Williams, Bert, b. ca. 1900

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Bert Williams was born in England about 1900. In January 1914, about age 13, he left school and took a job as an errand boy for the family butcher. During wartime, he worked long hours at a number of different jobs, including in several cinemas.

About 1918 Williams joined the Bolton Lads Club and the Workers' Educational Society. One of the educational society's primary objectives was to interest members of the working-class in various subjects, one being a play-reading group which presented amateur productions.

By 1949 Williams had married Florence Chadwick, and the couple had emigrated to become branch manager of Manchester, Robertson and Allison Ltd.'s new store located in Fredericton, NB. While in Fredericton, Williams became involved with the University of New Brunswick Drama Society, the Fredericton Players Guild, and the Provincial Drama Festival.

Eventually, Bert and Florence moved to Victoria, British Columbia where Bert became involved with the Victoria Theatre Guild. Over the years his work in the theatre included that of an actor, director, and stage hand. In June 1979 Bert Williams made his last public appearance on stage in the McPherson Theatre, Victoria.

Source: Williams, Bert, Beginners Please, My Life in Amateur Theatre

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