File 58 - Millicent Lyall Forbes's photograph album.

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Millicent Lyall Forbes's photograph album.

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1 album (262 photographs : col., some b&w ; 23 x 13 cm or smaller)

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Millicent “Millie” Lyall Buck was born on November 22, 1899 in Brantford, Ontario to George Philip Buck (September 5, 1864-September 21, 1925) and Mary Evelyn "Effie" Agnew (June 23, 1868-September 17, 1941).

George Buck and Mary Agnew were married on June 19, 1890.

Millicent was raised alongside her sisters Phyllis “Fiddy” Agnew Buck (1897-1959), Kathleen Isabelle Cockshutt (April 26, 1895-1961), Evelyn Alice Foster Ferguson (1893-1979), Florence "Flore" or "Tiny" Mary Louise Middleton (August 2, 1902-April 22, 1983), and Isabelle “Diddy” Alexandra Burt (1901-1980).

Millicent attended St. Hilda’s College in Toronto, Ontario between 1918 and 1920.

On January 19, 1922 Millicent married George Alexander Forbes. Millicent and George had twin daughters named Millicent Elizabeth “Betty” Forbes and Margaret “Peg” Isabel Forbes. The twins were born on July 10, 1924.

Millicent died on September 7, 1973 and was buried in New Hope Cemetery in Cambridge, Ontario.

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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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An album containing photographs of Forbes, Land, and Wilson family members including Millicent Lyall Forbes, George Alexander Forbes, Betty Forbes, Peg Forbes, Bill Land, Janet Land, Jennifer Land, Thomas Land, Ross Wilson, Pamela Wilson, and others. Several photographs feature Christmas celebrations, Betty and Peg Forbes in their nursing uniforms, Camp Forty at Lake Tyson in Ontario, Florence Lake in British Columbia, and Hillhead estate.

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Donated by Janet Land in 2019.


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  • English

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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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  • English

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