Sapper George Herring, Margaret Anne Cunningham’s great grandfather and Royal Engineer ancestor of the New Westminster Herrings, was part of that persistent red line of British imperial authority that in the mid- and late 19th Century ran around the world. From Shanghai and Hong Kong in China, through India, Africa and the Middle East via the Suez Canal, to North America, London held sway over a quarter of the globe’s continental surface. As the saying went, the sun never set on the British Empire. It was a world system based on British guns, grit, persistence and virtue; and the life and achievements of George’s son, Arthur May Herring, exemplified the application of the first three.
Education ran heavy in the Herring family, perhaps
prompted by the example of Arthur May Herring, Margaret Anne’s grandfather who took
a degree in chemistry and electricity in San Francisco. Of his three sons who
survived to adulthood two of them gained a post-secondary
degree: Arthur Francis Charles became a doctor and John Victor Paul became an
Margaret Anne, as did her sister Frances, achieved
her certification as a teacher at Calgary Normal School during the 1930s. Two decades
later she attended UBC where she upgraded to her bachelor of education in 1964.
By that year, or shortly after, she had become principal of Woodlands School in
New Westminster. In the following year she was arrested and charged (along with
Robert Henry MacLauchlan) with trafficking in narcotics. The year after that
she was dead, killed in a drug-related murder along with MacLauchlan, her erstwhile “uncle” and later her
Go here for more information on this enigmatic and
interesting woman, descendant of an accomplished and old New Westminster family,
and her relatives. http://archivesnewwest.com/html/MAC.htm#herring