XX-594 | Placide Gaudet

Placide Gaudet
35 x 507 cm
Gift of La Paroisse Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Born in 1850, in Cap Pelé, New Brunswick, Placide Gaudet became a leading figure in the Acadian Renaissance. A genealogist and archivist, he played an important role in researching and preserving the history and genealogy of Acadians.

After completing his studies at St. Joseph's College in 1873, Placide Gaudet tried his hand at several trades before becoming a newspaper journalist and editor. He worked on several French-language Acadian newspapers, among them the Moniteur acadien, L'Évangéline (Digby, Nova Scotia, 1893) and the Courrier des Provinces Maritimes (Bathurst, New Brunswick, 1894).

It was in 1898, when he was working for the Public Archives in Ottawa, that he discovered his passion for genealogy and archival work and plunged into extensive research on Acadian families. A large part of this work was published in the second volume of the 1905 report of the National Archives of Canada.

Placide Gaudet died in 1930.

  • What

    This photograph of Placide Gaudet was part of a collection of portraits of Acadian leaders put together by the old Musée de la Cathédrale in Moncton.

  • Where

    The old Musée de la Cathédrale in Moncton, better known as the Hall of Memories, was located in the basement of the Cathedral.

  • When

    The photograph was copied in 1940.

  • Who

    Placide Gaudet completed his academic work at St. Joseph's College in Memramcook, New Brunswick.