Fonds MS 54 - Matilda C. de Lotbiniere Harwood fonds

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Matilda C. de Lotbiniere Harwood fonds

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  • 1914, 1918, 1920-1921 (Creation)
    de Lotbiniere Harwood, Matilda C.

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1 cm of textual records
4 photographs

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Biographical history

Matilda C. de Lotbiniere-Harwood was born in South Africa, becoming a successful musician and teacher. After the end of the Boer War, Sir Sam Steele brought his family and brother-in-law, Dr. A.C. de Lotbiniere-Harwood, with him to South Africa where Miss Norgarb and Dr. A.C. de Lotbiniere-Harwood met. In 1907, she emigrated to Canada to marry the Edmonton dentist. Nearly all her musical compositions had patriotic themes: South African Anthem, Imperial Anthem, From the Empire’s Dead, In Memoriam, To the Dead, In Flanders Fields, Solitude, United South African March, General Sir Sam Steele’s March, Victory March, March of the Canadian Men, Suite of Oriental Waltzes, The Fighting Fifty-First. In 1919, she and her husband left Edmonton to move to St. Paul de Metis. She died in Edmonton in 1920.

Custodial history

Records were found in the estate of Tony Harwood, nephew of Sir Sam Steele, by Vern and Gwen Miller of Oliver, B.C., and donated by them in 2002.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of the textual records of Matilda C. de Lotbiniere-Harwood from 1914, 1918, and 1920-1921. Includes biography, correspondence, clippings, and sheet music of the following: From the Empire’s Dead, Triumphal March of the Allies, Imperial Anthem, Strathcona March, and Johnny Canuck.

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      Some material has been added to the fonds after Matilda C. de Lotbiniere Harwood's death in 1920.

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      MS 54

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      Fort Steele Heritage Town Archives

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      Created 10 January 2011.
      Revised by BCANS Coordinator 13 January 2011.

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