Photo consists of Mackenzie River missionaries: Back row left to right - W.S. Tremain (Fort Norman), Rev. H. Girling (Eskimo village), Rev. C.H. Quartermain (Chipewyan), M. Merritt (Fort McPherson), Mr. Hoare (Peel River), Rev. G. Bowring (Fort Simpson) died 1925. Sitting Mrs. Tremain, the Bishop [Lucas], Mrs. Whittaker, Archdeacon Whittaker
Photo consists of a man and dogs outside a tent in the snow.
Verso says: The snow was so deep and soft on this river that the men had to go over the track three times with snow shoes before the dogs could haul the loads over.
The dogs managed to get the sleds along about twelve miles a day. This means that the men were travelling thirty-six miles to get twelve. But a good camp with plenty of wood and a glorious sleep compensated somewhat for the hard day and scarcity of food.
Charles Edward Whittaker (1864-1947) graduated from Wycliffe College and was ordained deacon in 1895 and priest in 1898 by Bishop Reeve of Mackenzie River. He was a missionary in the Arctic for 23 years, 1897-1920, serving at Fort McPherson, Herschel Island, and Whitehorse. He did a lot of translation work (Western Eskimo) and was Archdeacon of Mackenzie River, 1914-1918. He finished his career serving in several parishes in the Diocese of Toronto, 1921-1934.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of a manuscript by Archdeacon Whittaker entitled, Sunrise in Eskimo Land or Dawn Among Eskimo. This manuscript outlines his missionary work in the north and in Ontario until the mid 1930's. Manuscript includes information about Archdeacon Robert McDonald, Bp. Isaac O. Stringer, W.D. Young, W.H. Fry, Edward Hester, Herbert Girling, G.E. Merritt, W.H.B. Hoare, and John Firth. Also includes reference to Indian Residential Schools at Hay River and Carcross.
Diocese of the Arctic fonds
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds