Fonds paa-6507 - Thomas A. Cooke fonds

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Thomas A. Cooke fonds

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PAA paa-6507

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  • 1890-1966 (Creation)
    Cooke, Thomas A.

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0.07 m of textual records. - 47 photographs. - 6 microfiches

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Thomas Alfred Cooke was born at Westbury-on-Trym, England on May 21, 1881. As a boy he attended Colston's School in Bristol, England. When he was a young man he left England to come to Canada on March 31, 1903, on a colonial expedition planned by the Rev. I.M. Barr. Cooke and the 2000 other people who sailed to Canada under the direction of Rev. Barr later became known as the Barr Colonists. Upon arriving in Canada, Cooke remained in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the advice of Rev. George E. Lloyd who later took over the expedition and for whom the town of Lloydminster was named. Cooke remained in Winnipeg until 1906 when he moved to his homestead near Marshall, Saskatchewan. In 1910 his girlfriend Margaret Rhyedech, moved to Canada from England. Born in Cinderford, Gloucester in 1884, Margaret came to Canada to marry Cooke in Tartonen, Saskatchewan. Together they had a daughter, Alberta Ellen and a son, David. The family remained in Saskatchewan for many years during which time Cooke served on municipal councils and on the school board. Then in 1940, they moved to Edmonton, Alberta where Cooke worked for the Dominion Bridge Company Ltd. until his retirement in 1954. Thomas Cooke died in Edmonton on February 28, 1966.

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Fonds consists of records pertaining to Cooke's personal and business life, as well as records relating to the Barr colonists' expedition, including photographs, correspondence and newspaper clippings.

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Thomas Cooke's daughter, Mrs. Donald (Alberta) Brander, deposited these records with the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1966.


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  • The material is in English.

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Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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Some of the information in the Administrative history/Biographical sketch came from the Edmonton Journal from June 13, 1960 and March 2, 1966.<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1966.89<br><br>

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