Fonds F01865 - Davies family fonds

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Davies family fonds

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CA ON00239 F01865

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  • 1860-1988 (Creation)
    Davies (family)

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10 m of textual records, ca. 50 photographs

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William Rupert Davies was born on September 12, 1879, at Welshpool, Mongomeryshire, Wales and emigrated to Canada in 1894. Shortly after his arrival he became an apprentice in the printing trade with the Brantford Expositor. He entered the newspaer field as publisher and editor in 1908 when he leased The Herald, a weekly paper printed in Thamesville, Ontario. Successful as a publisher, he purchased The Herald in 1908. Ten years later he sold it and bought The Renfrew Mercury, a larger weekly, which he published until 1925. Later that year he purchased The Daily British Whig of Kingston and, in December, 1926, merged with The Daily Standard of Kingston, becoming vice-president and editor and later the president (1931) of the newly formed Whig-Standard. Davies entered the broadcasting business in 1941 when he formed Allied Broadcasting Corporation to build and operate a radio station in Kingston.. In August, 1942, Radio Station CKWS was established. In November 1942 Davies was appointed to the Senate of Canada, a position he held until his death in 1967.

Arthur Llewellyn Davies, the son of William Rupert and Florence (Mackay) Davies was born August 18, 1903, at Brantford, Ontario. In 1926 he became City Editor for the Daily British Whig, newly purchased by his father. He continued in the family business and in 1951 became the Publisher of Canada's oldest daily newpaper. He held this position until succeeded by his son, Michael.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, subject files, financial records, and photographs relating ot the business operations of the Davies family. The files relate to two generations of the family - William Rupert Davies and Arthur Llewellyn Davies. The records are valuable for a study of their newspaper and radio broadcasting interests. In addition there is a large collection of Margaret Esther Davies correspondence, subject files and addresses.

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Donated by Michael Davies - 1992, 1998


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  • English

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V163.16 SE
F3 E6
KAD 48
Map 1

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Public domain

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No further accruals are expected

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  • Shelf: 5118
  • Shelf: 5001.7
  • Shelf: KAD 48
  • Folder: V163.16 SE
  • Shelf: F3 E6
  • Map cabinet: Map 1
  • Shelf: F5 D10
  • Shelf: 5002.8
  • Shelf: 5010.4
  • Map cabinet: 302-Map 153