X12817 | The Roberts Family in Camp

The Roberts Family in Camp
George Thomas Taylor
18 August 1891, 19th century
Albumen print mounted on card
18.3 x 23 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

Towards the end of the 19th century, urbanization and industrialization were turning thousands of men and women into city dwellers. Some were drawn by the opportunities the city offered; others were forced to leave their farms or ancestral land to earn a living. In either case, the result was the same: they wound up in a very different physical and social environment. All aspects of their way of life were radically transformed: work and housing -- but also food.

How did the city feed its population during this period of strong growth? How did supply methods adapt to the challenges of rapid urbanization? What were the health consequences of this new food supply situation? All these questions will be examined as we look at one vital product: milk. Its history is a good illustration of why food is still, even today, a major social issue.

  • What

    Several generations of the Roberts family are gathered in the country for a few days' vacation. These city dwellers were fleeing the oppressive city heat to enjoy the simple pleasures of nature.

  • Where

    The scene is near Fredericton, where George Goodridge Roberts (1832-1905), his wife, many members of their family and their friend the photographer lived.

  • When

    George Thomas Taylor (1838-1913), one of the most important photographers in New Brunswick in the 19th century, travelled with the Roberts family. This picture, taken at a picnic on August 18, 1891, was a souvenir of that outing.

  • Who

    In 1891 George Goodridge Roberts had just been appointed canon of the Anglican cathedral in Fredericton. His son Charles, who is probably in this picture, was one of the major Canadian poets of his generation.