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Item : LEG2283.001 - Dried wedding bouquet of Margaret McCleery

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Dried wedding bouquet of Margaret McCleery

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AM114---: LEG2283.001

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  • 1945 (Creation)
    Matthews, James Skitt, Major

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1 bouquet of dried flowers : encased in glass ; 19 cm x 17 cm

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Major J.S. Matthews was a native of North Wales who arrived in Vancouver in 1898 from New Zealand. He was with Imperial Oil for most of the period 1898-1920 and held various executive positions during the twenties. In 1933 he became City Archivist for Vancouver, a position he held until his death.

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Item is a small dried and pressed flower bouquet which has been encased in glass. The flowers were given to Major J.S. Matthews by Mrs. Margaret Mackie (nee McCleery) after her wedding Mar. 17, 1945.

Matthews dried and encased the flowers and added a note: "On 17 March 1945, being Irish, Miss Margaret Elizabeth McCleery, youngest daughter of Fitzgerald McCleery, who, together with his brother Samuel, were the first settlers on the site of Vancouver, 1862, astonished me , near the City Hall, by informing me that I would never see my old friend Miss McCleery again: that early that morning at the Manse she had been married, and presented her husband, Robert Mackie, son. of Thos. Mackie, whose brother, William, pre-empted D.L. 472; i.e. part of Fairview. She graciously gave me her wedding bouquet, primroses and some blue flower, yellow, green and blue the colors, picked from her own, and her late father's garden on the North Arm, Fraser River. J.S. Matthews."

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This object has long been included in the McCleery family fonds. Presumably, Major Matthews added it after the fonds was donated to the Archives.

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Item was formerly located in 511-E-04 fld 05, and was removed and rehoused for conservation reasons.

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  • Box: 214-D-08