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Flensing a whale in Williamsport, Newfoundland. Image number PF-288.011.

Title: Gert Crosbie fonds
Dates: 1973-1980
Location: Bank 71, shelf 2
Provenance: Crosbie, Gert (Gertrude), 1925-2004
Physical_Description: 7 cm of textual records
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on creator of the fonds.
Restrictions on Access: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Gertrude (Gert) Crosbie (1925-2004), community volunteer, genealogist, was born in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1925, daughter of Janet (Miller) and Andrew Hamilton Murray. She married A.H. (Bill) Crosbie and they had five children: Janet, Andrea, Paul, David, and Bill.

Mrs. Crosbie dedicated a substantial portion of her life to volunteer work. In 1968, with her husband, she helped establish the Virginia Waters School for children with cerebral palsy, an initiative which later resulted in both being named St. John's Citizens of the Year. Mrs. Crosbie was also well known for her efforts on behalf of the YWCA, the CNIB, Meals on Wheels and as a board member of the Newfoundland Historic Parks Association. She was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada and, in 1997, received an honorary doctorate degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

A fascination with Newfoundland history, a desire to preserve the genealogical record and a personal friendship with Dr. Keith Matthews led Ms. Crosbie to the Maritime History Archive. Sparked by interest in her ancestors, the Manuels of Twillingate, Crosbie embarked on a 25 year volunteer research project in collaboration with the MHA to record the birth, death and marriage announcements in Newfoundland's nineteenth-century newspapers.

Mrs. Crosbie died in St. John's on March 27th, 2004 after a brief illness.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of material collected, created and used by Mrs. Crosbie in her study of the Manuel family (her husband's mother's family) of Exploits and Burnt Island, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland. It includes research notes and material on the families of Exploits (including family trees), cemetery inscriptions, photographs, correspondence, research note books, and research material on the Crosbie family.

Material previously donated by Mrs. Crosbie (MF-007) has been refiled in this fonds. Notebooks donated in 2000 (MHA 2000-003) have also been added to the fonds.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright held by the Maritime History Archive.
Associated Material: Photographs filed in PF-288. Books listed in MHA book catalogue
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 109
Local Note: The fonds originally included family histories by Pat Kelley and Rev. Garland G. Lacey on the Arnold, Foote and Manuel families of Exploits. These items have been added to the MHA library.
Subject: Crosbie Family
Subject: Manuel Family
Subject: Genealogy
Subject: Family history
Subject: Family histories
Subject: Exploits (N.L.)
Online Material: Gert Crosbie Photographs

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