Fonds MG 30 - Mackenzie family fonds

Captain Addison Alexander Mackenzie, Lieutenant Buston, and Lieutenant Muirhead Lieutenant Addison Alexander Mackenzie and civilian, James Mounsie in Woodbridge, Ontario Officers of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in France Major Mackenzie in war camp during WWI Albert, Somme, The Arm Place before and after bombardment France WWI

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Mackenzie family fonds

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CA ON00373 MG 30

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  • 1819-2002, predominant 1880-1974. (Creation)

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ca. 328 cm of textual records
ca. 450 photographs : b&w and col. ; 50 x 18 cm or smaller
ca. 115 postcards : b&w and col. ; 13.5 x 8.5 cm
10 drawings : 45 x 38 cm or smaller
10 maps : 30 x 43 cm or smaller
1 microfilm reel : 6 mm
1 audio cassette
1 videocassette
1 box of objects (ca. 15 ribbons, 5 buttons, 1 badge, 1 pair of grass clippers, 1 ceremonial railroad nail, 3 molds, 2 ink stamps)

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Donald Mackenzie (1852-1945) operated a butcher shop and general store in Woodbridge, Ontario, at least part of the time in a partnership, Mackenzie & Rogerson. Donald was also a liquor license inspector and he sat on the village council (1884-1892). Donald Mackenzie was married to Lydia Ann Addison (1855-1939) and together they had five children: Anne (1877-1969), William (1879-1880), Florence (1883-1968), Addison Alexander (1885-1970), and Donald Ross (1887-1918). Florence married Thomas Currey. Anne married William Dalziel whose family owned the Dalziel Barn. Donald Ross was killed in action March 30, 1918. Addison Alexander (Lex) originally pursued a military career, joining the Governor General's Horse Guards in 1904 and was transferred to France as part of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross for valour at "Regina Trench" at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and was severely wounded at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. After the war, Mackenzie returned to the family farm to take up farming. He entered municipal politics, serving as Councillor for the Village of Woodbridge from 1922 to 1926 and as Reeve (ie. Mayor) of the Village and a member of the York County Council from 1927 to 1935. He then went on to serve in provincial politics as Progressive Conservative MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) for York North from 1945 to 1967, when he retired from public life.

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Fonds constituted of ca. 300 photographs and ca. 100 postcards of military and WWI scenes, Donald and Addison Mackenzie’s political careers, and many of the Mackenzie family members. Also included is correspondence (1819-2002); drawings of the Dalziel barn; school textbooks and essays; published books; programs and papers from the York Historical Pioneer Society, the Horticultural Society, and the Conservation Society; tax notices and assessments; insurance forms; bills and receipts; and newspaper clippings. Mementos from the family’s pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge in 1936 include programs, a remembrance book, pilgrim lists, and a diary written by Major Mackenzie with accompanying transcript. Items from Donald and Major Mackenzie’s political careers include speeches, briefs, acts, Woodbridge Village Council agendas and minutes, election ballets and posters, and electoral boundary maps. Of particular interest is a WWI trench map from 1916 sent by Major Mackenzie to his family. Also A.A. Mackenzie's pre 1901 Victorian officer's infantry sword (used as a dress sword rather than in battle).

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