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Photograph portrait of Margaret Morris Smolensky for “Flashback”, 1962 (Internal Restriction) 1962 DI2014.458.19

Donated to Pier 21, March 8 2008, by Jane Morris.
Jane Morris' mother, Margaret (Maggie) Smolensky (formerly Morris, née Beal), was born in London, England in 1925 and raised in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. She was evacuated to Canada via the Children's Overseas Reception Board in August 1940 on board RMS Antonia and spent the duration of the war in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1944, she returned to England and trained to be a nurse. In September 1949, she attended her friend's wedding in Canada and fell in love with the groom's brother. They were married in June 1950 and Margaret immigrated to Canada in September 1950. Margaret was a Canadian radio and television personality in the 1960s, best known as a panelist on the CBC Television show "Flashback" and as one of the first female announcers on the CBC’s English side.

Photograph portrait of Margaret Morris Smolensky for CBC, 1970 (Internal Restriction) 1970 DI2014.458.29

Donated to Pier 21, March 8 2008, by Jane Morris.
Jane Morris' mother, Margaret (Maggie) Smolensky (formerly Morris, née Beal), was born in London, England in 1925 and raised in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. She was evacuated to Canada via the Children's Overseas Reception Board in August 1940 on board RMS Antonia and spent the duration of the war in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1944, she returned to England and trained to be a nurse. In September 1949, she attended her friend's wedding in Canada and fell in love with the groom's brother. They were married in June 1950 and Margaret immigrated to Canada in September 1950. Margaret was a Canadian radio and television personality in the 1960s, best known as a panelist on the CBC Television show "Flashback" and as one of the first female announcers on the CBC’s English side.

Photograph portrait of Margaret Morris Smolensky for Flashback, May 31 1963 (Internal Restriction) May 31 1963 DI2014.458.23

Donated to Pier 21, March 8 2008, by Jane Morris.
Jane Morris' mother, Margaret (Maggie) Smolensky (formerly Morris, née Beal), was born in London, England in 1925 and raised in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. She was evacuated to Canada via the Children's Overseas Reception Board in August 1940 on board RMS Antonia and spent the duration of the war in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1944, she returned to England and trained to be a nurse. In September 1949, she attended her friend's wedding in Canada and fell in love with the groom's brother. They were married in June 1950 and Margaret immigrated to Canada in September 1950. Margaret was a Canadian radio and television personality in the 1960s, best known as a panelist on the CBC Television show "Flashback" and as one of the first female announcers on the CBC’s English side.

Photograph portrait of Margaret Locke, c. 1946 (No Restriction) c. 1946 DI2016.558.3

Donated to the Museum by Gidget Kaert, August 31 2009
Gidget Kaert's mother, Margaret Locke, was an English War Bride. Margaret met and married Canadian serviceman, John Douglas Locke, in England during the Second World War. Margaret arrived at Pier 21 on March 2 1946 on board RMS Aquitania with her sister-in-law and fellow War Bride, Doris Locke. Margaret and John settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick and had three children (one of whom died in infancy).

Photograph portrait of Luigi Zavarella, c. 1959 c. 1959 DI2017.34.16

Donated to the Museum by Luigia, Nunziata, and Maria Zavarella, November 28 2009
Luigi Zavarella was born in Pratola, Italy in 1945 and his sister, Nunziata (Tina) Di Benedetto, was born in 1940. They immigrated to Canada with their father, Giovanni Zavarella, after their mother passed away in March 1959. They arrived at Pier 21 on November 30 1959 on board SS Conte Biancamano. They were met by their older sisters, Domenica and Concetta. Domenica arrived in 1958, sponsored by Concetta who arrived in 1956 with her son, Rocco, to join her husband, Giovanni Cianfaglione. They settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Domenica and Tina worked at the Halifax Infirmary and Luigi found work as a barber. He worked at various barbershops, and later worked at Saint Mary's University for 19 1/2 years. Tina's husband arrived in Canada on September 26 1960 and they were married on October 8 1960. Luigi married his childhood sweetheart, Maria Zavarella, also from Pratola, on June 19 1967. Maria arrived at Pier 21 on May 14 1967 on board SS Queen Anna Maria.

Photograph portrait of Lucy DeLong, 1990s 1990s DI2016.250.5

Donated to the Museum, by Lucy DeLong, May 20 1999
Lucy DeLong (née Matthews) was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England. During the Second World War, Lucy joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in London.
In July 1941, Lucy met her future husband, Canadian soldier Reagh DeLong, and they were married on January 15 1944. In September 1945, Reagh returned home to Nova Scotia and Lucy waited to be discharged. She arrived at Pier 21 on March 26 1946 on board RMS Aquitania.

Photograph portrait of Jim Crutcher in uniform, c. 1941 c. 1941 DI2014.613.5

Donated to the Museum by Betty Crutcher, June 21 2006
Beatrice (Betty) Maud Crutcher (née England) was born in Portchester, Hampshire, England in 1922. She joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the Second World War. She met Canadian Army Lieutenant, James (Jim) Crutcher, and they married on July 25 1945. Jim returned to Canada in March or April 1946. Betty departed from Southampton and arrived at Pier 21 on June 2 1946 on board HMHS Lady Nelson. They settled in Orillia, Ontario. Betty returned to England for a visit in 1948 on board RMS Queen Mary for six months. She sailed back to Canada on board RMS Queen Elizabeth. Jim and Betty had two sons, Rodney and Anthony.

Photograph portrait of Jan and Idske de Groot, 1992 1992 DI2016.472.2

Donated to the Museum by Christine Baker, May 1 2007
Christine Baker's parents, Jan and Idske de Groot, grew up nearby in Friesland, the Netherlands. They were married in Abbega, Freisland on May 15 1952. They wanted to pursue farming and decided to immigrate to Canada and start a new life together. They knew many others who had immigrated including two of Jan’s brothers. Jan secured sponsorship as a farm worker in Wallenstein, Ontario. They departed from Rotterdam on May 30 1952 and arrived at Pier 21 on June 9 1952 on board SS Veendam. They took the train to Guelph, Ontario. Jan later adopted the Canadian version of his name, John, while Idske adopted the name Jessie. John and Jessie worked for various farmers before the opportunity came for them to rent and operate their own dairy farm near Guelph, Ontario. In 1966, John and Jessie purchased their own farm northeast of Guelph, where they moved with their six children.

Photograph portrait of Jack Jones in uniform, c. 1940-1945 c. 1940 to 1945 DI2016.460.2

Donated to the Museum by Nancy & Jack Jones, September 16 2005
Nancy Jones is a Scottish War Bride who immigrated to Canada in August 1946. She was five months pregnant at the time. Nancy arrived at Pier 21 and took the train to Belleville, Ontairo. Nancy had met her husband, Jack Jones, at a dance in Glasgow, Scotland while he was on a seven-day leave during the Second World War. They had one daughter named Nancy.
During the First and Second World Wars civilian, European women, married Canadian soldiers. Most of the women came from Great Britain, with fewer numbers coming from other European countries. These women are referred to as War Brides.

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