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Fonds F1595 - Alan Rowbotham fonds

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Alan Rowbotham fonds


  • 1900-1946 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records. -- 220 photographs

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Alan Edward Rowbotham, 1886-1971, was born in Wrexham, Wales. He came to Canada in 1909 and worked as engineer and surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). He helped survey the railway east of Nordegg, Alberta, then known as the Alberta Central Railway. He subsequently worked for the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and the Yukon and Pacific Railway. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles. He served in England with the 3rd Battalion, Lord Strathcona's Horse and was later transferred to the Royal Engineers where he served with the Railway Operating Division of the Eastern Expeditionary Force in Salonika, Macedonia. He rose to the rank of major and saw action in Russia. He returned to Canada in 1920, and in 1921 married Edith Buchanan. They had one daughter, Margery (Wall), 1925- . After demobilization Alan worked as a freelance engineer on various construction projects with the Alberta Highways Department, Calgary Power, and various mining companies in Windermere, British Columbia. At the beginning of Second World War he joined an adjunct of the Ontario Provincial Police and was transferred to the Veterans' Guard. During the war he worked across Canada building camps and airports and on an airforce station in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. He was discharged in 1946 for medical reasons and worked for the federal government until his retirement in 1956. He died in Edmonton.


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Gifts of Margery Wall and anonymous donor, 1980-1983.

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The fonds consists of Alan's First World War and Second World War military papers and photographs; photographs of construction of the Alberta Central Railway and views of Sylvan Lake, Seba Beach, Nordegg and Lesser Slave Lake areas; and Edith's teaching and nursing certificates. Includes correspondence of Edith's sister, Margaret O. Buchanan, regarding her war work.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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Link added to Archives Photographs on April 5, 2018.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018




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