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 Bird: Early Life

Arthur Julius Bird was born on July 25, 1875, in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. His parents were Charles Bird and Gertrude Margaret Wrightson.

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

 

Marriage to Alice Wills

In 1906, in Kettering, Northamptonshire, Arthur married Alice Edith Whitworth Wills. She was born on March 18, 1877. Her parents were Edmund George Wills (1845–1889) and Lousia Sophia Whitworth (1845–1933).

 

Ancestry.com. Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Register Type: Parish Registers; Reference Numbers: 185P/29. Name: Arthur Julius Bird; Gender: Male; Age: 31; Event Type: Marriage; Birth Year: abt 1875; Marriage Date: 20 Dec 1906; Marriage Place: Kettering, St Peter and St Paul, Northamptonshire, England; Register Type: Parish Registers; Parish as it Appears: Kettering; Father: Charles Bird; Spouse: Alice Edith Whitworth Wills.

 

To Vancouver

Arthur and Alice moved to Vancouver in 1907. Arthur designed a wide range of apartments, commercial buildings and houses.

 

Military Service

Arthur enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

 

Return to Vancouver

After Arthur 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.

 

Vancouver Daily World, January 2, 1923, page 1, column 3.

 

Marriage to Olive Hawker

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 parents were William Thomas Hawker and Lucy Rossiter.

 

To England

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.

 

To Victoria

About 1959, Arthur and Olive moved to Victoria, British Columbia.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 4, 1960, page 16, columns 1-3.

 

Arthur died in Victoria on October 21, 1967.

 

Vancouver Province, October 23, 1967, page 28, column 2.

 

Olive died in Victoria on August 12, 1978.

 

Victoria Times, August 15, 1978, page 33, column 7.

 

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

 

Sources

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/node/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.

 

Edmund George Wills (father of Alice Edith Whitworth Wills)

Edmund George Wills (1845–1889); Birth: 1845, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England; Death: 1889, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England (ancestry.ca).

 

Lousia Sophia Whitworth (mother of Alice Edith Whitworth Wills)

Lousia Sophia Whitworth (1845–1933); Birth: ABT 1845, Olney, Buckinghamshire, England; Death: 1933, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England (ancestry.ca).

 

Alice Edith Whitworth Wills (wife of Arthur Julius Bird)

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XD8-D9G : 1 October 2014), Alice Edith Wills, 1876; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27C-WGNS : 10 December 2017), Alice E Wills in household of Louisa S Wills, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 45, Piece/Folio 1574/131, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,480.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9YX-S7V : 20 May 2019), Alice E W Wills in household of Louisa S Wills, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Kettering subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D8K-3KC : 13 December 2014), Alice Edith W Wills, 1906; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1906, quarter 4, vol. 3B, p. 389, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“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 (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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