Christy Harding - a link to H.B.C.'s Northern past.
These H.B.C. Notes came from the family of Christy Harding. Here's a summary of various interesting newspaper clips that they kindly forwarded.
Christy Harding was born in 1872 in the holy city of Benares, India. He was the son of an Englishman in the East India Company and he first studied in Darjeeling, then in England and then came to Canada. In 1886 he became an apprentice clerk at the Hudson’s Bay Company and was posted to the Mackenzie River He worked his way through many Company posts in the Mackenzie River district; Fort Wrigley, Norway House, Fort Simpson, Fort Norman, Fort Resolution. He founded the Arctic Red River settlement and became district manager of the entire Western Arctic.
It was in 1919 that he was posted as district manager to the York Factory where he stayed for 12 years; even becoming the first police magistrate. He was made Factor before he ended his 36 years of Company service.
A proud husband and father, Christy retired to Victoria on Vancouver Island to grow the vegetables that wouldn’t grow in his cold northern postings. And perhaps a spot of ‘curling’ he said. Christy was a sportsman, author, contract bridge player and even a keen philatelist for just a few of his many skills. He died in 1943.
Christy Harding aged around 50 years old.