Fonds MC509 - E. Allison MacKay fonds

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E. Allison MacKay fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
  • Variations in title: Previously known as MC509 E. Allison McKay papers.

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  • 1905-1941 (Creation)
    MacKay, E. Allison

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60 cm of textual records

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(4 July 1893 - 16 January 1948)

Biographical history

Ernest Allison MacKay, the son of Lucy Maud Wiley and Ernest A. MacKay, was born at St. Martins, Saint John County, New Brunswick on 4 July 1893. At age five, he relocated with his family to Fredericton, where he received his early education. Following graduation from Fredericton High School, he enrolled in the University of New Brunswick, earning a B.A. degree in 1913. He then studied law with Gregory & Winslow, and was admitted to the bar of New Brunswick about 1917.

Ernest A. MacKay had a varied professional career. He practised law for a number of years in Fredericton, seemingly on his own. Beginning in the 1910s, he served as assistant or deputy registrar of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick. He also served as clerk of the New Brunswick Legislature, as secretary-treasurer of the Barristers' Society of New Brunswick, and as chair of the New Brunswick Civil Service Commission. During World War Two he was secretary of the committee organized by the Children's Aid Society to place evacuated British children with families living in Fredericton, Devon, Marysville, and in rural communities of York and Sunbury counties.

E. Allison MacKay was active in the local community. He was a member of several organizations, societies, and clubs, including the Knights of Pythias Fredericton Lodge No. 6, Court Milicete No. 1393 Independent Order of Foresters, the Fredericton Rotary Club, the Fredericton Curling Club, the Fredericton Golf Club, and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. E. A. MacKay died unexpectedly at Fredericton on 16 January 1948, and was survived by his wife, Isabel Babbit MacKay, and a son, John Ernest MacKay. His first wife, Eva Brewer MacKay predeceased him in 1926.

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This fonds consists primarily of the professional business records of barrister, solicitor and civil servant, E. Allison MacKay of Fredericton, New Brunswick. It consists of business correspondence, legal documents, receipts, memoranda, and statements of account. Much of his legal work related to property transactions, the settling of estates (probate), debts, bankruptcy, immigration, and civil suits. A Presbyterian, he accepted several legal cases involving the Presbyterian Church of Canada, notably, Ferguson et al v. McLean et al, a dispute arising in the congregation of St. James Presbyterian Church at Newcastle, N.B. over union with the United Church of Canada.

The fonds also includes correspondence, circulars, minutes of meeting, and notes relating to MacKay's work as secretary of the executive committee of the Children's Aid Society, chaired by W. J. West, that facilitated the placement of evacuated British children in the homes of York and Sunbury County residents during World War Two.

Also included are a few pieces of personal correspondence, as well as documents, correspondence and other material pertaining to his work with, or membership, in the Independent Order of Foresters, the Knights of Pythias, and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

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  • English

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The Provincial Archives holds additional material pertaining to the Children's Aid Society in MC1808 York County Children's Aid Society fonds.

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