Call Number: Mss 236, Pc 230, A.06-54
Title: Hluschak Family fonds.
Extents: 1.5 cm of textual records and 14 photographs.
Biographical sketch: Biographical Sketch: John
and Wasyl (Bill) were brothers who immigrated to Winnipeg from Ukraine
as young men. Ella (nee Kolytolo) was born in Winnipeg of immigrant
parents. John and Ella met and married in Winnipeg. Eugene was their
only child. John emigrated first in the late 1920’s and worked
as a blacksmith in the CPR yards. He was also an extremely talented
gunsmith and inventor. In his retirement years he worked at Assiniboia
Downs as a masseur for jockeys. Wasyl came later to Canada and established
a tailor shop on Selkirk Avenue. His shop became a favorite gathering
place for men in the neighborhood. In the 1940’s he contracted
Tuberculosis and spent several years in a sanatorium in the South
Western United States. Ella developed skill as a seamstress and
sewed wedding dresses for a local dress shop. In later years, she
became a dietary supervisor at the Victoria General Hospital. Eugene
spent his formative years in the North end of Winnipeg. He went
on to study History and Anthropology at the University of Manitoba.
Upon graduation, he was employed in the correctional system in Manitoba,
and later in Social Work in Winnipeg, before embarking on a career
in travel writing. His travels took him all over the world –South
East Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean. Wasyl
died in the early 1970’s; Ella in 1983 and John in 1989. Eugene
met an early death at the age of 54 in 2004. The family set a remarkable
example of hard work, ability and determination to succeed.
Custodial history: The accession A.06-54 was donated
to the Archives & Special Collections by Dr. Cynthia Cameron
in 2006. Dr. Cameron is the wife of the late Eugene Hluschak. Dr.
Cameron is a senior scholar with the Faculty of Nursing, University
Scope and content: The fonds consists of Cloakmakers'
Union correspondence- announcements (International Ladies' Garment
workers' Union); material related to the Ukrainian Mutual Benefit
Association of St. Nicholas and St. Peter; a program of the First
Ukrainian Canadian Congress (1943); various programs of Ukrainian
cultural events (1939); and Photograph Collection.
Restrictions on use: No restrictions on Use.
Restrictions on access: No restrictions on Access.
Accruals: Further accruals expected.