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Fonds F0150 - Harry Stallworthy fonds.

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Harry Stallworthy fonds.


  • 1895-2002 (Creation)

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1.17 m of textual records and other material.

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Henry Webb Stallworthy was born in Winson, Gloucestershire, England, on January 20, 1895. Died in Comox, British Columbia, on December 25, 1976. Served most of his 31 years with the Force in isolated parts of the Canadian North including Bache Peninsula, Ellesmere Island, the most northerly detachment in Canada. An expert Arctic traveller and explorer, he completed a 65 day, 2250 kilometer trip around Axel Heiberg Island in 1932; the northernmost tip of the Island was later named Cape Stallworthy in his honour. He was part of the 1934-35 Oxford University Ellesmere Land Expedition under Edward Shackleton. Retired in 1946 but was called on to act as supervisor of security for the DEW Line in 1956-57. Owned and operated Timberlane, an exclusive resort on Saratoga Beach, Vancouver Island, with his wife Hilda for 21 years. Made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976.

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Donated by Elaine Mellor in early 1990s. Fonds on permanent loan from the Arctic Institute of North America.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, primarily with H. Stallworthy's brother Bill in England and his wife Hilda, much of it written from various R.C.M.P. detachments and including official reports and documents; manuscripts of articles and lectures on the North; material about H. Stallworthy including personal documents, newsclippings and articles; Hilda Stallworthy's diaries, daily journals and notebooks; miscellaneous material; and slides and negatives of northern scenes. Fonds also includes copies of H. Stallworthy's R.C.M.P. service and medical files obtained from the R.C.M.P. Archives in Ottawa, Ontario, by William Barr as additional sources for his biography Red serge and polar bear pants : the biography of Harry Stallworthy, RCMP (Edmonton : The University of Alberta Press, 2004).

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Text in English.

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Associated archival material relating to Harry Stallworthy located in the Arctic Institute of North America Photographic Archives.

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