Charles Leslie McFarlane, c. 1965
Toronto Star, 1965

Toronto Star Syndicate
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Item Type:
A black and white photograph of Charles Leslie McFarlane.
Charles Leslie McFarlane (1902-1977) was born in Charleton Place, Ontario, on October 25, 1902 and lived in Haileybury, Ontario in his youth. A fiction writer, he wrote many stories for Canadian and American magazines for over 50 years, starting in 1926. He wrote the first books in the Hardy Boys series from 1926 to 1943 under the pen name of Franklin W. Dixon. He was also a reporter for various Canadian and American newspapers. From 1943 to 1957 he was a producer for the National Film Board of Canada in Ottawa. In 1959/60 he was the Chief Editor for the CBC television drama for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He wrote and directed numerous films and wrote more than 70 plays. Mr. McFarlane lived in Whitby from 1936 to 1943 and from 1961 to 1976. He was a member of the Whitby Public School Board and the Whitby Public Library Board in the 1960s, and in 1987 a public school on Garden Street was named after him. Mr. McFarlane died in Oshawa on September 6, 1977. His ashes were spread on the Ottawa River.
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Width: 8 in
Height: 10 in
Personal Name(s):
McFarlane, Charles Leslie ; Dixon, Franklin W.
Corporate Name(s):
Hardy Boys ; Toronto Star Syndicate ; National Film Board of Canada ; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ; Whitby Public Library
Local identifier:
Whitby Online Historic Photographs
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.8854382337126 Longitude: -78.935573666687
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This item is protected by the Canadian Copyright Act and is intended for one-time use only. Uses other than research or private study require the permission of the rightsholder(s). It is your responsibility for obtaining these permissions.
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Toronto Star Syndicate
Recommended Citation:
Charles Leslie McFarlane, c. 1965, Toronto Star Syndicate. Whitby Archives 31-009-622.
Reproduction Notes:
Scanned from original photograph
Whitby Public Library
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405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A1

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Charles Leslie McFarlane, c. 1965

A black and white photograph of Charles Leslie McFarlane.