of Early Sechelt -- Interviews
given to Helen Dawe. Additional comments by Helen Dawe.
Sweeny, nee Bell -Irving, 1889-1974, was one of ten children in
a prominent and well-known Vancouver family. Her father, Henry
Ogle Bell-Irving, emigrated from Scotland in 1882, and came to
Winnipeg where he signed on to work as a civil engineer for the
CPR as it pushed west. After he arrived in Vancouver, he formed
the Anglo-British Columbia Packing Company. During some of her
childhood summers, she and several of her siblings were sent to
Sechelt with a servant, nanny and nurse to stay at Herbert Whitaker's
hotel. In 1903, Isabel and several of her siblings travelled to
England to be educated. During WW1 she was a nurse at St. George's
Hospital in London. She married Ben Sweeny, son of a prominent
bank manager in Vancouver. They had two daughters and two sons.
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