Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Wadds, George Thomas[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20]

Male 1873 - 1962  (89 years)


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  • Name Wadds, George Thomas 
    • VARIANT NAME: G.T. Wadds.
    Born 14 Jan 1873  County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    • Full birth date is from a private biographical account of his aunt Mrs. Agnes (nee Wadds) Mount.
    Gender Male 
    Home Address/Year 1894-1895  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Hamilton St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year Nov 1892-Apr 1896  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    518 Cordova St.
    Wadds Brothers
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1896-1897  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    538 Homer St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year Apr 1896-1897  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    45 Cordova St. (Sullivan Block)
    Wadds Brothers
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1898  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    68 Cordova St. (Sullivan Block, room 5)
    Wadds Brothers
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1899  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    68 Cordova St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1899  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    630 Richards St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1900  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    660 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1899-1901  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    45 Cordova St. (Sullivan Block)
    Wadds Brothers
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Marriage 27 Feb 1901  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Bride: Stella Louise Eldrige 
    Business Address/Year 1902-1912  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    337 West Hastings St.
    Wadds Brothers
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1913-1922  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    337 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1923-1928  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    736 Granville Street, no. 1201
    Vancouver Block
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1929-1939  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    1318 Granville St.
    ground floor studio
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1940-1950  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Continued past 1950 
    Address:
    1318 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Died 12 Jun 1962  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Association Wadds Brothers (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Wadds, David (Relationship: Brother) 
    Association Vancouver Arts and Crafts Association (Relationship: Member) 
    Association George T. Wadds Studio (Relationship: Owner) 
    Association Photographers' Association of the Pacific Northwest (Relationship: Member; President) 
    Association Wadds Brothers (Relationship: Partner) 
    Association Chapman, George (Relationship: Employee) 
    Association Harper, Harold Hilton (Relationship: Photographer; Printer) 
    Association Hyne, Ethel (Relationship: Finisher) 
    Association Hyne, Katie (Relationship: Finisher) 
    Association Hay, David Chisholm (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association McKenzie, Kenneth Gordon (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Richards, Albert James (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Stewart, Alfred (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Martin, David Johnstone (Relationship: Photographer; Printer) 
    Association Conran, Mildred Mary Margaret (Relationship: Finisher) 
    Association Conran, Mildred Mary Margaret (Relationship: Retoucher; Clerk; Artist; Finisher) 
    Association Cumblidge, George Henry (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Association Bruno, Ernest John (Relationship: Artist) 
    Person ID I367  Camera Workers | W, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2021 

  • Documents
    George T. Wadds studio ad, <i>Wrigley's British Columbia directory ... 1921</i>, p. 886.
    George T. Wadds studio ad, Wrigley's British Columbia directory ... 1921, p. 886.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He emigrated with his brother David to Toronto in 1882 and studied photography under H.E. Simpson. The Toronto city directories between 1889-1892 listed him as a photo-printer (1889 Simpson Bros., photographers), retoucher (1890 H. E. Simpson, photographers) and photographer (1892 H. E. Simpson). David appears to have arrived in Vancouver first, but by Nov 1892 the studio he had purchased was being called the Wadds Brothers.

      After David left for Nelson in 1897, G.T. continued to operate under the Wadds Brothers name until 1912 when the studio was destroyed by fire. He reopened under the name George T. Wadds Studio. He was married to Stella Louise Eldridge of Vancouver in Nov 1901. He was primarily a portrait photographer, spanning 19th and 20th century Vancouver in an incredibly long career.

      In 1910 he was vice-president, possibly representing British Columbia, of the Photographers' Association of the Pacific Northwest.
    • REFERENCES: WIL93; WIL94; WIL95; HOD96; HEN97; WIL97; HEN99; WIL99; HEN99; HEN00; World, 1892 11 26/1; Who's Who in Western Canada (1911); Howay & Scholefield (1914):v.3, 907 (birthdate: 1873); Letter, Toronto City Archives to Mattison, 1979 05 08.

  • Sources 
    1. [S134] COLLECTION: BVA.

    2. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.

    3. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.

    4. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1920, 1924, 1928, 1933.
      Vancouver

    5. [S795] HENVAN11, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1911), 1180.
      Vancouver

    6. [S797] HENVAN12, (Vancouver: Henderson Publishing, 1912), 1283.
      Vancouver

    7. [S747] HENVAN14, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1914), 1310.
      Vancouver

    8. [S754] HENVAN21, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1921), 999.
      Vancouver

    9. [S757] WRI24, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1924), 1119.
      Vancouver: Wadds, Geo. T. Portrait Photographer. 1201 Vancouver Block. Phone Sey. 1002. Res. 1999 Cedar Crescent.

    10. [S765] WRI32, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1932), 1355.
      Vancouver

    11. [S766] WRIVAN33, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1933), 837.
      Vancouver

    12. [S769] SUN35, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1935), 1468.
      Vancouver

    13. [S770] SUN36, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1936), 1190.
      Vancouver

    14. [S771] SUN37, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1937), 1161.
      Vancouver

    15. [S772] SUN38, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1938), 1257.
      Vancouver

    16. [S773] SUN39, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1939), 1069.
      Vancouver

    17. [S774] SUN40, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1940), 1081.
      Vancouver

    18. [S779] SUN45, (Vancouver: Sun Directories, 1945), 1126.
      Vancouver

    19. [S808] BCVAN50, (Vancouver : B.C. Directories, 1950), 582.
      Vancouver

    20. [S1025] BCVAN51, (Vancouver, BC: B.C. Directories, 1951).
      Vancouver

    21. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Date of Birth: January 14th 1873
      Registration no. 1962-09-007762; digital facsimile URL (accessed 9 Jan 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/b19db8e2-1891-4e3f-b512-e8885beef4bf

    22. [S670] BVIPA marriage registration.
      Registration no. 1901-09-047730 (microfilm reel B11372); digital facsimile URL (accessed 9 Jan 2017): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/f9d6dcf9-3c03-40b0-9792-73309ded0f88