dundurn kitchen

This is another shot from my Dundurn Castle series. Although Macnab’s politics were regressive and even oppressive (or in the words of Charles Dickens, 'rabid'), the employment conditions he provided for his staff were relatively good for those days. He gave his house staff steady work, good pay and the best in-service working conditions in Canada at the time. This picture is of the kitchen with gas lighting, running water and modern drains - no other home in Canada had these things let alone extend them to sections of the building where the servants lived and worked. This progressive thinking in no way excuses the regressive policies he often pursued, but it does make understanding the man and his politics more complex.

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