• Corporation of BC Land Surveyors 1935 Executive, back row: F.C. Underhill, A.S.G. Musgrave, A.G. Noakes, G.K. Burnett, H.McI. Elliott, front row: W.G. McElhanney, F.C. Green, G.F. Fountain, O.B.N. Wilke, R.D. McCaw

    1930-1939

    Corporation of BC Land Surveyors 1935 Executive, back row: F.C. Underhill, A.S.G. Musgrave, A.G. Noakes, G.K. Burnett, H.McI. Elliott, front row: W.G. McElhanney, F.C. Green, G.F. Fountain, O.B.N. Wilke, R.D. McCaw

  • Facit Model LX mechanical 9 digit calculator, produced from 1938 to1954

    1930-1939

    Facit Model LX mechanical 9 digit calculator, produced from 1938 to1954

  • J.T. Underhill, President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1931

    1930-1939

    J.T. Underhill, President, Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC, 1931

  • The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver. Underhill office from 1922 to 1956, view looking down Hastings St. City of Vancouver Archives, Bu P646.2

    1930-1939

    The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver. Underhill office from 1922 to 1956, view looking down Hastings St. City of Vancouver Archives, Bu P646.2

  • The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver, Underhill office from 1922 to 1956, view looking down Granville St. City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1399-389

    1930-1939

    The Williams Building at 413 Granville St., Vancouver, Underhill office from 1922 to 1956, view looking down Granville St. City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 1399-389

1930–1939

The collapse of world markets and the solid price of gold during the Great Depression positively impacted mining investment in BC and the Yukon. During the 30s, Underhill surveyed extensively in the Bridge River area on various mineral claims and related mining projects (Bralorne, Pioneer, Little Gunn, etc.). Another major mine project surveyed at this time was the Hedley Mascot Mine. Surveys were also completed at Zeballos on Vancouver Island.

Milestones

1931

J.T. Underhill is elected president of the Corporation of Land Surveyors of BC.[10]

1933

After completion of his articles with J.T. Underhill, A.T. Holmes obtains his commission as a BCLS (#256). He becomes the second youngest person to obtain their BCLS (age 21).[10]

1938

Clare's wife Irene Anne Underhill passes away. She is survived by Clare, daughter Anne and sons Ronald, David, Ken and Peter.[11]

1939

WWII ushers in the end of the Great Depression for Canada. Ronald, David and Ken Underhill (sons of Clare Underhill) all serve in the war. Ken is a navigator in the RCAF and flies thirty missions over Germany. Peter Underhill serves in the army of occupation after the war. On return from surveying in the remote north of the Rocky Mountains of BC, Arthur T. Holmes, BCLS, enlists in the Royal Canadian Artillery and is assigned to the Survey Regiment. He takes part in the invasion of Europe and the battle up to VE day. He returns to Vancouver with the Rank of Captain.[25]

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