Albert Edward Todd
Albert Edward Todd (1878-1928) was a major figure in early 20th century Victoria business. He served as President of the Victoria Board of Trade in 1910 and as Mayor of Victoria in 1917-1918. Albert Todd was also a major promoter of tourism in Victoria and Vancouver Island.
Albert Edward Todd as Mayor of Victoria, 1917 ( City of Victoria Archives photo M06807)
Albert Todd was a friend of
Robert Butchart and they shared an interest in cars. Albert Todd and Robert Butchart were among the first car owners in Victoria.
In March 1905, Victoria’s daily Colonist newspaper published an article proclaiming, “Victoria An Auto Centre” and describing some of the 33 cars then in Victoria. It listed
Albert Edward Todd, Captain James Troup and Robert Butchart as owners of White Steam cars.
Albert E. Todd’s son, William Todd, married Albert Edward Todd with his family in his White Steam car, Victoria, 1905. Robert Butchart also owned a White Steamer in 1905 [ BC Archives photo G-07919] Mary Chatwin Butchart, the second daughter of Robert Butchart and Jennie Butchart.
William Todd and
Mary Chatwin Todd moved into 942 St. Charles Street, which was designed for them by architect Samuel Maclure, who also designed many features at the Butchart Gardens.
942-944 St. Charles Street, Wilmar, 2015 (photo by Author)
In 1910 Albert Todd retained Victoria architect
George Charles Mesher to design and build an apartment building called the October Mansion, which is still standing at 1030 Cook Street in Victoria.
October Mansions, 1030 Cook Street, was built in 1910 by architect George Charles Mesher as a revenue property for Albert Edward Todd. (photo by Author)
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