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Denny La Nauze fonds

[ca. 1908-1940s]

Physical Description:
788 photographs. -- 12.5 cm of textual records

Charles Deering "Denny" La Nauze, 1888-1952, was born in Ireland. He joined the Royal North-West Mounted Police in 1908 in Calgary, Alberta and was posted for three years in Medicine Hat followed by a term at Athabasca Landing. He was part of the contingent that attended the coronation of King George V in 1911. La Nauze was promoted to commissioned rank in 1914 and the next year was dispatched to the North to arrest the murderers of two Catholic priests, Fathers Rouvière and LeRoux. He was accompanied by constables James E. F. Wight and Wyndham V. M. B. Bruce - they eventually charged two Inuit Sinnisiak and Uluksuk (Uloqsaq) with the killings. La Nauze was then loaned to the Dominion Parks Branch as the Mounted Police representative on a committee drafting a new Game Act. During the First World War he served overseas as a Lieutenant in the Fort Garry Horse. Following the creation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920 La Nauze was the first inspector in charge of the Maritime Provinces command in Halifax where he served until 1928. After training at Scotland Yard he was transferred, first to Toronto and then in 1930 to Banff. In 1932 La Nauze was promoted to Superintendent and he returned to Halifax. Two years later, in 1934 he was given command of O Division in Toronto. A year later he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and transferred to Ottawa as Supply Officer. In 1938 he was given command of A Division, followed a year later by command of F Division in Regina. He entertained the King and Queen during their visit to Regina in 1939 and retired in 1944. La Nauze became a police magistrate in Lacombe, Alberta, a position he held until moving to Calgary in 1948. At the time of his death he was called "the best-known policeman on the force" due to the strength of his personality and his many friendships, as well as from the many articles he wrote in Mounted Police and other publications. Denny La Nauze and his wife Isabella "Bella", 1898-1975, had four children, William Mansfield, 1921-1994, Edith Ellie (Ward, later McDermott), 1923-1997, Katherine Anna (Keoughan, later Little) 1926-2007, and George Deering, 1930-1996. For further information see British Law and Arctic Men : The Celebrated 1917 Murder Trials of Sinnisiak and Uluksuk, first Inuit tried under white man's law / R.G. Moyles. -- Saskatoon : Western Producer Prairie Books, 1979; Bloody Falls of the Coppermine / McKay Jenkins. -- New York : Random House, 2005; and "Denny La Nauze and the Rouviere-Le Roux murders" in Coppermine : The Far North of George M. Douglas / by Enid Mallory ; foreword by Frances Douglas. -- Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, 1989, chapter 11.

Custodial History:
The photo albums were auctioned at Auction House Heinze about 2009 and purchased by Aquila Books of Calgary before coming to Glenbow.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of extensive photograph albums of La Nauze's police and military careers in the north, Alberta, Ontario, and the Maritimes. Also includes views of his family in Ireland, a trip to Baghdad, and photos of his wife and children. The fonds also consists of his Mounted Police and Canadian Expeditionary Force diaries; memoir of Great Bear Lake patrol; his article "Murder in the Arctic" (1929); article on the Bathurst Inlet patrol; "A History of the La Nauze family" (including a biography of his father Thomas La Nauze's mounted police career); and other articles, obituaries and notes re Mounted Police activities.

Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from Aquila Books and gifts of Patricia La Nauze and Scott Ward, 2013.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9581, PA-3969, PA-3979, PD-395

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