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Robert Dunn

  • Person
  • 1872-1960
Robert Dunn served as an apprentice machine fitter between 1886 and 1891 at Stanley Cotton Mills before joining the merchant marines. He received papers as "4th, 3rd, 2nd Class, and Chief Engineeer" between 1896 and 1903.
He raised his family in Vancouver BC in a house overlooking Burrard Inlet. He also played a part in Canadian rum running history during Prohibition, although himself a non-drinker and according to his grand-daughter "a pretty severe person". He served as Chief Engineer for an apparently dilapidated ship called the 'Malahat', which delivered alcoholic beverages to the United States, possibly San Francisco harbour (c 1921-1922).

Neil Whatley

  • Person
  • fl 1999-2003
Neil Whatley, son of Professor Chris Whatley, graduated from Dundee in architecture in 2003.

Dr Eleanor Gill

  • Person
  • 1902-1996
Dr Elena Gill was born in Spain, 1902, where her father was a mining engineer and trained at Glasgow University. She became the first woman GP in Glasgow, at Springburn. Other members of her family lived in England (her brother worked for a motor company in the Midlands). She retired to St Andrews and died there in 1996.

St Salvador’s Church, Hilltown, Dundee

  • Corporate body
  • 1856-
St Salvador’s church was founded with a school in the Hilltown area of Dundee in 1856 by Bishop Alexander Penrose Forbes and the Reverend James Nicolson, later Dean of Brechin. Its mission was to the many mill workers who lived in the tenements in the area. G F Bodley was commissioned to design the halls and church, and worship started in the upper part of the building to the south designed as the school. The nave of the church followed in 1868 and the chancel in 1874. The whole building was consecrated on Holy Cross day in that year. The church continues the original ministry to the city’s poor, running one of the busiest food banks in the city after Mass on Sundays. (Source: http://s204617846.websitehome.co.uk/)

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Dundee Mountain Film Festival

  • Corporate body
  • 1983-
The Film Festival was originally the idea of John Burdin as a way of raising funds for the construction of a new bridge at Bachnagarin, Glen Doll, in memory of Roy Tait. The first was held in 1983 and was so successful it became an annual event. In recent years it has been held in the Bonar Hall, Dundee.

Dr Charlie Dixon

  • Person
  • 1935-2009

Dr Charlie Dixon was a Senior Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at the University of Dundee and had worked there for over 47 years on his retiral in 2000, making him one of the University's longest serving members of staff. Charlie was a dedicated and enthusiatic teacher and the students' perennial favourite. He was an avid supporter of extending access to University to those who might not have considered further studies. Dixon was the founding member of the University's Schools Liaison Office and the first Dean of Students for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Educated at Morgan Academy, Dundee, Charlie went on to study mathematics at the University of St Andrews. His first post was a research assistant at Queen's College, Dundee before moving to London in 1960 to work in the meteorology department at Imperial College, London. Charlie returned to Dundee two years later as lecturer, then senior lecturer in the Mathematics Department at the University. Dr Dixon also taught at the University of Western Australia and for a short spell, at the University of New Mexico.

Charlie was married to Margaret who had worked Dundee College of Commerce and Maryfield Hospital. Charlie was an accomplished bagpipe player and also enjoyed gardening in his spare time. Charlie died in 2009 aged 74 years old.

Professor George Murdoch

  • Person
  • 1920-2004

Professor George Murdoch specialised in the study of prosthetics and was responsible for establishing the pioneering Limb Fitting Centre which opened in Broughty Ferry in 1965

Murdoch had three children from his first marriage and two step-children through his second marriage

Unison Trade Union

  • Corporate body
  • 1993-
UNISON is the UK’s largest union. They represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors.

St Salvador’s church

  • Corporate body
  • 1856-
St Salvador’s church was founded with a school in the Hilltown area of Dundee in 1856 by Bishop Alexander Penrose Forbes and the Reverend James Nicolson, later Dean of Brechin. Its mission was to the many mill workers who lived in the tenements in the area. G F Bodley was commissioned to design the halls and church, and worship started in the upper part of the building to the south designed as the school. The nave of the church followed in 1868 and the chancel in 1874. The whole building was consecrated on Holy Cross day in that year. The church continues the original ministry to the city’s poor, running one of the busiest food banks in the city after Mass on Sundays.
(Source: http://s204617846.websitehome.co.uk/)

Ian Imlach

  • Person
  • 1930-
Ian Imlach was an architect and lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Born in London, 1930, Ian moved to Scotland to study architecture at Scott Sutherland School, Aberdeen. After graduating he travelled to Singapore for work before returning to Scotland in 1958. He worked in the practice of James Parr before joining the staff at the School of Architecture, Duncan of Jordanstone where he lectured until his retirement in 1995. Significant builds he was responsible for include Villa, 11 Victoria Road, Broughty Ferry; Villa, Roseangle, 1968 and Dundee Synagogue, 1978.

Carnoustie Golf Club

  • Corporate body
  • 1842-

Carnoustie Golf Club was formally established in 1842 and is based at what has been described as one of the toughest links courses in the world. Golf is known to have been played at Carnoustie from as early as the 1500s and the club is known to have been in existence for some time before its formal foundation. The club is believed to be among the ten oldest surviving golf clubs in the world.

The Club has produced several first class players and in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century many Carnoustie golfers went to the United States where they became professionals. These included the famed Smith brothers. When the Professional Golfers' Association of America was founded in 1916, nearly half of the 82 professional members were from Carnoustie.

A golf course was first laid out at Carnoustie in the 1830s by the publisher Robert Chalmers. The current course was designed by Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris in the 1850s and was modified and extended by Morris in the 1860s and redesigned by James Braid in the 1920s. The course has staged the Open Championships several times including in 1999 when Scotland's Paul Lawrie won one of the most dramatic championships. The clubhouse dates from 1898.

Dr Philip Whitaker

  • Person
  • 1927-1988
Whitaker was born in Poole, Dorset in 1927, to a Lancashire family. His father was an industrial chemist and moved the family to Newport, Gwent during the Second World War. Whitaker went to Trinity College, Dublin, initially to read Physics, but graduated with a degree in history. Following this, he went on to study for a PhD at Manchester University, writing his thesis on the 'Manchester Liberals'.
In the 1950s and into the 1960s, Whitaker spent time studying and lecturing at Makerere University, Uganda's largest university. His research largely concerned Nigerian elections but also examined (and in many cases visiting), the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanganyika (Tanzania) and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Whitaker's time in Uganda coincided with great political change as a result of growing nationalism and Britain's moves towards decolonisation. Nigeria became the autonomous Federation of Nigeria in 1954 and in October 1958, Britain agreed Nigeria would become an independent state on 1st October 1960. Tanganyika became independent in December 1961 and Uganda held its first elections in 1961, becoming independent in October 1962. In Uganda and Nigeria, early elections and politics were played out along tribal and ethnic lines leading to tension and unrest between the various peoples. It is in this context that Whitaker's work must be viewed.
Whitaker left Uganda in 1962, and went with his family to Chicago on a six month lecture tour, also encompassing Minnesota and Canada. Following this, he spent time travelling between Africa and Britain, first returning to Uganda, followed by some time in Manchester then another stay in Uganda. Some time in Zanzibar followed, leaving just before the 1964 uprising in which African revolutionaries overthrew the Arab-minority led government, murdering up to 20,000 Asian civilians.
He took up a post as a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Dundee in 1964, living in Letham, where he later becoming a local councillor. In the late 1970s and 1980s, he would spend winter lecturing in the USA and Canada, and also travelled to Thailand. He moved to Devon upon his partial retirement, before fully retiring in 1983. Whitaker died in 1988.
The Philip Whitaker collection relates largely to his work in central Africa in the 1950s and early 1960s.

John T Symington

  • Person
  • 1930-2015
John T Symington was a student at Dundee College of Art 1948-1952 where he graduated with the Diploma in Design & Crafts. He then did National Service before joining staff at Valentine's as a typographer in 1954. Symington retired in 1994, just a year before the firm closed after being taken over by Hallmark. John and Helen Symington were married in 1959.

Dr Alwyn Scarth

  • Person
  • 1936-2017

Alwyn Scarth was born 4 September 1936 at Morley Hall, Leeds, and was one of five children. He was educated at Battley Grammar School from 1947-55 and matriculated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge in 1955, where he read Geography. Alwyn specialised in Geomorphology, graduating BA in 1958 and MSc in 1962 . While there, he also won a scholarship to study in France at the University of Clermont-Ferrand between 1958-9, 1960-61. This began his lifelong love of the country.

After graduating PhD in 1963, Scarth took up a post of Lecturer in Geography at Queen's College, Dundee, specialising in Geomorphology, the geography of France and American Studies. He was the Director of American Studies at the university for 5 years and also organised the Transatlantic Student Exchange with Canadian and US universities. His own research focussed primarily on volcanoes which saw him spend many years travelling the world.

Scarth took early retirement in 1993, after which he concentrated on publishing his work, including 'Savage Earth' (1997), a work commissioned to accompany the ITV series of the same name. Scarth also contributed many papers, reviewed articles and journals and translated work from French into English.

A regular visitor before his retirement, in his later years he spent more time living in France, often returning to his home in Broughty Ferry and to visit his extended family in Leeds with whom he was very close. Scarth moved permanently to Yorkshire in 2016 when illness overtook him, where he died in April of the following year.

Obituary provided by Kevin Scarth:
ALWYN SCARTH was born on 4th September 1936, at Morley Hall, Morley, near Leeds, one of the five children of the late Kenneth and Phyllis Scarth. He was educated at Batley Grammar School from 1947-55 and then matriculated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1955 to read Geography, specialising in Geomorphology in his final year. He graduated B.A. in 1958, M.A. in 1962, and Ph.D. in 1962, all at Cambridge. Outwith academic studies he was business manager for the Midnight Howlers (a revue group) and played basketball. He was awarded a David Richards Travel Scholarship from the University in 1956 and studied in France at the University of Clermont-Ferrand during 1958-9 then 1960-61. After obtaining his Ph.D. he took up his post as Lecturer in Geography at the University of St Andrews, Queen’s College, Dundee, (becoming University of Dundee in 1967), specialising in Geomorphology, the Geography of France, and American Studies. For a period he was also the Director of American Studies and Transatlantic Student Exchange with universities in Canada and U.S.A. His own research, which involved many years of world travel, focussed primarily on volcanoes. After retiring in 1993 he concentrated on publishing his own works, which included “Volcanoes” (1994), “Savage Earth” (1997) (a work commissioned to accompany the ITV series of the same name), “Vulcan’s Fury” (1999), “La Catastrophe” (2002), and “Vesuvius: A Biography” (2009). He also co-authored “Volcanoes of Europe” (2001), a second edition of which has recently been published. Apart from producing his own works, Dr Scarth contributed many papers, reviewed many articles and journals, and also translated works from French into English, including “The Geology of France” (Ed. C Pomerol), (Masson, Paris, 1981) and “The Geology of the Continental Margins” (C.Boillot), (Longman’s, Harlow,

1982). In Dundee, he was very keen on playing squash and often did so with students who became lifelong friends. Dr Scarth formed a deep love of France during his student years and continued to travel there on a regular basis, as well as paying annual visits to Venice and his favourite Greek island. Notwithstanding his extensive travels, he always made time to return to his home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee to refresh his extensive network of friends and former colleagues, who appreciated his sparkling personality, wit, and sense of humour, and to his extended family in Morley, Leeds, with whom he was very close. Dr Scarth finally returned permanently to Morley in January 2016 when illness overtook him, and he died peacefully on 25 April 2017, survived by his siblings, Barrie, Marie, Kevin, and Margaret, their spouses, and his nephews and nieces.

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