Fonds 2002.7 - H.G.T. (Harry) Perry fonds

British Columbia Legislative Assembly HGT Perry taking a dip at Six Mile Lake Mr. Moore, HGT Perry & Parr Brown standing in front of Harry G. Perry's Tailor Shop, For... The mail stage leaving Ashcroft for Fort George - Distance 375 miles One of the last pack trains in America, Ashcroft, BC Portrait of HGT Perry Two of the BC Express steamers at Fort George, BC, No. 200 A section of the Grand Trunk townsite of Prince George The track laying machine, George Street, Prince George Rustic log raft - South Fort George Old Stage Coach - Cariboo Road Stage coach on the Cariboo Trail Woman standing on a dirt path with two young boys Portrait of HGT Perry Political Campaign - WAC Bennet & HGT Perry Political Campaign - WAC Bennet & HGT Perry Political Campaign - WAC Bennet & HGT Perry Political Campaign - WAC Bennet & HGT Perry Family photographs from England: Lil & Jim Moore walking arm in arm down the street Family photographs from England: Marchelle & Jackie (dog) Family photographs from England: Margaret & Marchelle with a terrier dog Family photographs from England: Wedding party Family photographs from England: Family sitting ouside a trailer Family photographs from England: Mother and Baby John Family photographs from England: Marian and Baby John Family photographs from England: Baby John lying in his carriage Family photographs from England: Baby John sitting up in his carriage Family photographs from England: Baby John sitting up in his carriage Family photographs from England: John and Christine sitting in lawn chairs Family photographs from England: Baby John sitting up in his carriage Family photographs from England: John pushing Christine in a wagon Family photographs from England: Sam Beer's "Mum" Family photographs from England: Nephew Sam Beer who grows prize Mums Family photographs from England: Nephew Sam Beer and Ella Prince Rupert Daily News - street view of building Prince Rupert Daily News - private apartment upstairs Prince Rupert Daily News - Press Room Prince Rupert Daily News - Corner of Managing-Editor's office Prince Rupert Daily News - Man writing at a desk in the Reporter's Room Prince Rupert Daily News - Two women attending the Main Office and Reception Counter Prince Rupert Daily News - Incoming view of Main Office and Reception Counter Prince Rupert Daily News - Portion of back shop featuring three typesetting machines Woman (Florence Hawkes ?) standing outside of a house First Grand Jury - Prince George, B.C Harry G. Perry Tailor and Clothier shop CKPG interview of HGT Perry Seasons Greetings from Karl Anderson Karl Anderson in Santa Monica Card of best wishes to HGT Perry from M.S. Hornby George Murray (MLA), Mark Connelly (MLA),  J.G. Ingram (?) (MP) & Harry Perry
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H.G.T. (Harry) Perry fonds

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  • 1910-1967 (Creation)
    Perry, Harry G.T.

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3.18 m of textual records and other material

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H.G.T. (Harry) Henry George Thomas Perry is considered a founding father of Prince George. –Born March 18th, 1889 in Whitwick, Leicestershire, England, he was educated at Coalville Belvoir Road Wesleyan School and at Loughborough Grammar School. Perry was married to the former Florence Annie Smith of Leicestershire, England. They had two sons, Frank (later Judge Perry of Prince George) and Sidney (pharmacist). - H.G.T. Perry came to Canada in 1910 and to Prince George, British Columbia in 1912, on the BX Sternwheeler. He first established Perry's Shoe Store (a menswear establishment) and later established a real estate and insurance business. He founded the local faction of the Liberal Party in Prince George & Peace River area. He was the first President of the Fort George District & PG Local Liberal Associations from 1912 until he retired to Victoria c.1958. He was elected School Trustee in Fort George (P.G.) from 1912-1914. In addition, Perry was a director for the Prince George Theatre Ltd. and Chairman of the Joint Committee for Incorporation of PG. - Perry first served as President of the Board of Trade (1914) before entering civic politics and served as Prince George Mayor (1917-1918; and 1920) before entering provincial politics. He was also the owner and editor of several regional newspapers, including the Fort George Tribune, The Prince George Citizen, The Nechako Chronicle and the Prince Rupert Daily News. Perry went on to provincial politics running for the Liberal Party and was Speaker of the BC Legislature for Fort George from 1920-1928 & 1933-1945. During his political career he served also as Secretary and Chairman of the Municipal and Agricultural Committees of the Legislature and was a Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1924 to 1928. Perry served also as Provincial Minister of Education from 1941-45. Perry also served as President of the BC Branch of the Empire Parliamentary Association in the BC Parliament and attended its overseas conference of delegates in the UK during King George V Silver Jubilee Year in 1935. - HGT Perry is best known as Chairman of the provincial government’s Post-War Rehabilitation Council (1942-45), the first of its kind in Canada. Mr. Perry left provincial politics after an election defeat in 1945. Known as the “golden tongue orator”1 HGT Perry is also remembered for other improvements he oversaw as a provincial minister: improving educational facilities and teachers salaries in rural schools; for establishing Home Economics and Spanish courses at UBC; for instituting the Cameron Commission; for advocating for the rights of the Japanese, and others, during WWII, and is known as “the man who saved and extended the PGE.”2 In addition to these accomplishments, he played an instrumental role for many infrastructure projects: development of a highway south to the Cariboo Region; building of the Peace River Highway; reservation of one million acres of land in Central B.C. for veterans; creation of a Library distribution centre; and the extension of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. Harry Perry died in Victoria, of a heart attack, in 1959 at the age of 70.

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Fonds consists of records relating to the personal, business and political life of H.G.T. Perry and as such, has been divided into the following four series: 1) Photographs; 2) Political Activities; 3) Business Ventures; 4) Personal Life; and 5) Miscellaneous Historical Information Files. Also includes material relating to his son, Frank Perry, and his failed political campaign. Includes World War II and Post-War printed materials.

Types of records included in this fonds include Speakers' Decisions (1877-1943) in the BC Legislative Assembly, maps, publications, reports, correspondence, advertisements, telegrams, resolutions, minutes, annual reports, telegrams, resolutions, reports, speeches, press releases, proposals, plans, charts, file notes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, ephemera, postcards and photographs.

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Related material at the Northern BC Archives includes:
2001.32 - Barb Harkins fonds, which contains letters from Gray Turgeon (M.P.) to H.G.T. Perry. Also includes some correspondence files of Frank Perry (former judge).
2004.14 - The Peace River Expedition Photograph Collection, which contains a photo album relating to a 1928 Peace River expedition taken by Perry.

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