John Hudspitt Turner fonds. — 1930, 1933.
7 p. of textual records.

Biographical Sketch:

Jack (John Hudspitt) Turner (1905-1947) was trained at the B.C.M.S. College, Bristol, England.  He was ordained deacon and priest in Canada in 1929.  He was a B.C.M.S. missionary at Pond Inlet, NWT (1929-1945) and Moffett Inlet, NWT (1945-1947) in the Diocese of the Arctic. He was involved with translation of portions of the Prayer Book and the Bible into Eastern Arctic Eskimo.  Turner was Honorary Canon of the Arctic, 1939-1947.  He died December 6, 1947 after a tragic gun accident and dramatic rescue mission documented in Operation Canon, by Maurice S. Flint.

Custodial History:

Acquired from Frank J. Petrie.

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists photocopies of two holograph letters written by Turner from Ponds Inlet, Baffin Land to F.J. Petrie, concerning his work in the north.

Notes:

Title based on contents of fonds.

Related fonds:

Diocese of the Arctic fonds

General Notes:

GSA holds microfilm copies of the Canon John Turner Diaries, 1928-1946 (Mf 70-1)

GSA has publications by and about J.H. Turner in the historical library.

Repository:

Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.

Personal Names:

  • Turner, John Hudspitt, 1905-1947
  • Petrie, Frank J.

Corporate Names:

Bible Churchmen’s Missionary Society (B.C.M.S.).

Subjects:

Arctic regions.

Geographic Names:

Baffin Island (N.W.T.).

Accession numbers:  M82-1