Fonds RC0784 - H.W. Snelling fonds

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H.W. Snelling fonds

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  • 1870-1873 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records

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Harry W. Snelling was born in Woolich, England on October 14, 1849. In March 1867 Snelling enlisted in the 60th Royal Rifles, 1st Battalion. Snelling and his battalion were sent to Canada to assist with the Riel uprising in 1870. Following his armed service, Snelling became involved in the operation of a small Montreal store. He married a woman from Ireland, named Jane (4 May 1840-, and they had a daughter Isabella Caroline (25 Sept. 1879-). Between 1891 and 1901 the family moved from Montreal to Kingston where he was the Manager for a telephone company. He was still alive in 1921 when the census was conducted.

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The fonds consists of a diary and typescript of the diary transcribed by Dr. Norman Shrive. Passages within the diary include "Sunshine and Storm by a Rifleman,1870" and a brief passage entitled "Journey through Persia and other Eastern countries," written by Corporals R. Murphy and J. Kenderick. Murphy and Kenderick are identified as serving with the 100th Royal Rifles. The diary also contains personal information about Snelling, including family health and business prosperity. There is a page of business transactions from 1873.

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Fonds (36-2002) was donated by Dr. Norman Shrive in May 2002.


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