May 31, 1913:
Neaves MacKenzie at the home of J.J. Duggan.
joined the City of
Edmonton as Assistant Secretary to the City Commissioners and became
editor of the Edmonton City Gazette.
fired from the
Edmonton City Hall because of a speech he made in support of an
moved to Calgary and
found work in the Calgary Land Titles office.
wrote the First
Intermediate Examination for the Law Society of Alberta before
December 6, 1916:
Articles under senior lawyer L.M. Roberts at the Lougheed & Bennett
December 31, 1919:
the Alberta Bar. He continued to practice at the same firm where he
January 1, 1921:
Assistant City Solicitor at the City of Calgary.
January 1, 1922:
City Solicitor following the resignation of Frank Ford.
Tom Collinge became
Brockington’s articling student. He would eventually succeed
Brockington as City Solicitor.
1922 – 1923:
joined the firm with Brock and Shouldice. Firm known as Shouldice,
Brockington & Boyd.
: firm became Shouldice,
Brockington & Price. Brockington was diagnosed with Rheumatoid
Arthritis Spondylitis, which caused him severe pain and to eventually
become bent over.
August 29, 1929:
Winston Churchill during a luncheon at the Palliser Hotel.
what he called a "vast labyrinth of mountains" on
July 9, 1932:
24 August 1929, Churchill and his son
Randolph reached Calgary,
-where they stayed at the Palliser
Hotel, which he thought should be
called "Hotel Sahara" because the
"dry laws" forbade it to sell alcoholic
After visiting a ranch owned by the
Prince of Wales, Churchill's
party moved into the heart of the
Rockies and the Banff Springs Hotel.
From there he wrote Clementine: "I
have made up my mind that if
[Neville Chamberlain] is made leader
[of the Conservative Party] or
anyone else of that kind, I clear out
of politics and see if I cannot make
you and the kittens a little more
comfortable before I die. Only one goal
still attracts me, and if that were
barred I should quit the dreary field
for pastures new ... I am greatly
attracted to this country. Immense
developments are going forward. The
tide is flowing strongly." The
pastures new were Canada and the
world of business.
This September you will have an
opportunity to relive those days
when Churchill visited the Canadian
Rockies. You will also be greatly
attracted to Canada. "Immense
developments are going forward" to
provide memorable experiences during
Many arrangements are still maturing
but we will join the Rt.
Hon. Sir Winston S. Churchill Society
of Calgary's annual dinner at
the Palliser Hotel. Our speaker will
be the Hon. Celia Sandys, granddaughter
of Sir Winston, who enthralled
everyone who met her in
Washington, D.C. last November. Celia
will speak on her new book
on the youthful Winston, based on
previously unavailable sources.
spoke at a
farewell dinner for Nellie McClung upon her leaving Calgary for
Victoria, British Columbia.
August 30, 1932
: spoke at the
St. Laurent dinner. It is believed that this speech was Brock’s
“big break” as an after dinner speaker.
March 4, 1933
: gave evidence
during the case Powlett v. University of Alberta where Mr. Powlett
suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of sophomore hazing.
August 31, 1933
: addressed the
Canadian Bar Association’s annual meeting with a speech entitled
“Mr. Brockington Post-Prandializes.” Reportedly, William
Lyon Mackenzie King is the in audience and earmarked Brockington for
September 8, 1933:
the fiftieth anniversary of the 90th Winnipeg Rifles. Seemingly this
speech led to Brockington’s position with the North West Grain
January 15, 1935:
City Solicitor at the City of Calgary in order to take a position with
the North West Grain Dealers Association in Winnipeg.
called to the
Manitoba Bar by E.K. Williams.
of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) and moves to Ottawa.
March 13, 1939:
Canada about the inaugeration of the Newfoundland Corporation of
May 16, 1939:
first honorary LL.D from the University of Alberta.
July 5, 1939:
August 17, 1939:
"Thoughts on coming Home" on National Radio.
resigned as head
of the CBC and moved back to Winnipeg.
Ottawa and was appointed Recorder of Canada’s War Effort.
September 12, 1940:
and Liberty” speech given to the American Bar Association in
December 6, 1940:
War" address in New York to the 34th Annual Convention of the
Association of Life Insurance Presidents. This speech, as well at the
"Law in Liberty" speech got Brock into trouble with Prime Minister
July 4, 1941:
greetings to the U.S. Broadcast over NBC and CBC.
September 18, 1941:
the United States and the War", speech to the National Industrial
October 5, 1941:
and Pan Americanism" broadcast on
CBC and Columbia Network.
asked to be
relieved of position with North West Grain Dealers so that he could
join the Ottawa firm of Herridge, Govvling, Mactavish and Watt.
quit as wartime
assistant to W. L. MacKenzie King.
December 9, 1941:
England after Pearl Harbour.
in Britain to
deliver several broadcasts on
Canada and the war on the BBC.
visits war torn
Plymouth and radio broadcast in Cardiff.
Ottawa after 6 weeks in Britain where he met with Churchill.
June 20 1942:
England to act as adviser on Empire affairs to Brendan Bracken,
Minister of Information.
AUSTRALIA. 1943-03-01. MR. L.W. BROCKINGTON, KC, BA, LL.D, SPECIAL
ADVISER TO THE BRITISH MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, (LEFT), MAJOR N.A.M.
NICHOLLS, G.S.O.2, 1ST AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED DIVISION, (CENTRE), AND MR.
BOURKE, CHIEF PUBLICITY OFFICER FOR MUNITIONS,
AUSTRALIA. 1943-03-01. MR. L.W. BROCKINGTON, KC, BA, LL.D, (CENTRE)
WITH LIEUTENANT-COLONEL J.M. RASMUSSEN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC
RELATIONS, L.H.Q.; MAJOR N.A.M. NICHOLLS, G.S.O.2, 1ST AUSTRALIAN
ARMOURED DIVISION; MAJOR N.J. OLIVER, BRIGADE MAJOR, 6TH AUSTRALIAN
ARMOURED BRIGADE; CAPTAIN C.M.I. PEARSON, AUSTRALIAN ARMOURED CORPS;
AND MR. BOURKE, PUBLICITY OFFICER OF MUNITIONS, AT A DEMONSTRATION OF
THE NEW ALL-AUSTRALIAN ACI TANK. THIS DEMONSTRATION WAS FOR THE BENEFIT
OF MR. BROCKINGTON, WHO IS IN AUSTRALIA AS SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE
BRITISH MINISTRY OF INFORMATION.
November 22, 1942:
Canada for speaking engagements and then on to Australia and New
Zealand for speaking tour. For six months, November 1942 to May 1943,
he was on tour throughout the English speaking countries telling
Australia and New Zealand about Britain, Canada and the United States.
fanaticism of the
Canada as Counsel to the law firm of Gowling, MacTavish and Watt in
gifts Robert Burns chair.
July 1, 1946:
C.M.G [Inserted by D.B]
August 7, 1946:
called on by
the House of Commons to deal with steel strike. Also dealt with a
textile strike in the Ottawa Valley.
Commissioner to enquire into a dispute between the Seamen's Union and
Canada Steamship Lines and the Sarnia and Port Colborne Steamship
Companies of Port Colborne, Ontario.
Treasures. Advises Government on disposition of Polish Art treasures.
October 17, 1947:
of Queen's University.
February 15, 1948:
tribute to Gandhi at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.
panel member on
the Mainguy Inquiry into Canadian Navy mutiny.
February 17, 1952:
funeral address from London.
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II [Inserted by D.B]
November 29, 1954:
tribute to Churchill.
February 29, 1956:
Board of Trade Dinner, probably a guest speaker [Inserted by D.B]
led a delegation
(including Senator Donald Cameron) to UNESCO meeting in New Delhi for
April 15, 1957:
Brock to Canada Council for two-year term.
July 26, 1959:
Elizabeth's attendance at St. Mark's Church, Port Hope, Ontario.
among the Homeless at returning from trip to the Middle East.
residence in Calgary [Inserted by D.B]
February 18, 1963:
awarded Canada Council medal.
May 22, 1964:
Oilmen's dinner in Calgary on the 50th Anniversary of oil discovery at
November 18 & 24, 1964:
gave testimony to Standing Committee on External Affairs on Hate
January 26, 1965:
tribute in Globe and Mail following Churchill's death.
January 30, 1965:
Churchill aired on the CBC.
February 8, 1965:
Toronto Canadian Club honouring the Rt. Hon. Vincent Massey.
September 15, 1966:
at the age of 78.
May 12, 1968:
University announced that funds available for the University to
establish a visiting fellowship named for Dr. Leonard W. Brockington.
May 13, 1968:
set up a visiting lectureship in honour of Brock.
Leonard passed away in Calgary in
September 1966, perhaps he may have seen the World Cup as well as two