From: "Canadian Men & Women of the Time 1912"
Ed. Henry James Morgan, Toronto, William Briggs, Richmond St. W., 1912
Robert Wilson, merchant.
Robert Wilson Reford is secretary-treasurer
of the Robert Reford Co., steamship agents
and commission agents, Montreal; 1st V.-P. of the Montreal
Canadian Club; V.-P. of the Association of
Canadian Clubs, a councillor of the Montreal
Sailor' Institute and Shipping Federation, and a director of the
From: "The Canadian Who's
REFORD, Robert Wilson,
He is director of the Lake of the Woods Milling Company Ltd.; Keewatin Flour Mills; Inter City Baking Co.; and has been President of Robert Reford Co. Ltd. (estbd. 1865) from 1913-45; President of the Shipping Federation of Canada 1920-30; President of Montreal Board of Trade, 1912; President of the Quebec Division of The Navy League of Canada, 1920-22; and President of the Canadian Club, Montreal, 1915-16.
From: "Private Realms
of Light, Amature Photography in Canada 1839-1940"
REFORD, Robert Wilson (19 August 1867, Montreal, Quebec - 15 November 1951, Montreal Quebec)
Robert Wilson Reford was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto and at Lincoln College in Sorel. In order to broaden his education before joining his father's shipping firm, the Robert Reford Company, he travelled to the Mediterranean in 1885, to Britain in 1887, and to France in 1888, perfecting his command of the French language.
From 1889 to 1891, young Reford lived at Victoria British Columbia, immersing himself in the commercial life of the province. He assisted in running the affairs of the Mount Royal Milling and Manufacturing Company and acted as Ship's Agent for the firm's clipper ship Thermopylae, which brough rice from China.
During these years of apprenticeship he used one of the new Kodak No.1 cameras to record the activities of himself and his friends, and to document the landscape and people of British Columbia. He continued his interest in photography as a member of the Montreal Camera Club in 1894.
In 1892 Reford became the Reford Company's agent at Antwerp, Belgium, and later returned to Montreal to become the company's Secretary-Treasurer. Upon the death of his father in 1913, he became President, remaining active in the management of the company until his resignation as Director in 1946
Public Archives of Canada
"Robert W. Reford Collection (Acc. No. 1973-050) consists of 841 original prints, illustrating the activities of Robert Reford, and friends in British Columbia, as well as views of Victoria and Port Simpson, and photos of the Indian and Chinese people of British Columbia. Inclusive dates are 1889-1891."
Images of Robert W. Reford in the NAC collection: