Fonds MG 45 - Norberta O'Rourke fonds

Norberta O'Rourke, Major Mackenzie, Vaughan Pearson, and John Roberts Post Office in Teston, Ontario Official opening ceremony of the Woodbridge, Ontario post office Edgeley, Ontario post office

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Norberta O'Rourke fonds

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CA ON00373 MG 45

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  • 1828-2002, predominant 1900-1980. (Creation)

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35 cm of textual records
20 maps; 40 x 60 cm or smaller
ca. 400 photographs: b&w and col. ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
1 photo album
10 drawings. – 2 sketches, pencil. – 8 prints
1 box of objects (10 coins, 1 pin)

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Norberta O'Rourke (1917-2002) was a life-long resident of Pine Grove, a former editor of the Woodbridge and Vaughan News, and a local historian specializing in the history of Pine Grove and Woodbridge. Born in 1917 to Patrick and Margaret O’Rourke, she graduated from Weston Collegiate High School in 1937 and proceeded to work for over 30 years at the Woodbridge and Vaughan News. In 1983 she published Chatting About the Post Offices of Vaughan Township.

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Fonds constituted of family histories and genealogical material, histories of schools and churches in Pine Grove and Woodbridge as well as the communities themselves, photographs, photo albums, scrapbooks, architectural drawings of the St. Margaret Mary School, diplomas, report cards, invitations, certificates, awards, programs, maps, correspondence, newspaper ad layouts, newspaper clippings, and commemorative coins from the 1991 inauguration of the City of Vaughan. Also includes County of York uniform promotion examination certificate documenting promotion of Mary O'Rourke of the Pine Grove School and an indenture between Alfred and Harriet Gooderham, grantors, and Michael O'Rourke, grantee. Also contains "1833 it was -- a trading post and granary 1989 it is -- a house of the 20th century", an unpublished essay by Norberta O'Rourke which details the history of the Elliot Trading Post and surrounding area, originally constructed on Lot 11, Concession 8, Vaughan Township in 1833. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Personal Memorabilia Maps Community Histories Photographs Newspaper Clippings

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For conservation purposes, photographs from scrapbooks and draft of Chatting About the Post Offices of Vaughan Township book were removed from original works, scanned into historical images database, and then stored in acid free envelopes. Coloured photocopies were then inserted back into the original works.

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