the Matson Coach Lines Company in the late 1920s. In addition to operating Gordon Head’s first grocery store and mail route, in 1913 the Williamson home was also the site of Gordon Head’s first telephone office, with 1 switchboard and ten lines. In 1924, a new telephone office opened with at the corner of Feltham Road and Tyndall Avenue with 97 telephones. The Williamsons’ daughters, Alixena and Agnes, were both employed at the new telephone office.


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This selection of photographs were collected by George F. Wiliamson (1921-2020), who was the son of John (Jack) and Edith Wiliamson, and the grandson of William J. and Wilhelmina Williamson.

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Donated in 2020 by a family member.

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Accession consists of 57 photos (b & w or sepia) of the Williamson family, their home and activities, and the Gordon Head area from about 1910 to 1942. Also includes 4 photoreproductions.

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Accession no. 2020-002.

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