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Accession Number: 02-1001

Title

Rubidge family portraits. -- [181-?], 1845. - 2 portraits.

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 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

These portraits were in the custody of Mr. H. Bertram before they were donated to Trent University Archives in 1993.

Scope and Content

These portraits consist of two items. One is a portrait of Charles Rubidge, [181-?]. The caption "Captn C. Rubidge. Royal Navy, London, England," and a stamped credit "Brown 163 High Holborn London" are found on the reverse. The other is a portrait by F.W. Lock, 1845, of an unidentified male with last name Rubidge, believed to be a son of Charles Rubidge.

Notes

Title based on the subjects of the portraits.
Portraits acquired in 1993 from H. Bertram.
Restrictions: N
Associated material located at Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives.
For related records see: 83-1015, 82-1001, 83-1022, 89-1028, 89-1053, 93-007, 93-1013, and 02-003.

Portraits are located in the Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 41.

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