Fonds PR1089 - Kinch family fonds

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Kinch family fonds

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    • 1884-[197-] (Creation)

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    40 photographs and other material

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    Winnifred Gladys Fielder was born February 2, 1902, in London, England and immigrated to Islay, Alberta in 1912 with her family. Edwin Alfred Charles Kinch was born December 29, 1893, in North Hamptonshire, England and immigrated to Wellsdale, Alberta (later called Clandonald) in 1910 with his family.

    They were married on December 25, 1918 in Islay, Alberta and homesteaded at Wellsdale. Together they had three children: Winnifred (Wynne) Grace (McAra) (1921-2015); daughter Eleanor (Lee) was born in 1923; and a son Edwin Alfred Thomas (1928-1946), who died in a car accident at the age of 18.

    The family left the homestead in 1924 to move to Beverly (later became a part of Edmonton), Alberta where Edwin worked in the coal mine in the winters and for Northern Boat Builders, owned by Captain Matheison, in the summers. In 1941, they moved to the Highlands area of Edmonton where they built their house, and Edwin continued his mine and boat building work.

    When the family lived in Beverly, Winnifred taught sewing out of their home once a week to local schoolgirls. Predeceased by Edwin in 1991, Winnifred died in Edmonton in 1993.

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    Fonds consists of recorded oral history and typed memoir of pioneers Winnifred and Edwin Kinch, 1 unmounted photograph of Edwin, Winnifred, Wynne and Lee, 32 unmounted photographs of boat building in Edmonton taken by Edwin Kinch circa (ca.) 1930s, one Charles Mathers commercially produced photograph album, ca. 1880s, and seven mounted photographs by Ernest Brown, 1884-1887.

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    Donated by Wynne G. McAra, daughter of Edwin and Winnifred G. Kinch.


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        The material is in English.

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

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        Other records relating to Ernest Brown can also be found in accessions PR1965.0124, PR1968.0033, PR1970.0054, PR1974.0172, PR1976.0301, PR1979.0280, PR1990.0601, PR2002.0242, PR1967.0010 and PR1971.0446 at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Other records relating to Charles Mathers can also be found in accessions PR2004.0691, PR2002.0242, PR1988.0385, PR1989.0359.

        Kinch family artifacts can be found in the holdings of the Provincial Museum of Alberta, accession number H03.17.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Includes accession PR2004.0217.

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        Includes: 1 photograph album, 0.03 m of textual records, and 3 audiocassettes

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