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Helen Dawe Collection -- Index

Series 6
   Aerial Photographs (6.1)
    Bog, Marsh Sechelt (6.2)
    General, Panoramic views (6.3)
    General, Panoramic views (6.4)
    Identified buildings (6.5)
    First Nations of Sechelt (6.6)
    Individual people/groups (6.7)
    May Days, picnics, etc. (6.8)
    Resource Industries (6.9)
    Schools (6.10)
    Ships (6.11)
    Transportation (6.12)
    Whitaker family (6.13)
    Cook, Dawe, Steele, Whittaker familes (6.14)

Series 2
General A-Z -- The Crucils

Series 10
Union Steamship and All Red Line Companies

Series 11
Captain Sam and Ada Dawe

Series 13
The Sechelt Inn

Series 20
Souvenir brochures, postcards

Series 24
   Merry Island lighthouse

Helen Dawe and the Helen Dawe Collection

Helen Isabel Dawe, 1914-1983, was born and brought up in Vancouver with summer holidays spent at her mother's home in Sechelt. She was the daughter of Captain Sam Dawe and his wife Ada who had come to Sechelt as an infant in 1894 with her parents, Thomas John and Sarah Cook.

Helen graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1935 with a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto in 1937, a Bachelor of Library Studies in 1947 and in 1949, a Diploma in Agricultural, Poultry Husbandry, both from UBC.

Early in WWII she joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving in London, England as a coder at Canadian Naval Headquarters with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. In 1950 during the Korean War she joined the American Air Force and was librarian at George Air Force Base in California. Returning to Canada, she worked at the Victoria Provincial Library and then became head of the acquisitions department at the Vancouver Public Library until 1965 when she moved to live permanently in Sechelt.

She spent the next eighteen years collecting documents, photographs, films and tapes, maps and charts, government (both local and provincial) records, individual's reminiscences and organizations' official records, books and local newspapers -- anything and everything relevant to the history of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast. The majority of the descriptions that accompany the photographs in this collection were written by her.

While amassing her collection she found time to serve on Sechelt's Intermediate Care Society's Committee, be a Director of the Sechelt Marsh Protection Society, worked on the parks committee responsible for Kinnikinick Park and be a member of the Sechelt Branch of St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary. She was a tireless advocate for Sechelt, rarely missing a Sechelt Council meeting where she quietly reminded the Council of the need to preserve the local environment and its history.







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