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Accession Number: 89-1062


Susanna Moodie fonds. Additions. -- 31 August 1875. -- 1 watercolour.

Biography / History

Susanna Moodie (nee Strickland) was born at Bungay in England on December 6, 1803. Susanna started writing early in her life along with her family of which Catharine Parr Traill and Samuel Strickland were members. She produced sketches of Suffolk life for "La Belle Assemblee" from 1827 to 1828. She moved to London in 1831 where she met John Wedderburn Dunbar Moodie at the Anti-Slavery Society's secretary's home. She wrote two articles for the Society entitled "The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave" and "Negro Slavery Described by a Negro" both in 1831. In 1831 she also wrote "Enthusiasm: and other Poems". She married J.W. Dunbar Moodie in 1831 and they emigrated to Canada with their eldest child the following year. They had six children. They tried farming in two different locations in Upper Canada before moving to Belleville where Dunbar Moodie became Sheriff of Victoria District. Susanna continued to write. She wrote for the "Literary Garland" of Montreal. She also published numerous pieces of a romantic nature in Britain and Canada. In Canada and about Canada she published "Roughing it in the Bush" in 1852, "Life in the Clearings" in 1853 and "Flora Lyndsay" in 1854. After Dunbar Moodie died in 1869 Susanna moved to Toronto until her death on April 8, 1885. (Taken from: "The Canadian Encyclopedia." Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers Ltd., 1985.)

Custodial History

The item remained with the descendants of the Moodie family until it was donated to Trent University by Mrs. Graeme Gorrie of Anna Maria Island, Florida, U.S.A. in 1964.

Scope and Content

This item is a watercolour of chrysanthymums which was "designed from nature" and dedicated "To dear Victor with grandmother's kind love". This watercolour was painted by Susanna Moodie.


Title based on content of watercolour.

The watercolour is encapsulated in mylar.

This watercolour was donated by Mrs. Graeme Gorrie of Florida.

Restrictions: N

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada.

This item is an addition to 69-1001. Additional paintings were received in 2010: see 11-004.

For related records see: 74-003, 83-1021, 93-1013 and 96-008.

In 2011, two photographic reproductions were made of this watercolour. One is located with the original in the stacks and one has been framed for display purposes; the framed copy is located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 53.