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William McFarlane Notman and family, Montreal, QC, 1907
Wm. Notman & Son
1907, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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This photograph portrays William McFarlane Notman with his wife Alice and their three sons: William Russell; Wilfred McKenzie; and Keith Claxton.

William McFarlane, the eldest son of William Notman, was born November 1, 1857. He became a partner in the company in 1882 before inheriting it outright on the death of his father in 1891. He named his brother Charles (1870-1955) a partner in approximately 1894. William McFarlane died May 1, 1913.

Alice Maud Claxton (1863-1960) married William McFarlane on September 20, 1888. Alice and William McFarlane had three children: William Russell (1890-1916); Wilfred McKenzie (1892-1916); and Keith Claxton (1893-1985). Alice was widowed in 1913, three years before her two eldest sons were killed in action during the First World War. She lived several more decades before her death on September 13, 1960, at age 97.

In 1912, William McFarlane's youngest son Keith Claxton worked at the Notman photographic studio in Montreal for a period of four months. During that time, he was paid a twice-monthly salary of $10. According to studio payroll records, preserved in the Museum archives, he was hired as a photographer.

In 1927, Keith Claxton married Catherine Lyall (1902-1932) with whom he would have two children, William Lyall Notman (1928-2000) and Catherine Ann Notman (1929- ). Catherine Lyall died in 1932 and Keith remarried in 1946 to the widow Ruth Catherine Ballentyne (?-1995).

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