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Rex Pendril Brown fonds
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Correspondence and Records

File contains records related to Brown's service, including government correspondence such as his notice of alternative service, summons to defend, and postponement of service. Additional records include his summons to defend after deserting his service, letters home, and typewritten remarks about the conditions at Oakalla prison.


File contains Brown's pocket diary, given to him from his mother in Christmas of 1943. The diary contains entries from 1944 describing Brown's daily life at the conscientious objectors' camp in Kootenay National Park.

[Letters from John Langstaff]

File contains 3 letters dated 1994, 1997, and 2005, from Brown's friend John Langstaff. Contents include an obituary of a Chinese-Canadian chemist who worked at Blubber Bay, as well as a list of names of all the people who were at Blubber Bay when the conscientious objectors served there, from 1943 to 1945.

Photo Album 1

Inscription in the album says it contains a “pictorial record of my soujourn in Kootenay National Park and on Texada Island and visits elsewhere.” In June 1943, Brown was transferred to serve at a sawmill in Blubber Bay on Texada Island—other objectors worked at the Pacific Lime Company plant. He deserted his service that Christmas, served 30 days in Oakhalla prison, and then returned to service at Kootenay National Park clearing fire trails.

The album contains mostly photographs but concludes with ca. 20 postcards. These collected images, many with captions, depict locations such as Castle Mountain, Simpson Pass, the Alberta-British Columbia border, Banff, Marble Canyon, Golden, Radium, Glacier, Powell River, Revelstoke, Lake Louise, and Hawk Creek. There are also photographs of visits from Brown’s sister and friends.

Photo Album 2

In November of 1942, Brown traveled from Vancouver to Golden, then Radium and ultimately Kootenay Park where he was transported to begin his service at Camp 16, a logging camp that produced mine shoring props.

Inscription in the album says it contains a “pictorial record of my soujourn in Kootenay National Park.” The album has 100 hand-numbered pages depicting locations like Revelstoke, Glacier, Banff, 21 mile camp, 16 mile mill, Sinclair Canyon, McLeod Meadow, and activities such as bicycling, fishing, playing music, and swimming. Captions on these images may contain information such as temperature, geographic location, and persons pictured.

Rex Pendril Brown fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1769
  • Fonds
  • 1942-1946

Fonds illustrates Brown’s time as a conscientious objector in British Columbia during WWII. Brown had weekends free and received some leave; a fellow Objector lent him a camera, which he used to document his work areas and living quarters, as well as recreational travels and off-camp activities. He sent the film back to Vancouver for processing.

The fonds includes two photo albums produced by Brown, and three files of textual records. These are comprised of personal and government correspondence and a diary.

Brown, Rex Pendril