Fonds JT - John A. Thackeray Fonds

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John A. Thackeray Fonds

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Thackeray, John Allen Elbridge Ivison

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CA ON00247 JT

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  • 1938-1942 (Creation)
    John Allen Elbridge Ivison Thackeray

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4 glass plate negatives ; b&w ; 8 x 10 cm
1 photograph negative : b&w ; 10 x 6 cm
3 photograph negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 cm
13 photograph negatives : b&w ; 7 x 10 cm
1 photograph negative : b&w ; 5 x 10 cm
4 photograph negatives : b&w ; 5 x 9 cm
28 photograph negatives : b&w ; 5 x 7 cm
2 photograph negatives : b&w ; 5 x 5 cm
365 photograph negatives : b&w ; 35 mm
2 photograph contact sheets : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm
3cm of textual records
1 box : wood ; 35 x 22 cm
4 blocks : wood ; 21 x 1 cm
2 boxes : wood ; 13 x 2.5 cm
1 spoon : silver ; 18 x 3 cm

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Biographical history

John Allen Elbridge Ivison Thackeray was born in St. Mary's Ontario on December 1, 1907. He married Gertrude Elizabeth Whittaker in Toronto on August 5, 1955. They lived in Waterloo County between ca. 1930 and 1958 and resided at 51 Young Street West in Waterloo from 1945 to 1958. John's mother, Louisa Thackeray lived with them at the house. Gertrude and John had two children, Judith and Robert.

John operated Thackeray Industrial Maintenance Ltd., in Waterloo. He was also an amateur photographer. He used the attic of the house on Young Street as his dark room. His photograph 'On a Summer's Morning', Sipe's Farm, Blair was published in The Waterloo Trust and Savings Company calendar for 1942.

In 1958 the Thackeray family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. John and Gertrude were killed in a motor vehicle accident on February 1, 1983 in Florida.

Custodial history

Martha Taylor found a box of negatives in her attic and gave them to her neighbour, Susan Enns. Susan gave the negatives to her neighbour Philipe (Phil) Elsworthy who digitized and identified the negatives. Phil donated the original negatives and the digital files to the Region of Waterloo Archives.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of negatives created by John Allen Elbridge Ivison Thackeray while he lived in Waterloo County. The images include a variety of subjects: people; the Royal visit to Kitchener on June 6, 1939; a tank parade; camping; buildings; the beach at Owen Sound; and objects.

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Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction. File 32 is restricted. Records contain information that currently qualifies for exemption under the provisions of the Access to Information Act, Freedom of Information Act, Municipal Freedom of Information Act or the Privacy Act.

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Researchers are responsible for observing the terms of the Canadian Copyright Act. Permission of the Region of Waterloo Archives is required for any form of publication or exhibition.

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A detailed finding aid is available in Archive Online, our descriptive database, at the following link:

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  • English

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