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Donald N. Brown collection

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925 (date of original)-2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
3 boxes of textual records
1 videocassette : VHS
31 photographs
Scope and Content
Collection consists of photographs Freeman Donald N. Brown took while involved in Burnaby Historical Society activities as well as textual records pertaining to his career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the collection are textual records and photographs pertaining to his i…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925 (date of original)-2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Physical Description
3 boxes of textual records
1 videocassette : VHS
31 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Accession Number
BHS987-03
BHS2003-04
BHS992-20
BHS995-09
BHS2000-10
BHS991-41
BHS2001-12
BHS2004-01
BHS2004-12
Scope and Content
Collection consists of photographs Freeman Donald N. Brown took while involved in Burnaby Historical Society activities as well as textual records pertaining to his career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the collection are textual records and photographs pertaining to his involvement with various community groups including the Oakalla Lands Citizens' Committee and the renovation of Burnaby Village Museum and the restoration of Interurban tram no. 1223.
History/Biography
Donald (Don) Neil Brown was born in Birmingham, England and moved with his family to Canada, settling in Winnipeg in 1922 when he was only an infant. He walked out of his Senior Matriculation classes on September 8, 1939 to join the Royal Canadian Engineers. Two weeks later, Don eloped with his high school sweetheart, Helen J., just months before he was to be shipped overseas with the 3rd Contingent of Canadian Troops. He served in the army with the Royal Canadian Engineer’s 12th Field Company and saw action in both Sicily and Italy. In 1945, Don returned to obtain his Senior Matriculation and a year of university studies before re-enlisting in the army as a Second Lieutenant. He spent the next two years stationed in Chilliwack with his wife and their first child. In 1947, Don left the army to join the ranks of the British Columbia Provincial Police force, embarking on a three-decade long career. His first assignment brought him to Burnaby where he served from 1947-1954, first as a member of the BC Police Department and then as a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. In 1954, Don was transferred to Regina, Saskatchewan and then on to Ottawa, Ontario to serve in the Crime Detection Laboratories. He became qualified as an Examiner of Questioned Documents and provided expert testimony in such matters as handwriting, counterfeiting, graphic arts, and alterations. He attained the rank of first Corporal, and then Sergeant in the RCMP. Don was transferred to Vancouver to be the Second in Charge of a new laboratory and head of the Document Section in July, 1963. On December 9, 1967, Helen Brown ran as an independent for the position of Alderman on the Burnaby Council. She was not elected. In May of 1970, Don was promoted to Sub-Inspector and was transferred to Edmonton to take command of the new Crime Detection Laboratory. By 1972, he was promoted to full Inspector. Transferred back to Vancouver in 1975, Don became the Officer-in-Charge of a new Crime Laboratory and took over the National Police Services pilot project for British Columbia. He was rewarded for this work with a promotion to Superintendent in September 1975. In 1976, after a distinguished 35 years combined service to the armed forces and the police, Don retired and founded his own laboratory to carry on his work in the field of questioned documents. He became a Fellow (Emeritus) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Life Member (Emeritus) and Past Director of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences, a Member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. After his retirement, Don decided to become involved in local politics and with the blessing of his wife and six children, he joined the Burnaby Voters’ Association as their Secretary and in 1978 was elected to a two-year term as a Burnaby School Trustee. During the next municipal election held in November of 1979, he successfully ran for Alderman. Don Brown served Burnaby as Alderman from 1979 to 1985. During this time, Don also became a member of the Community College for the Retired, the Horsemen’s Society and the Burnaby Historical Society. He has also given his support to Arts Council programs and numerous other community functions over the years. He also wrote a book about the BC Provincial Police (Why? The Last Years of the British Columbia Police 1858-1950; 2000). In 1991, Don was appointed as Chair of the Burnaby Centennial Committee, dedicating himself to making Burnaby’s Centennial celebration a memorable success. His contributions were always supported by his wife Helen, and their work during the Centennial Year was just one example of the strength of their 66-year partnership. They were both formally recognized for their efforts when they were chosen to receive the Kushiro Cup and named the Citizens of the Year in 1992. Also that year, Don was a recipient of the Canadian 125 Medal and one year later, in March 1993, Donald Brown was awarded Burnaby’s highest honour and was made a Freeman of the City of Burnaby. Don Neil Brown passed away in 2010.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Moving Images
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
Photo catalogue 194, photo catalogue 241, MSS098, MSS148
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Burnaby Historical Society series

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivemultipleformat65763
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925 (date of original) -1995
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Series
Physical Description
31 photographs and 3 files of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs and textual records that were created during the course of Don and Helen Brown's involvement with the Burnaby Historical Society.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925 (date of original) -1995
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Physical Description
31 photographs and 3 files of textual records
Description Level
Series
Series
Burnaby Historical Society series
Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs and textual records that were created during the course of Don and Helen Brown's involvement with the Burnaby Historical Society.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Creator
Donald N. Brown
Notes
Title based on contents of series
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Oakalla Lands Position Paper and meeting minutes

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1978
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
File
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Item No.
42671
Storage Location
68-1-3-14
Scope and Content
File consists of the Burnaby Voters' Association Position Paper on Oakalla Lands along with meeting minutes from the Citizens' Committee on Oakalla Lands dated March 5, 1978.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1978
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Physical Description
1 file of textual records
Description Level
File
Series
Municipal Service series
Item No.
42671
Storage Location
68-1-3-14
Accession Number
2007-08
Scope and Content
File consists of the Burnaby Voters' Association Position Paper on Oakalla Lands along with meeting minutes from the Citizens' Committee on Oakalla Lands dated March 5, 1978.
Media Type
Textual Record
Notes
Title based on contents of file
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1967-1978
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Series
Physical Description
2 files of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of records that were created during the course of the Browns' municipal service.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1967-1978
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Physical Description
2 files of textual records
Description Level
Series
Series
Municipal Service series
Scope and Content
Series consists of records that were created during the course of the Browns' municipal service.
Media Type
Textual Record
Creator
Donald N. Brown
Notes
Title based on contents of series
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1953-2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Series
Physical Description
2 files of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records that were created during the course of Don Brown's career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the series is the publication entitled "Why? The Last Years of the British Columbia Provincial Police, 1858-1950" written by Donald N. Brown.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1953-2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Physical Description
2 files of textual records
Description Level
Series
Series
Police Service series
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records that were created during the course of Don Brown's career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the series is the publication entitled "Why? The Last Years of the British Columbia Provincial Police, 1858-1950" written by Donald N. Brown.
Media Type
Textual Record
Creator
Donald N. Brown
Notes
Title based on contents of series
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