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Accession Number: 89-1028


An autobiographical sketch: by Captain Charles Rubidge, R.N. -- Transcribed [between 1969 and 1989]. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

Captain Charles Rubidge, land agent and author, was born on April 20, 1787 in the Parish of St. George-in-the-East in London, England. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Rubidge. In October 1796, at the young age of nine, Rubidge entered the Navy as a midshipman on the Arrow, Sloop of War. He served under Lord Nelson and Lord Cochrane and was honourably discharged in 1815, at the end of the War of 1812. In June 1819, Rubidge emigrated to Canada with his wife and three children (they later had three more children) and in May, 1820, became the second person to settle in Otonabee Township. He assisted in the settling of the Peter Robinson immigrants in 1825 and other immigrants in 1831 and 1839. In 1831 Rubidge was appointed Immigrant Agent at Peterborough by Lord Seaton, Governor-General of Canada. He was also the author of two books. The first was "A Plain Statement of the Advantages Attending Emigration to Upper Canada" (London, 1838) and the second "An Autobiographical Sketch" (Peterborough, 1870). Captain Charles Rubidge died February 5, 1873.

Custodial History

This item was in the custody of Lois W. Hinchey before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This item is a typescript autobiography written by Captain Charles Rubidge which was reproduced by an unknown source.


This item was donated by Lois W. Hinchey.

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For related records see: 82-1001 and 83-1022.

See Pamphlet # P178 in the Pamphlet Collection for the published 1870 version of this document.

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