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eMedals-OBE Group - Minnie J.B. Campbell

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OBE Group - Minnie J.B. Campbell

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OBE Group - Minnie J.B. Campbell

Order of British Empire, 1st Type Civil; St. John Ambulance Officer's Breast Badge; Coronation Medal 1902, in bronze; Coronation Medal 1911 (M.J.B. CAMPBELL); Jubilee Medal 1935 (M.J.B. CAMPBELL); Coronation Medal 1937; and Poland: Cross of Merit, First Class. 1911 and 1935 medals are engraved. Swing bar mounted, original ribbons, enamel damage on upper arm of Polish cross, crisp detail, extremely fine. In case of issue, name embossed on inside lid (MINNIE J.B. CAMPBELL O.B.E.), case very fine. Accompanied by assorted paperwork and two original newspaper articles. Footnote: Colin H. Campbell was born in Burlington, Canada West (Ontario) on Christmas Day, December 25, 1859. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1881 and the Manitoba bar in 1882 and was a barrister with an active practice in Winnipeg. Minnie J.B. Campbell (recipient) was born in Palermo, Canada West (Ontario). She married Colin Campbell in 1884, who himself went on to great success as Attorney-General in the Manitoba Government. When the two arrived in Winnipeg, it was a robust and struggling town of 19,000. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba as a Conservative from 1899 to 1914, and was a cabinet minister in the governments of Hugh John Macdonald and Rodmond Palen Robin. LIke her husband, Minnie Campbell was very active. She had been a member of the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire since 1908. However, Colin was stricken by a severe illness on February 15, 1913, the same day that the provincial legislature was scheduled to open. He travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to recover, but was afflicted with paralysis almost immediately after arriving. He resigned his ministry on November 3, 1913, and did not stand in the 1914 election. After unsuccessfully seeking medical care in the United States, Europe and Egypt, he returned to Manitoba in summer 1914. He died shortly thereafter, at age 54, leaving Minnie a widow. She dedicated the remainder of her life to social welfare, totally sixty-five years. Mrs. Campbell was the first woman to hold office in the Children's Aid Society. She graduated from the Wesleyan Women's College at Hamilton, Ontario and then went on to teach at the Ottawa Ladies' College until her marriage to Colin in 1884 and was widely known for her efforts in social work, education and philantrophy. She was present at the 1897 Jubilee of Queen Victoria and the coronations of King Edward VII and King George V. An amazing woman, she raised $750,000 in 1914 for the I.O.D.E. and helped to collect $58,000 in scholarship funds for sons and daughters of war veterans. While in Egypt in 1914, with her ill husband Colin, she raised $25,000 for a new Y.M.C.A. headquarters. She also helped to operate a home for girls. It has been noted, that she also rolled bandages for soldiers during the Second Riel Rebellion of 1885. Her fundraising success became legendary. She was associated closely with the work of the soldiers hospital, the first established in Canada, with the St. John Ambulance Society, the Red Cross, the Navy League and the "Flu Kitchen" during the 1918 epidemic and was life member of these and many other organizations. She had a full life and passed away at the age of 90.
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