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William Esteen Gale was born in 1906, the son of Hannah (Annie) Rolinson and engineer William John Gale, who were married in England in 1901. Emigrating to Canada, the Gales and their two young sons arrived in Calgary in 1912. At a time when there were no women in government across Canada, Annie Gale won a seat in the 1917 Calgary Civic Election and became the first female alderman in the British Commonwealth Empire. She retired from civic life in 1923, and in 1925 they moved to Vancouver. In 1936, William Gale embarked upon a career in the mortgage loan industry, launching his own company, the W.E. Gale Mortgage Company, in 1954. Gale collected First Nations belongings, rare books and paintings. He died in Vancouver at the age of 81. (Information from West Vancouver Archives.)

Born: 1906
Died: 1987