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18 Portugal Street, Harper House

History of 18 Portugal Street

1913:

Miss C Lett

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1918:

Irene Marguerite Keane, wife of Hugo Alfred Harper. Hugo died in 1918.

Hugo served as a 2nd Lt. with the Seaforth Highlanders and was killed at Bethune in France on 15th April 1918.

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1919: Irene set up the Harper House library. It came to have the largest Empire Library after that of the Royal Empire Society.

She complete a BA at Cambridge in 1925 and an MA in 1928 with a thesis on the history of Fort Edmonton 1835-1905.

From 1936 she organised annual Cambridge Empire conferences.

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1939:

Irene M Harper, b 1896, university lecturer (Ministry of Labour Registry Professional Services)

Hugo D H Harper, b 1918, university student

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1962:

Victor W Dunn

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