Fonds AR375 - Biddy Gaddes fonds

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Biddy Gaddes fonds

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CA UVICARCH AR375

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  • 1964 - 1976 (Creation)
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    Gaddes, Biddy

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37 collages and other material

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(1919-2013)

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Margaret Thompson "Biddy" McNeill was born 3 March 1919. In 1941 she received a teaching degree from the University of British Columbia. While teaching school in Chilliwack she met William Henry "Bill" Gaddes (1912-2008) - the twin brother of musician Boyce Gaddes - whom she married in 1944. The couple had four children: Neill, Janet, Ann, and Sara. Shortly after marrying the couple moved to Victoria. While Bill worked as the chairman of the psychology department at the new University of Victoria, Biddy acted as a volunteer costume designer for UVic theatre productions from 1963 to 1970. She went on to do contract work as a costume designer for various Victoria theatre productions from 1970 until 1982.

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The fonds consists of collages (watercolour and fabric) and drawings of costumes designed for the following UVic and community theatre productions: On Baile's Strand, 1965; The Player Queen, 1965; A Man for all seasons, 1965; Renaissance '65, 1965; Murder in the cathedral, 1966; Rhinoceros, 1966; Hadrigan VII, 1973; Old tomorrow: a saga of the CPR, 1973; The three sisters, 1974; The bartered bride, 1978; A Dicken's digest, n.d.; Ghosts, n.d.; Mrs. Alving, n.d.; a midsummer night's dream, n.d. Fonds also includes slides of 3 unidentified productions possibly depicting costumes designed by Biddy Gaddes.

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biddy-gaddes-fonds-2

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2013-02-05

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  • English

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