“Then & Now” columns appeared weekly in the Calgary Herald between 2002 and 2005. The following article appeared January 20, 2004.
1907 5A St. S.W.
Then: Brockington residence
• For six years, from 1923 until 1929, city solicitor (1922-1935) Leonard Brockington, his wife, Agnes, and their family lived in this charming home located in Calgary's Cliff Bungalow district. Brockington left Calgary in 1935, moving to Winnipeg, where he worked as chief counsel for the North West Grain Dealers Association. A year later, he was appointed chairman of the first board of governors for the newly formed Canadian Broadcasting Corp. He went on to become a special adviser to Prime Minister Mackenzie King in the early years of the Second World War. Brockington's wartime radio broadcasts explaining government policy to Canadians brought him more fame. After resigning his position with King in 1941, he became an adviser to the British Ministry of Information and, in later years, became an expert in labour relations, mediating between the U.S. government and the employees of the United Nations. In addition, he served as rector of Queens University in Kingston, Ont., and was a charter member of the Canada Council. Brockington died in 1966.
Now: Apartment block
• After Brockington's former residence was demolished around 1963, a low-rise apartment block was constructed on the site.