Fonds PHO-C25 - Carr Family Collection

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Carr Family Collection

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  • [ca.1870]-1950, predominant 1880-1910 (Creation)

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19 b&w photographs
1 pencil sketch

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The various branches of the Carr family have been prominent in English society for over 400 years. The nineteenth century Carrs contributed many members to the church and British civil service in all parts of the empire. The sister of the donor's g. g. grandfather, Lady Laura (Carr) Cranworth (b.1807), was the wife of Lord Cranworth (Sir Robert Romsey Rolfe) who was Lord Chancellor of England from 1852-1858 and again from 1865-1867. The donor's g. g. grandfather, Rev. Thomas William Carr (b.1801) of Eshott Heugh, was a King's Scholar at Eton, attended Brasenose College, Oxford and was ordained in 1825. In 1835, he became curate of Southborough. The donor's g.grandfather, also Rev T.W. Carr, Barming, followed his father into the church. The donor's grandfather, Robert Lancelot Carr (b.1863), came to Canada from Maidstone in 1884/85 as part of a force dispatched to put down the Riel Rebellion in Saskatchewan. He met his future wife, Evelyn Holmes, in Virden, where she was then living and keeping house for her two brothers. Evelyn was the daughter of Rev. Edward Mulloy Holmes of Marsh Gibbons, England and she and Robert returned there to be married in 1893. They then returned to the Virden area to begin their married life together.

Custodial history

The photographs and sketch in this collection were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum along with several other items by Robert and Evelyn Carr's granddaughter, Margaret E. Carr, between 1987 and 1990.

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Included in this collection is a photograph of the Carr family home of Woodleigh cottage, ca.1880 - 85; five photographs of members of the Carr family in England, ca.1880 - 1950; ten photographs of Robert and Evelyn Carr and their children, ca.1885 - 1916, including a view of the family homestead at Virden in the early days, ca.1895 - 1900; a carte de visite of an an unidentified young girl (possibly Evelyn Holmes), ca.1872/73; and an unidentified wedding party posed in a garden, ca.1875. Also included with this collection is a small pencil sketch of an unidentified manor house.

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Original order has been lost and there is no reason to believe that the order in which the photographs have been accessioned has any significance.

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There are no restrictions on aceess.

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No reproduction or publication without the permission of the Costume Museum of Canada.

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The finding aid for this collection is the catalogue cards for PHO-C25 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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This collection contains an eclectic mix of 19 photographs of various sizes and formats common to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The pencil sketch measures 17.4 x 12.2 cm and is mounted on a buff card which measures 23.2 x 18.4 cm.

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