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Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 1

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:06:57 min)
Scope and Content
Track 1: This portion of the recording pertains to Jean’s early years. She was born August 16, 1915, to Joseph and Wilhelmina Wright. Jean recalls the house that her family lived in, at 3871 East Pender Street, until she was six years old. She describes the family’s move to a property one block awa…
  1 Audio  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV018.17.1
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:06:57 min)
Material Details
Interviewer: Teresa Ballentine Interviewee: Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright (later Jean McCallum and later Jean Hogg) Total Number of Tracks: 6 Total Length of all Tracks: 1:09:29
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Scope and Content
Track 1: This portion of the recording pertains to Jean’s early years. She was born August 16, 1915, to Joseph and Wilhelmina Wright. Jean recalls the house that her family lived in, at 3871 East Pender Street, until she was six years old. She describes the family’s move to a property one block away on the same street, their acquisition of a house which they had moved to that lot, and their additions to it. Jean also talks about her mother, and relates several incidents characteristic of her and of their relationship.
History/Biography
Recording is an interview with Jean Hogg conducted by her daughter Teresa Ballentine. Jean talks about her life as a resident of Burnaby from her childhood in the 1910s to widowhood in the 1960s. Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright was born in Burnaby in August 1915, two years after her family moved to 3871 East Pender Street. She was one of five children of Joseph Wright and Wilhelmina Williams. Her first husband was Walter Angus McCallum, who she was married to from 1940-1965; they raised two daughters: June and Teresa. Her second husband's last name was Hogg.
Notes
Title based on content of sound recording
Label on audio cassette case reads: "Jean & Terry / Re / Jeans Memories & / Her Life History"
Label on Side A of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg - Memories / 1"
Label on Side B of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg Memories / 2"
Creator
Teresa Ballentine
Names
Wright Family
Hogg, Jean Wright McCallum
Audio Tracks

Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 1

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Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 2

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumsoundrecording4636
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:14:49 min)
Scope and Content
Track 2: This portion of the recording pertains to the family’s new house, Jean’s parents, and what it was like to live in Vancouver Heights at that time. Jean describes what it was like to live in the house before it was finished, and how the family did their chores. She discusses the changes to c…
  1 Audio  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV018.17.1
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:14:49 min)
Material Details
Interviewer: Teresa Ballentine Interviewee: Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright (later Jean McCallum and later Jean Hogg) Total Number of Tracks: 6 Total Length of all Tracks: 1:09:29
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Scope and Content
Track 2: This portion of the recording pertains to the family’s new house, Jean’s parents, and what it was like to live in Vancouver Heights at that time. Jean describes what it was like to live in the house before it was finished, and how the family did their chores. She discusses the changes to chores, such as doing laundry, which occurred as the family adopted new technologies. Jean talks about her siblings, and the relativity of age. She recalls the birth of her younger brother, at home. She describes her parents’ backgrounds and how they met, after immigrating to Vancouver, as part of a close-knit Irish community. Jean recalls what the Vancouver Heights area was like in the 1920s. She mentions her father’s job, and recalls her mother’s daily occupations. She describes what she wore as a child, and the recreational activities of the time.
History/Biography
Recording is an interview with Jean Hogg conducted by her daughter Teresa Ballentine. Jean talks about her life as a resident of Burnaby from her childhood in the 1910s to widowhood in the 1960s. Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright was born in Burnaby in August 1915, two years after her family moved to 3871 East Pender Street. She was one of five children of Joseph Wright and Wilhelmina Williams. Her first husband was Walter Angus McCallum, who she was married to from 1940-1965; they raised two daughters: June and Teresa. Her second husband's last name was Hogg.
Notes
Title based on content of sound recording
Label on audio cassette case reads: "Jean & Terry / Re / Jeans Memories & / Her Life History"
Label on Side A of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg - Memories / 1"
Label on Side B of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg Memories / 2"
Creator
Teresa Ballentine
Names
Wright Family
Hogg, Jean Wright McCallum
Audio Tracks

Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 2

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Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 3

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumsoundrecording4637
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:08:49 min)
Scope and Content
Track 3: This portion of the recording pertains to entertainment, food, school, and music. Jean discusses the importance of music as entertainment, which everyone participated in. She notes that her family always had visitors, for meals or to stay. Jean describes how her mother maintained a kitchen…
  1 Audio  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV018.17.1
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:08:49 min)
Material Details
Interviewer: Teresa Ballentine Interviewee: Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright (later Jean McCallum and later Jean Hogg) Total Number of Tracks: 6 Total Length of all Tracks: 1:09:29
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Scope and Content
Track 3: This portion of the recording pertains to entertainment, food, school, and music. Jean discusses the importance of music as entertainment, which everyone participated in. She notes that her family always had visitors, for meals or to stay. Jean describes how her mother maintained a kitchen garden and domestic livestock, and what her mother did with the surplus. She talks about attending Gilmore Avenue School, relating how classes were held in various off-site locations when enrollment exceeded capacity. She also mentions attending the high school on Rosser Avenue. Jean talks of joining the school band in high school, playing the cornet. She describes becoming a member of the National Juvenile Band, playing concerts in many places, including the British Columbia Penitentiary.
History/Biography
Recording is an interview with Jean Hogg conducted by her daughter Teresa Ballentine. Jean talks about her life as a resident of Burnaby from her childhood in the 1910s to widowhood in the 1960s. Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright was born in Burnaby in August 1915, two years after her family moved to 3871 East Pender Street. She was one of five children of Joseph Wright and Wilhelmina Williams. Her first husband was Walter Angus McCallum, who she was married to from 1940-1965; they raised two daughters: June and Teresa. Her second husband's last name was Hogg.
Notes
Title based on content of sound recording
Label on audio cassette case reads: "Jean & Terry / Re / Jeans Memories & / Her Life History"
Label on Side A of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg - Memories / 1"
Label on Side B of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg Memories / 2"
Creator
Teresa Ballentine
Names
Wright Family
Hogg, Jean Wright McCallum
Audio Tracks

Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 3

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Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 4

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumsoundrecording4638
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:11:07 min)
Scope and Content
Track 4: This portion of the recording pertains to Jean’s life after she finished high school. She describes her jobs in the 1930s, her first marriage, and talks about her oldest children. Jean recalls working at the London Cafeteria and Granville Lunch, on Granville Street, as well as the White Lu…
  1 Audio  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV018.17.1
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:11:07 min)
Material Details
Interviewer: Teresa Ballentine Interviewee: Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright (later Jean McCallum and later Jean Hogg) Total Number of Tracks: 6 Total Length of all Tracks: 1:09:29
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Scope and Content
Track 4: This portion of the recording pertains to Jean’s life after she finished high school. She describes her jobs in the 1930s, her first marriage, and talks about her oldest children. Jean recalls working at the London Cafeteria and Granville Lunch, on Granville Street, as well as the White Lunch and Spencer’s Department Store on Hastings Street in Vancouver. She relates how she attended business school in the 1960s, after her husband died, rather than go back to the same kind of job, and talks about teaching shorthand, which she did at the Pitman Business School. Jean describes how she married Walter McCallum in 1940. She talks about Walter’s jobs, and how she moved to Victoria when he was in the Navy during the Second World War, and to other provinces with him when he travelled for his Union job during their twenty-five year marriage. She recalls the births of their daughters and the family’s living arrangements in Burnaby during and after the war during the housing shortage. Jean recalls living with her younger daughter Terry on York Street for a while after Walter died, before moving to Kitsilano. She describes the house in Kitsilano and what it was like living there with both of her daughters when the girls returned from travelling in Europe.
History/Biography
Recording is an interview with Jean Hogg conducted by her daughter Teresa Ballentine. Jean talks about her life as a resident of Burnaby from her childhood in the 1910s to widowhood in the 1960s. Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright was born in Burnaby in August 1915, two years after her family moved to 3871 East Pender Street. She was one of five children of Joseph Wright and Wilhelmina Williams. Her first husband was Walter Angus McCallum, who she was married to from 1940-1965; they raised two daughters: June and Teresa. Her second husband's last name was Hogg.
Notes
Title based on content of sound recording
Label on audio cassette case reads: "Jean & Terry / Re / Jeans Memories & / Her Life History"
Label on Side A of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg - Memories / 1"
Label on Side B of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg Memories / 2"
Creator
Teresa Ballentine
Names
Wright Family
Hogg, Jean Wright McCallum
Audio Tracks

Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 4

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Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 5

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumsoundrecording4639
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:05:41 min)
Scope and Content
Track 5: This portion of the recording pertains to the living arrangements of various family members, the Wright’s religious practices, discipline, and favoured pastimes. Jean continues talking about life in the house in Kitsilano, and she recalls where her daughters lived at various times. She tal…
  1 Audio  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV018.17.1
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:05:41 min)
Material Details
Interviewer: Teresa Ballentine Interviewee: Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright (later Jean McCallum and later Jean Hogg) Total Number of Tracks: 6 Total Length of all Tracks: 1:09:29
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Scope and Content
Track 5: This portion of the recording pertains to the living arrangements of various family members, the Wright’s religious practices, discipline, and favoured pastimes. Jean continues talking about life in the house in Kitsilano, and she recalls where her daughters lived at various times. She talks of buying a house with Walter when they returned to Burnaby, and how later she lived with Terry for a while after Walter died. Jean notes that her mother was a Christian Scientist. She discusses going to the services and Sunday school the church offered, on Georgia Street in Vancouver. Jean describes how physical punishment was meted out for offenses in her family. She relates how she enjoyed looking at boats from the pier in downtown Vancouver, and begins to share a story about her father, but the tape ends.
History/Biography
Recording is an interview with Jean Hogg conducted by her daughter Teresa Ballentine. Jean talks about her life as a resident of Burnaby from her childhood in the 1910s to widowhood in the 1960s. Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright was born in Burnaby in August 1915, two years after her family moved to 3871 East Pender Street. She was one of five children of Joseph Wright and Wilhelmina Williams. Her first husband was Walter Angus McCallum, who she was married to from 1940-1965; they raised two daughters: June and Teresa. Her second husband's last name was Hogg.
Notes
Title based on content of sound recording
Label on audio cassette case reads: "Jean & Terry / Re / Jeans Memories & / Her Life History"
Label on Side A of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg - Memories / 1"
Label on Side B of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg Memories / 2"
Creator
Teresa Ballentine
Names
Wright Family
Hogg, Jean Wright McCallum
Audio Tracks

Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 5

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Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 6

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumsoundrecording4640
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:22:04 min)
Scope and Content
Track 6: This portion of the recording pertains to the way life has changed since Jean was a child. Jean describes how chores were done, and how supplies were delivered. She and Terry discuss the amenities in the family’s houses, how mail was picked up, and how telephone messages were received and …
  1 Audio  
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
July 8 1992
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV018.17.1
Storage Location
Digital collection
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (0:22:04 min)
Material Details
Interviewer: Teresa Ballentine Interviewee: Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright (later Jean McCallum and later Jean Hogg) Date of interview: July 8, 1992 Total Number of Tracks: 6 Total Length of all Tracks: 1:09:29
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Scope and Content
Track 6: This portion of the recording pertains to the way life has changed since Jean was a child. Jean describes how chores were done, and how supplies were delivered. She and Terry discuss the amenities in the family’s houses, how mail was picked up, and how telephone messages were received and relayed. Terry shares a memory of her grandmother Wright. Jean recalls the house on Kitchener Street which she and Walter built. She and Terry talk about the MacLure bus service. Terry recalls Jean’s kindness to neighbors, and how they reciprocated. Jean shares her perspective about the friendliness and sharing among neighbors which were usual at that time. She describes the work involved in clearing the lot and building the house on Kitchener Street, and how she kept a kitchen garden and domestic animals there. Jean discusses how hair styling was done in her youth, and relates a story of how her mother had a poor result with colouring products. She mentions her father using a razor and strop, and how the strop was also a symbol of physical punishment, common at that time. She describes a punishment she received in school. Jean recalls making treats, and talks about push lawnmowers, wooden sidewalks, and gravel roads. She and Terry talk about the family’s pianos and their importance to the family. Jean recalls the piano teachers her family members took lessons from and Terry remarks that the last one, Edward Parker, is the father of Jon Kimura Parker, a noted pianist.
History/Biography
Recording is an interview with Jean Hogg conducted by her daughter Teresa Ballentine. Jean talks about her life as a resident of Burnaby from her childhood in the 1910s to widowhood in the 1960s. Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright was born in Burnaby in August 1915, two years after her family moved to 3871 East Pender Street. She was one of five children of Joseph Wright and Wilhelmina Williams. Her first husband was Walter Angus McCallum, who she was married to from 1940-1965; they raised two daughters: June and Teresa. Her second husband's last name was Hogg.
Notes
Title based on content of sound recording
Label on audio cassette case reads: "Jean & Terry / Re / Jeans Memories & / Her Life History"
Label on Side A of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg - Memories / 1"
Label on Side B of audio cassette reads: "Jean Hogg Memories / 2"
Creator
Teresa Ballentine
Names
Wright Family
Hogg, Jean Wright McCallum
Audio Tracks

Interview with Margaret Jane (Jean) Wright 1992 - Track 6

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Interview with Gordon Davis - November 21, 2002 - Tape 2

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/museumsoundrecording13083
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
November 21, 2002 (interview content), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (29 min., 8 sec.)
Scope and Content
Recording is the second part of an interview with (John) Gordon Davis conducted by Mabel F. Nichols with her husband Jack Nichols. In this segment of the interview, Gordon provides more background information about his wife Anne while, interviewer Mabel, explains to Gordon how she came about discov…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
November 21, 2002 (interview content), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV005.37.2
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (29 min., 8 sec.)
Material Details
Side A of audio cassette
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Recording is the second part of an interview with (John) Gordon Davis conducted by Mabel F. Nichols with her husband Jack Nichols. In this segment of the interview, Gordon provides more background information about his wife Anne while, interviewer Mabel, explains to Gordon how she came about discovering Anne's trunk and old nursing uniform. She explains how the information that he provides will benefit the Burnaby Village Museum who are accepting the uniform into their collection. 00:00 - 4:55 Gordon shares information about serving in the Middle East during WWII and the Dresden bombing raids. He provides biographical information about Anne and her siblings. 4:46 - 06:41 Poor audio quality- hard to discern content from Interviewee- Gordon Davis. 06:42 - 08: Gordon talks more about Anne and how he was attracted to her. 08:37-22:26 Interviewer, Mabel Nichols explains how this interview with Gordon will assist in providing provenance to Anne's uniform that is being donated to the Burnaby Village Museum. Mabel describes how she discovered the uniform in a trunk that Anne shipped from England to Burnaby in 1946. The trunk was addressed to, "Mrs. A. Davis, 4212 Douglas Road, New Westminster". Years later, the trunk was discovered by a friend of hers with Mabel's uniform and hat inside. 22:27-29:08 Mabel shares her own life experiences living in the Fraser Canyon while Gordon recollects some of his own experiences during the war. Mabel reads from the notes that she has created from her interview with Gordon. Gordon provides more details as needed. Mabel shares information about her brother, Bill who was wounded in World War II.
History/Biography
Interviewee biography: John Gordon Davis was born to Elizabeth Ann Vert (nee Eyres) and Gilbert Davis on September 13, 1913 in North Cobalt, Ontario. Gordon was the second youngest of six children. After graduating from high school he attended Radio College in Toronto. He spent two years prior to World War II working in radio on British ships. In 1940, after retiring, his parents moved to British Columbia. They purchased the Flowerland Auto Court in 1941 at 4212 Douglas Road, Burnaby. During this time, Gordon moved to Ontario and sought employment in radio range stations that were dealing with new technology throughout Europe. He joined the RCAF in 1941. While in London, in May of 1941, he met his future wife Anne Williams. In World War II, Anne served as a nurse in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Army Nursing Corps. In November 1943, Anne survived the bombing of the Dutch passenger ship, SS Marnix while it sailed in a convoy from England to the Mediterranean. Gordon did many tours throughout the Middle East, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, the Battle of the Bulge, Sarnia before he was known as “surplus to requirement”. Since Anne was still in the nursing corps, Gordon signed on for another year and was sent north of London to a Repair Squadron where he worked on operational repairs of Mosquito bombers which were manufactured in Canada. Anne and Gordon continued their correspondence and eventually married in North Wales on January 23, 1945. Gordon was shipped back to Canada in October of 1945 and moved in with his parents at their auto court on Douglas Road in Burnaby. Anne joined Gordon in Burnaby in April 1946 when her mission was completed. Anne packed up her things in a large trunk that she addressed to Gordon’s parents on Douglas Road. Gordon moved around British Columbia in his work for BC Electric and eventually retired with HB Contracting Ltd. in Surrey working on the BC pipeline between 1953 and 1954. In the late 1950s, Gordon and Anne purchased a home in Burnaby at 1508 6th Street (now 7591 6th Street) which they lived in until 1984. In 1985, Anne and Gordon sold their house in Burnaby and moved to Hyack House in New Westminster. Anne Davis died in 1989 at the age of 76 years. Gordon's father, Gilbert died in 1957 and his mother Elizabeth Ann Verta died in 1968. Interviewer biography: Mabel F. Nichols (nee Lawrence) was one of six children born in Hope [ca.1932] to Elmer E. Lawrence and Louise (nee Pennier). Elmer and Louise married in Yale B.C. in 1916. Mabel’s mother, Louise Pennier was part of the Sts'ailes Nation (Chehalis First Nation). Elmer and Louise had three sons and three daughters. Both of Mabel’s parents died in Langley in 1960. Mabel married Jack (John) Nichols [between 1959 and 1960]. They lived at 6004 Wilson Street, Burnaby in 1959; 4910 Willingdon Avenue [between 1960 and 1962] and 4662 Hazel Street [between 1963 and 1987] before moving to Surrey. Jack Nichol's parents, George and Alma Nichols owned and operated Nichol's Butcher Shop (Nichol's Meat Market) at 4018 Kingsway (later renumbered 4500 Kingsway). The family lived at 4016 Kingsway behind the butcher shop.
Notes
Title based on contents of sound recording
Recording is closed due to poor sound quality
See also: Anne Davis' (nee Williams) WWII nursing uniform- BV003.15.10 & BV03.15.11 & BV003.15.12
Subjects
Wars - World War, 1939-1945
Names
Davis, John Gordon "Gordon"
Davis, Anne Williams
Davis, Elizabeth Ann Verta
Davis, Gilbert
Nichols, Mabel
Nichols, Jack
Nichols Meat Market
Nichols Family Meat Market
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Interview with John Gordon Davis November 21, 2002 - Tape 1

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Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1940-1989] (interview content), November 21, 2002 (interview date), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (50 min., 53 sec)
Scope and Content
Recording is an interview with (John) Gordon Davis conducted by Mabel F. Nichols with her husband Jack Nichols. Mabel is interviewing Gordon as part of a research project to provide background information to the Burnaby Village Museum who are accepting a donation of Gordon's wife Anne's World War I…
Repository
Burnaby Village Museum
Date
[1940-1989] (interview content), November 21, 2002 (interview date), digitized in 2020
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Village Museum Oral History collection
Description Level
Item
Accession Code
BV005.37.1
Physical Description
1 audio cassette (50 min., 53 sec)
Material Details
Interviewer: Mabel F. Nichols and husband Jack Nichols Interviewee: John Gordon Davis Location of Interview: New Westminster Interview Date: November 21, 2002 Total Number of tracks: 2 (side A & B of audio cassette) Total Length of all Tracks: 50 min., 53 sec.
Media Type
Sound Recording
Access Restriction
Restricted access
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Recording is an interview with (John) Gordon Davis conducted by Mabel F. Nichols with her husband Jack Nichols. Mabel is interviewing Gordon as part of a research project to provide background information to the Burnaby Village Museum who are accepting a donation of Gordon's wife Anne's World War II nursing uniform. Gordon provides background information on his family history and describes his experiences while serving overseas during World War II (WWII) including his experiences as a radar operator and working at a military air squadron repair depot. Gordon also provides biographical information about his wife Anne Davis (nee Williams) and her experiences serving as a military nurse during WWII and their life in Burnaby. Interviewer, Mabel and Jack Nichols also provide anecdotal stories about their own life in Burnaby during the interview. Track 1 - Side A (30:34) 00:00 - 30:34 Interview opens with discussion between interviewer Mabel F. Nichols and Gordon Davis about his wife, Anne Davis' experience working in the nursing corps. Mr. Davis provides background information about working in mining between 1933 and 1940 before training in Ontario to become a radar operator during World War II. Gordon also describes his parents origins and how they moved to Burnaby in 1940 while Gordon headed off to Nova Scotia to serve with the RCAF. Gordon also shares information about his sister Anne Davis who married George L. Davis from Kirkland Lake and how they lived with Gordon's parents in the auto court in Burnaby. He tells of how George L. Davis worked for Dominion Bridge Co. and later as a meat cutter for Safeway near 6th Avenue and Kingsway in Burnaby. Mabel shares her own husband Jack's experiences growing up in Burnaby as the son of butcher, George Nichols, his career as a deisel mechanic and later in the GVRD Engineering Department. Gordon shares that his father, Gilbert died in 1957 and his mother Elizabeth died in 1968 and his older sister Ruth died in 1990. Gordon recollects his wedding day and honeymoon in North Wales in 1945 with his wife Anne. Track 2 - Side B (29:19) 00:00 - 14:37 Gordon continues with his recollections about his wedding and honeymoon in North Wales in 1945. The interviewers, Mabel and Jack discuss the geography of the area sharing their own experiences travelling in 1981 and try to get an idea of where Gordon and his wife were married. They agree that the place was Llandudno. He tells of signing up for another year of Military Service since his wife was still serving in the nursing corps. and describes working North of London at a Military facility to repair aircraft including mosquito bombers. 14:38 - 21: 53 Gordon shares information about working in the Middle East in 1943 while his wife Anne survived the bombing of the Dutch passenger ship, the Marnix that she was travelling on. Gordon tells of how Anne couldn't swim but had a life jacket on and was picked up by a life boat. Anne corresponded with Gordon to let him know that she was alright but had to be cryptic since all letters were censored. Gordon tells of how Anne then travelled to India. Interviewer, Mabel, speaks of her own brother Bill who was picked up in Gibralter and taken to England. 21:54 - 26:18 Gordon recollects first meeting his wife Anne in London and the bombing that occurred during WWII. He tells of how Anne trained as a midwife at the Royal College of Midwives in Yorkshire and how he attended Radio college in Ontario. 26:19- 29:19 Gordon speaks about his experience travelling east on the Queen Mary in World War II and how full the ship was. He says that they were 30 days at sea from May to June in 1942.
History/Biography
Interviewee biography: John Gordon Davis was born to Elizabeth Ann Vert (nee Eyres) and Gilbert Davis on September 13, 1913 in North Cobalt, Ontario. Gordon was the second youngest of six children. After graduating from high school he attended Radio College in Toronto. He spent two years prior to World War II working in radio on British ships. In 1940, after retiring, his parents moved to British Columbia. They purchased the Flowerland Auto Court in 1941 at 4212 Douglas Road, Burnaby. During this time, Gordon moved to Ontario and sought employment in radio range stations that were dealing with new technology throughout Europe. He joined the RCAF in 1941. While in London, in May of 1941, he met his future wife Anne Williams. In World War II, Anne served as a nurse in Queen Alexandra's Imperial Army Nursing Corps. In November 1943, Anne survived the bombing of the Dutch passenger ship, SS Marnix while it sailed in a convoy from England to the Mediterranean. Gordon did many tours throughout the Middle East, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, the Battle of the Bulge, Sarnia before he was known as “surplus to requirement”. Since Anne was still in the nursing corps, Gordon signed on for another year and was sent north of London to a Repair Squadron where he worked on operational repairs of Mosquito bombers which were manufactured in Canada. Anne and Gordon continued their correspondence and eventually married in North Wales on January 23, 1945. Gordon was shipped back to Canada in October of 1945 and moved in with his parents at their auto court on Douglas Road in Burnaby. Anne joined Gordon in Burnaby in April 1946 when her mission was completed. Anne packed up her things in a large trunk that she addressed to Gordon’s parents on Douglas Road. Gordon moved around British Columbia in his work for BC Electric and eventually retired with HB Contracting Ltd. in Surrey working on the BC pipeline between 1953 and 1954. In the late 1950s, Gordon and Anne purchased a home in Burnaby at 1508 6th Street (now 7591 6th Street) which they lived in until 1984. In 1985, Anne and Gordon sold their house in Burnaby and moved to Hyack House in New Westminster. Anne Davis died in 1989 at the age of 76 years. Gordon's father, Gilbert died in 1957 and his mother Elizabeth Ann Verta died in 1968. Interviewer biography: Mabel F. Nichols (nee Lawrence) was one of six children born in Hope [ca.1932] to Elmer E. Lawrence and Louise (nee Pennier). Elmer and Louise married in Yale B.C. in 1916. Mabel’s mother, Louise Pennier was part of the Sts'ailes Nation (Chehalis First Nation). Elmer and Louise had three sons and three daughters. Both of Mabel’s parents died in Langley in 1960. Mabel married Jack (John) Nichols [between 1959 and 1960]. They lived at 6004 Wilson Street, Burnaby in 1959; 4910 Willingdon Avenue [between 1960 and 1962] and 4662 Hazel Street [between 1963 and 1987] before moving to Surrey. Jack Nichol's parents, George and Alma Nichols owned and operated Nichol's Butcher Shop (Nichol's Meat Market) at 4018 Kingsway (later renumbered 4500 Kingsway). The family lived at 4016 Kingsway behind the butcher shop.
Notes
Title based on contents of sound recording
Recording is closed due to poor sound quality
See also: Anne Davis' (nee Williams) WWII nursing uniform- BV003.15.10 & BV03.15.11 & BV003.15.12
Subjects
Wars - World War, 1939-1945
Names
Davis, John Gordon "Gordon"
Davis, Anne Williams
Davis, Elizabeth Ann Verta
Davis, Gilbert
Nichols, Mabel
Nichols, Jack
Nichols Meat Market
Nichols Family Meat Market
Geographic Access
British Columbia - New Westminster
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