WATT, Robert




Robert D. Watt (b. 1945) grew up in West Vancouver and as the Head of the Vancouver Centennial Museum wrote the 1977 text for The Shopping Guide of the West (J.J. Douglas), an historical compilation of Woodward's catalogues from 1898 to 1953. The transfer of the catalogues to the museum was facilitated by Twigg White, B.C. and Yukon member of the Board of Governors of Heritage Canada. She was a Woodward by birth. Watt later became the first Chief Herald of Canada, as of June 4, 1998. He held the post for 19 years until his retirement. More than one thousand grants of arms were made under his signature, and a large proportion of these were his own designs.

WATT, Robert Douglas, B.A., M.A.; Univ. of British Columbia; Carleton Univ. B.A.(Hons.) 1967, M.A. 1968; RIDEAU HERALD EMERITUS 2007_PRESENT (Chief Herald of Canada 1988_2007, retired); Archivist, Public Archives of Canada 1969_70 Vancouver City Archivist 1971_73; Curator of History, Vancouver Centennial Museum 1973_76; Chief Curator 1977_79; Dir., The Vancouver Museum (formerly Centennial Museum) 1980_88; Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (Officer); Canada 125 Medal 1992; Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal 2002; Sr. Hon. Fellow, Renison Coll., Waterloo Univ.; Académicien, Académie Internat. de l'héraldique; Councillor, Conseil de l'Académie 2002_PRESENT; Hon. Fellow, Royal Heraldry Soc. of England; Fellow, Royal Heraldry Soc. of Canada (mem. 1969_PRESENT; Dir. 1977_80, 1982_85; Pres. 1987_88); Hon. Mem., Soc. of Solicitors in the Supreme Courts in Scotland; Bd. Mem., Community Arts Council Vancouver 1973_78; mem., Vancouver Civic Heritage Adv. Ctte. 1974_76; B.C.-Yukon Adjudications Ctte., Explorations Prog., Canada Council 1979_80; Vice-Pres. 1978_79, Pres., B.C. Museum Assn.; Bd. Mem., Friends of the Cdn. Museum of Civilization 1989_92; Secy.-Gen., 22nd Internat. Congress of Genealogical & Heraldic Sciences, Ottawa, 18_23 Aug. 1996; Pres., Bureau permanent des congrès internationaux de généalogie et d'héraldique 1998_2006. Co-editor Material History Bulletin 1976_86. [2007]

BOOKS:

The Shopping Guide of the West: Woodward's Catalogues 1898-1958 (1978)
Rainbows in our Walls: Art and Stained Glass in Vancouver (1978)
Symbols of Splendour: Heraldry in British Columbia 1978-1983.

[BCBW 2008] "Commerce"