Fonds - Emily F. Murphy collection

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Emily F. Murphy collection

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  • 1906-1910 (Creation)

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9 items

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Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868-1933), women's rights activist and author, was born in Cookstown, Ontario, and educated at Bishop Strachan School, Toronto. She married Rev. Arthur Murphy in 1887. In 1916 she was appointed by the Alberta Government as the first woman Magistrate in the British Empire. It was she who inaugurated and brought to a successful issue the movement that resulted in the Privy Council, in 1929, declaring that women were "persons" under the British North America Act, and therefore had a right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She was the first President of the Federated Women's Institute of Canada. Prime mover in the establishment of the Victorian Order of Nurses in Edmonton 1910, she was the first woman member of the hospital board in the City of Edmonton. In 1911 she organized the Women's Canadian Club in Edmonton and was elected as their first President. Under the pen name "Janey Canuck" she was well known as a writer. In 1913 she was elected National President of the Canadian Women's Press Club. In 1915 she was decorated by His Majesty the King as Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

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The collection consists of manuscripts of reviews written by Murphy. Each review is written on the blank back pages of review copies of books that Murphy received. There are nine reviews in all. One of the books (Margaret Baillie Saunders's Litany Lane) is only signed by Murphy, and does not have a review inside it. The books have been catalogued for Archives and Research Collections.

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Purchased from John Rush Books, possibly in 1995.

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