Simon Francis Mackenzie fonds [graphic materials, textual records]
Physical description4 cm of textual records and graphic materials
Administrative history / Biographical sketchSimon Francis (S.F.) Mackenzie was born in Kiltarlity, Invernesshire, Scotland, on June 3, 1857, and died in Vancouver, B.C., on November 7, 1924. He came to the Lower Mainland with his brother Duncan in 1888 after a stint in Portland, Oregon, and the two engaged in business as coal merchants and general freighters. He married Annie MacLean Mackenzie on December 7, 1888, and the couple had eight children. In June 1892, Mackenzie was approached by Captain James H. Van Bramer and others with a plan to charter the Eliza Edwards for an expedition to Cocos Island off the coast of Costa Rica in search of a vast hoard of buried treasure. While professing little faith in the venture, MacKenzie went along with his vessel. While the expedition likely found no secret treasure, it did attract a great deal of speculation in the local press, and Mackenzie obtained a measure of celebrity.
In 1899, Mackenzie and his two brothers founded the Mackenzie Brothers Steamship Company, which eventually served the entire coast of British Columbia. In 1908, the firm sold out to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, forming the nucleus of the Canadian National Coastwise Service. Mackenzie remained active in the steamship business until his retirement in 1910.
Note: A list of Mackenzie family members with birth and death dates can be found in the donor file for this fonds.
Scope & contentFonds consists of personal and professional records created by Captain Simon F. Mackenzie and members of his family, as well as copies of newspaper articles and reports about the activities of Mackenzie and his family members. These records cover the treasure-hunting expedition of the Eliza Edwards, the experiences of Mackenzie's son in WWI, the business activities of the Mackenzie Bros Ltd. Steamship Company, and other topics.
ArrangementDonor arranged records by subject (original order not maintained).