Fonds 15-2003 - Ruby Miles Collection

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Ruby Miles Collection

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CA MCK 15-2003

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  • 1910-2003, predominant 1920-1945 (Creation)

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60 photographs b/w (18 negatives)
3 cm textual records

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Rubina Isabella Miles (née McGregor) was born October 9th, 1909 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, the only child of Kate (née Rowe)and William McGregor. Her father, William Thom McGregor was a native of Scotland who, before coming to Canada, travelled to Australia and New Zealand, and served in the Boer War before coming to Canada. Mrs. Miles and her parents migrated to Australia in 1921. In 1925, the family moved to Papua New guinea where Mr. McGregor was employed as Head Stockman on the Giligili Estate, part of the Commonwealth Copra Company. The family returned to Canada in 1929. In 1940, Ruby married Leonard "Len" Miles, a native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Following the Second World War, they settled in Brandon, Manitoba. Ruby spent her adult life as a homemaker. She died in April, 2003.

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Collection came into the possession of Mrs. Miles correspondence with her husband while he was overseas and through through death of family members. Following the death of Mrs. Miles the collection was donated to the S.J. McKee Archives by Errol Black acting the executor of Mrs. Miles' estate.

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Collection includes c. 15 letters from Kate McGregor, to her parents Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Rowe of Brandon, Manitoba. The letters were written in the years 1925-1929 when Mrs. McGregor and her family were living in Papua New Guinea. Collection also includes photographs and photographic negatives containing images of the Giligili Estate in New Guinea. Collection also contains correspondence with Len Miles,during his service overseas in the Second World War,and Mr. Miles service record, death certificate and various memorabilia from his time in military service. Collection includes various news clippings, documents and correspondence received or retained by Ruby Miles.

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  • English

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