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Bruce, Robert Randolph

Born in Scotland in 1861, Robert Randolph Bruce emigrated to Canada around 1887. An engineer by training, he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway in Western Canada, then invested in mines and in agricultural land, which he sold to new immigrants. After the First World War, his career took a diplomatic turn: from 1926 to 1931, he was lieutenant governor of British Columbia, and from 1936 to 1938, he was Canada's ambassador to Japan. Upon his return to Canada, he settled in Montreal, where he died in 1942.

During the 1890s, Bruce photographed many leading figures from the Calgary area, in particular, politicians and ranch owners. An amateur caricaturist, he also produced caricatures of some of these local personalities.

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Group of men playing cards, Calgary, AB, 1893-94 (MP-0000.583.39)

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Group of men playing cards, Calgary, AB, 1893-94
Robert Randolph Bruce
1893-1894, 19th century
MP-0000.583.39

Three girls and their dolls, Calgary, AB, 1893-94 (MP-0000.583.64)

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Three girls and their dolls, Calgary, AB, 1893-94
Robert Randolph Bruce
1893-1894, 19th century
MP-0000.583.64

Stone house, Calgary, AB, 1893-94 (MP-0000.583.52)

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Stone house, Calgary, AB, 1893-94
Robert Randolph Bruce
1893-1894, 19th century
MP-0000.583.52