Skip to content

Time Traveller: North Vancouver business trains women mechanics during Second World War

As with many trades in during the war, women trained to work jobs traditionally done by men
A group of women mechanics train with McMillan Motors in North Vancouver during the Second World War. | NVMA, 9962

In 1940, McMillan Motors, like many other trades workplaces during the Second World War, began to train women workers to carry out jobs traditionally filled by men.

Here is a photo of a group of women taking part in a basic auto mechanics course with instructors David Bonar and Jimmy Steele at the McMillan Motors Body Shop at the corner of Third and Lonsdale Avenue.

Thomas McMillan, one of the owners of the store is pictured in the centre of the photo. Included in the group of women are Mollie Nye and Joyce Loutet, daughter of Mayor Jack Loutet.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open for drop-ins on Monday and by appointment Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-4 p.m. Contact: [email protected]

Navigate culture on the North Shore by using the North Shore Culture Compass.