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Only top-level descriptions Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island Collection
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Fairview United Church collection

  • CA PCA Acc5025
  • Collection
  • 2000, 2008

This collection contains two church histories of the Fairview United Baptist Church on the Rustico Road, North Milton, Prince Edward Island (1878-2000 and 1878-2008) along with a church bulletin from the final decommissioning service held on 23 November 2008. The 1878-2000 history was written by Lottie (Mrs. Paige) Nunn and Helen (Mrs. Athol) Craswell. The additional information added to the 2008 history was written by Jean (Mrs. Sheldon) Neill.

Craswell, Helen

Jeanette Ellis collection

  • CA PCA Acc5017
  • Collection
  • 1929, 1934

This collection contains two certificates presented to Jeanette Ellis, including a 1929 Central Business College diploma for honors in shorthand and a 1934 Prince County Hospital Training School for Nurses course completion certificate.

Ellis, Jeanette

Scantlebury Carriage Works collection

  • CA PCA Acc5016
  • Collection
  • 1858-1860; Copied [200-?]

This collection consists of one account book (1858-1860) for Scantlebury Carriage Works of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, listing dates, names, work done, and fees. There is also one copy photograph of the carriage factory, ca. 1860 (copied 200-?).

Scantlebury Carriage Works

Province House stereograph card

  • CA PCA Acc5014
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1865]

The collection consists of one card of stereographs of Province House in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, ca.1865. Stereographs are dual photographic images mounted on cards, to be viewed with a hand-held style stereoscope. The images are photographed from slightly different points of view, providing the appearance of a three dimensional image when it is viewed through the lenses of the device. The photographer is unknown.

The seat of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, Province House, previously known as the Colonial Building, was completed in 1847 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Local architect and builder Isaac Smith had the winning entry in a public design contest. The cornerstone for Province House was laid in May 1843, and the official opening of the building was held during the first session of the legislature in 1847. In September 1864, representatives from Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island met at Province House for the Charlottetown Conference. These September 1864 meetings on colonial union eventually led to the Confederation of Canada in 1867.


Allison and Ruby (Dennis) Profitt collection

  • CA PCA Acc5003
  • Collection
  • 1849-2008, predominant 1916-1960

This collection consists of the records of Allison Profitt and his wife Ruby Dennis Profitt of Lower Freetown, Prince Edward Island. The records include correspondence, notebooks, clippings, photographs, and other material. The collection is divided into two series: Allison Profitt and Ruby Dennis Profitt.

Profitt, Allison

Boer War letter to James Robert Stewart

  • CA PCA Acc4999
  • Collection
  • 29 March 1900

This letter was written from Bloemfontein, South Africa on 29 March 1900 by "Lorne" during the South African Boer War and was sent to James Robert Stewart of Bayview, Prince Edward Island. In the letter, Lorne (whose surname is unknown) describes the conditions of soldiers in the British Army during the war. Lorne outlines how he was under fire four times, participated in one of the hardest marches ever performed by the British Army, slept in wet clothes, fought all day without eating, and drank from the Modder River as rotting horses, mules, oxen, and dead Boers floated by.

The creator is unknown, identified only as "Lorne".

James Robert Stewart was born 1 September 1864 and lived and farmed in Bayview, Prince Edward Island. In 1891, he married Jennie Ingles Bulman of New Glasgow. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart died in 1939 and 1940, respectively, and are buried together in the Cavendish / Presbyterian United Cemetery.


Crescent Hockey Team photograph

  • CA PCA Acc4998
  • Collection
  • 1899

The image is of the Crescent Hockey Team, Intermediate Champions of Prince Edward Island, 1899. The photographer is unknown, but individuals in the photograph are identified. The photograph is mounted.

Back row, left to right
H. J. Scantlebury (point), Will F. Worth (forward), W. MacLean (wing), E. V. Jost (goal)

Front row, left to right
Jack Birch (forward), W. L. Harvie (president), R. Drake (captain), W. T. Harvie (wing)


Prowse Bros. & Crowell fire sale photograph

  • CA PCA Acc4996
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1905]

The image is of a group of people posed in front of a temporary Prowse Bros. & Crowell building in Sydney, Nova Scotia. A fire sale sign offers big bargains on furs, clothing, ladies jackets, etc. The photographer is unknown and the individuals in the photograph are unidentified. The photograph is mounted.

The firm of Prowse Bros. began as a dry goods store in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in the late 1870s or early 1880s. Both Lemuel E. Prowse (1858-1925) and his brother and junior partner, Benjamin C. Prowse (1862-1930), were prominent Charlottetown citizens, serving in provincial and federal governments. In the early 1900s L. E. Prowse moved to Sydney, Nova Scotia and opened a branch store, Prowse Brothers and Crowell, between 1903 and 1907.


Durant family letters collection

  • CA PCA Acc4991
  • Collection
  • 1850-1869, 1935, 2004, 2005, predominant 1850-1869

This collection consists of letters to members of the Durant family. The majority of the letters have been transcribed and the transcriptions are included in the collection. There are a number of letters (1850-1863) to Samuel Brock Durant of Prince Edward Island from his mother Mary Ann Durant (who later remarried to become Mary Ann Goddard) and his sister Elizabeth Durant, both of Plymouth. Samuel's mother and sister write with news of Samuel's brothers, comment on Samuel's purchase of his leasehold estate and update the family with their own news. In the collection, there is also an 1868 letter from Peter Sinclair to S. Durant, Esq. regarding a PEI government appointment to distribute monetary relief for poor people to buy seed; an 1863 letter from James Durant to his parents, notifying them of his safe arrival in Falmouth; an 1864 letter of condolence from Hannah B. Simmons to Mrs. Durrant [sic]; and a 1869 letter from R. Reddin to J.C. Durant asking that Durant bring to his trial a witness who can confirm Durant's date of birth. There are two letters from Septimus Durant of Castlemain to his mother, one explaining how the bank manager had defrauded him (1860) and another newsy letter of current events (1868). A 1935 letter from Geo. N. Somers, pastor of Margate United Church, confirms the date of birth of Lottie Armenia Durant, while another 1869 letter from John Yeo to Mrs. Durant confirms a package can be shipped to England on his vessel. Also included in the collection is an 1864 store ledger statement for Samuel Durant. Other correspondence (2004, 2005) discusses the collection of letters.

Durant (Family)

Gertrude MacMillan collection

  • CA PCA Acc4990
  • Collection
  • 1910, [200-?], Copied 2008

The collection consists of two diaries of Gertrude MacMillan covering 1 January 1910 through 25 May 1910. The diaries are a daily account of rural family farm life. Outdoor chores include cutting and sawing wood, separating milk, thrashing, slaughtering pigs, and hauling manure. Helena "Wilhelmina" (Gertrude's younger sister) and Florence Coffin (her cousin who lived with the family) went to school, but Gertrude stayed at home and her diary records homemaking tasks such as baking and sewing. Gertrude also recounts visitors' names, passersby, pedlars, mail delivery, and purchasing household supplies and foodstuffs. Other than a sprained ankle, the only mention of Gertrude being ill is a sore eye on 25 May 1910, the last diary entry. The collection also includes a name key (to identify people mentioned in the diaries), two portrait photographs (one of Gertrude and one of her parents and sister) and two newspaper clippings regarding Gertrude's death in 1910.

MacMillan, Gertrude

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