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Fonds AM209 - Emma Walker fonds

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Emma Walker fonds

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  • Textual record

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AM209

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  • 1938-54 (Creation)
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    Walker, Emma J.

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1 folder of textual records

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Mrs. Emma J. Walker was the originator of the National Council of Women's efforts to evacuate British children to Canada during the Second World War.
During World War 1, she served as a Red Cross hospital visitor, and then as a Welfare Officer for Canadians at the Duston Military Hospital in Northampton. In anticipation of the Second World War, Walker arranged in 1934 for a young girl of her acquaintance in England, to be sent to Canada in the event of war. She later discussed plans to evacuate large numbers of British children with the North Shore Council of Women. The plan was presented before the National Council of Women, which then worked towards the inclusion of a clause in the voluntary registration of women regarding a family's willingness and ability to take in a British child during war. In response to the large numbers of British children cared for by Canadian families, in 1947 the Kinsmen Trust organization in England offered scholarships for Canadian children to attend schools in Britain.

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Fonds consists of a scrapbook compiled by Mrs. Emma J. Walker. Included in the scrapbook are Walker's account of the plan, newspaper clippings, copies of resolutions by the National Council of Women, letters of appreciation from Buckingham Palace and from the Office of the Agent-General, and outlines of the Kinsmen Trust scholarships.

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Records were donated to the Archives in 1951 by Mrs. Emma J. Walker. Additional newspaper clippings were also donated at an unknown date by an unknown individual.

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  • Box: 513-E-04 fld 07