Fonds PR0020 - Velda Holland fonds

Domestic Science Diploma Image of postcard Message of postcard 2 Women at lake Graduation portrait of a man Portrait of Velda Holland Dog sledding across a snowy plain Cabin in the snow Portrait of a baby Portrait of a man
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Velda Holland fonds


  • [18-]-[ca.1948], 1987 (Creation)

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175 photographs : incl. negatives. -- 22 slides. -- 1 map. -- 4cm of textual records. -- 10 certificates. -- 8 postcards. -- 1 audiocassette.

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Velda Holland was born to Fred and Aurina (Rena) Holland in Victoria, BC in 1909. The family lived at 1315 Camosun Street from 1910-1954. She graduated with a Domestic Science Diploma from Girls' Central School in 1924. She earned an advanced certificate in penmanship lessons in the Commercial Edition of the MacLean Method of Muscular Movement Writing in 1925; completed a regular course of study in the Stenography Department with honours from Sprott Shaw Business Institute in 1926; passed a junior theoretical musical exam with distiniction in April 1933 and an intermediate organ exam in June 1933 in Victoria, BC through the McGill University Conservatorium of Music. She went on to teach music education, serve as All Saints Church Chair, and work as a secretary at Royal Roads Military College, and held a British Columbia Driver's Licence in 1929. She moved from View Royal to a retirement home in Saanich and passed away in 2001.

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Gifted by Velda Holland; 1 accession donated in 2001.

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Fonds predominantly consists of photographs of the Holland family in Victoria. The fonds also includes photos of the Holland’s in the Yukon, as well as a collection of unidentified professional portraits (1800s – early 1900s) created by photographers in Victoria and Scotland. The fonds includes high school and post-secondary certificates awarded to Velda, as well as her baptismal and confirmation certificates from St. Barnabas church in Victoria. The fonds includes a hydrographic map of Esquimalt Harbour (1947), souvenir programs from Victoria anniversary celebrations, newspaper clippings, a menu from a dinner on the S.S. Prince George, souvenir picture books of Alaska, the Yukon (ca. 1900), and Canada (1924), an audiocassette (unknown recording), a book about building hand railings (1881) that belonged to Fred Holland, as well as a business textbook. The fonds also consists of correspondence sent to Velda and the Holland family, including greeting cards, postcards that feature images of BC and Alberta, and a letter from John Dean about his world travels. Additionally the fonds includes a report outlining options for View Royal incorporating as a town (1987).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Records are provided for personal research and enjoyment. Shared images must be credited to View Royal Archives. All other uses require permission.

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  • English

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