Fonds RBSC-ARC-1540 - W. G. Swan fonds

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W. G. Swan fonds

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RBSC-ARC-1540

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  • 1903-[1970?] (Creation)
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    Swan, William George

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1.3 m of textual records; 485 photographs

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(1885-1970)

Biographical history

Engineer W.G. Swan played a significant role in the design and construction of bridges, railways and harbour works for more than six decades in British Columbia. He was born in Kincardine, Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1906. He joined Canadian National Railways as an engineer and came to British Columbia. After serving overseas during World War I, Swan returned to B.C. and established his own consulting firm. His firm was retained to work on the Pattullo Bridge (1938) and the Lion's Gate Bridge (1939). In 1945 Swan entered into partnership with H.A. Rhodes and Hiram Wooster.

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The fonds were received as a gift from the Swan and Wooster Engineering Firm, November, 1983. Additional gifts were received from Mr. Hugh Welch of Sandwell Engineering, Inc., in August 2007.

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The fonds consists of photographs, documents and unpublished material relating to Swan's career and achievements, to the construction of light railways overseas during World War I, and to the construction of bridges, grain elevators, railway branch lines and other facilities in British Columbia.

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Prepared by George Brandak, 1983. Revised by Mike McNulty, 2007, and Eric Walerko, 2015.

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