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"Victor and Evie in Wartime Rideau Hall"

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HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess (Crow's Nest)

78 Lisgar Street at Cooper

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"Victor and Evie", an engaging account of politics, travel, love, and tragedy, showcases the life of Governor General Victor Cavendish, Lady Evelyn Cavendish and the Cavandish family during a pivotal moment in early twentieth-century Canada. Event Speaker is Ms. Dorothy Anne Phillips, author, researcher and lecturer.

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Relive a Pivotal Period in Canada's Story!"

On November 1916, in the middle of the Great War (WWI), Victor Cavendish, Ninth Duke of Devonshire, and Lady Evelyn Cavendish landed in Halifax to assume his appointment as Governor General of Canada. With his appointment, Cavendish became the 11th Governor General of Canada.

Throughout the difficult years of the First World War and its aftermath, Governor General Cavendish travelled extensively, oversaw policy, presided over Canada’s rejection of the British honours system, and walked a fine line between colonial authorities and Canada’s desire for greater independence. Meanwhile, the duchess managed their home at Rideau Hall and fretted over propriety between their five daughters and young male staff members who lived with them.

Ms. Dorothy Anne Phillips, Event Speaker, will describe the Governor General and family's reactions to a number of dramatic events of the time, including Canada's conscription crisis of 1919, the horrific Halifax Explosion of December 1917, the 1918-1919 Spanish influenza epidemic in Canada which killed between 30 thousand and 50 thousand Canadians, the May to June 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, the Prince of Wales’s 1919 tour across Canada, and the courtship of their daughter Dorothy by the young Harold Macmillan, a future British Prime Minister.

In "Victor and Evie", author Dorothy Anne Phillips provides an intimate portrait of a family at the centre of Canadian social and political life. Utilizing letters released in 2005, the correspondence of an aide-de-camp, the Duke’s diary, and other primary documents, Ms. Phillips constructs a detailed inquiry into the family’s relationships with each other and with the prominent people, Canadian and otherwise, they met during their tenure in Canada.

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HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess (Crow's Nest)

78 Lisgar Street at Cooper

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