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TOWNSEND, St Clair (b 1853)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 106 7SCT
Held at: Women's Library
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Full title: TOWNSEND, St Clair (b 1853)
Date(s): [1909]
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 0.25 A box (1 folder)
Name of creator(s): Townsend | St Clair | b 1853 | nee Denham
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

St Clair Denham (1853-) was born into an Anglo-Irish family in 1853 and later married Walter Mallaby Townsend (brother to the arts and crafts architect, Charles Harrison Townsend who was responsible for the Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Harrison Museum and the Bishopsgate Library). Walter Townsend was employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company but was a frustrated actor and playwright and took to drink. After losing his job with the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, he, his wife and their second daughter returned to England and ran a marble mine in Stanhope Northumbria. Any further biographical history becomes quite difficult to find; though at some time St Clair took up an interest in the political issues of the day it is apparent that she was anti-socialist and opposed the militant suffragettes. St Clair acted as local President of the Women's Unionist Association Stanhope branch.


Scope and content/abstract:

The archive consists of 4 hardback photographs of family members, a pamphlet copy of a talk given by St. Clair Townsend titled 'The influence of women in politics' and a family tree.

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This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

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Finding aids:

The Women's Library Catalogue

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to The Women's Library by Baroness Hilton in 2003.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the Women's Unionist Association can also be found at Bury Archive Service, and in the Law (Bonar Law) Papers held at the House of Lords Record Office.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Finding aid created by export from CALM v7.2.14 Archives Hub EAD2002. Edited for AIM25 by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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