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Queen Mary's Coronation Hostel

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Queen Mary's Coronation Hostel

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In 1912 Lord Strathcona set up a $100,000 trust fund to establish the Hostel for "Gentlewomen born in the United Kingdom seeking employment in British Columbia." A house at 2412 Alder, built ca. 1891 by C. Gardener Johnson, was purchased and opened for this purpose in 1913 under the patronage of Lady Minto. In 1914 a working arrangement was reached between the Hostel and the Colonial Intelligence League for Educated Women, the object of which was to provide the women with preliminary training for life in Canada and to provide suitable living accommodation on their arrival. The last director was appointed in 1948, and in 1954 the property was sold. The proceeds were turned over to the Vancouver Foundation, as the Lord Strathcona Fund, to assist well-educated young women and girls from the United Kingdom to further their education in B.C.


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