Fonds 10-010 - Verna Rowena Conant fonds

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Verna Rowena Conant fonds

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CA ON0034 10-010

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  • 1915-1984 (Creation)

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142 cm of textual records
1 photograph

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(April 23, 1888-May, 1992)

Biographical history

Verna Rowena Conant (née Smith) was born on April 23, 1888, the daughter of Ernest Disraeli Smith and Christina Ann Smith (1861-1932). Her mother was the first President of the Women Institute of Canada in Winona Division, Ontario. She has one brother, Brigadier Armand Armstrong Smith. Verna Rowena Smith studied at Toronto's Havergal College and then lived in Ottawa where her father served as an MP. She met her future husband at her coming out party in 1911 at Hederleigh, the family House, in Grimsby, Ontario. She married Gordon Daniel Conant (1895-1953) on June 25, 1913, in Wentworth County, Ontario. Gordon Daniel Conant was a lawyer from Oshawa, future Mayor of Oshawa, attorney general of Ontario and Premier of Ontario from October 6, 1937 to June 30, 1943. While raising her family, Verna Rowena Conant became active in her community and organizations. She became Honorary president of the Oshawa General Hospital of the women's auxiliary, the Women's Institute, the Oshawa Historical Society and the Girl Guides. She played an important role with the St. John Ambulance and received the title of Dame of the Order of St. John. Verna Rowena Conant and her husband had 3 children; Geneviève, Douglas and Roger. Verna Rowena Conant died in Oshawa in May 1992 and is buried in Oshawa Union Cemetery.

Custodial history

The scrapbooks were donated to the Ontario Advisory Council on Women's Issues (OACWI) around 1982 and were later donated by the OACWI to the Canadian Women's Movement Archives (CWMA) in April 1993. Subsequently, they were transferred to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections.

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This fonds consists of scrapbooks created by Verna Rowena Conant (Mrs. Gordon D. Conant) regarding the history of women in Ontario during the 20th century. They document facts and historical events focusing on women in Canada, including the "Voice of Women", the Women’s Canadian Club, the Princess Alice Foundation, Canadian Women’s Voluntary Services, National Council of Women Provincial and Local and Women at War.

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The records were received via the CWMA from the Ontario Advisory Council on Women's Issues in April 1993. Accession 1993-2.

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  • English

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CA

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ON0034

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RAD

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Final

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Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised in January 2019, May 2019

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  • English

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