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Canada. Royal Canadian Navy – Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service
Canada. Royal Canadian Air Force. Women’s Division

Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service / Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division uniform collection. – [194-]-1963. – Lieutenant’s medical uniform, round cap, 2 great coats, Navy blue jacket, 3 blouses, pinafore, 2 cuffs, kerchief, pair of shoes, 3 skirts, tie, top with matching pants (see below for more detailed description), 1 photograph.

The collection consists of uniforms worn by women (Patricia Gray, D.H. Currie, and possibly others) in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service and the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, respectively established in May 1942 and July 1941. The items in the collection are as follows: no. 1 Lieutenant’s medical uniform (black blazer, 4 gilt buttons, and matching tie and skirt); round cap (H.M.C.S. Cornwallis on tally) with signatures of other Navy staff on the top and dated July 7 ’63, belonging to D.H. Currie; 2 black great coats, one coat with a blackish green lining and 2 gilt buttons, and the other with a black lining and 4 gilt buttons; no. 3 working blue jacket, white collar, 12 gilt buttons, and blue skirt; 3 cream-coloured blouses; white pinafore; 2 cuffs, each with a gilt button; white kerchief; black Oxford shoes; Navy blue skirt; black tie; 2 black skirts; and Navy blue top with matching pants. The collection also has a b&w photograph of a nurse in uniform (presumably Patricia Gray).

Title based on the contents of the collection.
The collection (13-2011) was acquired from Marian Ross in January 2011.
Finding aid available at this, the fonds level, only.
There are no access restrictions.
No further accruals are expected.

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Last Reviewed: May 25, 2011
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