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William Lewis fonds
William Lewis fonds [textual record, graphic material]. -- 1898 - [196-], intermittent.
5 cm of textual records
15 photographs

In 1875, William Lewis arrived in Nanaimo. In 1890, he married Mary Caldwell at her residence on Wallace Street. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Ashlar Lodge (Freemasons), Rotary Club, Native Sons and the Nanaimo Historical Society. He worked as a clerk in several general stores, and joined the Nanaimo Electric Light and Power Company in 1897, where he worked as secretary and manager until he retired in 1931.

Materials were donated to the Nanaimo Museum in undocumented transactions and transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in 1993.

Fonds consists of materials received or created by William Lewis including memorabilia, correspondence, photographs, an agreement for sale and a conveyance for property (Lots 41 and 42, Block 8, Newcastle Townsite) and a guestbook. Photographic topics include Lewis' garden on Dawes Street, ladies at a garden party at the Sloan estate, Qualicum Beach Hotel, Cunliffe family, Mary Lewis, William Lewis and Nellie Rogers. Much of the material is related to the celebration of Lewis' 100 birthday.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Original museum classification: Code 22.
Relevant material from severely damaged scrapbooks was removed and rehoused.
2019: New accession number 2019 010 A given to allow for item level numbering of selected photographs.
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