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Accession Number: 83-1022

Title

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 the Navy as a midshipman on the Arrow, Sloop of War. He served under Lord Nelson and Lord Cochrane and was honourably discharged in1815, 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 by Lord Seaton, Governor-General of Canada, Immigrant Agent at Peterborough. 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 fonds was in the custody of A.O.C. Cole before 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.

Notes

Title based on content of the fonds.

A number of the papers are fragile. Handle with care. Use Gloves.

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

Restrictions: N

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada.

This fonds along with 83-1022, 83-1028 and 89-1053 is an addition to 82-1001.

For related records see: 83-1015, 93-007 and 96-1013.