Accession consists of eleven film reels, which appear to document travel in Ontario and abroad as well as life in London, Ontario.
Material donated by Sandra Ainsley, widow of Morton Ainsley.
Morton (Mort) Ainsley (1937-1995) was born in London, Ontario to Esther and Irving Ainsley. Esther (née Rash) was born in Toronto and Irving in Russia; the two met at Stitsky’s textile store on Bathurst Street in Toronto and moved to London in the 1940s. In London, Irving Ainsley owned Ainsley’s dress store and was a co-founder and president of B’nai Israel congregation. The family were friends with the Siskinds and Rubinoffs, going on fishing trips with the Rubinoffs and cruises with others in the Jewish community. Irving loved to film, and filmed Second World War newsreels in the movie theatre.
Morton graduated from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration, and then the University of Toronto Law School in 1962. Following graduation, he worked at the Department of Justice and at Minden, Gross, Grafstein and Greenstein. In 1969, he and Sandra Gula were married at Beth Tzedec Synagogue. They had three children, Efrem, Andrew, and Daniel. He died in September 1995 at Toronto General Hospital.