Fonds F1446 - Parlby, Wilkins family fonds

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Parlby, Wilkins family fonds


  • 1850-1930, predominant 1884-1918 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records. -- 39 photographs

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Biographical history

Edward M.H. Parlby, 1865-1951, was born in England and trained as a surveyor. He came to Canada in 1885 and worked in Ontario before coming to Alberta in 1887. He settled in the Ponoka area for a short time. In 1890 he established the Long Valley Ranch with his brother, Walter, near present day Alix. The brothers dissolved their partnership and Edward kept the ranch when he married Anne Morison Wilkins in 1896. The Parlbys had three children, John, George and Jean. Edward served as a Justice of the Peace, and was active in many community organizations, including the Alix Agricultural Society and the local school board. Anne's brother, Francis E. Wilkins, ?-1908, came to Alberta in 1889 and bought land near Red Deer. He was Red Deer's first member in the North-West Territories Legislative Assembly. Another brother, George S. Wilkins, ?-1907, joined the Klondike gold rush and spent several years gold mining in Dawson City, Yukon before returning to the Red Deer area.


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Gift of John Parlby, 1961.

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  • The fonds consists of Edward's correspondence, notebook and financial records; George Wilkins' correspondence, mining certificates and agreements; Francis' correspondence; and miscellaneous family correspondence, invitations, membership cards, certificates, newsclippings, and photographs of the ranch and Alix area.
  • RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Calgary and Edmonton Trail, Dr. James Collinge, Coronation, Fernand de Journel, Frederick Haultain, James MacDonald, Mirror, and Bishop Pinkham.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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F. E. Wilkins' political papers are held by the Red Deer and District Museum and Archives.

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Thursday, May 08, 2014




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