Halford Wilson Correspondence 1940 - 1

Halford Wilson Correspondence 1940 - 1


Title Proper PR0038 MS0012 BOX 1 FILE 03
Date(s) 1940
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This file contains correspondence between Halford Wilson and British Columbians concerning the “Oriental question.” Some letters debate Wilson on his anti-Oriental stance (see Captain John Bowen-Colthrust to Wilson and reply; and letter from Mrs. Ryan, 11 Feb. 1940) while others express their satisfaction with Wilson’s “fight against the Peaceful Penetration of Orientals, especially Japs.” One letter of particular interest is addressed to a Mrs. Margaret Brookes who was concerned about the sale of 1420 Arbutus Street to “a Japanese.” Wilson assures her that he is doing all in his power to “prevent the intrusion on the part of Orientals in the commercial activities of [Vancouver].”
Name of creator
Wilson, Halford David, 1904-1988 created this archive during his time as a Vancouver politician.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized in full.



Halford Wilson Correspondence 1940 - 1
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