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Leighton family fonds
Leighton family fonds [graphic material]. -- [between 1890 and 1910]
278 photographs

William Leighton was born in 1854 in Benicia, California. He arrived in British Columbia at an early age and was educated in Victoria where he subsequently became a telegrapher for the federal government. In 1882, Leighton moved to Nanaimo where he worked as a bookkeeper for A.R. Johnson and Company. After that, he established his own real estate, insurance and mining business. In 1885, Leighton married Harriet (Hattie) Gough. They had five children: Frederick, Gladys, Clifford, Russell and William. Leighton was a member of the Freemasons, Ashlar Lodge No 3., the Woodmen of the World and the Fraternal Order of Eagles and served as the secretary of the Conservative Association and a school trustee. William Leighton died in 1906 and Harriet Gough Leighton died in 1931 at the age of 68.

Although there was no museum code numbers on the items, a museum temporary receipt form, dated 1976, was attached to one of the albums. It indicates that R. Leighton of Pitt Meadows donated the albums and a variety of other items to the Museum. The albums were subsequently stored away in the attic until they were discovered, described and added to the Museum Collection by Archives staff in 2000.

Fonds consists of two photograph albums which document the William Leighton family's life. Includes images of the whaling station in Nanaimo, Samuel and Emily Gough, Emily Woodward, Frederick and Russ Leighton, Nanaimo Mandolin Club, the Free Press Building and assorted views of Nanaimo. Most of the photographs are unidentified.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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