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Finding Aid - George A. Gale fonds (PF208)

George A. Gale fonds

1906-1996
 
57.5 cm of textual records
77 photographs : b&w and col. ; 23 x 60 cm or smaller
2 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm and 6.5 x 4.5 cm
5 artifacts

 
Biographical Sketch
George Alexander Gale was born in Quebec City on 24 June 1906, son of Robert Henry Gale (later the mayor of Vancouver) and Elma Gertrude Read. After the Gale family relocated to Vancouver, Gale attended Prince of Wales High School between 1920 and 1925. He then enrolled in University College at the University of Toronto, where he served as vice-president of the college's Literary and Athletic Society in 1928 and treasurer of the University College executive in 1929. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a BA in 1929, Gale enrolled at Osgoode Hall Law School. He articled with Donald, Mason, White and Foulds in Toronto and was called to the Bar in June 1932. Gale was admitted to partnership in the firm of Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Gale in 1944 and made a King's Counsel in 1945. Gale remained with the firm until 28 October 1946, when he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario, at the time believed to be the youngest person appointed to that position. He was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Justice for Ontario on 2 July 1964 and then Chief Justice of Ontario on 25 September 1967. He retired from the bench on 29 December 1976. Gale was appointed vice-chairman of the Ontario Law Reform Commission on 1 March 1977.

In addition to his work as a lawyer and judge, Gale served on a variety of committees and boards, including the board of governors of the Ecumenical Foundation of Canada, the Ontario Advisory Committee on Confederation, the board of management of Beverley Lodge, the executive committee of the Canadian Judicial Council, the board of governors of Wycliffe College, the board of governors of Upper Canada College, and the Judicial Council for Provincial Judges. He was a honourary lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, a warden at St. John's York Mills Anglican Church, a honourary president of the Ontario Curling Association, and a honourary member of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. He was also a member of the Lawyers' Club of Toronto, the University Club, the Toronto Curling Club, the York Club, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and Phi Delta Phi.

Gale was made a companion of the Order of Canada on 11 July 1977 and received honourary Doctor of Laws degrees from McMaster University (1978), York University (1979), and the University of Windsor (1980).

George Gale died in Toronto on 25 July 1997.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and maintained by George Gale. The majority of the records relate to his career as a lawyer and judge, however, some items pertain to his personal and family life. The fonds includes scrapbooks, certificates, published writings, photographs, speeches, and artifacts.
 
Restrictions
No restrictions on access.
 

PF208-1 Certificates and memorabilia

[1929?], 1945-1996
 
4.5 cm of textual records
17 photographs : b&w and col. ; 23.7 x 35.3 cm or smaller
2 photographs : b&w negatives ; 35 mm and 6.5 x 4.5 cm
5 artifacts

Scope and Content
Series consists of items accumulated by George Gale pertaining to events in his career as a lawyer and judge as well as his honours and awards. Items in the series include biographical sketches, photographs, certificates and awards, newspaper articles, correspondence, programmes, and artifacts such as a plaque, a medallion, a coin and Gale's office name plate.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012018-001 Biography and pictures. -- 1950, [1970?]-1983
2012018-002 "Chief Justice Gale" name plate. -- [ca. 1964]
2012018-003 Commemorative coin honouring the 10th anniversary of the Order of Canada. – 1977
2012018-004 Commission appointing George Alexander Gale to be one of His Majesty's Counsel learned in the law for the Province of Ontario. -- 20 Nov. 1945
2012018-005 Gale Cup Moot Competition 1993 programme and letter from Robert Gale. – 1993
2012018-006 Letter and newspaper clipping regarding a Simcoe County Law Association dinner honouring George Gale. -- 1976, 1992
2012018-007 McMaster University Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) degree and address. -- 1 Nov. 1968
2012018-008 Menu from a dinner honouring the Chief Justice of Canada, the Honourable John Robert Cartwright. -- 17 Nov. 1967
2012018-009 Order of Canada. -- 1978-1987
2012018-010 Osgoode Hall Law School wooden plaque. -- [between 1950 and 1969]
2012018-011 Osgoode Hall - miscellaneous. -- 1977, 1991
2012018-012 The Supreme Court of Canada 1875-1975 medallion. – 1975
2012018-013 University of Toronto badge. -- [1929?]
2012018-014 University of Windsor Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) certificate issued to George Gale. -- 31 May 1980
2012018-015 University of Windsor honourary degree: programme and photographs. -- 31 May 1980
2012018-016 Weir & Foulds firm history. – 1983
2012018-017 York University Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) certificate issued to George Gale. – 1979
2012018-103 Order of Canada certificate. -- 11 July 1977
2013030-001 Certificate appointing George Alexander Gale as Chief Justice of Ontario. -- 6 Oct. 1967
2013030-002 Letter from Willam G. Davis to George A. Gale on the 30th anniversary of his appointment to the bench. -- 31 May 1976
2013030-003 90th birthday greetings. -- 24 June 1996
 

PF208-2 Photographs

[197-], 1973, 1976-1977
43 photographs : b&w and col. ; 23 x 60 cm or smaller

Scope and Content
Series consists of portrait photographs of George Gale and photographs of Gale and others at social events, including a ceremony commemorating Gale's retirement from the bench and the Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Osgoode Hall.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012018-12P Photograph of drawing of George Gale. -- [197-?]
2012018-13P Photographs of George Gale. -- 2 Dec. 1976
2012018-14P Photographs of George Gale and others at a dinner honouring his 30 years on the bench. -- 30 Oct. 1976
2012018-15P Photographs of George Gale and others at a Lawyers' Club dinner. -- [1976 or 1977]
2013030-01P Photographs of George A. Gale and Queen Elizabeth II at Osgoode Hall. -- 26 June 1973
2013030-02P Photograph of a bust of George A. Gale sculpted by Kenneth Jarvis. – 1976
2013030-03P Photograph of George A. Gale receiving the Order of Canada. -- 11 July 1977
2013030-04P Photograph of Osgoode Hall. -- [192-?]
 

PF208-3 Publications

1953, 1956-1957, 1965
2.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of published articles written by George Gale about a variety of legal subjects.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012018-018 The Florida Bar journal (vol. xxxi, no. 6). -- June 1957
2012018-019 Insurance Counsel journal, fall issue (vol. xxiii, no. 4). -- Oct. 1956
2012018-020 Law a hundred years hence (an address delivered by Chief Justice Gale on November 13, 1964 in Toronto). -- Apr. 1965
2012018-021 Michigan State Bar journal (vol. 32, no. 9). -- Sept. 1953
2012018-022 Michigan State Bar journal (vol. 32, no. 11). -- Nov. 1953
 

PF208-4 Scrapbooks

1906-1982
22.5 cm of textual records
17 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm or smaller

Scope and Content
Series consists of three scrapbooks maintained by George Gale and/or his office staff. The contents of the scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, letters and cards, photographs and other ephemeral items dating from Gale's early childhood to the end of his professional career, but mainly pertaining to his activities and accomplishments as a judge.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012018-023 Scrapbook. -- 1906-1969
2012018-024 Scrapbook. -- 1964-1976
2012018-025 Scrapbook. -- 1976-1982
 

PF208-5 Speeches

[1950?]-1979
28 cm of textual records 

Scope and Content
Series consists of speeches given by George Gale between on a variety of legal subjects at meetings of professional organizations, conferences, call to the Bar ceremonies, Opening of the Courts ceremonies, schools, clubs and churches. Included in the series is an index of the speeches.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
2012018-026 Speeches, correspondence re:. -- 1964-1971, 1979
2012018-027 Index of speeches. -- [ca. 1979]
2012018-028 Miscellaneous stories, jokes. -- 1953, 1958
2012018-029 "Evidence at trial": address to Attorney General's Department. – 1954
2012018-030 "Religion and the law": St. John's Church, York Mills. – 1955
2012018-031 "A look at the courts in Canada": 29th annual convention, International Association of Insurance Counsel at the Greenbrier. -- July 1956
2012018-032 Opening of the courts, Montreal. – 1956
2012018-033 "The responsibilities of the lawyer": Osgoode Hall Inn of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. -- 5 Feb. 1958
2012018-034 "The future of students": Niagara Falls (high school). – 1958
2012018-035 "Courts of Canada": 6th Judicial District of U.S. Federal Courts, Cincinnati. – 1958
2012018-036 "Sermon": Brampton Reformatory. – 1959
2012018-037 "Competition from other sciences - how to combat it": Hamilton Lawyers' Club. -- Oct. 1959
2012018-038 "Photographs in court": Press Club. -- 1959-1960
2012018-039 "Rules of evidence": medical lectures. -- 1955-1963
2012018-040 "Courts of Canada": Osgoode Hall. -- Sept. 1964
2012018-041 "Courts of Canada": dentists. -- May 1964
2012018-042 Retirement - Hon. D.P.J. Kelly. -- 12 Nov. 1964
2012018-043 "Advocacy": U. of T. Law School. -- Oct. 1964
2012018-044 Law a hundred years hence: an address delivered by Chief Justice Gale on November 13, 1964 in Toronto. -- [1965?]
2012018-045 "Personal v. community freedoms": County of York Law Association. – 1964
2012018-046 "Ladies in the law": Canadian Bar Association, Niagara Falls. -- 4 Feb. 1965
2012018-047 Welcome to Osgoode Hall Law School: Obiter Dicta. – 1965
2012018-048 "Developments in the criminal law": Harvard Associates. -- June 1965
2012018-049 The new courthouse: Lawyers' Club. -- 30 Sept. 1965
2012018-050 "Law of marriage": Women's Law Association. -- 11 Dec. 1965
2012018-051 Stories, including "Horse thief": Ontario sheriffs, Peterborough. -- 7 Jan. 1966
2012018-052 Introduction of Chief Justice Challies: Lawyers' Club. -- 10 Jan. 1966
2012018-053 "Courts of Canada": Rotary Club. -- 19 Feb. 1966
2012018-054 "Contempt of court": County Court Judges Association. -- 28 Apr. 1966
2012018-055 "Personal v. community freedoms": Queen's University. – 1966
2012018-056 "The future of St. John's": St. John's Anglican Church York Mills, 150th anniversary. -- 22 Sept. 1966
2012018-057 Openings of new court houses: Brampton, Kitchener, Toronto, Walkerton, Whitby. -- 1966-1967
2012018-058 Opening of the courts in Jan.. -- 1965-1967
2012018-059 "Accelerating trials": Hamilton Lawyers' Club. -- 5 Oct. 1966
2012018-060 Lord Parker dinner. -- 29 Apr. 1967
2012018-061 "Changes in the criminal law": University of Toronto Schools, Old Boys Association. -- 25 Oct. 1967
2012018-062 5th annual Brotherhood award dinner. -- 19 Feb. 1968
2012018-063 "Changes in the law": mid-winter meeting of the Canadian Bar Association, Royal York Hotel. -- 3 Feb. 1968
2012018-064 "Changes in the law": Nova Scotia Bar. -- June 1968
2012018-065 Lord Denning dinner. -- 12 Apr. 1969
2012018-066 Appointments to the bench. -- 1969-1970
2012018-067 "Changes in the law": Alberta Law Society. -- May 1969
2012018-068 Calls to the Bar. -- 1967-1975
2012018-069 "The conduct of a trial": County Court Judges luncheon. -- 9 Apr. 1969
2012018-070 "The role of the courts": Annandale High School, Canadian Affairs. -- 24 Oct. 1969
2012018-071 Funerals. -- 23 May 1967
2012018-072 "The changing law": Chartered Life Underwriters. -- 13 Nov. 1969
2012018-073 "Privileged communications": Windsor Medical Legal Assn.. -- 15 Nov. 1969
2012018-074 Swearing-in of Chief Judge Bennett, County Court: court room #20. -- 12 Dec. 1969
2012018-075 Reply to a toast "to the law": Dominion Conference on Crime, Hart House, June 1965. -- 31 May 1965
2012018-076 Law school lecture. -- [196-?]
2012018-077 "Rules of evidence": Compensation Board - Walkerton. -- 27 Aug. 1970
2012018-078 "Sentencing": law enforcement alumni of Seneca College. -- 22 Nov. 1970
2012018-079 "There is a justice in Canada": County Court judges. -- 22 Apr. 1971
2012018-080 "The problem of television in the courtroom": provincial judges. -- 25 Jan. 1974
2012018-081 "Sentencing": Rotary Clubs of Southampton, Port Elgin & Paisley. -- 1975, 1978
2012018-082 "Appellate judicial function": Queen's University. -- 25 Mar. 1975
2012018-083 "Chief Scout's award": Boy Scouts, Guelph. -- 31 May 1975
2012018-084 Swearing in ceremonies (judges). -- 1974-1976
2012018-085 Retiring judges. – 1975
2012018-086 Barrie dinner: dinner honouring CJO - 30 years on the bench. -- 31 May 1976
2012018-087 Metropolitan Toronto Legal Secretaries Association: Park Plaza Hotel, Toronto. -- 5 Oct. 1976
2012018-088 Gale 30th anniversary dinner: Prince Hotel, Toronto. -- 30 Oct. 1976
2012018-089 Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. -- 10 Nov. 1976
2012018-090 Benchers dinner honouring C.J.O.. – 1976
2012018-091 Last sitting: Thursday, December 23, 1976. -- 23 Dec. 1976
2012018-092 Lawyers' Club dinner. -- 10 Jan. 1977
2012018-093 Judges retirement dinner, Osgoode Hall. -- 26 Feb. 1977
2012018-094 "Appellate judicial function": Queen's University. -- 31 Mar. 1977
2012018-095 "The work of law reform": Advocates Society, Bermuda. -- Apr. 1977
2012018-096 Rules Committee dinner. -- 27 May 1977
2012018-097 "The work of law reform": Toronto Business and Prof. Women's Club. -- 13 Oct. 1977
2012018-098 Phi Delta Phi: "Reminiscences of the former CJO". -- 25 Oct. 1977
2012018-099 "Reminiscences": Hamilton Rotary Club. -- 9 Mar. 1978
2012018-100 "Reminiscences": St. Catharines Rotary Club. -- 31 May 1979
2012018-101 John Robinette 50th anniversary of call to the Bar: Advocates' Society. -- 22 June 1979
2012018-102 Trial notes and addresses. -- [between 1950 and 1970]
 
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