Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950



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151 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A retired bronco buster, A.D. Kean last rode professionally in the 1912 Calgary Stampede on "Gray Silvers." He moved to Vancouver the next year where he quickly established a reputation as a filmmaker. He filmed such events as troop departures for the European front during the first world war, whaling activities on the high seas and at shore stations, and numerous short industrial and travel subjects for a provincial government agency to which he was contracted in the early 1920s. Much of his cinematic output, including an epic melodrama titled Policing the Plains (1924-1927), was lost over the years. His trademark logo was a cowboy roping a bull whose lariat spelled "Kean's Canada Films". Following the commercial failure of Policing the Plains, Kean parlayed his creative talents into radio and writing. He continued to photograph until his death. Kean, Arthur David (I1026)
152 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A reverend and travelling companion of Reverend William Spotswood Green (the two were cousins), they have been credited with undertaking the first mountaineering expedition in Canada in 1888. According to a paper read by Green in 1889, their photographic kit consisted of three cameras: two half-plate models and a Stirn's patent detective camera. In conjunction with their topographical observations they photographed views. Swanzy, Rev. Henry (I825)
153 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A senior factor with the Hudson's Bay Company, he moved to the Queen Charlottes and took up cattle ranching. He was one of the first white settlers and photographed the Masset church. Alexander, J.M.L. (I327)
154 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A single newspaper ad was the only evidence of this firm's existence. Blacklin and Bristow (I397)
155 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A small mounted albumen print has written in pencil on the mount "1st picture taken by R.T.W. in old Theatre Building Government [St.] at Victoria." The image is of two men seated at a round table looking through viewers at stereographs being handed them by a third man also seated.

R.T. Williams came to BC with his family in 1859. It is possible he was apprenticed briefly to one of the operators of the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery, but in reminiscing about the theatre in 1933 he did not mention the photo gallery.

Educated at St. Louis College (opened 1864), Victoria, he worked for T.N. Hibben & Company, booksellers, in the late 1860s-early 1870s, and later ran his own bookbinding and publishing business. His provincial business directories are an important source of historical information. 
Williams, Robert Taylor (I799)
156 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A son of B.T. Vinson and brother of V.V. Vinson, he managed the Progress Studio between 1913 and 1915. He left Vancouver and moved to Oregon where he taught at the University of Oregon and in Portland where he operated an X-ray lab. Vinson, Willis Weldon (I907)
157 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A son of famed Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891), he visited BC several times before and after the turn of the century. He was accompanied and assisted by one or both of his brothers, Charles F. and George R.W. A full account of his career and that of his brothers can be found in Stanley Triggs' fine study, William Notman: The Stamp of a Studio (1985). The McCord Museum also hosts a virtual exhibit, The Photographic Studio of William Notman, with much useful information. In 2016, a major retrospective exhibit of the Notman studio's work was staged by the McCord Museum. Notman, William McFarlane (I103)
158 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A son of Richard and Hannah Maynard, he was, like his father, a shoemaker, and took over both his father's photographic and shoe store. He disposed of all of his parents negatives and the studio register at various dates to the BC Archives. Maynard Albert Hatherly (I117)
159 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A son of the pioneer California and Oregon, photographer Denny H. Hendee (1826-1907), he and his brother Otho S. Hendee operated their father?s photographic business in Portland until about 1893 when their partnership dissolved. E.L. Hendee was likely named after his father's brother Edwin B. Hendee (b. ca. 1824). E.L. Hendee arrived in Trail from Portland in May 1896 and opened his studio in a tent. The tent and equipment were destroyed by fire on 29 May 1896, but he was back in business by 5 June. By the following Mar he was calling his business the Hendee Photographic Company. He had a brief partnership with a man named Haynes in 1897. He appears to have left Trail in mid-1897. Hendee took both portraits and landscape views. Hendee returned to Oregon where he eventually ended up in partnership with Otho and another brother as florists. Hendee, Edwin L. (I853)
160 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A son of the Rev. William H. Gibson, he gave his occupation as clerk when he was married in 1921. On his death registration record his occupation was given as ticket agent for the Canadian National Railway. He worked in 1912 as a photographer for his brother Wilfred Gibson. Gibson, Garnet (I578)
161 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A son of William Ferriman Salsbury (1847-1938), a prominent Vancouver figure, Frederick arrived in Vancouver in 1886 with his family from Lachine, Quebec. He was working as a clerk at the Bank of British North America in 1897 and later moved to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, where he worked for the same bank. He retired as manager of a branch in North Vancouver. He was secretary of the Vancouver Camera Club in 1897. Salsbury, Frederick Thurston (I807)
162 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A staff sergeant with the Sixth Regiment, he photographed plans of the proposed Canadian Pacific Railway station in Oct 1897, the departure of Minister of the Interior Clifford Sifton and law enforcement members for the Yukon Territory in the fall of 1897, and the Vancouver troops just prior to their departure for South Africa on 23 Oct 1899. This last photograph was published in the Dec 1899 issue of Canadian Magazine (v. 16, no. 2). The birth of his son was announced in Apr 1896. The 1897 directory showed him as a clerk at City Hall. Henderson, Harold Morton (I196)
163 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Steele and Company photographer visited Trail in 1896 and 1898. The Fernie branch studio was owned by Frederick Steele of Calgary who had been employed by Hall and Lowe in Winnipeg between Jun 1886 and Mar 1887. It is not known who kept the Fernie branch open. Steele and Company (I822)
164 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A stereograph view bearing a title "Fraser River, British Columbia" of an unidentified town or city (not believed to be New Westminster or Vancouver) was photographed by this Salem, Oregon, photographer in the late 1870s or 1880s. The stereograph mount on the left front also has a series title of "Views of Oregon, Washington Territory and British Columbia". Hanson, Jacob (I186)
165 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A surveyor by profession, he photographed the arrival of the first Canadian Pacific Railway train at Port Moody on 4 Jul 1886. He was mentioned as an amateur photographer in the Colonist in Feb 1886. He was later active in the Island Arts and Crafts Society. Gore, Thomas Sinclair (I225)
166 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A surveyor with the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, he visited the Chilkat River in southeastern Alaska during the summer 1894. According to Sinclair and Engeman's article, he took more than 40 glass plate negatives of Tlingit Indians and scenery along the river. The next year he presented his work through lantern slides to National Geographic Society members. Pratt, John Francis (I90)
167 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant charged with exploring Alaska and the Yukon, he descended the Yukon River. He published newspaper and magazine accounts of his trip following his return and also a book in 1885, Along Alaska's Great River. Photographs accompanying Schwatka's publications on the 1883 expedition were taken, according to Sherwood, by Charles A. Homan. Schwatka described these photographs in a 1900 book on their journey.

Two later expeditions to Alaska included a sublimely absurd attempt to scale Mt. St. Elias in 1886 and a trip to Fort Selkirk from Juneau via the Taku River and Teslin Lake in 1891.

Schwatka Lake, Yukon, is named in his honour. The camera Schwatka took on his 1886 Mt. St. Elias climb was donated in 1955 to a museum of the University of Alaska (Fairbanks?). 
Schwatka, Frederick (I50)
168 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Vancouver newspaper reported on the New Westminster exhibition that "Campbell's photographic collection adjoining the paintings attracts a great deal of attention." Campbell (I482)
169 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Vancouver photographer. Cave, E.J. (I298)
170 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A veteran of the Crimean War, he operated a photo studio in London before emigrating with the Royal Engineers in 1858 as a carpenter. It is not known if he practiced photography while in BC. Bruce, Henry (I469)
171 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A Victoria newspaper ad in August 1878 identified a "new photograph gallery, Government street, near James Bay Bridge." The portrait studio was offering "36 Gem Pictures for 50 cents", along with "all sizes of pictures ... [and] children taken in one second." [Unidentified Victoria portrait studio] (I363)
172 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A younger contemporary of Dr. G.M. Dawson, McConnell studied at McGill University in Montreal. McConnell's exploration of the Yukon for the Geological Survey of Canada beginning in 1887 over a ten-year period produced the first accurate geological maps of the Klondike gold fields. An amateur photographer, it is not known if he produced photographs of his Yukon travels.

Appointed Deputy Minister of Mines in 1914, he retired in 1920. McConnell River, McConnell Peak and McConnell Lake, YT, are all named in honor of his accomplishments. 
McConnell, Richard George (I106)
173 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A zoologist and explorer who made his first expedition in 1896 up the Stikine River out of [Fort] Wrangel, Alaska, he took his own photographs, as shown by some of his publications and confirmed by a grandson. Stone's first Stikine journey, the "Recreations Party" , was sponsored by Recreation Magazine, and he discovered the Stone Sheep (also known as White Sheep or Dall Sheep) on this trip. Later expeditions were sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Zoological Society. The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, preserves a collection of Stone's personal papers dating between 1896-1919, including diaries he kept between 1896 and 1903.

Stone may also have employed A.E. Stanfield as a photographer on a second or third expedition, but not the first. Stone might also have died in a canoeing or boating accident near Cape Nome, Alaska. A Northwest Mounted Police record shows an A.J. Stone entering the Yukon at Chilkoot Summit from Everett, WA, on 4 Aug 1898 via boat no. 14477. 
Stone, Andrew Jackson (I65)
174 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According Gilean Douglas' introduction to Gold's 1985 pictorial history of logging on Vancouver Island, Gold and his wife moved to Victoria from Banff, Alberta, in 1933. From 1934 onwards the family tavelled up and down Vancouver Island taking photographs. They eventually settled in Youbou.

After learning how to make movies in California, Gold produced his first film, "Logging on Vancouver Island".  
Gold, Wilmer Hazelwood (I1094)
175 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to Eleven Early British Columbian Photographers 1890-1940, he emigrated to Vancouver in 1886 and began taking photographs in the Cariboo in 1887; his negatives were destroyed there by fire.

Some time between 1891 and 1894 he moved to Quatsino Sound where he ran a store with his father (J.L. Leeson & Son) and engaged in a number of pursuits. He was especially noted for his portraits of brooding First Nations figures and was fascinated by the flat-headed Kwakiutl women of the area. He retired in 1939 and moved to Vancouver. 
Leeson, Ben Williams (I143)
176 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to a newspaper reference he took
some very good photographic views of the principal buildings of Nanaimo.... Among them are the [Vancouver Coal] company's station, the Episcopal church and parsonage of the Wesleyan chapel, Mr. Franklin's residence, the railway station, & c. The views although taken by an amateur, are very well executed, quite equalling the ordinary professional efforts.

A James Tarver was employed as a clerk in Stipendiary Magistrate W. H. Franklyn's (1816-1874) Nanaimo office between May 1865 and some time in 1866. A J. Tarver was secretary to the Nanaimo Fire Brigade in December 1865, and moved away to the United States in July 1867. 
Tarver, James? (I712)
177 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to a newspaper review of his journey, this young author of life in North Carolina "carried a large camera and took hundreds of pictures" on his month-long adventure. He recounted his experiences in Sketches from Alaska (1897). Maris, Omer (I115)
178 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to a report published in Jun 1896, Savard trained under Mr. A.R. Ray of Quebec City and established the Imperial Photo Studio in Vancouver about Feb 1896. He was primarily or exclusively a portrait photographer. The 4 Cordova St. E. studio in the Graveley-Spinks Block was previously occupied by H.D. McKay and J.M. White. Purposefully designed and built by Vancouver architect R. Mackay Fripp for White, one corner of the upper-floor studio by McKay and Savard's day was located above the Oyster Bay Restaurant. During Savard's tenancy he had "A. Savard, Photographer" painted on one wall. Savard was married on 24 Oct 1900 in Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. After leaving photography Savard went to work at Britannia Mines. Savard, Alphonse Odilon (I49)
179 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to a series of articles in the Vancouver Daily News-Advertiser during the association's 1910 conference in Vancouver, this professional association was organized in 1900. The Vancouver conference marked the first time the group met in British Columbia. Members came from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and BC. Due to the death of association's president, F.G. Abell, two weeks before the conference, Vancouver portrait photographer G.T. Wadds assumed the presidency and was succeeded during the conference by the election of his colleague V.V. Vinson as president, who was also the "official representative to the convention from British Columbia" (Daily News-Advertiser, 2 Aug 1910, p. 10). Also elected as vice-president for BC at the conference was F.L. Hacking. The conference was held in the Dominion Hall on Pender St. and the public was able to view photographs there on 5 Aug 1910.

Its 1923 conference was held in Victoria and Wilfred Gibson was lauded for his organizational capabilities. 
Photographers' Association of the Pacific Northwest (I779)
180 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to a summary of his career in 1896, "Mr. White came here from Toronto seven years ago, having been for years with J. Fraser Bryce of that city." White established his tent studio for tintype portraits in Jun 1889, then moved to a building on Carrall St. He relocated to the new Graveley-Spinks Block in Nov 1891 for which Vancouver architect R. MacKay Fripp had designed the upper floor specifically for White's studio. The premises were latter occupied by photographers H.D. MacKay and Alphonse Savard.

White was primarily a portrait photographer, but did venture outdoors. The 1896 newspaper report also noted that he had recently hired a "young lady artist from the United States, who has been connected with leading studios in that country."

He was married on 14 Aug 1893 to Mattie Faulkner (d. 30 Jul 1939) in Vancouver. She informed Major J.S. Matthews, City Archivist, in Jun 1939 that her husband had been in the New Westminster Asylum for the Insane for 22 years and that she had operated the studio herself for 15 years.

The couple had two girls that survived into adulthood, one of whom, Wilma White, was alive in Chicago, IL, at the time of her father's death at an old age home in Terrace. He was first admitted to the Provincial Hospital for the Insane (Essondale) on 26 Sep 1911 with a diagnosis of paranoid behavior. Except for two escapes, one of which had him in California, he spent nearly 50 years being cared for by the provincial mental health and old age systems. 
White, John M. (I420)
181 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to an 1864 ad (Park) he "was a pupil of the celebrated Monsieur Brunellier of Paris, who was recommended to him by Mr. [John Jabez Edwin] Mayall [1813-1901], the greatest Photographer in England." Mayall was British and had moved back to London from Philadelphia in 1847 to open his American Daguerreotype Institution. Brunellier is no longer celebrated among the annals of photographic history. Vaughan founded the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery concurrently with his partnership with C. Fulton. Vaughan formed a partnership with W.F. Robertson the following August. After this partnership was dissolved Vaughan used the named Vaughan's Photographic Gallery. He finally sold the business in January 1865 when it was announced he was about to leave for Honduras. He might have instead ended up in Honolulu a carte-de-visite portrait in the Bishop Museum bears the imprint "J. W. Vaughan" on the back. Vaughan, John William (I436)
182 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to an 1883 newspaper article, Hall immigrated with his parents in 1867 to Canada (Ontario) and settled in Brampton. After moving to Toronto and working for R. Walker and Sons, he then started with Notman and Fraser, photographers, about 1869. He moved to Winnipeg in 1881 and formed a partnership with William Johnston as Johnston and Hall. By 1883 Hall had taken on a new partner, Skene Lowe. The partnership operated as Hall and Lowe. Lowe had moved to Victoria by 1885. Hall had visited Victoria and his brother Robert H. in Fort Simpson in the summer of 1884 and that may have prompted Lowe to relocate. Hall was reported doing itinerant photographic work in Medicine Hat in Sep 1886, and moved to the coast in Jul 1887 the Vancouver Photographic Company was opened that Oct. The Hall & Lowe studio in Victoria continued to operate under that name. The partnership was dissolved in May 1892 and Hall sold the Vancouver studio to David Wadds. Hall became sheriff of Vancouver, a post he held until 1917. Hall, James Deakin (I173)
183 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to an article two years before his death, he took up photography in Oakville, ON, after injuring his hands. He came to BC in 1890, first to Victoria, then moved to Vancouver. Baker, William Peacock (I352)
184 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to artist/explorer Frederick Whymper, who published a photograph by Ryder of a "Tchuktchi house" (Whymper, 1868, page 89), Ryder was "attached to the Telegraph Expedition" in 1866. This was the Western Union Telegraph Extension project that attempted to connect North America to Europe by telegraph wire by running a line from British Columbia and points south to Alaska, across the Behring Strait, and through Siberia and Russia. The project was terminated prematurely when the Great Eastern, used by the competing Anglo-American Telegraph Company, laid the first trans-Atlantic submarine cable in 1866. Ryder, Charles H. (I767)
185 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to Browne (1979), he filmed the departure of Canadian military troops from Vancouver for Siberia via Vladivostock, Russia, in Jan 1919. Accetti later moved to Manitoba, operated a studio in St. Boniface and subsequently moved to Winnipeg. He apparently filmed freelance for both Fox Movietonews and Associated Screen News. He also filmed from aircraft and according Manitoba Biographies (Manitoba Historical Society;, viewed 2009.12.28) he weighed over 300 pounds. His probate file is dated 1956 and is preserved by the Archives of Manitoba. Accetti, Angelo (I566)
186 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to Dempsey he and his brother A.J. Smythe settled in Minnedosa, MB, about 1883 and by the following year had become itinerant photographers in Manitoba. They moved to Calgary in 1885 and by 1887 S.A. Smythe was taking all of the photos. He opened a studio in Banff in 1889 but returned to Calgary in the early 1890s.

S.A. turned up in Vancouver in Oct 1896 where he was displaying photos of places around Calgary. The newspaper noted that the Illustrated London News of 29 Aug 1896 contains six views of Alberta by Smythe, all of which were sent to the paper in the fall of 1890. The following January the same paper reported receiving photos by Smythe of mining and ranching scenes in BC and the Northwest.

According to the Vernon Museum, he visited Vernon in Jun 1897 and had established himself as a photographer in Apr 1900. In May 1899 he was in Atlin working as a sanitary officer, but was also listed as a photographer in the 1900 voters list.  
Smythe, Sidney Alfred (I817)
187 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to, he was a "Street photographer in Victorian London and missionary to China with the China Inland Mission." He and his bride, Minnie Southall, also with the China Inland Mission, were married in Shanghai, China, in 1882. His father, John Eason, also briefly worked as a photographer in the year or two after his son's birth. contains a summary of his career up to the point he disappeared from England. The 1921 Canada census indicates he immigrated in 1914 and worked as a photographer on his own. In 1917 he was living in Victoria and working as a clerk for Taylor's Photo Studio. In 1918 he was listed in the Victoria city directory as a photographer, but only his home address was given. Eason, Arthur Ephriam (I915)
188 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to Grainger (1992), he lived in Alaska from his arrival in 1897 until his death. Between about 1909 and 1914 he operated as Andrews & Evans. Andrews was the official photographer for the major Alaskan shipping and rail lines. His importance as a photographer of the Klondike gold rush is owed to his photographing famous stampeders no doubt after the rush had ended. His home and business in Douglas, including his negatives, were destroyed by fire. In addition to Douglas, he was reputed to have worked in many other Alaska towns except Nome. Andrews, Edmund (I335)
189 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to Grainger (1992), he travelled from El Paso, Texas, to Skagway, Alaska, at the start of the Klondike Gold Rush where he worked as a jeweler. He later opened a curio store and returned to his home state in 1910. Grainger notes that some of his photo postcard views are of the gold rush trail to Dawson.  Kern, Peter E. (I148)
190 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his colleague E. Hazard Wells, he was a reporter for the New York Times and in Dawson by early Nov 1897. Tappan Adney implies that he travelled with the "Christy" Party. Adney reproduces two of his photographs taken in Dawson. A portrait of Pelletier appears in Atwood (1930).

According to one obituary, Pelletier was a superb publicist and achieved his greatest success in that field while employed by the Ford Motor Company. Pelletier was writing a biography of Henry Ford at the time he died aged 70.

Pelletier was a former president of the Detroit Sourdough Club and a member of the Toronto Sourdough group. He was survived by his wife Gertrude, two sons, a daughter and one brother, Frank Pelletier, of Vancouver, BC. 
Pelletier, E. LeRoy (I82)
191 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his death registration record, from information supplied by his father-in-law, he had worked as a photographer for 11 years and last worked at it in Jan 1946. He likely left the profession due to illness as he passed away from a malignant brain tumor. Knight, Alfred (I1153)
192 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his Legacy Family Tree Services page:

He worked his way across Canada taking pictures of farms etc., and finally settled in Kamloops B.C. in 1919. He worked for Taylors Book Store on Victoria Street south. Started his own photography business in 1920 out of his home at 638 Victoria Street, and then moved the business to the 200 block Victoria Street. John sold the business in 1947. He sold Watkins Products for a number of years out of his home at 992 Nicola St. Kamloops. After his wife Margaret's death, John moved to Vancouver in 1956 where he and his brother Leonard shared a home. John enjoyed playing crib and going to the horse races. In July 1980, after Leonard's death, he moved into Pleasant View Home in Mission B.C.
Embury, John James (I1145)
193 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his marriage registration record, he was a photographer and picture framer in 1905. He purchased the Baglow and Thorpe studio in the spring 1909 and was describing as having been in charge of S.J. Thompson's Vancouver studio for "some time." Corbutt, Frederick Percy (I1138)
194 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary he arrived in B.C. in 1898 and worked for an uncle and a colleague at Greenwood. Frank operated F.D. Rice & Co., but was also listed the same year and the next as a clerk at the post office. He became a land surveyor in 1907. Rice, Frank Dwight (I760)
195 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary he arrived in BC in 1893. He later moved to Vancouver. His death registration record indicates he had worked as a linotype operator for 42 years or since around 1901. Dingle, Walter (I277)
196 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary he arrived in Canada in either 1889 or 1897, settling first on the Prairies, then participating in the Klondike gold rush. He worked for S.J. Thompson and then moved to Victoria where he operated C.H. Smith and Company, an art and photo supply store. He and J. Savannah were listed together in the 1910 directory. Smith retired about 1945. Smith, Charles Henry (I813)
197 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary he arrived in Vancouver in 1887 aboard the first train from Montreal. While he was listed as a bookbinder's apprentice in the 1897-1898 and 1900+ directories, he was shown as a photographer in the 1899 directory. At the time of his death he was a vice president of the Wrigley Printing Company, Vancouver, a position he had held for nearly twenty years. He was considered to be one of the most outstanding bookbinders in Canada. Cowderoy, William (I506)
198 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary he came to Canada in 1887 and moved to Victoria in 1889 after two years in Winnipeg. He moved to Vancouver and was listed as a clerk at Trueman and Caple in 1891, then served as their photographer during the next two years. He moved back to Victoria and worked as a labourer, then went back to photography in 1895. After leaving photography he went to the Omineca district to mine gold on Germansen Creek (1896) and also prospected in the Yukon where his wife met up with him in Skagway, AK, in Dec 1897.

His daughter, Lillian Stainsby Blackett, married William E. Ditchburn, a lacrosse player, on 27 Oct 1897. His wife, Mrs. Christiana Blackett, who was also born in Stockton-on-Tees on 24 Dec 1839, passed away at the age of 80 in Victoria on 30 Sep 1919. She was survived by her husband, son Robert (Bert) and daughter Lillian. 
Blackett, Cuthbert (I392)
199 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary, after emigrating with his parents he lived in Connecticut, working in the carpet industry, prior to emigrating to Brandon, Manitoba in 1879. His obituary states he took up photography in Brandon before moving to Victoria in 1901 where he continued to work as a photographer, chiefly in studio portraiture, up until 1937. The 1891 Canada census, however, gives his occupation as farmer. In 1910 he likely faced his most challenging moment as a photographer when he lost his studio in the Five Sisters Block fire. Two other photographers were also burned out: Skene Lowe and C.H. Smith. Foxall reopened in the fall of 1911 on the sixth (top) floor of the new Sayward Building on the corner of Douglas and View streets. He was predeceased by his wife Amelia Francis Foxall, who died on 15 May 1924, age 69, and was survived by their daughter Miss Minnetta Maggie Foxall (died 12 June 1940), their son Clifford Francis Foxall (married 1925; died 2 December 1948) and three grandchildren.  Foxall, William (I684)
200 BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary, he immigrated from Tunbridge Wells, England, and began his Canadian photography career with the Shaw Brothers. He subsequently operated his own studio until around 1925 (the obituary says 1923, but the business directories indicate he worked for Shaw Brothers until 1925), and then worked with Wilfred Gibson for five or six years.

Williams was a member of the Arion Club and the Rotary Club (1915-1924), as well as being a Freemason (Quadra Lodge No. 2). He was survived by his widow one daughter, Mrs. O.V. Dawkins, and two granddaughters, all in Victoria. Williams is buried in Colwood Burial Park. 
Williams, Ernest Allen (I1077)

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