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Accession Number: 83-1022


Captain Charles Rubidge fonds.Additions. -- 1825-1934. -- 5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Captain Charles Rubidge, land agent and author,was born on April 20, 1787 in the Parish of St. George-in-the-East,London, England. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Rubidge.In October 1796, at the young age of nine, Rubidge entered theNavy as a midshipman on the Arrow, Sloop of War. He served underLord Nelson and Lord Cochrane and was honourably discharged in1815, at the end of the War of 1812. In June 1819, Rubidge emigratedto Canada with his wife and three children (they later had threemore children) and in May, 1820, became the second person to settlein Otonabee Township. He assisted in the settling of the PeterRobinson immigrants in 1825 and other immigrants in 1831 and 1839.In 1831 Rubidge was appointed by Lord Seaton, Governor-Generalof Canada, Immigrant Agent at Peterborough. He was also the authorof two books. The first was "A Plain Statement of the AdvantagesAttending Emigration to Upper Canada" (London, 1838) andthe second "An Autobiographical Sketch" (Peterborough,1870). Captain Charles Rubidge died February 5, 1873.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of A.O.C. Colebefore it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of legal documents and newspaper clippings pertaining to Captain Charles Rubidge and his family. Also included in the fonds is one photograph of Rubidge, three issues of early Peterborough newspapers and a sketch (copy) of the Village of Peterborough from 1828 by Basil Hall, produced by the camera lucida.


Title based on content of the fonds.

A number of the papers are fragile. Handlewith care. Use Gloves.

This fonds donated by A.O.C. Cole.

Restrictions: N

Associated material located at the NationalArchives of Canada.

This fonds along with 83-1022, 83-1028 and89-1053 is an addition to 82-1001.

For related records see: 83-1015, 93-007 and96-1013.

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