Series 1 - John Kenneth Macdonald & Therese Fraser Holland

John Kenneth Macdonald J.K. Macdonald In Indian Dress Therese Fraser Holland Macdonald Therese Fraser Holland Macdonald

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John Kenneth Macdonald & Therese Fraser Holland

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  • 1887-1911 (Creation)
    Macdonald, Holland Family

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1 cm of textual records. - 4 photographs

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Macdonald, John Kenneth 1874-1945
Holland, Therese Fraser 1882-1976

John Kenneth Macdonald was born 24 Jul 1874 to Mary Ann Ketchum and Donald Macdonald in Drayton, Wellington County, Ontario. He attended schools in Cobourg, Ontario. In 1884 he came to western Canada following his father, who had moved to Manitoba two years earlier. He remained in Western Canada for a few years but returned to Ontario to complete his schooling and study law. He returned west in 1892, and came to Edmonton in 1893.

John was with the editorial staff at the Edmonton Bulletin for a time, and was an active in the Edmonton amateur theatre scene in the late 1890's and early 1900's. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1903. John was Assistant Deputy Attorney-General of Alberta from 1904 to 1906, after which he entered into private practice.

Therese Fraser Holland was born in 1882 to Selina Fraser and Henry F. Holland in Cobourg, Ontario. Therese graduated in nursing from the Hospital for Sick Chiildren.

John Kenneth Macdonald and Therese Fraser Holland were married 1 Jan 1912 in Cobourg, Ontario. The couple returned to Edmonton and they had three children - Alan Fraser, Lorna Louise, and Bruce Fraser. Therese was very involved in the Victorian Order of Nurses in Edmonton. John continued in his private law practice, was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, and involved in other community organizations.

John Kenneth Macdonald died 21 Apr 1945 in Edmonton.
Therese Fraser Holland Macdonald died 21 Mar 1976 in Edmonton.

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The series consists of records pertaining to John Kenneth & Therese Fraser Macdonald. They include programmes of early Edmonton theatre productions, correspondence, news clippings and photographs. All of the programmes include John Kenneth Macdonald in the cast.

File List
File 1: Personal papers

  • New Year's card (from Mother), Christmas 1887,
  • playbill 'Confusion', Opera House, May 6-7, ?,
  • programme 'The Edmonton Komikal Koons', Robertson's Hall, May 26, 1896,
  • playbill 'Betsy', La Cigale Comedy Company, n.d.,
  • playbill 'My Friend From India', [Edmonton Amateur Dramatic Club], Ross Hall, Strathcona, [July 12, 1900]
  • play reviews for 'My Friend In India', Alberta Sun, July 9, [sic, 10?] 1900, Edmonton Post, [July 11, 1900], Strathcona Plaindealer, July 13, 1900
  • playbill 'The Wedding March', Robertson Hall, n.d. (John Kenneth Macdonald in cast),
  • List of barristers in Alberta admitted prior to 1905, n.d. (includes John Kenneth Macdonald),
  • newspaper article, 'Through The Yellowhead To The End of Steel and Beyond' by John Kenneth Macdonald, Edmonton Bulletin, Aug. 26, 1911, pp. 9-10. (o/s folder in map cabinet)
  • marriage announcement, Therese Fraser Holland and John Kenneth Macdonald, 1 Jan 1912,
  • retirement as Deputy Attorney General, ca. 1907,
  • typescript story, 'Tige' by J.K.M., n.d.,

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Accession numbers: A97-89, A99-181

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