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Maud Lampman: First Woman to Work on Parliament Hill (ONLINE)

April 11, 2020 - 10:00 - 11:30

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa will be holding its April Meeting online on the subject of Maud Lampman, the first woman to work on Parliament Hill. You must register in advance to attend.

As a descendant of one of Toronto’s earliest settlers, Emma Maud (Playter) Lampman came from a privileged background, and she married young. By the age of 32 she had suffered the loss of a baby and her husband, and she was forced to find employment to support her remaining two children. The daughter of a prominent doctor, and the widow of a “Confederation Poet”, her story is a textbook example of an educated, genteel woman who entered the Canadian Civil Service around the turn of the 20th century, mirroring the experience of women in Britain and the US.

About the speaker
Maud Lampman was one of the faceless women captured in Dianne Brydon’s M.A. Thesis “Claiming the Rights of Men and the Privileges of Their Sex as Well”: Women in the Canadian Civil Service 1895-1907. Little did Dianne know that she, herself, would one day work for the Library of Parliament, nor that she would be asked to tell Maud’s story 110 years after her historic appointment. Dianne’s talk will highlight the rich information that can be found in the Civil Service List, which annually published personal information about Canadian civil servants from 1884 to 1918.

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