Fonds F 4599 - Ferguson family fonds

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Ferguson family fonds

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    CA ON00009 F 4599

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    • 1911-[200-?], predominant 1938-1962 (Creation)

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    60 centimetres of textual records
    15 volumes of textual records
    4 photographs : black and white prints

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    Murray Ferguson was a pilot, radio-navigator and CPA who settled with his wife Beatrice on a farm near Uxbridge, Ontario in 1948; in 1960 the family moved to North York, Ontario.

    Murray Stewart Ferguson was the son of John Alexander Ferguson (1867-1959) and Clara Ann Beggs Ferguson (1886-1929). Murray initially worked as a pilot in the Royal Air Force (RAF), first as a Radio officer and later in the RAF Ferry Command, and eventually became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Murray Stewart Ferguson married Beatrice Irene Botha on the 22 January 1944 in Montréal, Québec and they had three children: Brenda, Murray, and Theresa.

    Murray and Beatrice Ferguson lived in Montréal until 1946, when they moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Murray was employed as a radio-navigator for the Flota Aérea Mercante Argentina (FAMA) airline. In 1948, Murray and Beatrice returned to Canada and purchased a farm near Uxbridge, Ontario. They lived on this farm until 1960, when they moved to Spring Garden Avenue in the Willowdale neighborhood of North York, Ontario.

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    The Botha family, headed by Frank C.B. Botha, originated in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Frank C.B. Botha immigrated to Canada ca. 1907 and eventually settled in Montréal, Québec.

    Francis Carr Bayly Botha, the son of Schalk Jacobus Botha (1848-1930) and Catherine Ann Bayly Botha (1841-1904) was born ca 1882-1884 in South Africa. He immigrated to Canada ca. 1907 and first lived in the District of Yale and Cariboo in British Columbia. Frank married Gertrude May Young (1892-1963) ca. 1919 in Québec. Gertrude was one of six children of Thomas Samuel Young (1864-1926) and Jenny / Jeanie / Jane Campbell (1862-1938). Frank and Gertrude Botha had one child, Beatrice Irene. Beatrice married Murray Stewart on the 22 January 1944 in Montréal, Québec, and they had three children: Brenda, Murray, and Theresa.

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    Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by the Ferguson family of Uxbridge and later of North York, Ontario. Included are diaries, correspondence, literary journals, Christmas and greeting cards, cookbooks, and various publications.

    The majority of the fonds consists of correspondence, which was written between Beatrice and Murray Ferguson, the Fergusons and their friends, and Beatrice and her mother Gertrude, as well as between Beatrice's grandparents Gertrude and Frank Botha. Included in the correspondence are letters written between Beatrice Botha Ferguson and her pen pals, one of whom was Canadian poet Louis Dudek. Fifteen volumes of the First Statement literary journal accumulated by Beatrice Botha Ferguson from 1942 to 1944 are included in the fonds, as well as fifteen volumes of diaries written by Beatrice that document a twenty-four year period from 1938 to 1962.

    For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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    The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario by Dr. Brenda Caloyannis, Murray Ferguson and Theresa Ferguson in 2010.


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    • English
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      For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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      The Louis Dudek fonds is housed at Library and Archives Canada. A set of the First Statement literary journals is housed at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

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      Further accruals may be expected.

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