Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

June 21, 2005 06:00 ET

REMINDER/Media Advisory/Library and Archives Canada Reunites Ms. Anne Victoria Brown with a Memory of Her Father

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 21, 2005) -

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

The media will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Anne Victoria Brown who has been invited by Library and Archives Canada to view, for the first time, the ring that had been lost to her for over 60 years. Ms. Brown, now living in North Carolina, will be at Library and Archives Canada on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 11:00 a.m.

Ms. Brown's father, Canadian Warrant Officer William Caldwell, was killed in 1941 when his ship, the SS Nerissa, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank off the coast of Scotland. Caldwell carried his daughter's ring with his identification discs until the time of his death. The discs and ring are now part of Written by War-Canadian Family Stories, 1939-1945, an exhibition at Library and Archives Canada. Caldwell relatives will be attending the event.



NEWS RELEASE AND PHOTOGRAPH WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE LATER TIME

WHAT: Visit of Ms. Anne Victoria Brown to Library and Archive
Canada

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - Media asked to be present for 10:45

WHERE: Exhibition Room C, Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Mrs. Brown, Ian Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada and
Andrew Horrall, Curator of the exhibit will be available for
interviews.


LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA HOLDS A WOMAN'S MEMORY OF HER FATHER

Ottawa June 7, 2005 - A woman was reunited this week with a memory of her father, thanks to a child's ring now on display at Library and Archives Canada. Ms. Anne Victoria Brown was the little girl whose signet ring was worn by her father, Warrant Officer William Caldwell, with his military identification discs until his death in May 1941.
In 1995, Ms. Brown contacted Library and Archives Canada to obtain information about her father and his family. Archivists retrieved the file and communicated the information they had to Ms. Brown, who, at the time, was living in the United States. However, the identification discs and ring were not discovered until 1999, and attempts to contact Ms. Brown were in vain because she had moved. The artifacts were restored by Library and Archives Canada conservators and safely stored away.

The identification discs and signet ring are now part of a Library and Archives Canada exhibition, entitled Written by War-Canadian Family Stories, 1939-1945. Promotion of the exhibition prompted officials at Library and Archives Canada to contact an investigative reporter who found Ms. Brown, now living in Louisburg, North Carolina.

When exhibition curator Andrew Horrall reached Ms. Brown with the news of the discovery, she was overwhelmed with emotion.. She plans to visit Canada soon to reunite with her father's past.

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Pauline M. Portelance
    Media Relations Officer
    (613) 996-6128 or (613) 293-4298