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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Accession Number
2003.002
Date Range
1937-[ca.1980]
Scope and Content
Fonds consists primarily of photographs and slides taken by Mary Weiler. Textual records include correspondence, several issues of the "Log" of the Columbia Coast Mission, and material about Victor Von Donop, for whom Von Donop Inlet is named. Fonds is arranged in five series: 1: Photographs, 2: Slides, 3: Correspondence, 4: Von Donop and 5: Ephemera.
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Weiler, Otto
Fonds Number
2003.002
Accession Number
2003.002
Material Type
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
1937-[ca.1980]
Physical Description
472 photographs (132 prints: b&w and col.; 340 slides: col. slides) 1 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
In April of 1947 Otto and Mary Weiler were recently returned from London, and they were war weary---Mary was recovering from tuberculosis, and Otto from injuries sustained in the army, and like most people in those days, they were left strapped by the Depression and the War--- but they had a dream. They chartered a boat, and traveled up the BC coast, seeking a place where they could live---in their words---"a happy, romantic, bohemian life". Otto John—always known affectionately as Ottie---was born in Victoria, BC on March 27, 1903, to a well-to-do mercantile family. His grandparents, John and Christiana Weiler, arrive in Fort Victoria in the early 1850's from Germany by way of San Francisco, where they established a successful furniture factory and other businesses. Reminders of the Weiler family still exist in Victoria, most notably the six-story Weiler Building at the corner of Broad and Government streets, originally a grandly-appointed department store, and the Weiler cenotaph in Ross Bay cemetery. Mary was born Mary Agnes Campbell on March 13, 1915, in Enderby, BC. Her grandparents were pioneers who arrived in the North Okanogan to farm in the 1880's. The family moved to New Westminster in 1921. After high school Mary studied nursing at the Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria, and then departed for France, having decided to work her way around the world. When war broke out, however, she was evacuated from France at Dunkirk, and immediately joined the British army. She served a nurse in London for the duration of the war, and here she met Ottie, a major with the Canadian Scottish regiment. There were married in 1943, and both went back to their respective postings with the army, looking forward to the day when they could live together. When Ottie and Mary sailed into Whaletown Bay, they were immediately enchanted by the house on the point, half-built and occupying 5 rocky acres of waterfront. They were urban and idealistic, and ready to throw themselves into life on a remote island. At first they turned their hand to fishing commercially. Their boat was twelve-foot clinker built inboard; a salmon license cost a dollar. In 1949 they were hired by Cece Stubbs to manage the Whaletown Store. When Gary and Velma Bergman bought the store in 1956, Ottie was offered the position of Whaletown postmaster, a job he held until a few months before his death. Mary was an artist—a talented and serious one. In spite of the isolation of Cortes Island in those days, she made a name for herself as a British Columbia artist of note, showing her work widely and selling internationally. Her studio was the dining-room table, surrounded by a swirl of children, and her paintings and prints were created in the midst of the gardening, fishing and canning necessary to country survival. Ottie was a writer---he had been a journalist before the war---and was a passionate gardener, fisherman, hunter and forager who tirelessly explored the trails and homesteads on the north end of Cortes, and beachcombed all his firewood. They were both dedicated to community service. Ottie was Justice of the Peace, a thoughtful counselor once famously referred to by Gilean Douglas as 'a Justice who really practiced peace' and he also served on the boards of the Whaletown Community Club and other organizations for many years. Mary acted as a community nurse, as well as teaching First Aid classes, holding monthly clinics, and canvassing for the Canadian cancer society. She taught annual art classes and workshops for adults and children, and in the late '60s, she and Ottie opened a summer art gallery in their Whaletown home---the Garden Gallery---as a showcase for local artists and craftspeople. Ottie and Mary had four daughters---Christina, born March 23rd, 1951; Brigid, born June 6th, 1953; Alexandra (who, however, has always gone by the nickname “Johnny”) born May 5th, 1955; and Sarah, born September 27th, 1958. In 1973 Ottie died after a short illness, and Mary didn't want to stay in their dream home without him. In 1974 she sold the house and said farewell to Whaletown. Mary Weiler went on to many more adventures—studying, travelling, and always making art---and died in Victoria in1999. [by Brigid Weiler, March 10, 2016]
Custodial History
This material was created or collected by Mary and Otto Weiler and donated to CIMAS by their daughter Brigid Weiler. The first accession was in 2003 (Accession #2003.002). There are two accruals: #2009.002 and #2017.001.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists primarily of photographs and slides taken by Mary Weiler. Textual records include correspondence, several issues of the "Log" of the Columbia Coast Mission, and material about Victor Von Donop, for whom Von Donop Inlet is named. Fonds is arranged in five series: 1: Photographs, 2: Slides, 3: Correspondence, 4: Von Donop and 5: Ephemera.
Storage Location
Photograph Box #3 Slide Album #2 Small Box 1
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Weiler, Otto
Subject Access
Columbia Coast Mission
Fishing
Health care
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Series
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1945] - [ca.1979]
Scope and Content
Series consists of 132 photographs, mostly of Cortes Island; the majority are of people and places in the Whaletown area. Almost all of the photographs are black and white.
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Series
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number Range
2002.002.001-.052; .393-.394; .430-507
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1945] - [ca.1979]
Physical Description
132 photographs
Scope and Content
Series consists of 132 photographs, mostly of Cortes Island; the majority are of people and places in the Whaletown area. Almost all of the photographs are black and white.
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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The Weiler house, with laundry hanging on a line

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1953
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.001
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1953
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 13.5 x 7.5 cm
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Meg Shaw's boat (left) and the Weiler's boat in the entrance to Whaletown Bay

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1951]
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.002
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1951]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 12 x 7.5 cm
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Freight boat entering Whaletown Bay, seen through the window of the Weiler house

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[195-?]
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.003
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[195-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Subject Access
Water transport
Transportation
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Mary Weiler painting en plein air at Marina Island

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. late 1940s]
Scope and Content
Verso reads "Mary Weiler, late 40s, Subtle (Camp) Island", but the location has been definitively identified as a bay on the west side of Marina Island.
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.004
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. late 1940s]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 11.5 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
Verso reads "Mary Weiler, late 40s, Subtle (Camp) Island", but the location has been definitively identified as a bay on the west side of Marina Island.
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
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Tea party at the Whaletown school

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. late 1950s]
Scope and Content
Photograph shows women seated around a table in the schoolroom, with children to the side. At table, L to R: Joan Titus, Jessie Hammond, Muriel Whiting, Pat Robertson, Lynn Robertson, Kay Waring
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.005
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. late 1950s]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph shows women seated around a table in the schoolroom, with children to the side. At table, L to R: Joan Titus, Jessie Hammond, Muriel Whiting, Pat Robertson, Lynn Robertson, Kay Waring
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Art class taught by Mary Weiler in the Whaletown school

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1959]
Scope and Content
Photograph shows, L to R: Don McDevitt, Bernie Woodward, Amy McKenzie, Edith Huck, Lottie McDevitt
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.006
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1959]
Physical Description
2 photographs: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph shows, L to R: Don McDevitt, Bernie Woodward, Amy McKenzie, Edith Huck, Lottie McDevitt
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Mary Weiler's art class in the Whaletown school

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1959]
Scope and Content
Photo shows, L to R: Don McDevitt, Lottie McDevitt, Bernard Woodward and Edith Huck in the classroom at the Whaletown school
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.007
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1959]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photo shows, L to R: Don McDevitt, Lottie McDevitt, Bernard Woodward and Edith Huck in the classroom at the Whaletown school
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Mary Weiler's art class in the Whaletown school, with artwork displayed in front of the chalkboard

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Bernard Woodward, painting; behind him are Brian and David Kelly and Dennis Newsham (?)
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.008
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Bernard Woodward, painting; behind him are Brian and David Kelly and Dennis Newsham (?)
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Art class taught by Mary Weiler at the Whaletown clinic

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1960]
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Peggy Newsham and Edith Huck, backs to the camera, drawing Duncan Robertson, who is modelling. (same as 2003.002.010)
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.009
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Peggy Newsham and Edith Huck, backs to the camera, drawing Duncan Robertson, who is modelling. (same as 2003.002.010)
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Art class at the Whaletown clinic

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1960]
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Peggy Newsham and Edith Huck, backs to the camera, drawing Duncan Robertson, who is modelling. (same as 2003.002.010)
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.010
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Peggy Newsham and Edith Huck, backs to the camera, drawing Duncan Robertson, who is modelling. (same as 2003.002.010)
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Art class taught by Mary Weiler at the Whaletown clinic

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1960]
Scope and Content
Photograph of the art class at the Whaletown clinic. Duncan Robertson, who is modelling, in the foreground. Kay Waring is at far left and Don McDevitt at far right.
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.011
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. 1960]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of the art class at the Whaletown clinic. Duncan Robertson, who is modelling, in the foreground. Kay Waring is at far left and Don McDevitt at far right.
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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First Aid class at the Whaletown clinic

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Scope and Content
Photograph of a First Aid class taught by Mary Weiler in the Whaletown clinic. Amy McKenzie is bending over a "patient"; Diane Hansen is at far left, with other women seated along the wall.
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.012
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of a First Aid class taught by Mary Weiler in the Whaletown clinic. Amy McKenzie is bending over a "patient"; Diane Hansen is at far left, with other women seated along the wall.
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Subject Access
Health care
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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First Aid class at the Whaletown clinic

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Scope and Content
Photograph of a First Aid class taught by Mary Weiler; there are two beds with "patients" being attended by women. Hazel McCoy and Diane Hansen are seated far left; other women are seated along the walls.
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.013
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of a First Aid class taught by Mary Weiler; there are two beds with "patients" being attended by women. Hazel McCoy and Diane Hansen are seated far left; other women are seated along the walls.
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Subject Access
Health care
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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First Aid class at the Whaletown clinic

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Scope and Content
Photograph of Mary Weiler's First Aid class. Maude Woodward is in the back at left; Peggy Newsham is facing front beside the front "patient".
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.014
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
1960
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of Mary Weiler's First Aid class. Maude Woodward is in the back at left; Peggy Newsham is facing front beside the front "patient".
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Subject Access
Health care
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca.1960]
Scope and Content
Photograph of women, some with children on their laps, lined up in chairs in the Whaletown clinic on Clinic day.
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.015
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca.1960]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Photograph of women, some with children on their laps, lined up in chairs in the Whaletown clinic on Clinic day.
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Subject Access
Health care
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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John Nagle (left) and Ottie Weiler standing in front of the Whaletown Trading Post

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. late 1940s]
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.016
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[ca. late 1940s]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 9 x 6 cm
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Whaletown Trading Post when managed by Otto Weiler and John Nagle

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Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[between 1947 and 1956]
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.017
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[between 1947 and 1956]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 14 x 9 cm
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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Garden and front of the Whaletown Trading Post

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Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[between 1947 and 1955]
Part Of
Mary and Otto Weiler fonds
Description Level
Item
Creator
Weiler, Mary
Fonds Number
2003.002
Series Number
1
Item Number
2003.002.018
Material Type
graphic material
Date Range
[between 1947 and 1955]
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 13 x 9 cm
Storage Location
Photograph box 3
Name Access
Weiler, Mary
Geographic Access
Cortes Island
Whaletown
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