Harold Mathews fonds - - 1945, 1962. - -1 .5cm of textual records

Harold Middleton Mathews ( 1881-1981) was born in Singapore but schooled in England. After the death of his father an uncle brought the family to Canada where Harold worked in a logging supply company, then on the Grand Trunk Railway construction. He became a part-time trapper, joined the Hudson’s Bay Company with an eventual posting to an out-back area as a fur grader. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War 1 and after that moved around British Columbia working as a shop keeper in Duncan and later Smithers. He had played the piano at age 7 and through it all kept it up. The family moved to Lang Bay and later up to Powell River where he became the choir master for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for 8 years. Branching out he taught 240 pupils between Vancouver, Port Moody and other areas. He developed his own music school of teaching in Powell River and taught 42 students over the years. He also worked for the Powell River Company mill in the mill supply stores and later on the construction of paper machine number 9. He and his wife Margaret ( 1892-1980 ) lived in Cranberry and had four children, Tony ( 1926-2005),Bettie, Peter and Dan.

The fonds consists of one piece of sheet music composed by Mathews.

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Composition. - - 1962.- - .5cm of textual records.

The series consists of one piece of sheet music titled the Mowat Bay Hop, polka or barndance.

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Booklet: 1945. - - 2cm of textual records.

The series consists of an instruction booklet ‘ What do I with my left hand.’ Written by H. M. Mathews

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Accession number 1995.62

Fonds 215