Fonds RBSC-ARC-1496 - Leonard Shepherd fonds

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Leonard Shepherd fonds

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1 m of textual records

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Born in Oxford, England, Leonard Shepherd came to British Columbia in 1910. After overseas service during World War I, he returned to work as a wireless operator on coast steamships. In 1921 he entered the farm machinery business in Surrey and Langley, B.C. After serving on the Surrey municipal council (1935-1937), Shepherd represented Delta as MLA in the Provincial Legislature. Unsuccessful in his quest for a third term in office, he returned to local politics in 1945. A devoted socialist throughout his life, he fought against capitalism's corruption. Although his main interest focused on agricultural concerns, Shepherd also sought legislation designed to help fishermen, veterans, students and the unemployed.

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The fonds consists of biographical material, correspondence (1928-1946), minutes, subject files, clippings and printed material pertaining to the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in British Columbia. Amongst Shepherd's papers are those of his wife, Dorothy H. Shepherd, which relate to her work as an executive member of the South Westminster CCF Women's Club (1942-1959).

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Records pertaining to Leonard, Dorothy, and Margaret Shepherd's involvement with the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation may be found in the Angus McInnis Memorial Collection, at this institution.

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Finding aid converted by Jacky Lai, May 2015.

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