Fonds microfilm 10219 - Agnes Dennis

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Agnes Dennis

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    microfilm 10219

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    • 1989 (Reproduction)
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      Dennis, Agnes
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      microfilmed, originals returned to donor
    • 1908-1947 (Creation)
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      Dennis, Agnes

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    1 microfilm reel

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    (1859-1947)

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    Agnes Miller was born 11 April 1859 at Truro, N.S., the daughter of Alexander and Sarah (Archibald) Miller. She attended Truro's Model and Normal Schools and taught at the Model School for two years prior to her marriage in 1878 to William Dennis, later owner and publisher of the Halifax Herald and senator. The couple had four sons and six daughters. Dennis began her public work in 1903, serving as president of the Halifax Victorian Order of Nurses for forty-three years. She was also a charter member and president of the Halifax Local Council of Women, 1905-1920, and executive member of its national council. Through the LCW, she assisted in organizing the Nova Scotia Provincial Red Cross Society and served as president, 1914-1920. Other organizations in which she actively participated include the Women's Auxiliary, YMCA 1910-1921, Halifax Relief Committee, Canadian Council of Immigration of Women, and Nova Scotia Provincial Girl Guides. She was also president of Halifax Herald Limited. Dennis received several national and international awards for her achievements including the Belgian Order of Queen Elizabeth (1919), Commander of the British Empire (CBE, 1934), King's Silver Jubilee Medal (1935) and honourary degrees from Acadia (MA, 1920) and Dalhousie (LLD, 1940). She died at Halifax on 21 April 1947.

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    Fonds consists of two scrapbooks compiled by Agnes Dennis, containing newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and invitations relating to her career activities, the Victorian Order of Nurses and Local Council of Women, Halifax. Also contains newspaper clippings concerning her husband, Senator William Dennis and daughter, Dr. Clara Dennis. Scrapbooks predominantly cover the period 1908 to 1947 but include items added years later by family member(s).

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    Loaned for microfilming by Dennis' granddaughter, Mrs. George A. (Marion) Christie, Bedford, N.S., in 1989.

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        Original scrapbooks held by Mrs. George A. (Marion) Christie, Bedford, N.S.

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        Records relating to Dennis' volunteer and charitable work are found in the Victorian Order of Nurses, Halifax Branch, Local Council of Women of Halifax, and Canadian Red Cross Society, Nova Scotia Division.

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