Fonds Acc4707 - Douglas MacFarlane fonds

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Douglas MacFarlane fonds

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CA PCA Acc4707

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  • 1941-1996 (Creation)
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    MacFarlane, Douglas Harrison

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.56 m of textual records.

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MacFarlane, Douglas Harrison

Biographical history

Douglas Harrison MacFarlane was born in 1917 to James Harrison and Mary Lynn MacFarlane. He was married to Nancy Sharkey with whom he had three sons: Peter, Ranald and Daniel. When the Canadian Commonwealth Federation (CCF) was established in Bedeque, P.E.I., in June of 1936, under the direction of E.J. Garland who was visiting the province on behalf of the National CCF Party, MacFarlane was one of the founding members. Local leadership was spearheaded by Reverend Arthur Gordon, pastor of the Bedeque United Church and MacFarlane was sent as a delgate to the Federal Council in February of 1943 where he was appointed organizer for P.E.I.. He first ran for the CCF party in a provincial by-election held in the 5th Prince (Summerside) Electoral District in December of 1945. He served as Provincial Secretary of the PEI CCF Party in the late 1940s and President in the 1960s and from 1980 to 1982 of the successor body the National Democratic Party.

MacFarlane also operated a dairy farm and was active in his community. Always interested in mechanical things, he was fascinated with the role electricity could play in the lives of farmers and was instrumental in establishing Bedeque Power Company, a precursor of rural electrification on Prince Edward Island. For several years he served as treasurer of this organization. Douglas MacFarlane died on 27 November 1997.

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The fonds consists of records relating to both the National and Provincial CCF/NDP party from 1941 to 1996. The personal files of Douglas MacFarlane contain correspondence, accounts, as well as speech, presentation, and broadcast notes. Records of the National and Provincial CCF/NDP Party include minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports, resolutions, statistics, programs and policies. The fonds also contains information relating to elections on PEI from 1927 to 1995, various newsletters from 1948 to 1994, financial records of the Bedeque Power Company, and miscellaneous files of Douglas MacFarlane. The records are arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Douglas MacFarlane personal files
Series 2: Co-operative Commonwealth Federation/New Democratic National Party records
Series 3: Co-operative Commonwealth Federation/New Democratic Party of PEI records
Series 4: History of National and Provincial Co-Operative Commonwealth Federation and New Democratic Party
Series 5: PEI Elections
Series 6: Newsletters
Series 7: Miscellaneous Files
Series 8: Bedeque Power Company

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PERMISSION FOR USE AND REPRODUCTION IS REQUIRED FROM THE PUBLIC ARCHIVES AND RECORDS OFFICE; QUESTIONS REGARDING COPYRIGHT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USER

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