Subfonds SF1 - Mary and David Macaree

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Mary and David Macaree

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    CA NVAN F205-SF1

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    • 1939-2010 predominant 1970s-1990s (Creation)

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    32 files textual records - 8 files graphic materials - c.1,500 items photographic materials - 10 published items - 1 artifact

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    Born Mary Watson in Luthermuir, Scotland on September 28, 1922, Mary married David Macaree in to 49 and they immigrated to Canada in 1955. Mary went back to school and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Library Science in 1963. From 1968 to 1985 (her retirement) she was the head librarian at the MacMillan Library at UBC. She died in 2008.

    Mary Macaree was an avid hiker and member of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club. She joined the club in 1964 and was made an Honorary Member in 1975. Along with her husband, David, she researched and produced the hiking guides '103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia' and '109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland'. Mary drew the maps which were included in the early editions of the books.

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    David Macaree (MA, PhD) was born in Dunblane, Scotland on 8 Oct 1919. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Marines from 1940 to 1946, first in the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and later with the Commando in continental Europe. David married Mary Watson Macaree (maiden name unknown) in 1949, and in 1955 they immigrated to Canada, first teaching in North Central British Columbia before moving to Vancouver.

    David Macaree joined the Department of English as a lecturer after he completed his M.A. at UBC. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1965, and became Associate Professor of English at UBC in 1970. In 1985, after his retirement, Macaree was honoured with the title of Associate Professor Emeritus of English. David died on 9 Dec 1998.

    David and his wife were both avid hikers and joined the British Columbia Mountaineering Club in 1964. In 1975 they were made Honorary Members. Together they researched and produced the popular hiking guides '103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia' and '109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland'.

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    Sous-fonds contains records created and accumulated by Mary and David Macaree during the course of their preparation of the two publications '103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia' and '109 Walks in B.C.'s Lower Mainland'. Includes research notes on trails, photographs, maps and sample publications.

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        Created: 2013-06-20.

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