Fonds UBCA-ARC-1017 - William Tansley fonds

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William Tansley fonds

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13 cm of textual records
1 painting

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William "Bill" Tansley (1859‐1957) was born in Staffordshire, England. Apprenticed in a lawyer's office and as a coachbuilder, he later took up drawing and signpainting. He emigrated to Canada in 1903, living first in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. The following year Tansley moved to British Columbia and worked at a series of jobs before coming to the University of British Columbia as a night watchman in 1916. He later assumed responsibility for general maintenance, repairs and janitorial services at the Fairview campus. Well read and a natural storyteller, he was well-liked by students and respected by faculty. He later became curator of the Burnett Ethnological Museum located in the Library Building.

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The fonds consists of handwritten and typed manuscripts of short stories [n.d.], a painting of a seascape (1933), and a scrapbook filled with assorted memorabilia gathered between 1916 and 1933.

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