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Mary Fix,
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Title: Mary Fix, "Ossie" Waffle and Nathan Phillips at the Orenda Plant, Malton
Identifier: MC0547
Date of Original Photo: ca 1957
Image Type: B&W Photo, 24x19 cm.
Subject: Fix, Mary McNulty

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Description: Mary Fix, H. O. ("Ossie") Waffle, Reeve of Etobicoke, and Nathan Phillips, Mayor of Toronto, visited the Orenda Plant in Malton, ca 1957. The photograph shows them with the Orenda Iroquois turbo engine, which was developed with Avro Canada for the CF-105 aircraft, the Avro Arrow. The Avro Arrow program was cancelled in 1959. Mary McNulty Fix was born in Ottawa in 1896. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1918 and became the first woman lawyer in Ottawa. As a woman lawyer she did not get important cases so she went into business and became a buyer for a clothing store in Ottawa. She married Albert Fix in 1931 and settled in Toronto Township, where, after her husband's death, she became interested in local politics. In 1953 she became Deputy-Reeve of Toronto Township (Anthony Adamson was elected Reeve), the first woman to enter politics in the township. She was elected Reeve in 1955 and re-elected in 1957, 1958 and 1959. In 1959 she became the first woman Warden of Peel County. She was also a member of the Library Board and a founding member of the Toronto Township Historical Society (now the Mississauga Heritage Foundation). She died in 1972 and left her property on Pinetree Way and Hurontario Street to the Town of Mississauga (now the City of Mississauga). Photo credit: Orenda # E15036. Description updated July 2019.
Agency: Mississauga Library System