Fonds whyte-1069 - Astley family fonds

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Astley family fonds

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WHYTE whyte-1069

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13 textual records. -- ca.40 photographs: prints

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Willoughby John Astley, 1859-1948, came to Banff in 1888 and built the Beach House Hotel at Lake Minnewanka. He moved to Lake Louise in 1889. Brother, Charles D'Oyley Astley, 1849-1937, and Lucy Ann Astley continued to operate the hotel until 1907 when they retired to Banff. The hotel was destroyed as part of power development at Lake Minnewanka, ca.1912.

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Fonds consists of notes, correspondence and articles pertaining to the Astley family and early history of Lake Louise and Lake Minnewanka areas. Fonds includes correspondence between Willoughby Astley and J. A. Jaffary of the Provincial Library, Alberta, 1928-1929, re place names in the Lake Louise area; scrapbook of clippings re World War I, including a list of Banff men who enlisted; Beach House Hotel guest register, 1890-1906, recording name and residence of guest, and occasionally record of fish caught; Astley family photographs, ca.1886-1930s. Photographs pertain to fishing and boating on Lake Minnewanka; Beach House Hotel and Lady of the Lake steam launch; Devil's Canyon, Bankhead and Banff; views of avalanche clearing in Roger's Pass by Byron Harmon. Includes one panorama view of group at Lake Minnewanka.

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Some photographs are copies

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Acquired by donation and transfer, 1972-1994, 2008;Gift of Constance (Astley) Martindale, 1972; Violet (Astley) Soole, 1972, 1978; Eric Soole, son of Violet Soole, 1992. Beach House hotel register was acquired through transfer from the Glenbow Archives in 1994. It was donated to the Glenbow by Mrs. D. M. Soole in 1973; Silvia Soole, 2008.


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Finding aids and reference tools: reference copy of hotel register

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Record No. M265 / V394<br><br>

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