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Betty Forbes's photograph album pages.
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- Forbes, Betty
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147 photographs : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm or smaller
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Millicent Elizabeth "Betty" Forbes was born in Hespeler, Ontario on July 10, 1924 alongside her twin sister, Peg, to parents Millicent Lyall and George Alexander Forbes. Betty grew up at the Forbes family estate, Hillhead, in Hespeler and attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto.
Betty later attended the School for Nurses at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for between 1943 and 1946. In 1946, Betty graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with a scholarship in Child Psychology from the University of Toronto. Betty nursed in Vancouver before returning to Sick Kids to repay the scholarship. Betty was second in command of the country branch at Thistletown and then at K.W. Hospital.
Betty married William "Bill" Douglas Land on May 29, 1954. The couple had three children: Jennifer, Janet, and Thomas.
Betty passed away on June 30, 2013 at the age of 88 and was buried in New Hope Cemetery in Cambridge, Ontario.
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Loose album pages containing photographs of the Forbes family and their friends including Betty Forbes, Peg Forbes, Evelyn Alice Foster Ferguson (nee Buck), Millicent Lyall Forbes, George Houlding, Marie Swan, Ruth Beynon, Caroline Spencer, Marion Hanneford, George Alexander Forbes, and many others. Several of the photographs feature scenes taken outside in Brantford and Hespeler, Ontario, King’s farm, family pets, and camping activities particularly at Camp Wapomeo in Algonquin Provincial Park. Also includes a postcard photograph of Taylor Statten, founder of Camp Ahmek in Algonquin Provincial Park.
The loose album pages were likely bound together at some point as part of an album.
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Donated by Janet Land in 2019.
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A note written by the donor indicated part of this album is held at the Bishop Strachan School Archives in Toronto, Ontario.
In the postcard photograph, Taylor Statten appears in redface. This image reflects racist stereotypes that are no longer used or appropriate today.
Information such as names, dates, and places were recorded in captions handwritten underneath the photographs. Additional contextual information was recorded by the donor on notes placed on specific album pages.
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Described by SGL December 2020.
Revised by NM in January 2021.
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