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William Molson Macpherson fonds [graphic material, textual record]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

48 watercolours : multiple processes.
41 prints : multiple processes.
13 prints : 1 photomechanical print and 12 half-tones.
117 photographs : b&w.
0.3 cm of textual records (8 p.).
23 paintings : oil.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of works of art, including paintings, prints, and watercolours of landmarks, cityscapes, scenic views, historical events and personalities, and MacPherson family members. It also contains photographs of views along the B.C. route of the Canadian Pacific Railway, ca. 1888. The fonds includes an original 8 page letter, dated 18 October 1911, to W.M. Macpherson written by his sister, Isabel, relating to E.B. Osler, Lord Willoughby-de-Broke, W.Page Croft, and family business. Enclosed are clippings about Lord Willoughby-de-Broke, the Halsbury Club, A.J. Balfour, the Imperial Conference of 1911 and a London, England, labour dispute.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions. Copyright expired. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada.
Art: No restrictions. Copyright expired. Crown copyright on reproductions. Credit: National Archives of Canada.

Paintings, watercolours and prints: Online item level description. Biography of William Molson Macpherson in accession file. List of captions in accession file. (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Businessman Banker

W.M. Macpherson was born in Montreal, the son of Sir David L. Macpherson and Elizabeth Molson, and was educated in England. After entering business in England, he returned to Canada in 1870. In 1872, he formed the Dominion Steamship Company and subsequently became director of a number of other companies. He was associated with Molson's Bank for many years and in 1897 became president. Macpherson was also a Harbour Commissioner for the Port of Quebec and an active supporter of the campaign to rehabilitate the Plains of Abraham. See Canadian Who's Who, 1910, p. 146.

Additional information

Art reproductions: Items are located in Manuscript Box "Misc. Historical Events". They were acquired at the same time and from the same source as accessions 1933-238 and 240.

Textual records acquired in 1966 from J. Bourque of Ottawa, Ont.

Subject heading

1. London (England) - Labour disputes, 1911 Isabel Macpherson, 1911.
2. Business enterprises - Canada, 1911 E.B. Osler, 1911.
3. Lord Willoughby de Broke, 1911.
4. W. Page Croft, 1911.
5. Halsbury Club, 1911.
6. A.J. Balfour, 1911.
7. Imperial Conference of 1911.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1933-239 PIC
2. 1933-240 NPC
3. 1989-219 DAP
4. 1989-278 DAP
5. 1989-514 X DAP
6. 1989-601 DAP