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Bill Topping fonds
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Bill Topping fonds
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Physical Description:
309 photograph slides : col ; 35 mm
The fonds consists of photographs in slide format of activities and scenes of Richmond and surrounding areas. Some of the slides were taken as classroom aids for Mr. Topping who taught Geography for more than 40 years in the Richmond school system. Nearly half of the images are aerials taken from a friend's small plane. The slides show neighbourhoods in Richmond, cranberry farming, peat extraction, housing developments, fishing industry in Steveston, Fraser River scenes, along with road and bridge construction around Richmond, among other scenes
History / Biographical:
William, E. Topping, Bill, was a Vancouver resident born in 1928 who taught at Cambie School and Richmond High School before serving as Vice-Principal at Garden City and Dixon Elementary Schools. In 1996 he retired from McNair High School which, at one time, had the largest number of students anywhere in the province taking Geography. Mr. Topping taught mainly Geography throughout his career. He was a photo editor for several books of British Columbia history and wrote and published 18 books of postal history. He edited a newsletter devoted to postal history. He was member of the Richmond Retired Teachers Association and in 2008 was chair of the Scholarship Fund Committee. He died October 2017.
Topping, Bill
Bill Topping
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