Rosemary Eaton, An Activist for Heritage & Environment
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Children

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Rosemary belived in introducing children to their heritage and environment. In her travels, over the years, she made a point of photographing children. She photographed them as part of any professional assignment and during vacations as well.

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Children with binoculars
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society
Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Rosemary photographed many children while in the Arctic. Her collection includes many showing children about their regular day, at school, social gatherings and play. There were many more photographs than could be used in this exhibit.

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Inuit boy standing on a snow pile
20th Century, Circa 1962
Northern Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Child wearing a furry parka
20th Century, Circa 1962
Northern Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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While in the Arctic, Rosemary photographed all aspect of the Inuit culture, not only the print making and scenery, that may have drawn her there initially. She did this because she loved people, and in children she found willing subjects. She had a way of making her subjects relax and her photography brings that out!

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Inuit Children Playing Leap Frog
20th Century, Circa 1962
Northern Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Children swimming
20th Century, Circa 1961
Killiniq, Ungava Bay, Nunavut, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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When Rosemary and her friend, Barbara Hinds, went to the Arctic in 1960 they were interacting with many Inuit but did not speak the language. Since few of the adults spoke English what these southern women needed was an interpreter. The next photograph is of Sarpinak hunting. This boy became both their guide and intrepreter.

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Sarpinak with gun
ca 1960
Northern Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Inuit boy doing school work
20th Century, Circa 1962
Northern Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Two Inuit girls playing with a typewriter
June, 1960
Frobisher Bay
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Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Brownies
20th Century, Circa 1962
Northern Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Inuit children lining up for school
20th Century, Circa 1962
Northern Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Kenojuak
ca 1960
Cape Dorset


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Inuit woman beading
ca 1960
Cape Dorset


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A woman, a child and a dog
20th Century, Circa 1961
Killiniq, Ungava Bay, Nunavut, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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While on a trip to Northern Saskatchewan, with author Richie Calder, Rosemary took the opportunity to photograph many children.

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Two young girls in front of a church
20th Century, Circa 1963
Saskatchewan


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A young girl picking wildflowers
20th Century, Circa 1963
Saskatchewan


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A boy with his dog
20th Century, Circa 1963
Saskatchewan


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Getting a needle
20th Century, Circa 1957
Saskatchewan


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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For a number of years Rosemary worked for the London Times Supplement. One job had her looking into the educational needs of children who lived and worked on canal boats in England. The next image captures a bygone lifestyle on the canals that is experiencing a resurgence in 2013, with young adults who can not afford rental and property prices in London and England in general.

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Canal woman and child
20th Century, Circa 1946
Limehouse, London, England
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Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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One of Rosemary's biggest projects was for The Beaver magazine. She was tasked to document the changes that would affect communities along the St. Lawrence Seaway, which included everything from Sault Ste Marie to Montreal. While in the "Soo" she photographed two boys playing around an old lock.

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Sault Ste Marie canal
20th Century, Circa 1955
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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The Shilly Shally camp, that Rosemary and friends used in what is now Gatineau Park, Quebec, was a destination on snowy winter weekends. Rosemary encouraged friends to bring their children to experience nature and the Canadian winter, only a few miles from her home in Ottawa.

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A skiing family
20th Century, Circa 1955
Gatineau Park, National Capital Region, Quebec, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A little girl builds a snowman
20th Century, Circa 1955
Gatineau Park, National Capital Region, Quebec, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Petronelle, a 4 year old girl visitor from Australia, with a Chickadee on her hand
20th Century, Circa 1955
Gatineau Park, National Capital Region, Quebec, Canada
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Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A young girl cooking on the Shilly Shally stove
20th Century, Circa 1955
Gatineau Park, National Capital Region, Quebec, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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While visiting a life long friend in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Rosemary took every opportunity to photograph young cowboys and cowgirls with their horses.

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Children on a horse
20th Century, 1961
British Columbia


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Horse and pony
20th Century, 1961
British Columbia


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Children hitching the horse to a parking meter
20th Century, 1961
British Columbia


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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When Rosemary arrived in Cole Harbour she fell in love with the harbour; its environment and people. She was a quiet juggernaut who championed the environment and culture of the place. By the mid-1970s the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society and its main operation, the Farm Museum were well under way. Rosemary played a very active and vital role in the acquisition of artifacts and archives while continuing to advocate for the establishment of the Cole Harbour Lawrencetown Coastal Heritage Park. The Farm and the Park became her driving passions. Forty years later we can honestly say that her efforts have been rewarded and her legacy is intact!

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Summer student, Philip Coates introduces Melanie, the pig.
20th Century, Circa 1989
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A school group on the pond boardwalk
20th Century, Circa 1985
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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Elizabeth showing a calf to a visitor
20th Century, Circa 1985
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A school group gets ready for a tour
20th Century, Circa 1988
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada


Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society

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A father pointing out a cabbage to his son
20th Century, Circa 1990
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Credits:
Rosemary Gilliat Eaton fonds
Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society
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