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Papers of Margaret Christie (née Campbell)

Identifier: Coll-2113

Scope and Contents

This fonds consists of papers and photographs of Margaret Christie née Campbell, covering the period from her service in the WAAF to the 1970s, possibly to the 1990s. There also is a brooch of the Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Education.

  1. Photograph album covering Margaret's adult life, from her war service in the WAAF, her service in the Middle East (including in Luxor, Egypt), her wedding to James Fortune Christie in 1948, their time in Malta in the early 1970s, and their time in Perth, Australia later in the 1970s. Also includes newspaper clippings.
  2. Loose photographs and advertisements showing Margaret Christie as a model during her time in Perth, Australia.
  3. Papers of Margaret Christie such as: extract entry of birth (1917), RAF service and release book (1946), marriage certificate (1948), CV covering 1922 to 1950, certificate of service from the Education Committee (1950), a letter from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Commonwealth Co-ordinating Council dated 22 August 1967, and a letter from the Royal Life Saving Society - Australia giving her a reference "as she is embarking on a world tour", to "assist her in making contact with various branches of the Society and kindred organizations wherever she visits", dated 11 October 1967.
  4. Brooch of the Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Education, dated 1939 and showing a spider with the motto "Efforts are Successes".


  • Creation: 1917-c 1990s


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Biographical / Historical

Margaret Christie (née Campbell) was born on 4 April 1917 in Dunfermline, the younger daughter of Isabella M. Campbell and William Campbell. She studied at the Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Education. During the Second World War, she joined the WAAFs in February 1942 where she worked as a physical training instructor, and she served in the Middle East as part of the first draft of the WAAF to go oversea. After being released from the WAAF in August 1946, she worked as a physical education teacher and married James Fortune Christie, an aircraft inspector, in July 1948. They spent some time in Malta, and then came to Perth, Australia where Margaret worked as a model while her husband managed a yacht club. She was a member of the Royal Life Saving Society (Australia) as an instructor and senior examiner. For her service, she was awarded the society's Honorary Associate Badge in 1957, the Recognition Badge in 1959 and the Bar to the Recognition Badge in 1963. She also ventured into horse racing as an owner.

Margaret Christie died at 79 in 1996 or 1997.


1 album

1 folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by one of Margaret's friends in May 2023. Accession no. SC-Acc-2024-0007.

Related Materials

The records of Dunfermline College of Physical Education itself can be found at EUA IN16 (catalogue not yet online, please contact repository for details).

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in April 2024.

Papers of Margaret Christie (née Campbell), c 1939-c 1990s
Aline Brodin
April 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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