Dr. Wallace B. Chung began collecting Canadian Pacific Railway memorabilia as a six-year-old child growing up in Victoria, B.C. His passion for 19th and early 20th century maritime history would endure throughout his formal schooling at Victoria College, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University.
After forty-years in the medical field – specializing in vascular surgery, he retired in 1991 from UBC where he was a Professor of Surgery and head of the Department of Surgery at the UBC Hospital. In 1953 he married Dr. Madeline H. Chung (nee Huang) who had immigrated in 1949 to practice obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr. Wallace Chung is a former Trustee and founding Governor of Vancouver Maritime Museum Society, and an honorary patron of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. In 1993 Drs. Chung were responsible for the construction of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Library that is named in their honor. In 2005 Dr. Chung was named to the Order of Canada and in 2006 to the Order of British Columbia for his passionate advocacy for the preservation of cultural heritage.
The W.B. and M.H. Chung Maritime History Collection housed at the Vancouver Maritime Museum represents a lifetime of collecting by Drs. Chung. It is a comprehensive collection of maritime history as told through archival records, books, photographs, paintings and artifacts on the exploration of the Pacific Northwest, the history of British Columbia, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Dr. Chung donated the collection to two repositories – the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
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