Item AAAB1421 - Flora Hamilton Burns interview

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Flora Hamilton Burns interview

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  • 1962-05-18 [date recorded] (Creation)

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CALL NUMBER: T1286:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-05-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Burns talks about Emily Carr's early years in James Bay; the Richard Carr family and house; recollections of the Carr family; Emily's art education; Emily's first contacts with the Indi;ans in 1898; her studies in France; her trips to northern BC and the exhibition in Victoria where no recognition was given to her work. TRACK 2: Miss Burns continues with her discussion about Emily ;Carr; her art; her financial problems and frustrations; Marius Barbeau's interest in her art; recognition from eastern Canada in the 1920's; trips east and further visits to the Indians on the coast; ;her pottery; hooked rugs; dog breeding; pets; her first writings; her holidays; her friendship with Miss Burns; her personality; appearance and attitudes; artistic isolation; and her love of the west.; CALL NUMBER: T1286:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-05-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Burns discusses Emily Carr's religious beliefs; her attitudes towards the Indians' religious beliefs and philosophy of nature; her painting and sketching of the BC landscape; Eric Newto;n's opinion of her; her later work and ill health. TRACK 2: Miss Burns describes the arrival of her grandfather, William John Macdonald, in Victoria in 1851 to work for the Hudson's Bay Company; her; grandmother, Catherine Reid; her grandfather's work; his role as gold commissioner, collector of customs, and post master; his importing and exporting business; the family's trip to Scotland; W.J. Ma;cdonald's political career; his position as Senator from Vancouver Island in 1872; his appearance; her grandmother's family; "Armadale", the family estate in James Bay, and the subdivision of the prop;erty.; CALL NUMBER: T1286:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1962-05-18 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Miss Burns talks about Senator Macdonald's trips to England; his homes in Victoria; social life at "Armadale"; garden parties; entertaining the navy; and the Burns family. [TRACK 2: blank.];

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Imbert Orchard, 1974-1975


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A digital copy is available.
Reference cassette copies available in container 000443-072.

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  • Copying Restriction: Clients requesting research/private copies must fill out CBC form.
  • Use Restriction: Not for broadcast or commercial use without written permission of the CBC.
  • Copyright Status: Copyright Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Accession number(s): T1286

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Orchard ; VC-01/1-5

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speaker: Flora Alfreda Hamilton Burns, interviewer: Imbert Orchard, sound recording: Ian Stephen

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