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John Job collection
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- Job, William John
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2 photograph albums
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William John Job was born in England in 1944, son of Nina M. Hampton (Silcock) and Thomas Warren Job. John Job was a member of the Job family, which was prominent in Newfoundland business and politics since the early nineteenth century. He was called William after his paternal grandfather and John after three forebears of that name.
Initially focused on the fish trade, the Jobs diversified into shipbuilding, timber, manufacturing and processing; their companies were affiliated with many other Newfoundland companies.
Albums were acquired by Ian Job Reid from his cousin, John Job, and donated to the Maritime History Archive in 2002.
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Collection consists of 2 photograph albums created by the Job family, reflecting the Job business ventures, Job family activities, as well as historical events. The geographic area represented by the photographs is almost exclusively Newfoundland and Labrador, with the exception of photographs from the Search for the Franklin expedition in Hudson Bay (1903-04).
Albums include photographs of the Job premises in St. John's, Quidi Vidi, Placentia, L'Anse au Loop, Blanc Sablon, Little Heart's Ease, Bell Island, and Whitbourne. Images include buildings (interior and exterior), wharves,shipping, and the fishery, including marine fishery, sealing and whaling.
Historical events represented in the albums include the royal visit of the Duke of York (1901), the sealers' strike (1902), the unveiling of the war memorial in St. John's (1924) by Field Marshall Haig, and scenes from the Viking Disaster (1931). The photographs also illustrate the economic activity and the cultural landscape in that era.
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Job Brothers & Co. fonds. See the detailed administrative history for an overview of the Jobs' varied economic interests.
See the bilingual virtual exhibit, The Job Photograph Collection, at http://www.mun.ca/mha
The albums consist of 408 photographs (41 x 54 cm) and 33 photographs ( 24 x 32 cm).
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Created - May 1, 2013
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