Bird, Arthur Julius (1875-1967)

Arthur Julius Bird, Northern who's who - a biographical dictionary of men and women - 1916 - page 61; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/61/mode/1up.

Arthur Julius Bird, Northern who’s who – a biographical dictionary of men and women – 1916 – page 61; https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/61/mode/1up.

Mrs. Arthur J. Bird was married to Arthur Julius Bird, who was an architect. Mrs. Bird lived at 1180 Denman Street in 1918.

Arthur Julius Bird was born on July 25, 1875, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. His father was Charles Bird; his mother was Gertrude Margaret Wrightson.

After training as an architect, he worked as an architect’s assistant with Edward Burgess, and later with other architects in England.

In 1906, in Kettering, Northamptonshire, he married Alice Edith Whitworth Wills. She was born on March 18, 1877.

Arthur and Alice moved to Vancouver in 1907. Arthur designed a wide range of apartments, commercial buildings and houses. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. After he returned to Vancouver about 1919, he became the city architect for the City of Vancouver.

Alice died in Vancouver on January 1, 1923. She had been looking after Arthur, who had been ill with influenza, when she had a stroke (or apoplexy). She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

On November 21, 1926, in New Westminster, British Columbia, Arthur married Olive Elsie Hawker, who was a telegraph clerk. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, on August 1, 1897. Her father was William Thomas Hawker; her mother was Lucy Rossiter.

Arthur and Olive stayed in Vancouver until about 1934, when Arthur went to work for the London County Council in England. After the war, he worked for the British War Damage Commission. He later retired in England, and stayed there until he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, about 1959.

Arthur died in Victoria on October 21, 1967.

Olive died in Victoria on August 12, 1978.

It appears that Arthur did not have any children with either Alice or Olive.

 

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Arthur Julius Bird

Donald Luxton, Building the West: The Early Architects of British Columbia, 2003, pages 346-347, 492.

Arthur Julius Bird(1875-1967), Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, http://www.dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/architects/view/1120.

British Columbia from the earliest times to the present ([1914])Volume 4, page 365, https://archive.org/stream/britishcolumbiaf04schouoft#page/365/mode/1up

Arthur Julius Bird, Northern who’s who; a biographical dictionary of men and women, 1916, page 61, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/61/mode/1up.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J38P-SMN : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 15 Sep 1875; citing Manningham, York, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 6358517.

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2X8Z-MDD : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 1875.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JQDQ-CSC : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 15 Sep 1875; citing Manningham, York, England, reference yr 1875-1883 p 1; FHL microfilm 6358517.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJBD-56Z : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Bird, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 12, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJNM-NJJF : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 1900.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X987-FZ5 : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur J Bird, St Pancras, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJNS-MMSS : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 1902.

“England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913”, index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QJNW-3L5N : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 1903.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2D8X-3PB : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 1906.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLDX-3XM : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur J Bird, Aug 1907; citing “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Vancouver, British Columbia, , line 7, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 58, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLBB-QTB : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur J Bird, Aug 1907; citing “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Vancouver, British Columbia, , line 7, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 58, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 7 Vancouver City, page 35. http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63917&highlight=43&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Arthur+J.+Bird

Private Arthur Julius Bird, Canadian Expedtionary Force, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=129489

Canadian Expeditionary Force, http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=44382; Name: Bird, Arthur Julius; Regimental Number: 628189; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 743 – 41; Item Number:44382.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XP9P-CYW : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Bird, Dec 1921; citing “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Montreal, Quebec, , line 13, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 431, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8P-Y9H : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird and Olive Elsie Hawker, 21 Nov 1926.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYS-8GD : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Arthur Julius Bird, 21 Oct 1967; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13285, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2033929.

 

Alice Edith Whitworth Wills (first wife of Arthur Julius Bird)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKJ-P72 : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Alice Edith Whitworth Bird, 01 Jan 1923; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13122, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927299.

“Mrs. A.J. Bird to be Buried Today: Wife of Civic Building Inspector Dies Suddenly After Nursing Husband,” Vancouver Sun, January 3, 1923, page 12: “Funeral services will be held today in memory of Mrs. Arthur J. Bird, wife of the head of the civic building department, who died on Monday following an attack of influenza. Rev. Charles B. Clarke will officiate, the service being held at Kearney’s undertaking parlors at 2 p.m. It will be a private funeral with no flowers, at the request of the bereaved husband. Mrs. Bird was taken suddenly ill on Sunday after having successfully nursed her husband who had been suffering from influenza during eh previous week. She sank rapidly, dying the following morning. Mr. Bird was the recipient of many messages of sympathy yesterday from his associates at the city. Mts. Bird was 45 years of age and came to Vancouver in 1906 shortly after her marriage. She was a native of Kettering, Hants, England, where her mother, Mrs. W. Wills, is still living.”

 

Olive Elsie Hawker (second wife of Arthur Julius Bird)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLBB-BXB : accessed 02 Jul 2014), Olive Elsie Bird, 12 Aug 1978; citing Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13587, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2051146.

 

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