Fonds P233 - Lina Agnes Duke fonds

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Lina Agnes Duke fonds

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CA ON00159 P233

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13 sheets of textual records

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Lina Agnes Jackson (1871-1958) was born 23 April 1871 in Simcoe, Ontario to Alex Jackson and Sarah Jane McCandliss. She married Ernest Oscar Duke (1880-1954) son of William Duke and Mary Ann Speers of Dufferin, Ontario in September 1908. The Dukes had four sons: Horace, Henry, Victor, and Lloyd.

Agnes was a gifted pianist and was enrolled at the Toronto Conservatory of Music during her teens. After marrying Ernest Oscar Duke, she and her husband both served as Anglican missionaries in Northern Ontario for three years. Ernest Oscar (E.O.) was a teacher and in 1908 was the principal at St John’s Residential School in Chapleau, Ontario. The pair also served at the residential school in Moose Factory. In 1910, the family moved to Camrose in Alberta where E.O. continued as a teacher. In 1935, he was elected as Social Credit member of the provincial legislature and he served for 14 years until 1949 when he decided to retire from politics. Lina Agnes and E.O. then moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where they both passed.

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The Lina Agnes Duke fonds consists of four typed copies of recollections written by Lina Agnes Duke. Two of the texts are about the couple’s time in Northern Ontario, more specifically in Moose Factory, and two short texts are on her teen years. The fonds provides an insight and perspective of non-indigenous missionaries visiting Indigenous communities of Northern Ontario.

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The fonds was donated in April 2020.


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  • English

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Digitized copies of the texts are available.

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At Laurentian University Archives:
P032-37 St. Thomas, Moose Factory fonds


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-Some of the dates in the texts about Moose Factory may not be accurate.

-The fonds contains historical language and content that may be offensive, and may cause distress to researchers, such as language and representations used to refer to racial, ethnic and cultural groups. Items in the fonds, their content and their descriptions reflect the time period when they were created and the view of their creator at the time. The items retain their original descriptions to ensure that attitudes and viewpoints are not erased from the historical record.

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Creation: 2023-09-18

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