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Vera Widger and Mary Lamplough fonds

Media Type: 
Textual record
Graphic material
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
M-6343, PA-2396, PC-202, PC-203, PD-186, NA-4668
STEM Field: 
The fonds consists of Vera's certificates, programs, insurance bulletins, Parpass advertisements, and photographs of herself and Dominion Life events; and Mary's certificates, service records, photographs of student nurses (1913), extensive photographs of nursing in France (1915), photographs of the royal visit to the Colonel Belcher Hospital (1951), and views of herself, friends and holidays.
Biography/Administrative History: 
Vera Widger, 1899-1997, was born in South Devon, England. She came to the Cochrane area in 1920 to join her father, who had emigrated to Alberta in 1913. She was a secretary in Calgary, ca. 1922-1941, then joined the Dominion Life Assurance Company as an insurance underwriter. In 1955 she left the insurance business and established Parpass Food Products Ltd., which made Cornish pasties, sausage rolls and meat pies. She closed the business due to health and financial reasons about 1965. Her long-time companion, Mary Edith Gowans Lamplough, 1887-1961, was raised in Quebec and trained as a nurse at the Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City, graduating in 1913. During the First World War she served as a nursing sister with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in France. She then worked at Calgary's Colonel Belcher Hospital from 1920 to 1952.
6 cm of textual records, 191 photographs
Hosting Institution: 
Glenbow Museum
Collection Contact:
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