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June and Dick Leahy fonds
June and Dick Leahy fonds [graphic material]. -- [Reprinted 2001 (originally created 1960)].
43 photographs : b&w prints, col. prints, col. slides

June Leahy was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1917. Her family moved to Victoria where she grew up, then met and married Bill Leahy (1913-1975). The couple moved to Duncan in 1948, and continued migrating up the east coast of Vancouver Island. They lived in Nanaimo for 20 years (1950-70), and then moved to Campbell River where they built their own house. Both Bill and June were self-taught photographers. The Leahys had three children: Dick, Susan and Ann. She became a freelance photographer the year after her daughter's birth and continued during the rest of her Nanaimo stay (11 years, 1959-1970). In addition to photography, she worked on Frank Ney's elections. Bill Leahy was in the automotive supply business.

Fonds consists of images of the 1960 fire that razed most of Chinatown. June Leahy, who took all the colour slides, used one of the earliest SLR Pentax cameras while Bill Leahy, who took most of the black and white photographs, used a Leica camera. The photographs of the day after the fire were taken by June. The Leahys were friends with RCMP Staff Sergeant Earle Sarsiat who notified Bill Leahy of the fire; the Leahys were on site soon after the fire was reported.

Title based on provenance.
Imogene Lim, an Anthropology instructor at Malaspina University-College with a particular interest in Chinese heritage issues, collected the materials from June and Dick Leahy on behalf of the Nanaimo Community Archives.
Photographs and slides were reproduced by Dick Leahy in 2001.
Images used in publications must be credited to "The Bill and June Leahy fonds, Photograph No., Nanaimo Community Archives."
Additional information is available in the Leahy family file.
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