A Ring to be Treasured

The Martin H. Ainley Archive Centre Collection is not static. In fact, over the years, through donations, we have received some fantastic records/artifacts from our alumni and members of their families. Such is the case with the recent acquisition of a St. John's College School Ring. It once was the property of Mr. John (James) Alexander Fraser '35, and kindly donated by his grand-son, Mr. James Fraser. There is a long history of this family's association with the School. The senior Fraser had two sons, John Fraser ’69 and William Fraser ’70, who attended St. Johns-Ravenscourt School. It is appreciated that the family has parted with this heirloom. This ring is indeed a treasure as the Archive does not contain one like it. Thus, it is of great importance as a gap has been filled in our Collection.

Mr. John Alexander Fraser '35 attended SJCS from 1928-1935. He was affiliated with West House and, in fact served as Vice-Captain. Heavily involved in sports, Mr. Fraser was a participant in track and field and played hockey and rugby. Regarding the latter, The Black and Gold Yearbook states that he was the "best kicker" in the League. While in the Cadet Corps he received a medal in Junior Physical Drill. A patriot, Mr. Fraser served in World War Two, specifically in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Please visit the War Memorial in Hamber Dining Hall where his name is proudly displayed.

Should members of the community like to view this ring, please contact the Archivist at CGrabish@sjr.mb.ca.
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.