Lawyer, politician and author Ernest Shilston Watkins was born in Liverpool, England, on June 18, 1902. Graduated in 1922 from the
University of Liverpool with an LL.B. (Honours). Joined Law
Society of London in 1923; practised law until 1939. Member of the
Stepney Borough Council, 1932-1935, and member of the Council of
the University Settlement Association, 1930-1938. Both assistant
editor and legal correspondent for The Economist and news
commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation, 1945-1954.
Emigrated to Canada in 1954 and continued his legal and political
associations, being a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the
Alberta Crimes Compensation Board. Progressive Conservative
Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, 1957-1963.
Publications include No depression in Iceland (1942), According to
plan (1945), Blessed plot (1946), Cautious Revolution (1950),
Prospect of Canada (1954) and R.B. Bennett (1963). Died in 1982.
Fonds consists of personal and business correspondence; legal documents; financial records; photographs; political speeches; transcripts of radio broadcasts; research material; manuscripts and/or galleys of articles, plays, short stories, novels and books of prose; and miscellaneous material.
Acquired in 1977, 1981, 1990. 1990 accessions, from the E. S. Watkins estate, donated by Mrs. Jenny Watkins-Almond.
Text in English.
No restrictions on access.
File level inventory available at repository.
Additional archival material relating to Ernest S. Watkins located at Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta.
Acc 120/77.8, 278/81.22, 469/90.9, 479/90.19