Diary of a European Tour, 1900

Diary of a European Tour, 1900

Edited by Jean O’Grady
Copyright Date: 1999
Pages: 216
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    Diary of a European Tour, 1900
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    Drawing on the diary Margaret Addison kept while travelling in Europe, Jean O'Grady makes available the experiences of the woman who would become the first dean of Annesley Hall at Victoria College. Addison spent most of 1900 travelling through Europe and Britain. Her reactions to various exhibitions and museums in London and Paris are vividly recorded, as are her experiences with British and European society. She describes her encounters with "old world" culture and history and reflects on its meaning for Canada. Her trip ended with visits to the local women's colleges in Oxford and Cambridge, visits that were important to her understanding of how the British experience could be adapted to benefit the women who would live in Annesley Hall, for which Victoria College was then raising funds.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-6800-6
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. viii-viii)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xi-xxxiv)

    Annesley Hall, the oldest residential building of the University of Toronto, stands at the north-east corner of Queen’s Park Crescent and Charles Street. Its homelike facade of gable and turret, chimney and bay nestles oddly against the sleek lines of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art; its original sweep of carriagedrive is reduced to a parking area that looks across six lanes of traffic to the Egyptian hieroglyphics of the Royal Ontario Museum. In 1903, when Victoria University built the residence, the upper part of Queen’s Park Crescent was a wide, sandy avenue called North Park Drive, which allowed horses...

  6. A Note on the Text
    (pp. xxxv-2)
  7. CHAPTER ONE Paris
    (pp. 3-32)

    Margaret Addison left Toronto on May 21, 1900, with her younger sister Charlotte (1873-1963), who taught music at her parents’ home on Markham Street in Toronto. They proceeded by train to Montreal and sailed on theTunisianto Liverpool, where after a ten-day journey they disembarked on June 4. The diary that Margaret kept of the early part of her holiday is now lost but a letter to Margaret Burwash, wife of the chancellor of Victoria University, describes how they proceeded south through the British Isles at a leisurely pace:

    We landed at Liverpool June 4th, two days later than...

  8. CHAPTER TWO Europe
    (pp. 33-66)

    On the European leg of her trip, Addison shows herself most clearly as a Canadian Methodist abroad, interested in what is foreign but glad to find traces of what is familiar. She is drawn to Zurich as one of the centres of the Reformation, which represented to her the beginning of freedom of conscience in religion, as opposed to the tortures of the Inquisition. She finds this city, with its stern and bracing air of Protestantism, a great relief after the Catholic parts of Switzerland; here she is the closest she has yet come to her dearly loved, peaceful Canadian...

    (pp. 67-108)

    London in 1900 was both the stately centre of a huge empire and one of the world's largest and most pestiferous congregations of crowded humanity. Addison never forgot the salutary shock of encountering it. “There is something so large and cosmopolitan about London -it really is the hub of the universe,” she wrote many years later, in a letter urging her niece Louise to prolong her stay in London and to see and do all that she could.¹ From a boardinghouse in Upper Woburn Place, in the vicinity of the British Museum, she explored the city: she enjoyed the London...

  10. CHAPTER FOUR Cambridge
    (pp. 109-126)

    For Addison, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, for all their Gothic architecture and historical treasures, were primarily places where she could study the higher education of women. Ironically, they were also the only universities in Britain which did not admit women to their degrees. Everywhere else in the British Isles, as in Canada and the United States, the battle against restrictive notions of women’s capabilities had been won. But here it persisted, and the women’s colleges of the university towns were separate by necessity, not choice.

    The evolution of women’s education in Cambridge had followed two streams. The fountain-head...

  11. CHAPTER FIVE Oxford
    (pp. 127-162)

    After her all-too-short week in Cambridge, Addison spent a month in Oxford, observing with interest if not with the rapture that had almost prostrated her at Cambridge. She does not name her lodging-house but it was a pleasant one, with a number of companionable fellow-boarders - all women except for the intriguing Mr Borenius, with whom Addison played reverse. It may have had some semi-official connection with the university, or been the North Oxford house of a professor, since Oxford professors and their wives and daughters came to the receptions held there in the afternoons - an obvious advantage for...

  12. CHAPTER SIX Postscript
    (pp. 163-170)

    There is another short section of Addison’s diary, written on turn-out pages, describing her journey home to Canada -loaded down with forty-two gifts ranging from pictures, jewellery, and carving to a teapot and a miniature Eiffel Tower. Her account is of particular interest because Canadian troops from the Boer War were returning on the same ship, theLake Champlain.The outbreak of the Boer War had led to a typically Canadian split between the two founding nations - English-speaking subjects, imperialists, and progressives generally supported participation in the war, while French-Canadians, along with non-British immigrants and some liberals, opposed it.¹...

  13. Notes
    (pp. 171-192)
  14. Index
    (pp. 193-197)