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Horne Family fonds
Horne Family fonds [textual record, graphic material]. -- 1865-1980, predominant 1865 -1900.
7 cm of textual records

Adam Grant Horne was born in Edinburgh in 1829, and arrived in Victoria in 1851. From 1855 to 1856, he explored the interior of Vancouver Island for the Hudson's Bay Company, and managed the company's store in Nanaimo until the HBC sold their Nanaimo interests in 1862. Horne married Elizabeth Bate in 1859 and they had eleven children. In subsequent years, Horne owned his own general store in Comox and in Nanaimo with his son, Adam H. Horne, who later became postmaster. Adam Grant Horne died in 1901. His great-granddaughter, Olga Owen, researched the family and compiled a pamphlet, 'The Adam Grant Horne Family', in 1980.

Material was donated to the Nanaimo District Museum in 1991 (Museum Accession No. 991.9... and 990.1...) and transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in 1993.

Fonds consists of baptismal certificates of some of the children of Adam and Elizabeth Horne, hymn sheets, a copy of the Constitution of Free and Accepted Masons belonging to A. G. Horne, 1871; a deed for sale of land (149 Wallace Street) 1885, song lyrics by H[erbert] L. Horne, correspondence between Isabell Horne and the Newcastle Ship Building Company concerning the launching of their first ship, the minesweeper St. Joseph, report cards for George Horne, a wedding Invitation, a handbill entitled 'Lands in Coal Belt, Port McNeil', c.1900, which includes a testimonial from Adam G. Horne; a scrapbook of clippings and photographs concerning the family, compiled by Basil H. Horne, a file of correspondence and research notes by Olga Horne and a photocopy of a typewritten transcript entitled 'Diary of A.G. Horne, 1854-56, transcribed June 1953 by an unknown person. Also includes the marriage certificate of Frederic Brown to Sarah M. Horne (1885).

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Original museum classification: Code 22
Some items are fragile.
Many of the photographs have been removed from the scrapbook, their current location is unknown.
Isabell Horne correspondence was removed from the Museum Research File and added to the Horne Family fonds June 2003.
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