Fonds PR2310 - Hetty and John David Wear family fonds

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Hetty and John David Wear family fonds

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    • [ca.1880] -1985 (Creation)

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    45 photographs and other material

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    Biographical history

    Hetty Wear (neé Henderika Gerritdina Johanna Hage) was born in 1924 in Gorchum (Gorinchem), Netherlands to Major Christian Johann and Margaret Hage. Before World War II, Hetty worked in a library in the Netherlands and planned to attend the Art Academy in Rotterdamn, Netherlands to study visual art and fashion illustration.

    At a soldier's dance while visiting her grandparents in Breda, Netherlands, she met John David Wear of Edmonton, Alberta. John David Wear (1917-1999) was born to John Herbert Wear (1885-1960) and Nellie (b. 1894 neé Lila Ellen Wilson) in Edmonton, Alberta. John Herbert Wear was born in Bradford, Yorkshire England, and came to Canada in 1906. Nellie was born to Andrew David and Mary Wilson (neé Gibson). Andrew David Wilson was born in Waterloo County, Ontario and came West with his parents, David Wilson and Jeanette Douglas, in 1893. Andrew David Wilson married Mary Gibson in 1893. John Herbert Wear worked as sign painter for Revillion Freres in Edmonton, Alberta.

    John David Wear studied to be an accountant, but instead worked as an insurance agent for London Life. During World War II, John David Wear served with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, Fourth Division. In 1945, Hetty and John married. In 1946, Hetty and other war brides came to Canada on the Queen Mary. Hetty and John David Wear had three children: Eileen Margaret (1948), John Howard (1951), and Brian Keith (1953). Hetty and John lived in several locations in Edmonton: 112 Ave and 85 Street, on Spruce Avenue, and also in Aldergrove. After the children left home, Hetty worked in the catalogue department at Sears. Doug Parsons was born to Mary Lila and Sidney Parsons in 1949. Sidney Parsons Sr. was a City of Edmonton Alderman from 1938 to 1949 and served as mayor from 1949 to 1951. Mary Lila (1917-2006) was born to Nellie (neé Lila Ellen Wilson) Wear and John Herbert Wear.

    She died in Edmonton in 2022.

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    The fonds consists of the personal records documenting the history of the Hetty and John David Wear Family including photographs of family members dating from ca. 1880 to 1949; films featuring footage of Hetty and John David Wear's marriage in Holland in 1945 as well as numerous family events held in Edmonton dating from the 1930s to the 1980s; aerial footage John David Wear shot while traveling by airplane through Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories during World War II; plans documenting the location of the Hetty and John David Wear Family home in Edmonton, Alberta; and World War II Memorabilia documenting John David Wear's service in World War II including correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a map for Canadian Soldiers Stationed in Holland During World War II. The fonds also includes World War II Memorabilia collected by Mary Parsons including ration tokens, books, and newspaper clippings; material documenting Sidney Parsons career in construction in Edmonton, Alberta including contracts and plans dating from 1953; and a piece of artwork created by John Herbert Wear to commemorate the last broadcast of George V in 1935.

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    In 2007, Hetty Wear donated material comprising PR2007.0482 to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. In 2007, Doug Parsons donated material comprising PR2007.0483 to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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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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        For more information on Sidney Parsons, please see the Office of the Mayor fonds at the City of Edmonton Archives.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from a biography provided by Hetty Wear. Calgary artist Bev Tosh pained a series based on war brides throughout 2005 to 2007, including a painting of Hetty Wear. Copies of newspapers found in the fonds were copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        Includes accessions PR2007.0482 and PR2007.0483.

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        The fonds also includes 11 plans, 6 films, 0.01 m of textual material, 1 map, and 1 artwork.

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