George Winkler lived in Victoria on and off throughout his life and often maintained an office here to run his various mining concerns.
“Sayward Bldg. room 412, Neil McGillivray on left” Winkler on right. In container 000491-0002, folder 4
He had many interests beyond mining. He was a socialist and ran in Comox for a provincial seat in the 1916 election. He was a published poet who often had his poems printed in the local newspaper. Here is a 1941 poem dedicated to John Dean on his birthday. Winkler kept a copy in his scrapbook and noted the printing errors.
Poem to John Dean 1941. In container 891390-0001, folder 15
He was also on friendly terms with Nellie McClung. Winkler’s people lived in Treherne in Manitoba and knew the McClung family. Here is a letter from 1935 when Nellie and Winkler were both living in Victoria. It sounds as though she had recently been in contact with Winkler’s sister Grace.
Letter from Nellie McClung, June 1935. In container 891390-0003, folder 22
He was also interested in bringing together art and scientific knowledge. In 1939 Winkler wrote to Walt Disney Productions to complement them on the release of “Snow White” and to suggest a new idea for a movie. This reply from Jane Clark at Walt Disney Productions shows the beautiful stationary the company was using at the time.
Letter from Disney, February 1939. In container 891390-0003, folder 22