Fonds 671 William “Billy” Blair fonds

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: William “Billy” Blair fonds
Reference code: 0671
Date: [1970-1980] (date of creation)
Physical description: 15 photographs

1 sound recording

Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed by Josephine Sallis February 11, 2020
Added to new database July 2023 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Dr. Lloyd Austin ran a religious commune on his homestead on the NE6-71-5-W6, south-east of the City of Grande Prairie. This land was homesteaded by Dr. Lloyd Austin ca. 1930 and turned over to Billy Blair after the Austins left the area. William “Billy” Blair was born in 1886. He worked as a camp cook for Henry Selby, who surveyed land east of the fifth meridian, in 1905. William Blair died in 1995 and is buried in the Grande Prairie Cemetery.

Custodial history

This material was created by Rudiger Schmidt and donated in 2015.

Scope and content

The material in this collection contains records related to Dr. Lloyd Austin’s religious commune.

The record consists of 15 photographs of the dilapidated buildings of a religious commune located on the NE 6-71-5-W6, on the banks of Bear Creek south-east of the City and one 40-minute oral history telling the story of Dr. Austin’s religious commune and the caretaker, Billy Blair.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title of fonds based on contents

Access points

  • Graphic material – photograph (documentary form)
  • Sound recording (documentary form)
  • Religion (subject)
  • Land, settlement and immigration* (subject)
  • Buildings (subject)