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Major James Skitt Matthews
[Major James Skitt Matthews]
September 7, 1878 - October 1, 1970
At one time an officer with the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles Sixth Regiment—and described as a "holy terror"—Major Matthews was first granted use of a garret over the old city market at Hastings and Main in 1931 and was later appointed city archivist in 1933.
Originally from Wales, via New Zealand, Matthews came to Vancouver in 1898. He was given Freedom of the City in 1954 and made Kitsilano Citizen of the Year in July 1959; while the Native Sons of B.C., Post 2 named him Vancouver’s good citizen for 1957.
The Vancouver City Archives building is named after him.
Initiated : January 24, 1910
Western Gate Lodge No. 48

Source: Freemasons Who Made a Difference. Photo: Major James Skitt Matthews, V.D., 6th Regiment, "The Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles", Vancouver. Enrolled as Private, 17 March 1903. Officer Commanding, Feb. 1916. Medals:- British War, Victory Medal, Officers Long Service Decoration, Long Ser. Medal. Retired retaining rank. Photo by George T. Wadds, Feb. 1936. Vancouver City Archives Photo: Port P. 11.1, N932

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