Fonds PR2091 - Emily Collinge fonds

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Emily Collinge fonds

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    • 1916-1979 (Creation)

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    0.05 m of textual records. -- 26 photogaphs.

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    Biographical history

    Emily Etta Collinge (neé Caine) was born on March 22, 1893 in England. In 1916, Emily traveled from Burrow-in-Furness to the South Cooking Lake region of Alberta. She married Harry Collinge (1888-1972) in Hanna, Alberta in 1917.

    Harry had emigrated to Canada in 1908 and established a homestead in Richdale, Alberta. He married Catherine Ann Caine in Richdale in 1914. Together they had two children: George (1915-1971) and Arnold (1916-1917). Catherine died in Richdale in 1916. A year later, he married Catherine's sister Emily.

    Emily and Harry subsequently had three children: Edward (1918-2002), Kathleen (Williams) (b. 1920), Harold (1921-2011) Bessie (McMechan) (1923-1964) and Ellen (Rae) (1927-1998). The children attended Fultondale School #2477 located at the Northwest Section of Township 51, Range 22, West of the 4th Meridian (NW 51-22-W4).

    In the 1940's, the Collinges moved to Vancouver and retired from farming. After retirement, the Collinges enjoyed international travel.

    Harry died in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1972. Emily died in Vancouver on September 12, 1992.

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    Kathleen Williams, daughter of Emily Collinge, donated her mother’s records to the City of Vancouver Archives.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of diaries documenting Emily's journey from Burrow-in-Furness, England in 1916 to Cooking Lake Alberta. The diaries also describe Emily's years on the farm from 1916-1919. The fonds also contains photographs of the Collinge family dating from 1917-1943. Additionally, these photos display the Fultonvale School District. The fonds also includes passport photos of Emily and Harry dating from 1960 and 1979, Emily's birth certificate, and newspaper clippings.

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    The City of Vancouver Archives transferred the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1990.


    Arrangement note: Arranged according to original order.

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information from biographical sketch sourced from the fonds. Additional information sourced from: William Peter Baergen, Pioneering with a Piece of Chalk: The One-Room Country Schools of Alberta 1885-1982, Toronto: 2005. Land descriptions described according to the Alberta Township System (ATS).

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        Includes accession PR1990.0164.

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