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Adelaide Hunter Hoodless 1857-1910

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2010

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless

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Plaque Location

The County of Brant
On the north side of Blue Lake Road (Road 35)
west of Highway 24, street number 359

Coordinates: N 43 14.226 W 80 17.812


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Plaque Text

Adelaide Hunter was born in this farm house and lived here until she married John Hoodless in 1881. On February, 19, 1897, she organized at Stoney Creek the world's first Women's Institute. It was her belief that in this organization rural women could discuss their problems and work together to improve their standard of homemaking and citizenship. The movement spread rapidly throughout Ontario and later to the other provinces. Mrs. Hoodless, a natural leader and forceful speaker, introduced the teaching of domestic science into Ontario schools and obtained funds for the building of Macdonald Institute at Guelph.

Another plaque at this location
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless 1857-1910

Related Ontario plaques
First Women's Institute 1897
The Erland Lee Home and the First Women's Institute
Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada

Related Toronto plaque
National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC)



Brant County Plaques

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> Posted October 3, 2009
Comox Archives and Museum Society in Comox, B.C. is presenting an historical talk to the public in recognition of the 100th anniversary of BCWIs. In researching the history we came to realize very quickly the importance of the work Adelaide did and the accomplishments of the WI throughout the world. Congratulations!!
Pam Moughton, Family Historian/Genealogist, Comox Archives and Museum Society

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