Collection 1980.148 - Martin Kavanagh

Circus Parade on Rosser Avenue Braeside Block Assiniboine River Cart, Brandon c.1883 Brandon District c.1912 Presbyterian Choir Picnic at Lake Clementi, 1882 Wm Muir General Grocer Central School and Hughes & Patrick Lumber Yard Grand View Hotel Billie Muir, Brandon Pioneer Street Car Inauguration, 1913
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Martin Kavanagh

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CA DHM 1980.148

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  • 1858 – 1959; predominant 1880-1940 (Creation)
    Kavanagh, Martin

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33 photographs
1 glass slide
4 cm of textual documents

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Biographical history

Martin Kavanagh was born in County Wicklow, Ireland in 1895. He grew up in Ireland and was educated at Annacura, Wexford, Dublin, and London. In 1923 he immigrated to Manitoba. Kavanagh served as principal of Tummel Consolidated School from 1923-1924; principal of Greenridge School from 1924-1926; and as principal of Treherne High School from 1927-1929. From 1929-1963 he taught Latin and commercial geography at Brandon Collegiate. In addition to his administrative and teaching roles in the education system, Kavanagh was also a historical researcher and writer. In 1946 he wrote The Assiniboine Basin: A Study of Discovery, Exploration and Settlement. In 1967 he wrote La Verendrye – His Life and Times. The Manitoba Historical Society presented Kavanagh with the Margaret McWilliams Medal and the Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970) for his contribution to the study of Western Canadian history. In his retirement, Kavanagh established a scholarship to encourage the study of explorer La Verendrye at St.Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. In 1984 he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. Along with his research, Kavanagh collected photographs and textual documents pertaining to the history of Manitoba. The contents of this collection contain items collected by Martin Kavanagh. He died in 1987.

Custodial history

The Daly House Museum obtained these items from the Assiniboine Historical Society in 1980. The material was given by Kavanagh to the Assiniboine Historical Society at an unknown date. The material presumably came into the possession of the Assiniboine Historical Society between 1970 and 1980.

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Scope and Content: The collection consists of material collected by Martin Kavanagh pertaining to the history of Manitoba. The majority of the textual documents are newspaper clippings from local newspapers. From where he obtained the photographs is unknown. The content of the fond pertains to the city of Brandon’s early history. The fond contains newspaper clippings about the city’s prominent members, clubs, events, schools, and businesses. It contains photographs of prominent building such as hotels, and other important businesses. The photographs document many areas of life in early Brandon including businesses, industry, agriculture, transportation, and education.

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Arrangement: The collection is divided by item type into three files. There are descriptions for each item at the individual level.

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  • English

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File 1 (33 photographs) : 1980.148.3 – 31, 34, 35, 43, 95
File 2 (1.5cm newspaper clippings) : 1980.148.32 – 42, 60 - 78, 80 – 87,89 - 94, 96 - 101
File 3 (2.5cm textual document): 1980.148.46, 59
1 glass slide: 1980.148.6

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