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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 98-020


Rev. M.A. Farrar fonds. Additions. -- 1850-1872. -- 12 cm of textual records and other materials.

Biography / History

The Reverend Michael Andrews Farrar was born in England in 1814. He died in Hastings, Ontario in 1876. He was a Church of England rector in Westwood, Norwood, and Hastings, Ontario, and was an accomplished artist.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Ms. Rachel Grover before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists a diary (1863-1864) of M.A. Farrar and 12 drawings, etchings, watercolours and sketches by M.A. Farrar, genealogical information re the Farrar family, and photographs of Farrar and family members.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Includes 14 photographs, 5 photonegatives, 5 engravings, 3 watercolours, 11 drawings, 1 book of pencil sketches, and 2 lithographs.

This fonds was donated by Rachel Grover.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds is an addition to 89-1063.

For related records see: 69-001, 74-003, and 95-1017.

Outsized materials located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 37. One of the items is framed.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folder 1: Farrar Diary, Westwood, Asphodel, Canada West, January 1, 1863 to February 26, 1864

Folder 2: Transcript of Diary (annotated)

Folder 3: Assorted photocopies of documents relating to Farrar including an account of his brief tenure as headmaster at Swansea Grammar School in 1860 just before he emigrated to Canada West and a new life as a clergyman; also includes genealogical information

Folder 4: Photocopy of an entry for Farrar in the Commemorative Biographical Record (1907)

Folder 5: Photoreproductions of Farrar paintings (water colour, near Brecon, Wales, ca. 1850 and sketch of mills and bridge in Westwood, C.W. 1864)

Folder 6: Photocopies of 3 Farrar drawings, Wales, ca.1850 (forwarded by Marion Sullivan)

Folder 7: Photocopy of Farrar woodcut from Canadian Illustrated News "View On Rice Lake, Ontario" by M.A.F. accompanied by 3 negatives of same

Folder 8: Photocopy of article from Hastings Star by Helen Marryat (May 24, 1951) regarding M.A.F.

Folder 9: Newspaper clippings regarding Henry Peregrine Leader, son of M.A.F. son-in-law Henry Leader and daughter Caroline Farrar Leader

Folder 10: Photocopies of 2 letters written by Stewart McGregor Powel to his parents (1856 and 1857)

Folder 11: Photocopies of 2 items from Journal of the Incorporated Synod of the Church of England

Folder 12: Photocopies of letters of M.A.F. to wife Bessie; photocopy letters from Rev. Thomas Powel to wife Charlotte

Folder 14: Five engravings (not by M.A.F.) of Wales

Folder 15: Book of pencil sketches by M.A.F.

Folder 16: Prayer written by M.A.F. and typescript of same

Folder 17: Genealogical charts and notations regarding Farrar family

Folder 18: Farrar family photographs: Stuart Farrar (tintype); General Leader (grandson of M.A.F.); Charlotte Isabel Farrar; Church of England, Hastings; Flora Powel (Mrs. Charles Farrar); Charlotte McGregor Powel; Mrs. Bessie Farrar; Michael Andrews Farrar; Michael Andrews Farrar; Michael Andrews Farrar; Stuart Farrar; William Farrar; 3 negatives of above

Folder 19: Early pencil sketch still life by M.A.F.

Folder 20: The Elements of Aerial Perspective by Wyke Bayliss (London: Reeves and Sons, 1855)

Folder 21: Photocopy of article by T.C. Clarke "The Action of the Ice Upon the Bridge at Rice Lake" Canadian Journal (June, 1855)

Folder 22: Biographical notes regarding Frederick William Farrar

Folder 23: Photocopied letters of David Powel (brother of Mrs. M.A.F.)

Folder 24: Miscellaneous notes and photocopied articles



1. Sepia-toned watercolour of abbey ruins by M.A.F.

2. Original pencil drawing, unidentified English (?) town with railway and large domed building

3. Lithograph (Brown and Bautz, Hamilton, Ontario) "Hastings on the Trent" by M.A.F.

4. Pencil drawing, the Roman Catholic Church and Entrance to Norwood [Ontario] from the West, by M.A.F. 1872. Very fragile condition

5. Pencil drawing of Westwood, C.W. ca. 1860 by M.A.F. showing the post office, Mr. John Powel's house, the Powel-Farrar house

6. Small (4"X6") pencil drawing of Farnley Hall, Otley, U.K. by M.A.F.

7. Pencil drawing by M.A.F. "By Crystal Stream Aug. 25 1870 Looking North"

8. Four pencil drawings by M.A.F. while on an English walking tour:

"At Northleigh, Oxon, July 24, 1853"

"Finstock Chapel of Ease, July 20, 1853"

"Combury July 20 /53"

"Combury House, Wychwood June 29, 1853"

9. Pencil drawing highlighted with watercolour of "Eagle Tower, Carnarvon" by M.A.F., 1870

10. Watercolour of J. Powel house, Westwood, C.W. ca 1860 by M.A.F. Damaged. Fragile

11. Watercolour "On the Thames" by M.A.F.

12. Lithograph (Brown and Bautz, Hamilton, Ontario "Paris, Ont. Lower Town from the Central School" by M.A.F.

13. Photoreproduction of unidentified scene

14. Photoreproduction

15. Photoreproduction of view of Galt, Ontario from the Canadian Illustrated News