Fonds 1202 - Vernon Russell Davies fonds

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UTA 1202


Vernon Russell Davies fonds


  • 1913-1958 (Creation)

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0.63 m of textual, graphic, and architectural records (4 boxes)

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Vernon Russell Davies was born in 1890 in Sheffield, England and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1891, settling in Minnedosa, Manitoba. After high school graduation he studied engineering at the University of Manitoba enrolling in 1914. In 1916, he enlisted in the Western University Battalion of the World War I Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served in France and Germany and was awarded the Military Cross in 1918.

After returning to Canada in 1918, he studied at McGill University graduating with a Master of Science. He taught engineering at the University of Manitoba, Queen's University and the Royal Military College until the mid 1940s. He joined the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering as a special lecturer in 1944, instructor and demonstrator. During the late 1940s and early 1950s he ran the Vernon Davies Tutorial School providing educational assistance to anyone planning to take the Ontario Land Surveyors exams. He left the University in 1961. He died on April 2, 1983 at age 93.

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This fonds contains records documenting Mr. Davies' university education at McGill University and some records relating to his teaching at University of Toronto (mainly internal publication of Staff notes for courses such as Elementary Surveying), and the Royal Military College, Kingston (1938-39) The majority of the records relate to the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors and its examinations ca 1948-1955. These records include lecture notes and copies of examinations relating to Algebra, Astronomy, Curves, Surveying, Drainage laws, etc. and collected and produced while operating his Tutorial School.

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