Collection PR-293 - Mary Youson Collection

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Mary Youson Collection


  • [1910-2000] (Creation)

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26 bound volumes.
2.0 cm of news clippings and other material.

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Biographical history

Mary Youson, born in 1914, was one of four children of Reverend Harold and Stella Armitage. The Armitage family moved to Saanich from the Interior of B.C.; Reverend Armitage became the minister of St. Aidan's Church in the 1930s and the family lived in the Manse there. Mary attended Mount Douglas High School. At St. Aidan's, Mary came to know Nellie McClung, who was a parishioner. Irvine family descendant Barbara Dawson Brown was Mary's best friend. Mary's sister Jara married Geoffrey Smith, a United Church minister; they went to China and Africa as Missionaries. Brother David, a pilot instructor, was killed in WWII. A second brother, John, survived the war and moved to Creston, B.C. Mary Youson died in September 2011 and is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria.


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Donated in 2018.

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Collection consists of material relating to Nellie McClung, collected by Mary Youson. Collection includes books by and about Nellie McClung; news clippings and articles; ephemera; talks and notes by Mary Youson and others; and correspondence.

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No restrictions on access.

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As apply to published material.

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Book list available.

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Accession No. 2018-029.

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