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Williams Family collection
Williams Family collection [textual record]. -- 1902-1985.
3 cm of textual records

The Williams Family was a prominent Nanaimo family in the early twentieth century. Llewelyn Williams was born 1876 in South Wales and immigrated to Nanaimo around 1901 to work in the coal mines. He married Nanaimo resident Louisa Helen Simmonds in 1902. The couple had seven children: Seiriol, Aneurin, Maldwyn, Francis (Fanny), Grace, Margaret, and Louise. Llewelyn was a popular and active member of the community, was a Past President of the Frateral Order of Elks, Past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O. Elks, and Past District Forest Ranger of Ancient Order of Foresters. He was also active for many years with the Welsh Male Voice Choir. Llewelyn died in 1944 and Louisa in 1957. The couple's eldest son, Seiriol, left Nanaimo to become a doctor, returning in 1936 and became an active member of the community.

Materials were donated by Seiriol Williams' son David in 2001.

The collection consists of materials representing the daily life of the family. Included are certificates awarded to family members; newspaper clippings (primarily wedding announcements); birthday, Christmas, and mother's day cards; postcards; a driver's licence for Aneurin Williams; a copy of Llewelyn's birth certificate; a Prudential savings and loan pass book; a magazine page of a distant Welsh relative; correspondence (including one letter written on birch bark); and a financial statement marking the death of Louisa.

Title based on the contents of the collection.
Materials culled from the Seiriol Williams fonds.
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