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William E. Bray fonds
William E. Bray fonds [textual record]. -- 1905, 1918, 1940 -1959.
2 cm of textual material

William E. "Bud" Bray was born in Nanaimo in 1886 to Marshall and Sarah Bray. As a young man, he was employed by the Merchant's Bank of Canada (which later merged with the Bank of Montreal) and worked in various western branches. Sometime after his father's death in 1912, he returned to Nanaimo to look after his mother. Later, he operated an accounting and insurance firm. In 1940, he ran unsuccessfully for alderman. William Bray never married. Bray was instrumental in the establishment of the Nanaimo branch of the British Columbia Historical Society in 1953 and was also a member of the Old Age Pensioner's Association. He died in 1961.

Materials were donated to the Nanaimo District Museum in an undocumented transaction and transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in 1993.

Fonds consists of the personal papers of William Bray and includes school certificates, an election advertisement and correspondence. Letters include correspondence to William E. Ireland, then Provincial Archivist, about the formation of a Nanaimo branch of the provincial historical society and information about photographs of the Nanaimo area and letters to his mother from Edmonton that relate the his health and employment hardships.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Original museum classification: Code 22.
For related records, see Marshall Bray fonds.
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