Joseph L. Rawbon, “The Master Restorer”

June 20
7:30 PM
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On Thursday June 20th, at 7:30PM, join us at Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum for an exploration into the life of Sergeant Joseph Loxton Rawbon. Journey to 19th century Toronto as seen through the eyes of a self-dubbed “Master Restorer”, who was not only a photographer, gunsmith, and artist, but also an inventor, art dealer, and art restorer. Our cast of characters will include Thomas Edison, Edison pioneer William Symes Andrews, and an early Governor General of Canada the Marquess of Lorne (husband of Princess Louise). We will also visit Kingston, Ontario during the First World War period, the later location of Canada’s only graduate degree training program in art conservation. This engaging lecture will be hosted by Cyndie Lack, who is herself an expert art conservator.

At Ross Bay Villa, our 1865 historic site has been painstakingly restored since the year 2000, following modern restoration standards. Sergeant Rawbon, were he to visit today, might be quite surprised to learn how much these standards have changed since his day!

All proceeds support the Ross Bay Villa Society, the volunteer based society that runs and owns the Villa. Tickets are $10/person and must be reserved ahead of time at

Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.