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GILLIAT, Rosemary (Eaton)

England, 1919
Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, 2004
Biography synopsis
Rosemary Cassandra Gilliat was born in England and moved to Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, with her family at a young age. Gilliat taught herself photography and dark room skills; her photographs were used for book illustrations. After finishing school she moved to London, England and worked for various press agencies until 1940. After the war Gilliat worked as an apprentice to the well-known photojournalist and portrait photographer Bill Brandt, freelanced for the Sunday Observer, and provided illustrations for history and architecture books. In 1952 Gilliat emigrated to Canada where she lived in Ottawa, and later moved to Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. In Canada she worked for magazines such as The Beaver and Macleans. In 1960 she traveled to Frobisher Bay and Cape Dorset, taking photographs for the Department of Northern Affairs. In Nova Scotia, Gilliat became known for her nature photography. Library and Archives Canada hold a large collection of her works and her 1958 image of Senator James Gladstone, Canada' first senator from a treat First Nation, was used on the new Canada 150 $10 bill.
Media used
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, NS

Writings about
Monk, Lorraine. The Female Eye / Coup d'oeil féminin. Ottawa, Ontario: National Film Board of Canada, Still Photography Division, 1975.
Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. Contemporary Artists in Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 1992.
Payne, Carol. A Canadian Document = Un document Canadien Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, 1999.
Payne, Carol. The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada's Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013.

Writings by
Eaton, Rosemary. "Hunting Pressures on Nova Scotia's Large Mammals." Nature Canada 4:23 (Jul. - Sept. 1975.
Eaton, Rosemary. "Land Ownership in Nova Scotia." Nature Canada 3:39 (Apr. - Jun. 1974).
Eaton, Rosemary. "Lobster Disappearing from the Maritimes." Nature Canada 4:20 (Oct. - Dec. 1975).
Eaton, Rosemary. "Outdoor Nature Centre Opens in Halifax." Nature Canada 4:41 (Mar. 1975).
Eaton, Rosemary. "Rights of Developers versus Rights of the Community?" Nature Canada 2:41 (Apr. - Jun. 1973).
Eaton, Rosemary. "Seeking Escape from the Modern City." Nature Canada 1:35 (Apr. - Jun. 1972).

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