Fonds MS-1267 - Arthur John Mallandaine fonds

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Arthur John Mallandaine fonds

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CA EDM MS-1267

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  • 1936 - [ca. 2009] (Creation)
    Arthur John Mallandaine fonds

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0.1 cm of textual records. - 1 object

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(1921 August 4 - 2011 November 22)

Biographical history

Arthur John Mallandaine, known as John, was born in Edmonton on August 4, 1921 to Arthur and Nellie (née Harding) Mallandaine. John had two older sisters: Margaret Helen (known as Peggy) and Elizabeth Norah.

At the age of 14, on the 18th of July, 1936, John managed to win the first soap box derby in Edmonton. The event was sponsored by the Edmonton Journal and the award was a silver trophy donated by professional hockey player Roger Jenkins of the Boston Bruins. Six thousand spectators gathered to watch the race on Strathcona Hill.

Later, John became a pilot. He flew his first solo flight in a Gypsy Moth on the 14th of September 1939. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an aircrewman but was able to attend flight school. In September of 1941, he was posted to Borden, Ontario and received his RCAF wings one year later. After that he was posted to Bournemouth on the south coast of England. He flew numerous missions during World War II, including the last operational flight of the war following German surrender of the Channel Islands.

After the war, John attended university to study electric engineering. He went on to work for Stand Sunley, founder of Sunley Electric. On the 20th of October, 1950, John married Margot Young, a widow with two daughters. They settled in a new house on 132nd street and had two more children together: a son and a daughter. Margot passed away in 1984.

After a fall broke his back, John decided to switch careers and began working as a bush pilot for the Swanson Lumber Company. In 1970 he began a new career as an Aviation Safety Investigator for the Department of Transport. It was from this job that John retired in 1987 and moved to Bowser, B.C.. It was there that he married Barbara Beckett. The couple moved to Nelson, B.C. in 2009 where they lived until John’s death on the 22nd of November, 2011.

Custodial history

This fonds was donated by John's son, Tim Mallandaine, in 2009.

Scope and content

This fonds contains biographical information about Arthur John Mallandaine compiled by his son, Tim. The material documents Mallandaine's life and interests. In addition, this fonds contains a trophy that John won in Edmonton's first soap box derby hosted by the Edmonton Journal. The trophy was donated and awarded by Roger Jenkins of the Boston Bruins hockey team.

File list:
File 1: Biographical information [ca. 2009]
File 2: Soap Box Derby Trophy, 1936

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    Accession number: A2009-92

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    City of Edmonton Archives

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