Series 0259.11 - Audrey Cook

Audrey Cook Wedding

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Audrey Cook

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CA GPR 0259-0259.11

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  • 1940-2006 (Creation)

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0.5 cm of textual records
1 photograph

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The series consists of 3 photographs, and copies of documents related to the war years and her arrangements for immigration to Canada and one sound recording of an interview with her. A biography based on the interview is included.

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Audrey was born in 1927 in London. She had already lost her father when WW II broke out and she was evacuated to Reading and billeted with another family. Entire schools were crowded into other schools. At fourteen she worked in a book bindery and after her mother died when she was 17, she worked in a factory. She met her future husband, John Cook, at Trafalgar Square and they kept dating during the war years. They were married on Dec 23, 1945. John returned to Canada February 4, 1946, and Audrey came on the Queen Mary in August, 1946. She came to Medicine Hat where they had three of their children before moving to Eureka River to farm. It was very isolated farm and distances were great. There was no running water or electricity, and she never expected that kind of a life. After seven years, she had to travel to Grande Prairie with her son for medical attention. After experiencing running water, electricity,and heat, she was not going back to the bush. She still lives in Grande Prairie in 2006.

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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