Fonds F0806 - Henry George family fonds

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Henry George family fonds


  • 1865-1929, predominant 1900-1929 (Creation)

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1022 photographs. -- 6 cm of textual records. -- 1 microfilm reel

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Biographical history

Henry George, 1864-1932, was born in Kirton-in-Lindsay, England and trained as a physician before coming to Calgary in 1889. He practiced with Dr. Neville Lindsay and was surgeon to "E" division of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the Stoney, Blackfoot and Sarcee (Tsuut'ina). He moved to Innisfail, Alberta in 1893 and to Red Deer, Alberta in 1907. He was medical officer to the battalions stationed at Red Deer in First World War. He retired to Victoria, British Columbia in 1922.

He married Barbara Mary Bernard, 1867-1936, in London in 1888 and they had 12 children, Albert Ewen, 1899-1901, Desmond St. Clair, 1894-1916, Barbara Mary (Macdonald), 1896-1920, Henry Bernard, 1889-?, Ernest Scudamore, 1893-1962, Charles Llewellyn, 1891-?, Frederick Morton, 1895-?, William Godfrey Septimus, 1907- , Norah Helen (Heeney), 1898-?, Vivian Lizette (Gray), 1901-?, Henriette Caroline Alice (Day), 1904-1990, and Yule Christine, 1910- . His hobby was the collecting native artifacts and natural history specimens, and he built a museum in Red Deer to house them. His collection was donated to the City of Calgary on his death.

For further information see Barbara George's memoirs, published as Reminiscence / Barbara Mary George. - Victoria : B.M. George, 1924; and Alex Harper's article "Pioneer Alberta Naturalist - Dr. Henry George" in Alberta Naturalist. - vol. 11, no. 1 (March 1981), p. 13-15.


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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gifts of Frederick and Mabel George, Ernest S. George, Mrs. Charles Parker, the Luxton Museum, and Aquila Books, 1958-1995.

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The fonds consists of photographs of Alberta towns and the George family home in Calgary; microfilm of a scrapbook of articles about the George family and Innisfail; manuscript of Reminiscence (1924); Henriette's notes about nurses training at the Calgary General Hospital (1922-1925); correspondence and drafts of articles by E.S. George (1950-1960); and genealogical and biographical notes on Dr. George.

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The material is in English.

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The original scrapbook is held by the Ernest S. George family.

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The Red Deer and District Archives has the register book and a scrapbook for the George Museum, and copies of other family papers, the originals of which are held by various family members.

The City of Edmonton Archives holds papers of Ernest S. George.

Records related to the Bernard family are located in the William Leigh Bernard fonds held by the Glenbow.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017




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