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Larsen, Norris family fonds
Larsen, Norris family fonds [textual record, graphic material]. -- 1885-1951.
2 cm of textual records.
125 photographs.

Viktor Lovenbak Edwald Larsen was born on February 11, 1870 in Copenhagen, Denmark. At 14, Larsen went to sea. He arrived in Nanaimo in 1888 and became a naturalized citizen in 1894. Larsen married Fanny Louisa Norris in 1901. Fanny, born in Nanaimo on August 26, 1874, was the daughter of George Norris, the founder of the Nanaimo Free Press, and Amanda Gough. Captain and Fanny Larsen had one child, Victor Norris Larson, who was born March 8, 1906 in Seattle, Washington. Victor Larsen Jr. married Margaret Balmer; they had no children. Captain Larsen received his Certificate of Competency for Master of a Passenger Steamer in the Coasting Trade in 1900. On June 12, 1919 Captain Larsen became a Mate in the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve. Larsen was demobilized from his volunteer reserve status on February 28, 1919. Larsen sailed on the steamers "Cutch", the "City of Nanaimo", and the "Joan". For some time, he sailed the Alaskan run on the "Dolphin". Larsen served as first officer on the ship the "Lady Kindersley", a Hudson's Bay vessel. During WWI, Larsen served as a lieutenant aboard the "H.M.S. Restless". Later, he worked on the Hudson's Bay boat "Thomas" on the Peace, Mackenzie and Slave Rivers and on lake runs in the northern district. In Nanaimo, he was a member of the Canadian Legion, Ancient Order of Foresters, Nanaimo Pioneer Society and the Merchant's Guild. Larsen retired in 1937, and passed away December 2nd, 1947 at the age of 77. Fanny Larsen died in Nanaimo, at the age of 82, on November 5, 1957.

Records were donated by E.L. Richardson, the executor of the estate of Margaret Larsen, the widow of Norris Larsen.

Fonds consists of family papers and photographs of the Larsen, Norris and related families.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Series descriptions available.

Series 1.

Family papers [textual record]. -- 1885-1951.
2 cm of textual records.

Series consists of birth and baptismal documents (1907, 1951, 1926), a certificate of naturalization for Captain Larsen (1904), marriage certificates of John Bertram and Mary Norris (1888), Captain Larsen and Fanny Norris (1901) and C.A. Watson and May Bertram (1908), a letter of probate for the estate of George Norris (1902), Captain Larsen's Master's certificate (1901) and mate's appointment certificate (1918) and correspondence regarding the donation of copies of the Free Press to the Vancouver City Archives (1945).

Title based on the contents of the series.

Series 2.

Photographs [graphic material]. -- 1885-1934.
125 photographs.

Series consists of photographs of Captain Victor Larsen, the SS Joan, the SS Dolphin, Fanny Larsen, and various Larsen and Norris relatives. Also includes an album of photographs that belonged to Victor Larsen.

Title based on the contents of the series.
Photo 1
Photo 2