New Fonds Available!

Image: Toddler Lucy Hines riding on the back of a zebra. Ca. 1908 (SPRA 0679.01.003)

We are pleased to announce that our Archives Assistant Student, Kaydence Redding, has completed processing a new collection, the Hines-Sutherland fonds! Although we have been closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic, we have remained hard at work making records accessible for public use. Processing the Hines-Sutherland family fonds has been one of our many recent projects and we are thrilled to share the results with you!

Alfred Hines ran a game farm for Sir Anthony Wingfield in Ampthill Bedfordshire, England at the beginning of the twentieth century. The game farm was home to many exotic animals including camels, zebras, llamas, and ostriches. It was likely at the game farm that Alfred met his wife, Octavia Beeata Hines, who worked for the neighbors as a maid. Alfred and Octavia’s eldest children, Helen and Lucy, were raised on the game farm until the family immigrated to Canada in 1910. Helen Hines later married Seath Sutherland, the couple homesteaded in the South Peace Region along with their twelve children and were some of the earliest pioneers in the area. The photo album contains 124 pictures of the Hines family while living and working at the Wingfield estate game farm ran by Alfred Hines. A majority of the photographs are of various family members, and other farm employees, riding and walking the animals at the Ampthill game farm. There are also a number of portraits included in the album, and a handful of photographs of the Hines family from their time working at the Partridge farm in Saskatchewan after immigrating to Canada.

This fonds is available for consultation on our website using the finding aid: Fonds 679 Hines-Sutherland Family fonds, and through a selection of digitized photographs that are viewable on Alberta on Record.