Fonds MS-983 - David Mawhinney fonds

Aboriginal Teepees at the Ortona Armory

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David Mawhinney fonds

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  • Graphic material - photograph

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  • 1980 (Reproduction)
  • [ca. 1910]-[ca. 1952], predominant 1915 – [ca. 1935] (Creation)
    Mawhinney, David

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39 photographs

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Biographical history

David Mawhinney was born in Belfast, Ireland around 1911 to Thomas (ca. 1886-d. Aug. 24 1949) and Margaret Mawhinney (ca.1890-1979). He had two brothers, Thomas (ca. 1907-1979) and James (ca. 1913-2007). The family came to Canada in 1912 when David was six months old. His family moved into the old Edmonton School House in 1923 and converted it into a two bedroom home (the 1881 building had been moved to 9647 – 100 Street in Rossdale around 1906).
David Mawhinney worked as an iceman for the Arctic Ice Company before joining Northwestern Utilities in 1951 as a watchman. He retired in 1976 as a junior customer serviceman.
Dave moved back into the family home in 1970 to help his mother. After she passed away in 1979, the home was sold to the City so it could be restored as the 1881 school. The City sold the building to the Edmonton Public School Board in 1982 for $1 and the school reopened in 1982 on the grounds of McKay Avenue School.
David Mawhinney died in 1992.

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The fonds consists of photographs of the Mawhinney family, sports teams the Mawhinney’s were part of, the family home in Rossdale, the Arctic Ice Company, the Ross Flats clubhouse, the North Saskatchewan River, and damage from the 1915 flood.

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This material was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by David Mawhinney.


The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-413.

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  • English

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Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the Reference Room.

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Accession number: A80-116

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Fonds was a loan to copy, copies were created in 1980. Original images are from ca. 1910 to ca. 1952. It is assumed the original images were returned to the donor.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Box: Library