Collection 2020.05 - Gordon Wyness Album

Snoqualmie Pass summit Columbia River Basin north of Wenatchee Lake Chelan Gordon Wyness, Louis LeBourdais, and Earl Malcolm at Twilight Lodge Mt. Begbie, Highest Point on Cariboo Highway Looking SE from Mt. Begbie on the Cariboo Highway Looking SW from Mt. Begbie on the Cariboo Highway View of Fraser River from Fraser Mountain View of Williams Lake from Chilcotin Road Gordon Wyness, Philip Monckton, and Lavender Monckton by car Gordon Wyness and Jack Lee at Fort St. James sign Hudson Bay buildings at Fort St. James Jack Lee, Gordon Wyness, Jessie McInnes, and Archie McInnes at Pioneer Ranch Jack Lee, Philip Monckton, Jessie McInnes, and Archie McInnes at Pioneer Ranch Gordon Wyness and Jack Lee at Bobtail campsite near Vanderhoof Jack Lee at Bobtail campsite after returning from Bobtail Mountain Jack Lee rafting on Bobtail Lake Gordon Wyness at Bobtail campsite after returning from Bobtail Mountain Bridges at Telkwa River View of Hudson Bay Mountain from Telkwa water tower View of Telkwa from water tower Lone Butte, BC Jack Lee, Gordon Wyness, and Lavender Monckton in front of wooden moose in Prince George Jack Lee, Gordon Wyness, and Lavender Monckton sitting on car in front of Prince George cabin View of Prince George from east hill Canadian Airways Ltd Fairchild 71C CF-AWV float airplane on Burns Lake Jack Lee and Buick car below Boston Bar tunnel Philip Monckton, Gordon Wyness, and Lavender Monckton at Beaverly Geodetic Station Campsite at Sheraton Bulldozer clearing land for road making north of Stuart Lake New road during road making north of Stuart Lake View of Fraser River from Soda Creek hill in June View of Fraser River from Soda Creek hill in October Fraser River at Marguerite Confluence of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers at Lytton Rock formations along the Cariboo Road north of Cache Creek Town of Lytton Dry belt country near Lytton Town of Clinton Dry belt country near Lytton Jack Lee and Gordon Wyness drinking by a lake in Marble Canyon Surveyors taking bearings from Pineview Station tower View of Front Street and Quesnel Hotel from Fraser River Bridge in Quesnel Gordon Wyness by heritage artefacts and cairn in Quesnel View of Quesnel and Fraser River Bridge Town of Hope Chasm, BC Chasm Fran├žois Lake from ferry Jack Lee, Philip Monckton, and Gordon Wyness by car at Monckton's residence
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Gordon Wyness Album

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Gordon Young Wyness

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  • 1936 (Creation)
    Wyness, Gordon Young

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55 photographs : b&w

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(September 16, 1912 - July 7, 2004)

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Gordon Young Wyness was born in Vancouver on September 16, 1912, to Gordon Armstrong and Emma Sanders Wyness. He had two older sisters, Frances Dorothy and Margaret Jean. After living in Vancouver and Winnipeg, in 1918 the family settled in Plenty, Saskatchewan, a town near Saskatoon that served the local farming community and where the elder Gordon Wyness owned the general store from 1918 to 1935.

In 1929, he completed high school and went on to study at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1934. Following graduation, he could not find employment because of the Great Depression. He worked in his father's store until the business was sold in 1935, at which point he moved to Vancouver.

Between June 5 and October 8, 1936, he was employed by Philip M. Monckton, a B.C. Land Surveyor. His degree in mechanical engineering gave him qualifications for this type of work. As far as is known, triangulation surveys in northwestern B.C. were the focus of the work. The survey crew stayed in various locations including Burns Lake, Francoise Lake, Prince George, Quesnel, Pioneer Ranch (owned by the McInnes family and located in North Bulkley near Hazelton), and Vanderhoof areas. From photographs taken by Gordon Wyness, it seems that the crew led by Philip M. Monckton consisted of Jack Lee and Gordon Wyness. Wyness can be easily identified in these photographs due to his height of six feet four and a half inches. Monckton's wife, Lavender Monckton (nee O'Hara), also accompanied the group.

In 1937, after seriously considering becoming a pupil to Land Surveyor Philip Monckton, Wyness found employment in the standards department of Burns and Co. He worked in Burns's Calgary and Edmonton locations before being appointed head of the standards department in Vancouver. His time with Burns gave him both management experience and an understanding of the meat industry.

On May 31, 1941, he married Alison Reid and in June the couple moved to Brownsburg, Quebec, where he had accepted a job with the Dominion Ammunition Division of Canadian Industries Ltd. His positions between 1941 and 1945 were special assistant to the production superintendent, special assistant to the assistant works manager and supervisor of the process and product improvement and rate control department.

As the end of the war approached, Wyness explored other career opportunities. After considering various options, he decided to accept his father-in-law's proposal that he take over the management of James Inglis Reid Ltd., which he did in the fall of 1945. This family ham curing and provisions business was well established in Vancouver. Its slogan 'we hae meat that ye can eat' and reputation for quality products with a Scottish flavour including haggis, was well known in Vancouver and beyond. For example, F. W. Bunton who owned Fraser River Hardware in Prince George regularly ordered cured ham and bacon sent up by Greyhound bus. Wyness managed the business until it closed in 1986.

Gordon Wyness passed away on July 7, 2004.

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In 1936, Gordon Young Wyness was employed by Philip M. Monckton, a B.C. Land Surveyor. Between June 5 and October 8, Wyness joined Monckton and a group of others on a land survey expedition in northwestern BC. The survey crew travelled to various locations in the area including Telkwa, Hazelton, Burns Lake, Francoise Lake, Vanderhoof, Prince George, Quesnel, Lytton, and Hope. Wyness documented their journey in this photograph album. Based on the photographs, it appears that the crew led by Philip Monckton consisted of Jack Lee and Gordon Wyness; Mrs. Lavender Monckton (nee O'Hara) also accompanied the group.

In addition to the 50 photographs included in the album, this collection also includes five additional unique photographs that accompanied the album.

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Personal or academic use of materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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