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Record No: mha00000278
Title: Lady McKie fonds
Dates: 1926-1975
Location: PF-056
Provenance: McKie, Phyllis, Lady, d. 1983
Extent: 8 cm of textual records
900 photographs
Organization: Photographs are arranged in 41 series according to subject.
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on content of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Phyllis Ross (d.1983), later Lady McKie, Canadian photographer and researcher, was the daughter of John Wardrope Ross, a Montreal businessman. In 1929 she married Gerald Walker Birks, of Henry Birks & Sons, Montreal. In 1956 she married Sir William Neil McKie (1901-1984), an internationally renowned musician who was Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey from 1941. They had no children. Lady McKie died 12 January 1983.
     Ross was greatly interested in many facets of the culture of other countries, particularly relating to the sea. She spent much time in England and Norway researching her interests in archives, museums and libraries, taking advantage of travel with her husband to extend this knowledge. As a photographer, she developed, edited and enlarged her own work, and had it displayed in several exhibitions. Her published work included The Seaflower Venture, the life story of Charles Robin. Following her husband's retirement, they moved to Ottawa, where Lady McKie died in 1983.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of Lady McKie's own photographic work, as well as post cards, clippings and other illustrations relating to fisheries and shipbuilding in Norway, Atlantic Canada, France, Portugal and elsewhere. It also includes published booklets and articles on similar topics, her own notes on Newfoundland material and a wooden tally stick of 1869 from Charles Robin's company in Quebec. Photographs are arranged in 41 series according to subject.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright of some items remains with the National Archives of Canada, the National Maritime Museum, and other organizations and individuals, as indicated on the individual items.
Acquisition Source: Records were donated to MHA by Lady Phyllis McKie in 1976-1977
Associated Material: National Archives of Canada, Lady McKie Collection
Custodial History: Records remained in the custody of Lady McKie until they were donated to the Maritime History Archive, through the National Archives of Canada, in two accessions, 1976 and 1977 respectively.
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 101
Subject: Bluenose (Ship).
Subject: Cutty Sark (Ship).
Subject: Charles Robin & Co.
Subject: Fisheries.
Subject: Shipbuilding.
Subject: Training ships.
Subject: Admirals.
Subject: Ships in art.
Subject: Buildings.
Subject: Norway.
Subject: Portugal.
Subject: Quebec.
Subject: Atlantic Canada.
Subject: France.
Subject: Spain.
Subject: China.
Subject: Bahama Islands.
Subject: Channel Islands.
Subject: Newfoundland.
Subject: Post cards.
Subject: Clippings.
Subject: Photographs.


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