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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.

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.

John James Dalyell

John James Dalyell, son of James Dalyell and Marie Ann Dalyell, was born in France c.1835. He was brought up in Scotland, mainly at Carnoustie. He became a commission merchant and agent of the Royal Insurance Co, Dundee, specialising in setting rates for the transportation of jute products as well as dealing with industrial and domestic property insurance. Dalyell was an active member of a number of local organisations and clubs. He was instrumental in establishing the 3rd Forfarshire Artillery Volunteers, in which he served as Lieutenant and later Captain of B. Battery, and took a prominent role in the administrative business of the corps. Dalyell was a keen sportsman, being a member of the Angus and Mearns Rifle Association, Dundee Cricket Club, and the Caledonian Union, Dalhousie, and Monifieth Golf Clubs. He was Captain and later Honorary Secretary of the Caledonian Union Golf Club, Carnoustie, for whom he was an enthusiastic advocate and promoter. Dalyell tried his hand at authorship, and a number of his stories survive mainly in draft copy. They are generally humorous accounts of sporting excursions. In the early months of 1872 Dalyell contracted what became a serious illness, being chiefly afflicted with severe head pains. In its initial stages the malady resulted in several months spent travelling, but it soon became serious enough for Dalyell to give up his work with, first, the Royal Insurance Co, and then with William Shiels & Co, wine merchants of Leith, whom he had joined in late 1872. By summer 1873 Dalyell was forced to sever all his social and sporting ties with the area. He was admitted into the Royal Lunatic Asylum, Montrose in July 1873 and remained there until his death in 1917.

Karen Tosh

  • Person
  • 1992-
Karen Tosh was born in Glasgow. She studied nursing at University of Dundee 1992-1995, She both trained and worked in Ninewells Hospital and went on to become a Lecturer In Health at University of Dundee. After a period working elsewhere, Karen returning to work with the School of Nursing in 2022.

Mary Brooksbank (1897-1978)

Mary Brooksbank, nee Soutar was a mill girl, political activist, singer, violinist and poet. She lived in Dundee from the age of 8 or 9 and was largely self-educated, having left school at 11. Before working in the mills, she was briefly in domestic service. A long-time member of the Communist Party, she was expelled after criticising Stalin. Through her later years she entertained widely in the locality, singing, reciting her poetry, appearing often on TV and radio.

John William Kimber

  • Person
  • 1875-1918
John William Kimber was born on the 21st of December 1875, in Portsmouth. Little information is known about his early life, apart from that one of his siblings was called Robert Percy Kimber, and their parents were from the London area.
John W. Kimber served in the Royal Navy from 24th July 1891 to 31st December 1905. He began as a volunteer and left the Navy with the rank of Petty Officer of the 1st class. Kimber married Ada Jane McKone in Islington around 1903 and they moved to 5 Panmure Place in Broughty Ferry around 1906. The couple had three daughters - one of whom was called Edith - and one son named John (known as Jack) Kimber.
Kimber had trained as an Instructor in Physical Training in Portsmouth in 1904, and achieved his Educational Institute of Scotland certificate in November 1906. He came to work at the University College Dundee for five years as Superintendent of the Fleming Gymnasium. He also worked for the Dundee School Board and the Voluntary Schools of the City.
Kimber enlisted in the army for the First World War. He became a Lieutenant in the 4th/1st Battalion of the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). In his training for the war he attended the Grenadier School of Instruction at Scone Camp, and also attended the Northern Command School of Instruction. John William Kimber died at Givenchy, on the 11th of May 1918, aged 42. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery in Pas-de-Calais, France.

Strathmartine Hospital (Baldovan Institute)

  • Corporate body
  • 1852-2003
Baldovan Institution was founded in 1852, mainly through the benevolence of Sir John and Lady Jane Ogilvy and from voluntary contributions and fees. It was established on the north bank of the Dighty as an orphanage, hospital and place of education and training for 'imbecile' children, accommodating 30 children. As such it was the first hospital of its kind in Scotland and the second in Britain. The Orphanage opened on 30th November 1854 and the Asylum opened on 6th January 1855. In 1856 it's name was changed to Baldovan Asylum and it expanded it's operations after it received it's licence under the Lunacy Act of 1858, which legalised it's function as a home for children. It was found that contact with 'imbeciles' had a detrimental effect upon the orphans and so in 1867 the Orphanage moved to other premises and the Baldovan Asylum concentrated its efforts on the care and education of mentally handicapped children. By 1879 the number of children accommodated at the Asylum had increased to 70 and the site where the Administrative block now stands was acquired. By 1904 the Main Building wards were built and occupied by 160 children. The Mental Deficiency (Scotland) Act was passed in 1913, providing state supervision of mental defectives, which led to an increased demand for accommodation at Institutions like Baldovan. Between 1904 and 1932 further developments included another ward, staff residency, school facilities, a large Recreation Hall as well as occupational therapy and training in domestic, farm and garden work. In 1925 the Baldovan Institution Confirmation Act sanctioned the trustees to form an Incorporation with the counties of Aberdeen, Forfar (Angus), Kincardine and Perth to undertake the management of the hospital with provision for children of all four counties. In 1948 the running of the Hospital was transferred to the National Health Service. Subsequent developments included a change of name in 1959 to Strathmartine Hospital and major building works in 1963-1965, which saw the demolition of the original premises and the creation of new and improved facilities, including three new single storey wards and a swimming pool. Two new 25 bed wards were opened in 1980.
It was progressively decommissioned from the late 1980s, closing completely in 2003

Irvine Butterfield

  • Person
  • 1936-2009
Irvine Butterfield was an environmentalist, hillwalker and author of several books about mountains and the outdoor environment who took a significant role in the running of organisations with such interests in Scotland.
In 1970 Butterfield co-founded the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, and was a founder member of the John Muir Trust, set up in 1983, He was a co-founder and first president of the Munro Society and was a part of the successful campaign to extend the Cairngorms National Park further into Perthshire. He became a director of the John Muir Trust and was the fourth person to be given its Lifetime Achievement Award

Mark Rogers

  • Person

Mark Rogers was an artist who with Patrick Gallagher and Tony Husband founded Oink! magazine, a subversive and alternative kids' comic with broad appeal. It was published by Fleetway publications between 1986 and 1988, eventually merged with Buster. The founders went on to create the children's TV series Round the Bend.

There's an Oink! Facebook group which Tony Husband and some of the artists post on.

Bonar Long & Co. Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1936-1994
George Bonar, Managing Director of Low & Bonar, invited Tom Long, an electrical engineer, and his colleague, Henrik Rissik, to Dundee to launch their new company for manufacturing mercury arc rectifiers, transformers and electric arc welding equipment, at premises in part of the Baxter Brothers & Co. Ltd., Dundee factory, a subsidiary of Low and Bonar. The lease for the new company, Bonar Long & Co. Ltd, began in October 1936. In 1994 the company became part of ABB Power T&D Ltd, based in Aberdeen, maker of telegraph and telephone apparatus and equipment
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