Fonds PR1538 - G. H. (Mike) Finland fonds

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G. H. (Mike) Finland fonds

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    • 1929-[1950] (Creation)

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    76 photographs. - 0.01 m of textual records

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    George H. (Mike) Finland was born on April 21, 1901 in Victoria, British Columbia. He attended Victoria High School and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1927. He began working for consolidated Mining and Smelting Company (Cominco) at Kimberly, British Columbia, and when the company established a flying school at Creston, British Columbia, Finland trained to become a pilot, receiving his license in 1930. He married Olive Kells (1908-1998) in 1933 and together they had two children: Gail (Higham) and Beverley (Rhodes).

    He worked in various locations for Cominco, including Goldfields, Saskatchewan, and was involved in the staking of the Cominco gold property near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 1935. In 1942 he became an instructor at Number (No.) 2 Air Observer School (AOS) in Edmonton, Alberta that was operated by Canadian Airways, and in 1943 was transferred to No. 8 OAS in Quebec. He served there until the end of World War II and in 1953 became manager of Alberta-Northwest Chamber of Mines, a position he held until his retirement in 1971.

    Finland was inducted into Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1974 and in 1977 worked for McIntyre Mines as an intermediary between industry and the provincial government. He died on November 4, 1983.

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    The fonds consists of copied and original photographs that pertain to the career of G.H. (Mike) Finland as a pilot with Cominco and includes images of airplane, float planes, camps, aerial views of towns, airplane construction and repair equipment, accidents, boats, buildings and First Nations women. Fonds also includes images of G.H. (Mike) Finland and various other pilots and an index with information about the photographs.

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    Mr. G.H. (Mike) Finland deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1976.


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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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        Records of various other Albertan pilots can be found in the Provincial Archives of Alberta holdings.

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        Information for the biographical sketch was taken from Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame website located at\_members.htm (accessed February 2005) and from the Yukon News website located at (accessed February 2005).

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        Includes accession PR1976.0423.

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