Under the heading, "Honorary Graduates", the press release below was printed by the
University College of Cape Breton, in eastern Canada. The date of the release is unknown.
Mrs. Mathieson attended ARA 1936-41. We are grateful to her sister, Edna Campbell, for this submission.
Marion Campbell Mathieson, M.A.
Marion Campbell Mathieson is above all a woman with an extraordinary concern for her fellow human beings. She has been active in local, regional, national and international affairs as a lobbyist, organizer, writer/researcher, speaker, panelist, workshop leadrer and guest lecturer.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland Mrs. Mathieson came to Cape Breton in 1957 and has resided here ever since. She earned her M.A. at the University of Glasgow and in the early 1960s taught Latin, French and Mathematics in Louisburg and in Sidney.
She is a charter member and past president of The Canadian Federation of University Women, Cape Breton, and an active member in The Voice of Women, Ploughshares Cape Breton, Women Unlimited, The Cape Breton Nuclear Disarmament Committee, and The United Church of Canada Presbytery, Working Group on Social Ministry.
Mrs. Mathieson is currently vice president of The National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and The National Action Committee's representative on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Peace Alliance.
As the mother of a brain damaged child she also has a very special commitment to the Canadian Association for Community Living (formerly the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded).
Long associated with the University College of Cape Breton through the Centre for International Studies, Mrs. Mathieson was responsible for bringing the exhibit "Understanding China Through Cartoons" to the University College.
She has served as a resource person for students in our Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program, given guest lectures, and even sponsored one UCCB student's attendance at a peace conference.
Mrs. Mathieson is an ardent feminist who has worked tirelessly to advance the status of women and a deeply committed promoter of peace, human rights and economic and social justice for everyone.
She will receive the degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.
Ed: Any questions regarding the late Mrs. Mathieson may be directed to her son, Colin Mathieson, at the following address:
923 Kerfoot Cres., S.W Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2V 2M8.
The following three photos courtesy Howard Shaw, (attended 1942-48).
Above and below, Melville Street, 1940s
Drama Class 1950-51
photos courtesy Tom Berman
l to r: A.Cameron,R.Henderson,M.Kennedy,
l to r: Tom Berman,N.McCorkindale,M.Gray,J.Buchanan,R.Simpson,T.Miller,M.Auld,R.Miller.
Lambhill Street School 1950-51
photo courtesy Philip Porch
The following news items are from the "Scottish Snippets" publication
First Jewish Tartan
The first record of a Jew in Scotland is in 1691 and since then they have been an integral part of the country and its people. Jews in Scotland were not persecuted and there were no national or state sponsored antisemitic laws. When England was burning and exiling its Jews in the Middle Ages, Scotland provided a safe haven from English and European anti-Semitism. Now, after over 300 years, an official Jewish tartan has been created and registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority. It was designed by the only Scottish-born Rabbi living in Scotland, it's 100 per cent Kosher - being a non wool-linen mix. It incorporates many aspects of Scottish-Jewish cultural and religious history, with the colours, weave and number of threads picked for their relevance to Judaism.The blue and white represents the colours of the Israeli and Scottish flag with the central gold line representing the gold from the Biblical Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and the many ceremonial vessels. The launch of the new tartan coincided with Israel's 60th anniversary celebration.
Greek Thomson's Egyptian Halls
The Egyptian Halls, designed by the Glasgow architect Alexander "Greek" Thomson in the mid-1800s, have been lying empty and derelict for nearly 20 years. The building in Renfield Street in the centre of the city, is regarded as Thomson's commercial masterpiece and architecture of world-class significance. Various attempts have been made to put together the finance to bring them back into use, but they have all fallen by the wayside. There was a major effort to restore the building when Glasgow became European City of Architecture and Design in 1999, but that ground to halt due to disputes over ownership. Now, at last, it seems that all the problems have been resolved and the building will undergo a £5 million refurbishment, before being marketed as a retail or office development. Finally, the blackened stonework may get cleaned up, which will considerably improve the look of a major shopping street in the city.
The following three photos were submitted by Edna Campbell, (ARA 1943-49)
Folk Dancing Classes - 2nd and 3rd Forms, 1949
Miss Gray, Mr Weir
Qualifying Class, 1949 - Mrs Lockwood
"As You Like It" - Drama Club, 1949
Margaret Auld, R.Miller, S.Leckie, Norman McCorkindale, Evelyn Wilson, Jack Gillon, Edna Campbell
back row, left to right: Roland Spencer,Archie Gay,James Milroy,Duncan Gunn,Louis Cohen,Alistair Mulvenon,Sandy Wedderspoon,Norton (Norrie) Herbert.
4th row: Mr.Hamilton,Robert Kinloch,Tom Smith,Alex Weinman, Leonard Baker,Claude Cowan,Leslie Rosin,Ellis Landa,Mr. Melville.
3rd row: Jean Russell,Dorothy Gemmill,Margaret Auld,Rita Boyle,Christine Bailey,Diana Campbell,Margaret Paterson,Edna Campbell.
2nd row: Elsie Freeman,Felicite van Heerden,Margaret Todd,Beryl Murdoch,Margaret Laurie,Norma Chisholm,Rosalin Shinwell,Maureen Anderson,Patience Palk,Helen Palk.
1st row: Robert Mennie,John Phillips,Leonard McMillan,James Gravie,Ronald Anderson.
Quote from 1942 ARA school magazine:
"For services rendered to the Empire"
We have pleasure in introducing to you, two former pupils who have been honoured by His Majesty the King with membership of the Most Excellent order of the British Empire.
The citation in the Gazette, quoted in the press, tells how Chief Engineer Strang "acted with courage and resource in the face of great danger from fire and explosion. He saved life and maintained order".
We have not seen the citation dealing with Captain Ridley's award, and are not quite satisfied with his explanation that, in his case, MBE means Most Beautiful Engineer.
We hope that when the war is over Captain Ridley will come and give us a more truthful explanation.
In the meantime, the school takes pride in these awards
and offers congratulations to the recipients.
Ed: Many thanks to Glenn Hardie for lending his magazine, from which I extracted the following pics,and to Duncan Gunn and Edna Campbell who supplied the names in the qualifying pic.
photo courtesy Andrew Timpson
3rd. row, 4th from left, Andrew Timpson. Top row, 6th. from left, Jimmy Campbell