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Alexandria, Egypt, 1920
Montreal, Quebec, 2005
Biography synopsis
Although Gubbay was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1935, her parents thought photography would be a better career and arranged for her to study under photographer Germaine Kanova. She had a successful career as a portrait photographer in England; however, in 1948 she abandoned her work when she and her husband moved to Montreal. After raising her family, Gubbay returned to school obtaining a degree in Social Work at McGill University and receiving a Masters Degree in Art History from Concordia University in 1978. Gubbay wrote numerous newspaper articles and books about Montreal which she illustrated with her own photographs. She was particularly interested in the history of Westmount and wrote a column for the Westmount Examiner entitled "Know Your Westmount." Her work was exhibited at the gallery in Westmount's Victoria Hall in 2002 and at the Westmount Public Library in 2005. The Canadian Centre for Architecture owns a collection of her photographs.
Media used
Artists' illustrated books
Private study (under Germaine Kanova)
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England, 1935? - ?
McGill University
Concordia University, Montreal, ? - 1978
Westmount Historical Society, 1994; President, 1996-2000
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Centre for Architecture, QC - Library
Jewish Public Library Archives, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
Hustak, Alan. "Westmount Historian 'Loved this City.'" National Post 25 Oct. 2005: 7
Vanderstay, Marilynn. "Historian Gubbay Honoured with Library Exhibition." Westmount Examiner 20 Oct. 2005: 16
Vanderstay, Marilynn. "Historian, Author Aline Gubbay Dies at 85." Westmount Examiner 27 Oct. 2005: 1

Writings by
Gubbay, Aline. A Street Called the Main / Une rue qui s'appelle la Main Montreal: Optimum Publishing International, 1989
Gubbay, Aline. A View of their Own: The Story of Westmount Montreal: Price-Patterson, 1998
Gubbay, Aline. Canadian Architecture in the 19th Century: A Selective Bibliography. Montreal: Concordia University, 1976
Gubbay, Aline. Three Montreal Monuments: An Expression of Nationalism Montreal: Concordia University, 1978
Gubbay, Aline. "A Pocket of Sanity on Lambert Closse St.: Resourceful Project on Old Nightclub Site Moves Forward while Cherishing Past." Gazette (Montreal) 1 Sept. 1990: 5
Gubbay, Aline. "Abbé Belmont Designed Reflecting Pool int Elegant Fort." Westmount Examiner 3 Apr. 1997
Gubbay, Aline. "Ads told of Villa Lots for Sale on Liberal Terms." Westmount Examiner 16 May 1996
Gubbay, Aline. "Battery Park City Blends in Beautifully with Environment." Gazette (Montreal) 5 Aug. 1989: 14
Gubbay, Aline. "Getting Right Location Enhances Art and Environment." Gazette (Montreal) 20 Aug. 1988: 16
Gubbay, Aline. "J.J. Astor's Westmount Connection." Westmount Examiner 26 Feb. 2004
Gubbay, Aline. "Link Re-established Between Monuments in Two Cities." Gazette (Montreal) 13 Jan. 1990: 14
Gubbay, Aline. "London Docks Come Back to Life Despite Shipping's Decline." Gazette (Montreal) 12 Aug. 1998: 14
Gubbay, Aline. "Looking at our Native Past." Westmount Examiner 12 Feb. 2004
Gubbay, Aline. "Majestic Monklands was a Country Home." Westmount Examiner 5 Jun. 1997
Gubbay, Aline. "Murray Park was Shaped from a Seafaring Past." Westmount Examiner 4 Jul. 1996
Gubbay, Aline. "Shopping was a Popular Pastime in the 1800s." Westmount Examiner 15 Jan. 1988
Gubbay, Aline. "Tale of Two Cities: Florence Guards its Heritage Better." Gazette (Montreal) 25 Jun. 1988: 16
Gubbay, Aline. "The Governor General's Summer Home." Westmount Examiner 3 Jul. 1997
Gubbay, Aline. "Westmount's Merchants Made their Mark Early." Westmount Examiner 8 Jan. 1998
Gubbay, Aline. "Zoning was Always an Issue for Victoria Village." Westmount Examiner 21 Sept. 1995
Gubbay, Aline and Sally Hooff; translation by Rachel Levy. Montreal's Little Mountain: A Portrait of Westmount / La petite montagne: Un portrait de Westmount Westmount, Quebec: Trillium Books, 1979
Gubbay, Aline; translation by Rachel Levy. Montréal: Le fleuve et la montagne / Montreal: The Mountain and the River. Montreal: Trillium Books, 1981

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