Fonds - Fenwick family fonds

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Fenwick family fonds

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  • 1884-1955 (Creation)
    Fenwick (family)

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13 cm of textual records and other material

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Sisters Edith and Isabel Fenwick were the founders of St. Margarets School in 1908. They were born in South Shields, Durham, England - Edith Mary on 21 June 1868 and Ada Isabel on 28 October 1871. When they attended finishing school in Germany, they met and became friends with Margaret Barton. Margaret and Isabel traveled together to Victoria in December 1907 where Isabel worked at Mrs. Blaiklocks School and Margaret taught privately the daughters of Drs. Leeder and Harper. Isabel took over when Margaret left for a year in Japan as governess to the Payne family. When Edith came to Victoria to help Isabel with the teaching, they opened the first St. Margarets School in a house on Cook Street. Both Fenwick sisters were drowned in a tragic boating accident in 1910 and Margaret Barton took over the running of the school.

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Fenwick papers and photographs were dropped off at St. Margarets School in 2001 by Carol Hewitt. Carol is the daughter of Edith Fenwick Hewitt who was the daughter of Edwin Fenwick, Edith and Isabels brother. Carol attended SMS from 1961 to 196-.

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Fonds consists of a collection of papers and photographs of the Fenwick family. The fonds includes correspondence, school certificates, newspaper clippings, watercolour paintings, a sketchbook, photographs and a photo album. It also includes correspondence from Margaret Barton. Fonds also includes papers and photographs of other members of the Fenwick family - Edwin and Edward Fenwick.

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Permission required from the Archivist.

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See Accessions 2001-001 and 2004-001.

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BCAUL control number: STMARG-2

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