Fonds PR3183 - Christopher Gordon Mundy fonds

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Christopher Gordon Mundy fonds

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    • 1911-1972 (Creation)

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    26 maps. -- 1 photograph. -- 1 audio reel.

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    Biographical history

    Christopher Gordon Mundy was born in Exter, Devon, England in 1884. He came to Canada in 1904, and lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba. While living in Winnipeg and working for the Manitoba Government, he drew the first large scale map of the City of Winnipeg.

    In 1911, he traveled by stagecoach to western Canada and settled in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1911, he formed Mundy Blueprint Company in Edmonton, operating out of the Empire Building. In 1912, the Company became the Mundy Map Company. During 1911 and 1912, he created the first map of the Edmonton and Peace River District. In 1913, Mayor William Short asked Mundy to create a street numbering system for the City of Edmonton, after Edmonton and Strathcona amalgamated.

    In 1915, he enlisted with the Third University Corps of the P.P.C.L.I. He married Irene "Reenie" Tardew (1890-1981) in Berkshire in 1916, and together they had two children: Margaret Ruth (Lauder) (1918-2007) and David (1919-2013)

    Upon his return to Canada, he created a map of Western Canada from 1919-1921 that included the populations of towns in small communities. During 1921 and 1925, he made special maps for use during the Fort Normal Oil boom using information collected by bush pilots. During 1926 and 1935, he published an Alberta School map, the first wall-size school map made and published in Canada. From 1938 to 1944, he closed the office and worked from his house. However he reemerged from retirement to make maps for use during the construction of the Alaska Highway.

    In 1944, he and his wife, Rennie, moved to Vancouver, British Columbia After moving to Vancouver, he continued to create and develop series of maps featuring Western Canada.

    Christopher Gordon Mundy died in Vancouver in 1972.

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    The fonds consists of material created by Gordon C. Mundy and divides into two series: the Mundy's Map Company series and Personal Material series.

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    The Provincial Archives of Alberta acquired the material comprising this fonds from various sources.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accessions PR1969.0320, PR1970.0378, PR1972.0077, and PR1972.0266.

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