Frank, Bill, John Dudley, and Murray Williamson in costume - 2018.15.1_1

2018.15.1_1

Frank, Bill, John Dudley, and Murray Williamson in costume

Maker: Unknown
Medium:Toned gelatin silver print (POP)
Geography: Langenburg, Saskatchewan
Date: Summer 1908
Dimensions:
8.1 x 13.9 cm
Object number: 2018.15.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mary F. Williamson
Not on view
Description

This photograph shows the Williamson brothers - David  (Frank) Franklin (b. 1880 – d. 1976), William (Bill) Edgar (b. 1883 – d. 1954), John Dudley (b. 1885 - d. 1980) and Walker Murray (b. 1888 – d. 1964), in costume.

The Williamson brothers came from an Ontario family, who had migrated from North Carolina and Yorkshire, England. In 1906, Bill and Frank took out 1000-acre land grants in Saskatchewan to plant and harvest wheat crops, with seasonal help from their siblings. They were among many who travelled west to farm in the Prairie provinces after the second half of the 1800s.

Williamson, Walker, and Peterkin/Bywater family photographs, albums, and archival materials can be found in collections across Canada, at institutions such as: the Burlington Historical Society, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Province of Saskatchewan Archives, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the University of Toronto Archives, and The Family Camera Network public archive at the Royal Ontario Museum (See also: ROM 2018.83.1-.5).


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