Reg Chapman fonds - - 1950 [?] – 3cm of textual records.

Reginald Chapman ( 1892-1982 ) was born in England, emigrating to Canada at the age of 15 in 1908. In Vancouver he was a salesman and married Dorris Rose Dingle ( 1898-1965 ) in 1918. They located and pre-empted property on the north end of Stuart Island along the shore line of the Arran Rapids in the mouth of Bute Inlet. They had four children with their son Stuart losing his life in the Yuculta Rapids. People would come and tie up to his dock on the island, and after he had started his sand collection from local areas, he asked the boaters to send sand from their home lands. He met notable travellers and was given the name of Armchair Sand Collector by the actor Bob Hope. After the death of his wife and son, and with the rest of the children grown up, Chapman travelled extensively always adding to his collection. He died in Campbell River.

The fonds consists of lists of where the sand came from and the donor, also includes newspaper clippings.

Title based on contents of fonds.

Series list available.


Notes: - - 1950’s [?] - 3cm of textual records.

The series consists of lists of people who donated the samples of sand and where they came from. Includes some newspaper articles and letters that Chapman wrote.

Title based on contents of series.

{Archives note: the Museum is displaying the sand collection. }

Accession Number: 1971.19

Fonds 212