RBCM Archives

Series MS-1164 - Mackie family papers

Dustin Mackie at Monte Cr... Altar boys and others of ... Partial view of staff and... "Uncle Ben's ca... Geoffrey Fylton Mackie, a... Geoffrey Fylton Mackie on... Hugh de Fylton Mackie at ... Richard Mackie

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Mackie family papers

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MS-1164

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  • 1871-1974 (Creation)
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    Mackie family (Augustine Mackie, 1879-1965)

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Originals, 1.3 m

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This collection reflects the development and activities of the Vernon Preparatory School for boys and the lives of its proprietors, Augustine (1879-1965) and Hugh (1882-1971) Mackie. In October 1913, the brothers travelled from England to Vernon B.C., with the expectation of establishing a private school there. The community had been selected in advance on the advice of a nephew, Gordon Mackie, who had toured the province with that end in sight. Augustine, an Anglican priest, stayed in Vernon and opened the school in January 1914, for boys aged 7 to 14, both boarders and day pupils. Hugh practised law in Calgary for a few years before returning to Vernon to join the teaching staff. With Augustine acting as headmaster, the brothers ran the school on the English public school model until 1945. The school continued to operate under a different administration until 1972. The records include a list of pupils, a copy of the school register, sample pupil reports, an account book, clipping books, and miscellaneous notebooks. It also includes numerous notebooks filled with sermons and talks to the boys by Augustine Mackie. Some of the sermons were from his period as a priest in England prior to emigrating to Canada. School materials include complete runs of the Old Boys' News Letter (1951-1961) and the Chronicle of the Vernon Preparatory School (1918-1950). There is also considerable private material relating to Mackie family members, both those in Canada and in England. This includes correspondence, genealogical material, a marriage contract (1871), diaries, journals, scrapbooks and clipping books. Augustine was a devoted conservationist and fish and game enthusiast and there are copies of several articles written by him on the topic.

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Received from Patrick F. Mackie and John Kidston, Vernon, 1979.

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Photographs transferred to Visual Records accession 198012-13.

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School poster and "Vernon Preparatory School Chronicle" (1918-1950) transferred to BC Archives Library (LS856-571).

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Recording, Vernon Preparatory School Boys' Choir, transferred to Sound and Moving Images: SD12:63.

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Accession number(s): MS-1164; 79-184; 82-050

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