Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Wadds, David[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1871? - 1938


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  • Name Wadds, David 
    Born 1871?  Kilroot, Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1889-1892  Toronto, ON Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Home Address/Year 1894-1895  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Hamilton St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year May 1892-Apr 1896  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    518 Cordova St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year Apr 1896-Nov 1897  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    45 Cordova St.
    Sullivan Block
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1896-Nov 1897  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    538 Homer St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Marriage 26 Mar 1898  Rossland, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Bride: Eva Saville Medlock 
    Business Address/Year Nov 1897-1900+  Nelson, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Sullivan Block
    corner of Stanley
    Nelson, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1913-  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    25 Hastings E. St.
    Suite 404
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Died 31 Dec 1938  Trail, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Association Wadds Brothers (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Wadds, George Thomas (Relationship: Brother) 
    Association Vancouver Photographic Company (Relationship: Owner) 
    Association Wadds Brothers (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Medlock, Eva Saville (Relationship: Spouse) 
    Person ID I366  Camera Workers | W, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2017 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsHome Address/Year - Address:
    Hamilton St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada - 1894-1895 - Vancouver, BC
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    Link to Google MapsBusiness Address/Year - Address:
    518 Cordova St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada - May 1892-Apr 1896 - Vancouver, BC
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness Address/Year - Address:
    45 Cordova St.
    Sullivan Block
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada - Apr 1896-Nov 1897 - Vancouver, BC
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHome Address/Year - Address:
    538 Homer St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada - 1896-Nov 1897 - Vancouver, BC
    Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness Address/Year - Address:
    25 Hastings E. St.
    Suite 404
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada - 1913- - Vancouver, BC
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    Vancouver Photographic Company's ad, <i>World</i> (Vancouver), 1892 07 14.
    Vancouver Photographic Company's ad, World (Vancouver), 1892 07 14.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Emigrating to Toronto in 1882, he and his brother G.T. Wadds studied photography there under H.E. Simpson, "the leading photographer of Toronto". The Toronto city directories listed David between 1889-1893 as a clerk (1889 Simpson Bros., photographers), photo-printer (1890 H. E. Simpson, photographers), partner with J. C. Wright (1892), and an engraver (1893).

      David moved to Vancouver about May 1892 and purchased the Vancouver Photo Company from J.D. Hall. Joined by his brother, the two operated under the name Wadds Brothers.

      David left for Nelson on 22 Nov 1897 to open a branch studio. He was married in Rossland on 26 Mar 1898 to E.S. Medlock, a retoucher for the Vancouver studio.

      David operated studios after the turn of the century at Crawford Bay and Fairview, B.C.

      The 1913 Vancouver city directory shows him back in the city and working as a photographer independent of his brother.

      His obituary reported his age as 67.
    • REFERENCES: WIL93; WIL94; WIL95; HEN97; WIL97; HEN99; WIL99; HEN00; World, 1892 07 14/8, 1896 03 10/8, 06 (souvenir ed.):49-52; News-Advertiser, 1897 11 23/8, 1898 03 31/10; Unknown & undated news clipping "David Wadds Dead in Trail Hospital"; Letter, Toronto City Archives to Mattison, 1979 05 08.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.

    2. [S134] COLLECTION: BVA.

    3. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.

    4. [S720] Census of Canada 1891.
      Province Ontario, District no. 119, District Toronto City, Sub-district St. Patrick's Ward, p. 89, line 9.
      His age is given as 19 and his occupation is photographer.

    5. [S746] HENVAN13, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1913), 1381.
      Wadds, David, Photographer, Suite 404, 25 Hastings E., Phone Seymour 2970.

    6. [S670] BVIPA marriage registration.
      Registration no.
      1898-09-165147 (microfilm reel B11386); digital facsimile URL (accessed 9 Jan 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/ae1a1b58-cecb-462b-9984-0dda1edd1d53

    7. [S652] BVIPA death registration.
      Registration no. 1938-09-552226 (not microfilmed)