Collection C18 - Walter Bruce MacDonald collection

Publicity Pamphlet for the District of Coquitlam Speech to the Vancouver Gaelic Society re. Annual Inverness-shire Night (1948) Commemorative Issue, 7th Anniversary of the Union of BC Municipalities Speech re. Sport (1932) Speech re. Reason for Hospital Insurance Act (1940s) Speech re. Scottish Heritage (1945) Speech at the Burns Club re. Country of our Adoption (1948) Speech at the Union of BC Municipalities (1948) Speech re. Opening of Burnaby School (1948) Speech re. Scotsmen in British Columbia (1949) Speech re. Graduating Class (1949) Speech re. 63rd Highland Games (1949) Radio Speech re. Percy E. George (1951) Speech re. Mining in British Columbia (ca. 1951) Correspondence with G. Scott Wallace, M.L.A. Portrait of Daisy Elizabeth (Wiltshire) MacDonald and R.C. MacDonald R.C. MacDonald at an awards event Portrait of R.C. MacDonald Portrait of R.C. MacDonald "First Citizen of this District" - Certificate from the District of Coquitlam Board of ... Certificate recognizing R.C. MacDonald for his part in the official opening of the Municipal Hall Program for the Sons of Scotland Highland Games (1971) Sons of Scotland Benevoluent Association Award of Appreciation Invitation and Program for the Official Opening of R.C. MacDonald Elementary School

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Walter Bruce MacDonald collection

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  • [189-?]-2019 (Creation)
    Predominant 1911-1978

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1 Book : 99 pages ; 22 x 24 cm
8.8 cm of textual records
272 digital photographs (jJPG, TIF, PDF) : 1.37 GB
23 digital textual records (DOC, RTF, PDF) : 96.5 MB
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 11 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 19 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 4.5 x 4.5 cm
1 photograph : col. ; 4.5 x 6.5 cm

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Biographical history

Walter Bruce MacDonald was born in New Westminster on December 5, 1956 to Shirley MacDonald (Bowell) and Walter Charles MacDonald. He was raised in New Westminster where he attended Herbert Spencer Elementary School and New Westminster Secondary School. He received his BA in English Literature in 1982 from the University of Victoria, and his MA in Fine Arts in 2016 from the University of British Columbia.

In 2011, MacDonald published "The Good Hope Cannery." In 2013, he published "Salmonbellies vs. The World," which is the story of the most famous team in lacrosse and their greatest rivals. He has published poetry in many Canadian periodicals and in 2018 published "The Massacre Confirmed Our Worst Suspicions." Two books of short fiction inspired by MacDonald’s summer experiences in Crescent Beach, "Henry The Dwarf" and "Blackie’s Spit," were published in 2008 and 2015 respectively.

MacDonald’s great grandparents, Alex and May Matheson, arrived in New Westminster in 1886. Another set of great grandparents, Samuel and Sarah Bowell, settled in Enderby, B.C. in 1893 and came to New Westminster in 1905. His third set of great grandparents, Ernest and Elizabeth Wiltshire, arrived in Surrey in 1887 and moved to Coquitlam in 1907. His grandfather, Roderick Charles MacDonald, arrived in New Westminster in 1907 and married the Wiltshires' daughter Daisy. Drawing on a wealth of family papers, memoirs, photographs, interviews, and his own experiences, MacDonald published a history of his Matheson ancestors and family, "The Lives and Times of Alex and May Matheson," in 2008. He then published a history of his MacDonald and Wiltshire ancestors and their offspring, "Catch-As-Catch-Can", in 2019 and a history of his Bowell great grandparents and their children, "God’s Unexplained Loving Kindness," in 2020.

Custodial history

The materials were collected by Walter Bruce MacDonald as research for his 2019 biography of Roderick Charles (R.C.) MacDonald, entitled "Catch-As-Catch-Can." The scrapbooks were compiled by staff in R.C. MacDonald's constituency office while he was serving as an M.L.A. for the Dewdney riding.

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The collection consists of records gathered by Walter Bruce MacDonald as research materials and content for a biography of Roderick Charles (R.C.) MacDonald. Records include collected photographs of R.C. MacDonald and his family as well as newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, programs, scrapbooks, reports, speeches, certificates, drawings, correspondence, and copies of the book and digital manuscripts for Walter Bruce MacDonald's biography of R.C. MacDonald entitled, "Catch-as-catch-can."

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