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Rorke Collection

The Rorkes were a prominent pioneering family that resided in Collingwood Township. Many Rorke descendants held prominent positions throughout Collingwood Township. From postmaster to township clerk, the Rorkes helped build up many of the communities in what is now the Blue Mountains.

The Rorke Collection encompases a wide variety of photographs and documents of some of the Rorke descendants.

Willard Rorke and Gertrude Rorke Diller

Willard Rorke and Gertrude Rorke Diller

 Willard Rorke (baby), Gertrude Rorke Diller (woman)

Willard Rorke would have been three months old in this picture. Gertrude Rorke Diller was in fact Willard’s Aunt. His mother had died in either childbirth or a little after his birth. Gertrude Rorke Diller raised Willard.

 


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Willard Rorke - Infant

Willard Rorke - Infant

Willard Rorke (baby) and possibly Gertrude Rorke Diller. Willard is possibly in a christening gown.


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Willard Rorke - Child

Willard Rorke - Child

Willard Rorke, at two years of age, wearing boots, hat and tunic. This photograph was made into a postcard.

 


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Willard Rorke - Miliary costume postcard

Willard Rorke - Miliary costume postcard

Willard Rorke, age seven, wearing a military costume. This photograph had been made into a postcard which had been sent to his cousin Teddy in 1916.


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A  portrait of Gertrude Rorke Diller

A portrait of Gertrude Rorke Diller

A portrait of Gertrude Rorke Diller. On the back of the photograph a written note can be seen, the message from Willard calling Gertrude his dear mother.

 

 

 


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Portrait of William Ormand Rorke and Willard Rorke

Portrait of William Ormand Rorke and Willard Rorke

William Ormand Rorke and Willard Rorke. William Ormand Rorke was Willard's father, he lived between 1887-1963.

 

 

 

 


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Willard Rorke and his 2i/c

Willard Rorke and his 2i/c

Willard Rorke and his 2i/c. On the back of the photograph Willard remarks that he hasn't faded on war rations. 

 

 

 


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Willard Rorke - “The fighting Irish”

Willard Rorke - “The fighting Irish”

Willard Rorke in his Calgary highlanders regimental uniform. On the bottom right hand corner the photograph is  Willard's signiture as well as the saying “The fighting Irish”.

 

 


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Willard Rorke with his dog

Willard Rorke with his dog

Willard Rorke in his military wear with his dog.

 


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Willard Rorke in a Kilt

Willard Rorke in a Kilt

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Major Willard Rorke

Major Willard Rorke

A large portrait photograph of Major Willard Rorke in his Calgary highlanders uniform.

 

 


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Retired Major Willard Rorke

Retired Major Willard Rorke

A photograph of a retired Major Willard Rorke

 

 


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Ormand William Rorke in garden

Ormand William Rorke in garden

Ormand William Rorke possibly with his wife and his sister Gertrude Diller Rorke. The photograph was taken in a garden in Thornbury. The women are unidentified, however there is a strong possibility that it is Gertrude and William's wife


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Gertrude Rorke Diller

Gertrude Rorke Diller

Gertrude Rorke Diller, Willard's mum, in Edmonton during the summer.


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Marjorie and Helen Lawr

Marjorie and Helen Lawr

Photo of Marjorie and Helen sent to their aunt, Gertrude. They were daughters of Mr. and Mrs John W. Lawr (Alice Rorke, daughter of Colonel and Mrs Edward Rorke.)


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David Edward Colville Rorke

David Edward Colville Rorke

A portrait of David Edward Colville Rorke at 7 months.


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Postcard to Willard Rorke

Postcard to Willard Rorke

Back of a postcard. The postcard was addressed to Willard Rorke at his Thornbury address. The postcard was sent by Norma in 1930. The postcard represents evidence of Willard Rorke living in the Thornbury area. 

 

 


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Tin photograph - unidentified women

Tin photograph - unidentified women

A tin photograph with a woman standing. The woman is unidentified but is believed to be part of the Rorke family.


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Tin photograph - unidentified women

Tin photograph - unidentified women

A tin photograph with a woman leaning against a fence. The woman is unidentified but is believed to be part of the Rorke family.


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Willard Rorke, Gertrude Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke, Gertrude Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke, Gertrude Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke. Willard Rorke with his mum Gertrude who is holding Elizabeth (born June 17, 1946)

 


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Family Photograph

Family Photograph

A family photograph of the Rorke Family. From L-R - Margaret Rorke holding Elizabeth, Ormond William Rorke, Willard Rorke with a hand on Gertrude Rorke Diller and John Newell in front. Edomonton, June 1946.


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Elizabeth Rorke

Elizabeth Rorke

Elizabeth Rorke sitting in a chair. She would have been a year old when the photograph was taken.


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Willard Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke and Elizabeth Rorke

Willard Rorke holding, his daughter, Elizabeth Rorke in the air.


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Virginia Rorke Mckim

Virginia Rorke Mckim

Virginia Rorke Mckim, daughter of Ormond William Rorke and half sister to Willard Rorke. Ormond William Rorke fathered 1 son Willard with Willa Irene Mooney and fathered 2 daughters, Betty and Virginia, with Pearl. Neither of Ormand William Rorke's daughters had any children. Betty Rorke died at a young age and Virginia Rorke Mckim died in 1998.


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Pearl Rorke, Virginia Rorke Mckim, and Libby Rorke

Pearl Rorke, Virginia Rorke Mckim, and Libby Rorke

Pearl Rorke, Virginia Rorke Mckim (1918 - July 16, 1998), and Libby Rorke. Peal was a step-Grandmother to Libby Rorke, and a mother to Virginia Rorke Mckim. Virginia Rorke Mckim would have been an aunt to Libby.

 

 

 

 


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Letter: Messrs. Lloyds of London - W. Rorke (part 1)

Letter: Messrs. Lloyds of London - W. Rorke (part 1)

W. Rorke

Letter from Messrs. Lloyds of London to W. Rorke. The letter talks about Rorke finding a transcription of his great grandfather’s diary as well as the voyage from Ireland to Canada

 


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Letter: Messrs. Lloyds of London - W. Rorke (part 2)

Letter: Messrs. Lloyds of London - W. Rorke (part 2)

 

Letter to Messrs. Lloyds of London from W. Rorke. The letter talks about Rorke finding a transcription of his great grandfather’s diary as well as the voyage from Ireland to Canada


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A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke (part 1)

A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke (part 1)

A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke. This is the first page of a two page letter.


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A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke (part 2)

A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke (part 2)

A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke. The back of page one.


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A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke (part 3)

A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke (part 3)

A letter to Willard and Margaret Rorke. Page two of the two page letter.


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Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 1)

Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 1)

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald East Indies Station. Willard wrote a three page letter to his mother describing his time away from home.

 


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Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 2)

Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 2)

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote a three page letter to his mother describing his time away from home. Back side of page one.


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Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 3)

Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 3)

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote a three page letter to his mother describing his time away from home. Page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 4)

Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 4)

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote a three page letter to his mother describing his time away from home. Back of page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 5)

Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 5)

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote a three page letter to his mother describing his time away from home. Page 3


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Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 6)

Letter from Willard to his mother 7-10-34 (part 6)

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote a three page letter to his mother describing his time away from home. Back of page 3


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 2 


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 2 


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 5

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 5

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 3


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 6

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 6

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 3


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 7

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 7

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 4


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 8

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 8

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 4


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 9

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 9

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 5


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 10

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 10

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 5


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 11

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 11

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 6


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 12

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 12

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 6


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 13

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 13

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 7


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 14

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 14

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 7


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 16

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 16

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Back of page 8


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Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 15

Letter from Willard to his mother 15-10-34 - part 15

Letter from Willard to his mother. The letters were sent when Willard was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald in the East Indies. Willard wrote an eight page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 15, 1934. Page 8


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 1

 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 5

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 5

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 3


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 6

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 6

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 3


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 7

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 7

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 4


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 8

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 8

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 4


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 9

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 9

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 5


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 10

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 10

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 5


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 11

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 11

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 6


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 12

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 12

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 6


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 13

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 13

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 7


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 14

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 14

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 7


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 15

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 15

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Page 8 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 16

Letter from Willard to his mother - 5-1-35 - part 16

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an eight page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 5, 1935. Back of page 8 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written September 9, 1935. Page 1

 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written Septmeber 9, 1935. Back of page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written September 9, 1935. Page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written September 9, 1935. Back of page 2. 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 9-9-35 - part 5

 

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written September 9, 1935. Envelope. 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 2, 1935.


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 2, 1935. Back of page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 2, 1935. Page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-10-35 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote an two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written October 2, 1935. Back of page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written March 2, 1936. Page 1

 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written March 2, 1936. Back of page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written March 2, 1936. Page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-3-36 - part 4

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written March 2, 1936. Back of page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 3, 1936. Page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 3, 1936. Back of page 1


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother - 3-1-36 - part 3

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the Union club Aden Arabia. Willard wrote a two page handwritten letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written January 3, 1936. Page 2


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-6-36 - Part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-6-36 - Part 1

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote a one page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written June 2, 1936. Page 1

 


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Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-6-36 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother - 2-6-36 - part 2

Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Letter from Willard to his mother from when he was stationed on the H.M.S Emerald, East Indies Station. Willard wrote a one page typed letter to his mother describing his time away from home. The letter was written June 2, 1936. Back of page 1


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A Laura Knight Letter - part 1

A Laura Knight Letter - part 1

A letter from Laura Knight to an unnamed cousin. The letter talks about the 1704 war and the change of the Rorke name. The letter was written in December 14, 1942. The letter is a photocopy of the original. There are 4 pages. Page 1


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A Laura Knight Letter - part 2

A Laura Knight Letter - part 2

A letter from Laura Knight to an unnamed cousin. The letter talks about the 1704 war and the change of the Rorke name. The letter was written in December 14, 1942. The letter is a photocopy of the original. There are 4 pages. Page 2


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A Laura Knight Letter - part 3

A Laura Knight Letter - part 3

A letter from Laura Knight to an unnamed cousin. The letter talks about the 1704 war and the change of the Rorke name. The letter was written in December 14, 1942. The letter is a photocopy of the original. There are 4 pages. Page 3


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A Laura Knight Letter - part 4

A Laura Knight Letter - part 4

A letter from Laura Knight to an unnamed cousin. The letter talks about the 1704 war and the change of the Rorke name. The letter was written in December 14, 1942. The letter is a photocopy of the original. There are 4 pages. Page 4


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Oh what's in a name - Rorke family name

Oh what's in a name - Rorke family name

This document demosntrates the the Rorke name as well as the changes in the spelling of the Rorke name.


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A Brief Ancestry - Dr Annie S. Rorke-Greenwood

A Brief Ancestry - Dr Annie S. Rorke-Greenwood

This docment was compiled by Dr Annie S. Rorke-Greenwood in August 1939. Dr Rorke-Greenwood made a brief description of the ancestry of the Rorke family.


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Willard Rorke - Birth Certificate

Willard Rorke - Birth Certificate

Willard Rorke - Birth Certificate

Willard's father was Ormond William Rorke, his mother was Willa Irene Mooney. He was born August 19, 1909 in Winnipeg.


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Copy of Willard Rorke's death certificate

Copy of Willard Rorke's death certificate

A copy of Willard Rorke's death certificate. Willard died December 6,1990 in Surrey B.C.


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Elizabeth Rorke - Birth announcement - part 1

Elizabeth Rorke - Birth announcement - part 1

This unique piece displayed as a theatre tickets is the birth announcement for Elizabeth Rorke (Libby Rorke) daughter of Willard Rorke. Elizabeth Rorke was born Monday June 17, 1946 in Edmonton Alberta to Willard Rorke and Margret Yvonne Rorke.


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Elizabeth Rorke - Birth announcement - part 2

Elizabeth Rorke - Birth announcement - part 2

This unique piece displayed as a theatre tickets is the birth announcement for Elizabeth Rorke (Libby Rorke) daughter of Willard Rorke. Elizabeth Rorke was born Monday June 17, 1946 in Edmonton Alberta to Willard Rorke and Margret Yvonne Rorke. (back side to birth announcment)

 

 


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Rorke Family Reference - Part 1

Rorke Family Reference - Part 1

This 6 page document, which is missing page 1, has a lot of Rorke family references. Page 2


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Rorke Family Reference - Part 2

Rorke Family Reference - Part 2

This 6 page document, which is missing page 1, has a lot of Rorke family references. Page 3


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Rorke Family Reference - Part 3

Rorke Family Reference - Part 3

This 6 page document, which is missing page 1, has a lot of Rorke family references. Page 4


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Rorke Family Reference - Part 4

Rorke Family Reference - Part 4

This 6 page document, which is missing page 1, has a lot of Rorke family references. Page 5


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Rorke Family Reference - Part 5

Rorke Family Reference - Part 5

This 6 page document, which is missing page 1, has a lot of Rorke family references. Page 6


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Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta

Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta

This document shows Willard Rorke approval to practice law in the province of Alberta.


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Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta - Admission Fee Payment

Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta - Admission Fee Payment

The receipt shows Willard Rorke paying an admission fee to The Law Society of Alberta in the amount of $150.


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Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta -

Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta - "Bar Admits Clyde Man"

This newspaper article talks about Willard Rorke's accomplishment of getting admited to the Alberta Bar. The article also gives a bit of background about Willard Rorke.


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Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta -

Willard Rorke - Law Society of Alberta - "Admit W. Rorke To Alberta Bar""

This newspaper article, in The Edmonton Journal, talks about Willard Rorke's accomplishment of getting admited to the Alberta Bar. The article also gives a bit of background about Willard Rorke.
 


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Willard Rorke - Chaplain of the Royal Navy - Part 1

Willard Rorke - Chaplain of the Royal Navy - Part 1

This document shows Willard Rorke recieve a special Ecclesiastical Licence from the Archbiship of Canterbury which would allow him to become a Chaplain for the Royal Navy.


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Willard Rorke - Chaplain of the Royal Navy - Part 2

Willard Rorke - Chaplain of the Royal Navy - Part 2

This document shows Willard Rorke recieve a special Ecclesiastical Licence from the Archbiship of Canterbury which would allow him to become a Chaplain for the Royal Navy.


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Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 1

Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 1

Cemetery receipt for the Thornbury and Clarksburg Union Cemetery. The reciept document gives a plot of land to the heirs of Edward Rorke.

 

 


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Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 2

Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 2

Cemetery receipt for the Thornbury and Clarksburg Union Cemetery. The reciept document gives a plot of land to the heirs of Edward Rorke.


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Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 3

Edward Rorke - Cemetery receipt - Part 3

Cemetery receipt for the Thornbury and Clarksburg Union Cemetery. The reciept document gives a plot of land to the heirs of Edward Rorke.


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Edward Rorke - Community Park Skating Rink

Edward Rorke - Community Park Skating Rink

This certificate is evidence of Edward Rorke two shares in Thornburys local community park skating rink.

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Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 1

Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 1

Wedding announcement for Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke


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Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 2

Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 2

This small newspaper article sinifies the wedding bands for Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke


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Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 3

Wedding announcement - Margaret Yvonne Newell to Willard Rorke - part 3

Photograph of Margaret Yvonne Newell and Willard Rorke at their wedding


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Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 1

Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 1

Front cover of Alice Marie Rorke's Last Will and Testament


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Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 2

Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 2

Back side1 of Alice Marie Rorke's Last Will and Testament


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Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 3

Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 3

 Alice Marie Rorke's Last Will and Testament


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Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 4

Last Will and Testament of Alice Marie Rorke - part 4

Alice Marie Rorke's Last Will and Testament


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Empty envelope of Edward Rorke last will and testament - part 1

Empty envelope of Edward Rorke last will and testament - part 1

This envelope would have held the last will and testament of Edward Rorke


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Empty envelope of Edward Rorke last will and testament - part 2

Empty envelope of Edward Rorke last will and testament - part 2

This envelope would have held the last will and testament of Edward Rorke


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Empty envelope of Gertrude Diller and J. Hilliard Rorke

Empty envelope of Gertrude Diller and J. Hilliard Rorke

The empty envelope of Gertrude Diller and J. Hilliard Rorke would have held the last will and testament


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Death Claims Mrs. J. M. Lawr

Death Claims Mrs. J. M. Lawr

Newspaper article about the death claims of Mrs. J. M. Lawr. She was the daughter of Col. and Mrs Edward Rorke. The article talks about her death and life. She died June 7th, 1934


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Obituary - Stehman Diller

Obituary - Stehman Diller

This obituary is for Stehman Diller (Feb 18, 1862 - April 24, 1932), husband to Gertrude Rorke Diller. He would have been Willard Rorke's uncle but as Willard Rorke grew up with his uncle and aunt he was more like a father to Willard. The obituary gives a description of Stehman's life. Diller died at his son's (Willard Rorke) house in Thornbury Ontario.


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“Former Clarksburg Girl Dr A.S. Rorke Greenwood is U.S. Religious Teacher” - part 1

“Former Clarksburg Girl Dr A.S. Rorke Greenwood is U.S. Religious Teacher” - part 1

Owen Sound Daily Sun-Times article “Former Clarksburg Girl Dr A.S. Rorke Greenwood is U.S. Religious Teacher” talks about Dr Annie S. Rorke Greenwood and how the rorkes were an early pioneering family in Grey County.

 

 


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“Former Clarksburg Girl Dr A.S. Rorke Greenwood is U.S. Religious Teacher” - part 2

“Former Clarksburg Girl Dr A.S. Rorke Greenwood is U.S. Religious Teacher” - part 2

Owen Sound Daily Sun-Times article “Former Clarksburg Girl Dr A.S. Rorke Greenwood is U.S. Religious Teacher” talks about Dr Annie S. Rorke Greenwood and how the rorkes were an early pioneering family in Grey County.


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“Youth Survey to be Made”

“Youth Survey to be Made”

The newspaper article “Youth Survey to be Made” is about Major Willard Rorke and his extensive social work. The point of the  survey was to better understand youth recreation and character building facilities in Calgary.


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