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Una (Gray) Johnstone fonds
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[ca.1850]-1920, predominant 1850-1896 (Creation)
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Hector Munro was born in Blanislie, Roxboroughshire, Scotland on January 21, 1807. Following the example of his father, Hector trained as a civil engineer and moved with his parents to Edinburgh in 1831. Soon after, he married Jane Burnett (b.1812) and they both journeyed to Montreal, arriving in 1832 after surviving a shipwreck which claimed most of their belongings. The growing city of Montreal soon provided Hector with work in the engineering field. Large construction projects with which he was involved include the Bonsecours Market, the Lachine and Rideau Canals and the Lachine and Grand Trunk Railways. In addition to his work as a contractor, Hector was for many years a Protestant School Commissioner. He was a founding member of the Mechanics' Institute and a great supporter of the Bible Society of Montreal. Hector was an early member of the St. Andrew's Society and with his wife was closely involved with the work of the St. Andrew's Home. Hector and Jane passed away within months of each other in 1888 and are both buried in Montreal's Mount Royal Cemetery. Hector and Jane had three sons and three daughters. One of their daughters married the prominent Montreal druggist, James A. Harte, and she was well known for her many years of charitable work which she began at her mother's side. Another of Hector and Jane's daughters married a Dr. McBean who had come to Montreal from Martintown, Ontario. One of his daughters, Jeannie Ray Munro McBean married Robert William Gray in Montreal in 1900. Jeannie and Robert came west to Winnipeg in 1913. Robert Gray was one of the first commercial travelers to journey into northern Manitoba, sometimes covering his territory by dog sled. Another McBean daughter, Georgina, became a doctor like her father. At some point, the McBeans began spelling their name McBain.
The photographs in this collection were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by Robert and Jeannie Gray's daughter, Una (Gray) Johnstone.
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The bulk of the collection consists of 19 studio portraits of individuals and groups dating from ca.1850 - 1895/96. It is likely that the oldest photographs were owned by Hector and Jane Munro and the collection was added to over the years by their children and grandchildren. The remaining four photographs are postcard size snapshots dating from ca.1920 and depicting a small northern settlement identified as The Pas, Manitoba.
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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 and numbered has any significance.
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No reproduction or publication without the permission of the Costume Museum of Canada.
Several photographic formats common to the later half of the 19th century are represented in this collection including ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and tintypes in cases; cartes de visites; and Cabinet Cards. Also included is a large (47 x 51 cm) portrait bust of a woman. The media is unidentified but it appears to be an artistically enhanced photograph ca.1885-90.
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