Norman Tressidor Corfield formed a business partnership with Hubert Keast in 1910. Following Hubert Keast‘s death in 1911, Norman Corfield acquired Hubert Keast‘s interest in the partnership and formed Duncan Garage Ltd. Anticipating the growth in the automobile sales and service industry, he acquired a franchise from Ford Motor Co. to start a Ford dealership in Duncan, selling Ford cars and farm equipment.
In 1912, Duncan Garage Ltd. began construction of the Duncan Garage building at 330 Duncan Street. Duncan Garage Ltd. occupied this building until 1982.
Norman Corfield built Duncan Garage Ltd. into a major Ford dealership, with outlets in Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River. Duncan Garage Ltd. ceased operations in 1982.
The Duncan Garage building was renovated 2002-2003 into a facility renting space to several retail and service businesses. It maintains this configuration today and is a popular shopping and coffee stop in downtown Duncan. Duncan Garage was declared a Duncan heritage building in 2002.
Norman Tressidor Corfield is buried in St. Peter’s Quamichan Anglican cemetery, North Cowichan, B.C.
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