Fonds F 595 - Albert William Bannister family fonds

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Albert William Bannister family fonds

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F 595

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  • 1879-1981 (Creation)

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1.0 cm of textual records
3 photographs
1 sound recording

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Albert William Bannister was born on December 25, 1861 to Edwin and Caroline Bannister (neé Hill) in Hill Ridware, Mavesyn Ridware, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. In 1879, he was indentured to Henry and George Brown to apprentice as a carpenter and builder. After completion of his apprenticeship, in 1883 he moved from Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, England to the North-West Territories. Bannister initially settled in Long Lake and then Pense, North-West Territories. During the 1885 Rebellion, Bannister drove a transport from Swift Current to Battleford via boat. By 1887, Bannister had visited England and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan to help construct Government House. Bannister also worked as caretaker at the Receiver-General's office from 1919 until his retirement in 1933.

On August 24, 1890, Bannister married Ellen Maria Evans in Regina, North-West Territories. Ellen Maria Evans was born February 9, 1866 to William and Emano Evans (neé Blackwall Cantrell) in Hulme Walfield, Cheshire, England. Prior to 1890, the family moved to the North-West Territories, Canada. Together, Albert William and Ellen Bannister had six children: Percy, (Walter) Harvey, Hettie Priscilla, (Albert) William, Nellie Marion, and Edwin. Albert William Bannister, Sr. died in 1947.

A. William Bannister, also known as William Bannister, Albert Bannister, and Bill Bannister, was born on March 21, 1898. He was educated at Victoria School and Central Collegiate in Regina. In 1917, Bannister joined the 77th Battery and went to England as a signaler. Following the war, Bannister played with the Regina Roughriders Rugby Club. He then worked as a salesman for Hudson's Bay Wholesale and McNull and Co. for 45 years. Bannister continued to reside in Regina as of 1981. Bannister married Jean Green of Medicine Hat, Alberta in May 1924. They had three children: Mildred Lockwood (married name), William Edwin Bannister, and Jean Matchett (married name).

Custodial history

Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Bannister donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1974: 1247 (Photo R) (June 1, 1974). Albert William Bannister loaned some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives for copying in one accession in 1980: R80-861 (December 1, 1980).Caroline Froher collected some of these records during her interview with Albert William Bannister and loaned them for photocopying to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1981: R81-193 (May 7, 1981). Caroline Froher donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1981: R81-192 (May 7, 1981).

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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by the Albert William Bannister family during their time in England and Regina, Saskatchewan. The records include a family record of births, marriages and deaths, possibly written by Ellen Maria Bannister, and photocopied articles about Mr. and Mrs. John Dougan (1923, 1926, and 1928).

Records pertaining to Albert William Bannister include photographs of Government House in Regina (no date) and of himself in Sons of England Lodge regalia (no date). There are also photocopies of original family documents, including: newspaper clippings about Albert William Bannister (1933, 1935, 1940, 1945, and 1947); an official copy of the birth certificate of Albert William Bannister (1918); and Albert William Bannister's record of indenture of apprenticeship (1879).

Records pertaining to A. William Bannister, son of Albert William Bannister, include: photographs of the 1919 Regina Roughriders rugby team (1919); a taped interview of A. William Bannister (1980); and photocopies of his discharge certificate from the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces (May 7, 1918) and a letter from Diefenbaker thanking him for a diamond willow cane he sent (1974).

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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SAFA 502 consists of a fonds level description and item level listings of photographs and is available in paper format. Item descriptions of photographs are also available in Threshold. Item description of sound recording is available in the Regina main card catalogue.

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Other codes: Textual records: R-E1100; Photographs: R-A21246, R-B7339, R-D1604; Sound recording: R-5688

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