Fonds F2438 - Robert William Rutherford fonds

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Robert William Rutherford fonds


  • Transcribed 1977 (originally created March-December 1885) (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Major-General Robert William Rutherford, 1857-1933, was born in Northumberland, England, and came to Nova Scotia with his family in 1866. He joined the Royal Canadian Artillery, and during his military career served with General Middleton in the 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion). He fought at Battleford, in the battle of Cut Knife Hill, and during the campaign against Big Bear. An accomplished artist, he did a series of drawings of Rebellion events which were published in illustrated journals in eastern Canada. He married Maud Carruthers in 1889.


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The fonds consists of a transcript of his diary, concerning the battle of Cut Knife Hill, and other North West Rebellion events.

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The material is in English.

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The location of the original diary is unknown. A microfilm of the diary, done in 1966, is held by the Saskatchewan Archives Board, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Existence and location of copies

Portions of the diary are reproduced in Brian Hubner, ed. "The R. W. Rutherford Diary, 28 April to 4 May 1885" in Journal of the Military History Society of Manitoba, 1998, p. 5-8.

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Rutherford's sketches related to the Rebellion are in the Glenbow's art collection.

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The transcript was done by Doug Light, Glenbow staff member, from the Saskatchewan microfilm.


Includes file 67 from M-4843 Riveredge collection

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