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Record No: mha00000501
Title: Gert Crosbie fonds
Dates: 1973-1980
Location: R71-08 MHA
Photographs filed in PF-255
Provenance: Crosbie, Gert (Gertrude), 1925-2004
Extent: 3 cm of textual records
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on creator of the fonds. The fonds originally included family histories by Pat Kelley and Rev. Garland G. Lacey on the Arnold, Foote and Manuel families of Exploits. These items have been added to the MHA library
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Gertrude (Gert) Crosbie (1925-2004), community volunteer, genealogist, was born in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1925, daughter of Janet (Miller) and Andrew Hamilton Murray. She married A.H. (Bill) Crosbie and they had five children: Janet, Andrea, Paul, David, and Bill.
    Ms. Crosbie dedicated a substantial portion of her life to volunteer work. In 1968, with her husband, she helped establish the Virginia Waters School for children with cerebral palsy, an initiative which later resulted in both being named St. John's Citizens of the Year. Ms. Crosbie was also well known for her efforts on behalf of the YWCA, the CNIB, Meals on Wheels and as a board member of the Newfoundland Historic Parks Association. She was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada and, in 1997, received an honorary doctorate degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
    A fascination with Newfoundland history, a desire to preserve the genealogical record and a personal friendship with Dr. Keith Matthews led Ms. Crosbie to the Maritime History Archive. Sparked by interest in her ancestors, the Manuels of Twillingate, Crosbie embarked on a 25 year volunteer research project in collaboration with the MHA to record the birth, death and marriage announcements in Newfoundland's nineteenth-century newspapers.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of family history material collected and used by Gert Crosbie while working on the history of her husband's family, the Manuel family of Exploits and Burnt Island, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. The fonds includes originals of Gert's student papers on the Exploits families. The fonds contains cemetery inscriptions, photographs, correspondence and a file containing information on the Crosbie family. Material previously donated by Crosbie (MF-007) has been refiled in this fonds.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by Gert Crosbie.
Associated Material: Photographs filed in PF-255. Books listed in MHA book catalogue.
Custodial History: The records remained with Gert Crosbie until they were donated to the MHA
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 109
Subject: Crosbie Family.
Subject: Exploits (N.L.)


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