Parker Williams fonds 

          Parker Williams fonds [textual record]. -- 1907-[193-].
          30 cm of textual records. 

        Parker Williams was born on March 1873 in Wales, on his father's farm 'Penyrwrlodd.'  At the age of 19, Williams married Eleanor Price on June 13, 1891.  They then moved to Canada and eventually settled in Nanaimo in order to raise their family, which consisted of children David, Catharine, Clifford, Frances, and Eleanor.  Determined to improve working conditions and safety for the coal miners of Nanaimo, Williams saw the politics of the Socialist Party as the way to achieve this objective.  In 1903, Williams and James Hawthornthwaite made provincial electoral history when they became the first Socialists elected to the legislature.  Williams won re-election in 1906, 1909, 1912 and 1916.  Williams, well known for his fiery, provocative speeches in the legislature, earned the respect of his peers and constituents.  In 1917, he was persuaded to accept the appointment of founding commissioner of the Worker's Compensation Board, because he thought he would be better able to help the workingman in this capacity.  Among his notable achievements was being responsible for the administration of the Mothers Pension Act and the Old Age Pension Act.  In 1927, Williams issued the first O.A.P. benefit cheque ($20) in the province to a Port Alberni pioneer.  Williams' work in the W.C.B. lasted until his retirement in April 1943 at the age of 70.  Parker Williams lived at his farm until his death on June 1958, at the age of 85. 
          Records were in the custody of Williams' grandson Parker Williams who rescued them from a fire.
          Fonds consists predominantly of the political papers of Parker Williams and also includes some personal records.  Includes correspondence, notebooks, sketchbook, publications, and financial records. Fonds is arranged in three series 1) Political papers; 2) Personal papers and 3) Publications.
          Title based on contents of fonds.
          Series descriptions and file list available.
          Some records have fire and smoke damage. 

ACCN NO.        2000 031 A
LOCATION       E-05-02 Boxes 8 & 9; E-01-06 (Publications)

Series 3.

            Publications [textual record]. -- 1908, 1928.
            2 v. 

           Series consists of a bound copy of the Labour Statesman (1928) of which Parker Williams was the associate editor and a bound copy of the Western Clarion (1908).  Williams name is imprinted in the lower right hand corner. 
           Title based on contents of series.
           The Western Clarion is in poor condition.  Use with caution. 

LOCATION       E-01-06

Series 1.

          Political papers [textual record]. -- 1907-1923.
          14 cm of textual records. 

        Series consists predominantly of correspondence related to the Workmen's Compensation Board, the Socialist Party of Canada, the Social Democratic Party of Canada, Mothers' Pensions, Children's Aid Society, the Board of Trade, the Labour Party, the Western Federation of Miners, and unions.  Also includes assorted pamphlets and notebooks and a comparative compensation rate book.
          Title based on contents of series.
          File list available. 

LOCATION       E-05-02 Boxes 8 & 9 

Series 2. 

          Personal papers [textual record]. -- 1908-[193-].
         11 of textual records. 

        Series comprises personal records of Parker Williams including a sketchbook, a notebook recording butter sales and various receipts and invoices.  Also includes personal correspondence relating mostly to Williams' farm and his position as Secretary of the North Oyster School Board.
          Title based on contents of series.
           File list available.

LOCATION       E-05-02 Box 9

Parker Williams fonds 

File List 

 

Series 1.        Political papers 

File 1.             Correspondence, 1907-1908
File 2.             Correspondence, 1909-1912
File 3.             Correspondence, 1913-1914
File 4.             Correspondence, 1916-1917
File 5.             Correspondence, 1919
File 6.             Correspondence, 1920
File 7.             Correspondence, 1921
File 8.             Correspondence, 1922
File 9.             Correspondence, 1923
File 10.           Pamphlets
File 11.           Notebooks  

Series 2.        Personal papers 

File 1.             Miscellaneous Financial Records
File 2.             Sketchbook
File 3.             Correspondence, 1908-1928

Series 3.        Publications