Canadine, Sybil (Part 1 of 7). National Life Stories
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Coaching and teaching sports; Swimming
Canadine, Sybil, 1897- (speaker, female)
Abrams, Rebecca (speaker, female)
Part 1: Sybil Madeleine Pettifer Canadine (SC), born 17th of August 1897. Early childhood: born in Hythe, Kent; father, Edmund Geard, the curate at Sittingbourne. His father a landed gentleman and merchant, also called Edmund Geard, and eventually drowned at sea. Mother was called Mary Veazey (but always called Polly) and related as far back as the third Earl de Vesci. c.1900 family move to London and take a house in Grove Park, Camberwell. Father is now Chaplain of St. Giles Hospital. Earliest memory is standing in Camberwell Green for the Relief of Mafeking, aged three. Describes early importance of religion and day-to-day life at home. Travelled to school with older brother, Edmund (died c. 1980). Love of mathematics. Description of house, relationship with parents and with nanny, Florence. 1909: founding of Boy Scouts by Baden Powell, and founding her own group of Girl Scouts from school friends and factory girls; learning the Scout code and syllabus; going to Peckham Rye on Saturday afternoons to practise building fires, tracking and other activities.
Interview with Sybil Canadine