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Abigail Chipman Ryerson

  • CA MNBM ID50
  • Fonds
  • 1847

The fonds consist of a typescript copy of the diary kept by Abigail Chipman Ryerson, wife of Captain John K. Ryerson, during a voyage by sailing ship from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Greenock, Scotland, and back. The voyage began on 27 August and the last entry in the diary was made on 19 December 1847 at Brier Island where the vessel was stayed by a snowstorm.

The diary includes descriptions of everyday life on a ship from a female point of view, including such activities as quilting, sewing, knitting, and cooking. She also mentions Partridge Island, noting the recent arrivals of Irish immigrants there. There is a description of an encounter 24 November 1847 with the abandoned and waterlogged remains of the "Cumbria of Gloucester", located at latitude 50, longitude 40.

Ryerson, Abigail Chipman (née Shaw)

Francois-Lambert Bourneuf

  • CA MNBM ID1720
  • Fonds
  • 1853

This paper consists of a copy of specifications of a ship approximately 1100 to 1200 tons,1853.

Bourneuf, Francois-Lambert

John G. Beckett

  • CA MNBM ID1703
  • Fonds
  • 1858, 1889

This fonds consists of John Beckett's journal of a voyage to Glasgow on board the "Adept of Glasgow" in 1858. There is also a typewritten transcript of the journal and a photocopy of John Beckett's obituary, 1889. The diary records daily activities and notes about his trip home, his first since emigrating. He had visits with his mother, brothers Alexander and Hugh, uncles and aunts, cousins and friends.

Beckett, John G.

Elizabeth R. (Paterson) Matheson

  • CA MtA 129
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890]-1909

Fonds consists of Montessori student and teacher notebooks on sewing and colour lessons, and a kindergarten album containing examples of paper cutting, paper folding, embossing, plaiting, sewing, and interlacing; a textbook for needlework, knitting and cutting out; photographs of Elizabeth Paterson and family, Teacher Training College class, colleagues, and housing in South Africa; and 2 postcards.

Matheson, Elizabeth R. (née Paterson)

Saint Marys and Gibson Belgian and Soldier Relief Society

  • CA PANB MC324
  • Fonds
  • 4 February 1915

This programme, which was performed on 4 February 1914, lists 15 items along with the names of the participants. Readings, music, and addresses by local clergymen are included on the programme.

Saint Marys and Gibson Belgian and Soldier Relief Society

World War I letter

  • CA PANB MC346
  • Fonds
  • 29 April 1915

This two-page letter was written at the front in Belgium on 29 April 1915 to Neta by Art, a soldier of the 8th Battery, 2nd Canadian Artillery Brigade, 1st Canadian Contingent, British Expeditionary Force. It details his worries and impressions concerning activities at the front and his chances of survival.

Unknown WWI soldier

Capt. C. F. Inches fonds

  • CA PANB MC1176
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1918

These 5 army (field service) correspondence books relate to Capt. C. F. Inches's tour of duty in France, in 1916, with the 1st Canadian Heavy Battery. He records information about his routine administration duties, while also providing information about ammunition, equipment, weapons, horses, the awarding of honours and medals, charges of insolence and desertion, military court martials, attack plans, activities at the Front, and feats of gallantry. A number of names of officers and enlisted men are included. The correspondence book dating from June to July 1916 (MS1A) contains a few letters written or signed by Lt.-Col. C. G. Pritchard, R.G.A.

Inches, Cyrus Fiske

Charles W. Darcus

  • CA FRM MS67
  • Fonds
  • 1893 - 1918

The series consists of the records of Charles Darcus, including correspondence, clippings and a postcard.

Darcus, Charles William

Private Percy Leonard Robertson

  • Fonds
  • 1895 - 1919

This fond contains documents about Private Percy Leonard Robertson and his involvement in the First World War. It contains a death certificate, newspaper clippings, telegrams, memorial scroll, death certificate and other documents.
Pte. Robertson was the son of Thomas & Lizzie Robertson of Hampton. He enlisted January 15, 1918 with the 13th Battalion, 1st Division. He was later assigned to the 26th Battalion and finally to the 44th Battalion.
In just nine short months, Percy served in the 2nd Battle of the Somme, 3rd Battle of Aisne, Battle of Le Hamel, 2nd Battle of the Marne, Battle of Amiens, and the 2nd Battle of Arras. Pte. Robertson was killed on September 2nd, 1918 at Dury in front of Arras, Northern France. Initially he was reported Missing in Action and his family received 3 brief telegrams with that status between September 21st and October 5th, 1918. On October 16th, a fourth and final telegram arrived with the message: “deeply regret to inform you Pte. P.L. Robertson infantry previously reported missing now officially reported Killed in Action September 2nd.” Further correspondence, including previously reported letter below, show that one year later, the family still did not know where their son & brother was buried. They eventually learned he was buried at the Dury Crucifix Cemetery, south-east of Arras.

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