British War Brides – the settlement issues the brides faced by Chelsea Barranger

November 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
St. James United Church
306 Parkside Dr
Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0

Chelsea is a 4th year PhD candidate at McMaster University.  Her dissertation focuses on the postwar settlement and adaptation of British war brides in Ontario and Quebec. From 1942 to 1946 some 48,000 war brides immigrated to Canada. Despite this sudden influx of immigration into Canada (which at the time represented the largest movement of people to Canada since the First World War), very little has actually been written about these women or their experiences to date. Typically, most of the work on this topic has predominately focused on the transcription of the personal and war experiences of these women. She seeks to insert British war brides into a larger discussion of the postwar histories of Canadian immigration and national identity.

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