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Accession Number: 97-016


Judge John de Navarre Kennedy fonds. -- 1952-1978. -- 20 cm of textual records and other material.

Biography / History

Judge John de Navarre Kennedy, son of Gilbert and Alice Kennedy, was born on May 31, 1888 in London, England. He graduated from Cambridge University with a B.A. in 1909. In 1914, Kennedy married Elsie Margaret Pinks and they had one daughter, Anne Macomb (Mrs. Dudas). In 1970, after the death of his first wife, Kennedy married Marjorie Helen Troop. Kennedy was called to the Bar in B.C. in 1918, and in Ontario in 1921. He practised with the law firm Manning, Mortimer and Kennedy in Toronto. Judge Kennedy held the position of judge in the Court of Peterborough from 1952-1963. Kennedy was well-known for his work in the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies where he was president, and in the Humane Trap Development Committee where he was chairman. He was also involved in several recreational activities, such as painting in watercolours, exhibiting his works at the Roy Canadian Academy, National Gallery of Canada. Kennedy is author of "In the Shadow of Cheka", "Crime in Reverse", "Aids to Jury Charges", and several other books and publications. He was also the editor of Chitty's Law Journal. In 1978 Kennedy received the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Kennedy died December 3, 1979.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Marjorie Kennedy before it was donated to Trent University Archives via Anne L. Dudas.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of typescripts of "Aids to Jury Charges (Criminal)" and "Aids to the Small Claims Court Acts" written by Judge Kennedy. Also included are miscellaneous documents regarding the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and the Humane Killing Trap Development Committee; various certificates and appointments; a Judge Kennedy portrait; a photo of Judge Kennedy and Harry Deyman in the opening ceremonies procession at Trent University; and one photo of a courtroom scene with Judge Kennedy.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Includes 1 portrait, 1 watercolour, 2 photographs.

This fonds was donated by Anne L. Dudas.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Correspondence concerning the translation of "Aids to Jury Charges (Criminal)" into French, 1975 - 1976

2: First draft of "Aids to the Small Claims Court Acts", 1976

3: "When the war had nearly ended and victory for the Allies was in sight. ..." - typescript [could be part of one of his novels]

4: Photograph of the procession for the Opening Ceremonies in Trent University, Oct 17 - 18, 1964. Judge Kennedy with Judge Harry Deyman

5: "Aids to Jury Charges (criminal)" by J.De N. Kennedy, 1974

6: Humane Killing Trap Development Committee: minutes, correspondence, financial documents, newspaper clippings, 1969 - 1970

7: Same as above, 1969 - 1977

8: Canadian Federation of Humane Societies: minutes, correspondence, administrative documents, etc., 1968 - 1970

9: Same as above, 1968 - 1977

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 37

1: Watercolour by Marjorie Kennedy of a white owl with a chick
Note: In 2015, an additional watercolour of an owl by Marjorie Kennedy was added to this fonds. This work was formerly part of the Trent University Art Collection and had been accessioned as 2001.034.1.

2: Poster for M. Kennedy's exhibit in the Art Loft Galleries, Peterborough; also poster for M. Kennedy's exhibit at the Ironwood Gallery, Trent University

3: Certificate of merit from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, April 10, 1964 for J. De N. Kennedy

4: Same as above, May 30, 1975

5: Life membership in the John Howard Society of Ontario, April 29, 1964, for J. De N. Kennedy

6: Honorary appointment for J. De N. Kennedy to the Council in Ontario, December 16, 1948

7: Certificate of appointment of J. De N. Kennedy as Judge of the County Court of Peterborough in the Province of Ontario, recorded July 3, 1952. Has seal of Canada affixed and signature of Vincent Massey

8: Certificate of appointment of J. De N. Kennedy as Local Judge of the High Court of Justice for Ontario, recorded July 3, 1952. Has seal of Canada affixed and signature of Vincent Massey

9: Photograph of undated courtroom scene with Judge J. De N. Kennedy

10: Watercolour portrait of J. De N. Kennedy by Gordon R. Wilson, 1978