Archival Documents

Gordon Alexander McIntyre fonds [graphic material, textual records]

Creation Date(s): Copied 1995 (originally created 1933 and 1955)

Physical Description:
22 photographs : b&w copy negatives. -1 cm textual records

Bio Sketch / Admin History:
Gordon McIntyre was born in Dawson City, Yukon, in 1910. His parents were Ida and Angus McIntyre. Ida was a Swedish immigrant and Angus was an Ontarian who made his living in the Yukon by operating a freighting business. Gordon had two sisters, Hazel and Edna.

McIntyre lived in Dawson City until around 1920 when Ida and the children moved to Vancouver. McIntyre’s father moved to Mayo at this time, where he worked as manager for Greenfield and Pickering, hauling ore from Keno Hill.

Gordon McIntyre graduated from Brittania High School and later attended the Provincial Normal School, where he received a first class teaching certificate in 1930. He returned to the Yukon in 1932, settling in Mayo where he worked as a school teacher until 1941.

During World War II, McIntyre joined the Canadian Army, serving in Italy and Northern Europe. He was discharged from the army and returned to Mayo in 1946. He worked for the Yukon government for a year and then transferred to the federal government, where he worked as a mining recorder and crown timberland agent.

While in Mayo, McIntyre was secretary of the hospital board. He served as juvenile court judge for the Mayo District, as well as justice of the peace, marriage commissioner, notary public, and coroner. McIntyre was also a lieutenant in the Mayo company of the Canadian Rangers.

In 1955, McIntyre married Mayo school teacher, Ruth Batty. They had three children, Gordon Angus, Mary Evelyn, and Norman William. In 1965, McIntyre was promoted to the position of Supervisor of Lands and Chief Mining Recorder, at which time he moved to Whitehorse. In this position McIntyre also served as Assistant Territorial Commissioner. From 1974 to 1978 he was the MLA for the Mayo District, and was appointed as a Minister in 1975.

McIntyre retired in Whitehorse in 1978. In 2010 he received the History Maker award from the Yukon Heritage and Museums Association for his collection of early Mayo photographs, and for his strong interest in Yukon history. McIntyre died a year later, on June 11, 2011.

Scope and Content:
This fonds consists of photographs and a newspaper article relating to the career of Yukon freighter, Angus McIntyre. Items in this fonds were created and collected by Angus McIntyre's son, Gordon Alexander McIntyre, who lived in the Yukon from 1910-1920, and from 1932 until his death in 2011.

In addition to a 1955 newspaper article, this fonds contains twenty-two photographs of Gordon and Angus McIntyre driving horse teams along the Glacier Creek Trail to the Sixty Mile district, taken in 1933.

Accession Number(s): 1995.391, TD 465

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