Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Wardlaw, John[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18]

Male 1889 - 1943  (54 years)

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  • Name Wardlaw, John 
    Nickname Jack 
    Born 11 Sep 1889  Overtown, Scotland, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • Other sources through give a birth date of 11 Aug 1889.
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1922-1925  North Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1601 Lonsdale Ave.
    North Vancouver, BC
    Business Address/Year 1926-1941  North Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1537 Lonsdale Ave.
    North Vancouver, BC
    Died 26 Nov 1943  North Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Buried 29 Nov 1943  North Vancouver Cemetery, North Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I1780  Camera Workers | W, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2020 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial; Cinematographer.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to his obituary he immigrated in 1909, while in the 1921 Canada census his immigration date appears as 1911. While in Toronto, ON, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Dec 1914. While his occupation is given as salesman in his personnel file, on his attestation paper he gave it as cleaner. While serving in France in 1915 he was gassed and spent 1916 and 1917 in and out of military hospitals until he returned to Canada in Dec 2017.
      In Jun 1927 he exhibited motion pictures of North Vancouver scenes to the city of North Vancouver council; these had been displayed at tourist camps in the United States. (URL [accessed 8 Aug 2020):

      In 1928 this further intriguing reference appears in the city of North Vancouver council minutes:

      RECOMMEND that the Fire Chief be given permission to make the required turnout with the equipment and staff, so that John Wardlaw, photographer, be given opportunity of taking moving pictures to be used in his intended publicity tour.
      (URL [accessed 8 Aug 2020):

      Further details emerged of his publicity plans using motion pictures and photographs at a 1929 North Vancouver city council meeting:

      Alderman Bridgman stated that Mr. J. Wardlaw, local photographer, was present at his request, and asked that he be heard regarding publicity plans for the current year. Moved by Alderman Cartwright, seconded by Alderman White and resolved that Mr. Wardlaw be heard. Mr. Wardlaw briefly outlined the work that had been done in the past on the Pacific Coast, and emphasized the importance of continually advertising the North Shore. His plans this year were on different lines, he was to proceed east to Montreal and would show local moving pictures at selected towns on the way through from Vancouver to the Easter Seaport. There was also to be considered the value of pictures placed in Hotel Lobbies, and the placing of coloured enlargements in transcontinental trains. If sufficient inducement was offered it would be possible that an arrangement might be made with some of the large Transatlantic Steamship lines to carry pictures telling of the beauties and advantages of the North Shore. Alderman Bridgman was of opinion that the City had received good value for money spent in the past through the work done by Mr. Wardlaw, and felt that the sum of $300 might be considered as a grant. Moved by Alderman Bridgman, seconded by Alderman Anderson and resolved that further consideration be given the matter before the Estimates are finally passed. (URL [accessed 8 Aug 2020):

      His obituary notes he had operated as a North Vancouver photographer for 24 years before joining a "war industry" in 1942.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface may be titled.
    • FORMATS: Postcards.

  • Sources 
    1. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.
      Postcard and prints.

    2. [S1004] COLLECTION: BNVMA.
      Prints and ephemera

    3. [S917] Census of Canada 1921.
      Province of BC, District no. B13, Enumeration sub-district no. 57 in North Vancouver, p. 8, line 7

    4. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1924, 1928, 1933.
      North Vancouver

    5. [S651] (Vancouver) Sun (Newspaper), 9, 27 Nov 1943.
      "North Vancouver Photographer Dies"

    6. [S754] HENVAN21, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1921), 1113.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John emp S C R h 210 W 15th (N Van)

    7. [S741] WRI21, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1921).
      Vancouver: not listed

    8. [S755] HENVAN22, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1922), 1179.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John photogr h 1601 Lonsdale (N Van)

    9. [S742] WRI22, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1922).
      Vancouver: not listed

    10. [S756] HENVAN23, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1923), 1285.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John photographer 1601 Lonsdale (N Van) r same

    11. [S809] WRI23, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1923), 1550.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John photog 1601 Lonsdale N Van r same

    12. [S757] WRI24, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1924), 1123.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John photog 1601 Lonsdale N Van

    13. [S758] WRI25, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1925), 1203.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John photog and conf 1601 Lonsdale N Van h 3, 100 W 16 N Van

    14. [S759] WRI26, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1926), 1305.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John conf and photog 1537 Lonsdale N Van h 3 100 W 16 N Van

    15. [S760] WRI27, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1927), 1363.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John photog 1537 Lonsdale N Van

    16. [S763] WRI30, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1930), 1411.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John com photography & conf 1537 Lonsdale N Van h 442 W 14 N Van

    17. [S775] SUN41, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1941), 1103.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John (Mary) photog and confr 1537 Lonsdale N Van h 442 W 14 N Van

    18. [S776] SUN42, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1942), 1138.
      Vancouver: Wardlaw John (Mary) h 442 W 14 N Van

    19. [S730] Personnel Records of the First World War (Web site), (Library and Archives Canada).
      Wardlaw, John
      Digital facsimile URL (accessed 7 Aug 2020):

    20. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1943-09-633338 (microfilm B13181)