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Fonds AM270 - Helen Gregory MacGill collection

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Helen Gregory MacGill collection

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  • 1882-1950 (Creation)
    MacGill, Helen Gregory

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0.03 m of textual records
5 photographs

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Helen Gregory was born in 1869 in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1888 she was the first woman to graduate from Trinity College, University of Toronto. Following graduation she was a newspaperwoman. In 1890 she married Dr. F.C. Flesher. They lived in California, where she and her mother, an ardent suffragette, owned and edited two small newspapers. She was widowed in 1900. In 1902 she married J.H. MacGill, a Vancouver barrister. In 1917 she was appointed judge of the Juvenile Court. She presided there from 1917-1920 and was reappointed in 1934 until her retirement in 1944. She always worked for many causes, but her main concern was the welfare of women and children. She died in 1947.

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The collection consists of the original copies, with some amendments, of articles written by Helen Gregory MacGill as well as biographical radio programs about MacGill, as well as photographs.

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Presented by Elsie Gregory MacGill, Toronto, daughter of Judge Helen Gregory MacGill, in 1951. A donation was also made in 2021 by great-granddaughter Rachel Schneewind.


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Folder formerly located at 517-C-03 fld 05.

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  • "Story of Vancouver Social Service", in a bound volume, is catalogued in the Archives library, HV110 V2 M2. Another book, "How to Conduct Public Meetings in Canada" is catalogued in the Archives library, JF515 M22

  • Photographs of MacGill are also within the Major Mathews collection (AM54-S4)

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