Collection 2016-65 - Diary, photographs and papers relating to Robert Wallace

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CA ON00156 2016-65


Diary, photographs and papers relating to Robert Wallace


  • 1878-1930 (Creation)

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1 volume
16 pages
25 photographs
1 negative

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Robert Wallace was born in Kirknewton, near Edinburgh, Scotland on 6th March 1855. His family left Scotland for New Zealand in 1862, arriving on September 20th. In 1870 he started work at the Dunedin water works office. He resigned in May 1879 and went to London, where he studied at Spurgeon's College with the aim of becoming a missionary. He visited Belleville in 1882 and stayed with Ellen Bilbrough, assisting with her work at the Marchmont Home. Wallace married Bilbrough in Croydon, Surrey, on 15th February 1887. He continued to work at the Marchmont Home until 1913, when he left Belleville for Toronto. From 1915 to 1929 Wallace served at the Canadian Treasurer for the China Inland Mission. He died on 18th October 1932 in Toronto.

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These materials were sent to James Gilchrist by Ann Newton of Stratford, Ontario. Rev. Gilchrist sent them to the Community Archives through Lois Foster.

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"Mathison's Life Diary", photographs, documents and press clippings relating to Robert Wallace, director of the Marchmont Home in Belleville for 31 years. Includes photographs of members of the Wallace family, of the Marchmont Home in Belleville. The 'life diary' records key moments of Wallace's life in a summary form. The documents include an obituary of Wallace written by the Council of the China Inland Mission.

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Robert Wallace's diary has been digitized and is available online at

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