Collection 2015-031 - Flora MacDonald Collection

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Flora MacDonald Collection

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CA BI 2015-031

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  • 1893 - 2005 (Creation)

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1 meter of textual documents and other materials.

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(June 3, 1926 – July 26, 2015)

Biographical history

MacDonald was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Mary Isabel Royle and George Frederick MacDonald. She was of Scottish ancestry.[1]

Her grandfather had been a clipper ship captain who sailed around Africa and South America. Her father was in charge of North Sydney’s Western Union trans-Atlantic telegraph terminus.[2]

In her youth, Macdonald trained as a secretary at Empire Business College and found work as a bank teller at the Bank of Nova Scotia. She used her savings to travel to Britain in 1950 where she got involved with a group of Scottish nationalists who stole the Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey and brought it to Scotland.[3]

After hitchhiking through Europe, she returned to Canada and became involved in politics, working on Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative leader Robert Stanfield's campaign which won an upset victory in the 1956 provincial election.[3] Later the same year, she hired to work in the national office of the Progressive Conservative Party under leader John Diefenbaker, as secretary to the party's chairman, and worked on Diefenbaker's 1957 and 1958 election campaigns.[2] In 1959, she was working as a secretary in the office of Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker.[4] She continued working for the party in various capacities but grew disillusioned with Diefenbaker and was fired by him when he learned of her support for party president Dalton Camp's campaign for a leadership review. Macdonald then worked for the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario while continuing to support the anti-Diefenbaker camp and worked on Robert Stanfield's successful campaign during the 1967 Progressive Conservative leadership election and worked for him during the 1968 federal election. (from Wikipedia-excellent citations at bottom of entry)

Custodial history

Donor's brother, Mr. Ron MacDonald, forwarded a portion of Flora MacDonald's estate after her death. The donation arrived at the archive on November 13, 2015.

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Donation consists of artifacts, writings, interviews, and personal documents from Flora MacDonald's life and career.

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