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Elspeth Newton fonds
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9 b&w photographs
1 colour photograph
1 colour photograph
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The donor of this collection, Elspeth (Cameron) Newton, numbers many well known citizens of Winnipeg among her family. Her great-grandfather was the Hon. William Hespeler who came west as Dominion Immigration agent and who brought the first Mennonite settlers to Manitoba. He later served as speaker of the Manitoba legislature for four sessions after being elected as MLA for Rosenfeld in 1899. He also served as German consul for Manitoba and the North-west Territories for many years. William's mother, the former Anna Barbara Andrassy, had been a lady-in-waiting to the Grand-Duchess of Baden, where William was born. In 1886 William's daughter, Georgina Hope Hespeler, married the well-known Winnipeg real estate entrepreneur and banker, Augustus Meredith Nanton. Tragically, Georgina died 3 weeks after the birth of their daughter (the donor's mother) Mary Georgina in 1887. The donor's father, Douglas Lorne Cameron, was the son of Sir Douglas Cameron who had made his fortune in lumber and milling after coming west in 1880 and was appointed lieutenant-governor of Manitoba in 1911. The wedding of the donor's parents on September 6, 1912 was attended by by many of Winnipeg's business and social elite. Photographs of the wedding party were taken at the famous home of the bride's father (Kilmorie) at 229 Roslyn Road which was demolished in the mid 1930s.
These photographs were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by Elspeth Newton in 1989.
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Seven of the photographs are contemporary copy prints of older originals which depict the donor's ancestors in the female line beginning with her g.g. grandmother. These include: a portrait of the donor's g.g. grandmother, Anna Barbara Andrassy, ca.1804; the same woman, ca.1860-65; the donor's g. grandmother, Mary (Hope) Hespeler, ca.1870; the donor's grandmother, Georgina Hope (Hespeler) Nanton, ca.1885; the donor's mother, Mary Georgina (Nanton) Cameron ca.1905; and two photographs of the wedding party at the wedding of the donor's parents, ca.1912. The other three photographs are studio portraits including one of the donor's mother, ca. 1900 and two of the donor as a child , ca.1918 and ca.1922.
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The photographs appear to have been arranged in chronological order when accessioned.
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No reproduction or publication without the permission of the Costume Museum of Canada.
The finding aid for this collection is the catalogue cards for PHO-C23 and the photograph collection photocopies.
The photographic copies all measure 13.6 x 17.4 cm (or 17.4 x 13.6 depending on orientation) except for the colour copy of the donor's g.g. grandmother, ca.1804, which measures 10 x 15 cm. The original studio portraits measure from 7.5 x 14 cm (mounted on a grey Victoria Card) to 14.5 x 20 cm (mounted on a cream paper mount).
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