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Description found in Archives

Charles Robin collection [textual record (some microform), graphic material]. 

Collection consists of


[1767-1787, ca. 1960-1978]

Place of creation


14.1 cm of textual records.
1 microfilm reel negative and positive.
4 photographs.
4 prints.
1 watercolour watercolour and gouache over pencil.

Scope and content

Collection includes a journal by Charles Robin and research notes compiled during the preparation of "The Seaflower Venture", a work by Phyllis Ross [Mckie] describing the life of Charles Robin. The journal describes several voyages made from Jersey to North America between 2 June 1767 and 2 June 1774, including visits to Paspébiac, Arichat and other trading posts. A detailed account of an overland journey from Gaspé to Quebec in 1787 is available only in the transcript. Collection also consists of a microfilm copy of extracts from the journal of Charles Robin, 1767-1774, which includes memoranda, notes, inventories and copies of letters as diary-like entries. This material is located on microfilm reel A-539. Also included in the collection are postcards illustrating fishing in Nova Scotia and Quebec; photos of paintings of ships and habours; and a watercolour of Charles Robin's ship "Willing Mind" in Naples Harbour, ca. 1890, done by an unknown artist 308.

Textual records
90: Open
Textual records: microform
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Documents must be consulted under close
supervision for conservation reasons.
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative C-104152
Restrictions not set
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs and prints: Restrictions unknown. Copyright unknown. Credit: National Archives of Canada. Watercolour: No restrictions on use. Copyright expired. Credit: National Archives of Canada.

Watercolour: Item-level description available on-line. (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Charles Robin began his career as agent for Robin, Pipon and Co., fish merchants of Jersey. In 1776, he explored the Gulf of St. Lawrence and finally settled in Baie des Chaleurs. Following his father's death, he pursued his interests in the fisheries and settlement of the Gaspé through his own firm of Charles Robin and Co.

Additional information

The research notes and transcripts were presented to the National Archives in 1979 and 1982 by Lady McKie of Ottawa, Ontario.

Related materials
Papers of Robin, James & Whitman, successors of Robin, Pipon & Co., are described in MG 28 III 18.

Availability of other formats note
The microfilm was prepared in 1961 from the transcript then in the possession of Lady Mckie. Copies fof the journal, excluding the 1787 Quebec trip, are available on microfilm reel A-539 and as photocopies.

Location of originals note
The original journal is in the Library of the Societe Jersiaise.

Subject heading

1. Charles Robin - Diaries, n.d., 1767-1774 Paspébiac (N.B.), 1767-1774.
2. Business enterprises - Jersey Islands, n.d., 1767-1774 Arichat (N.B.), 1767-1774.
3. Merchants - Jersey Islands, 1767-1774.
4. Businessmen - Jersey Islands, n.d., 1767-1774.
5. Susan M. Thorp - Diaries, 1861-1862.
6. Chaleur Bay (Gaspe, Quebec) - Research, 1960-1978.
7. Trading posts - North America, 1767-1774.
8. North America - Description and travel, 1767-1774.
9. Gaspé (Quebec) - Description, 1787.
10. Québec (Province) - Description, 1787.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1982-063 PIC
2. 1982-199 PIC