Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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Benson, Dr. Alfred Robson[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1815 - 1886  (~ 70 years)


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  • Name Benson, Alfred Robson 
    Title Dr. 
    Born 1815?  Whitby, Yorkshire, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 24 Nov 1815  Whitby, Yorkshire, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1860  Nanaimo, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Nanaimo, BC
    Canada 
    Died 1886  Whitby, Yorkshire, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Association Claudet, Francis George (Relationship: Acquaintence) 
    Person ID I376  Camera Workers | B, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2017 

  • Photos
    Studio portrait of Dr. A.R. Benson and his wife by J.W. Vaughan, Victoria, BC.
    Studio portrait of Dr. A.R. Benson and his wife by J.W. Vaughan, Victoria, BC.
    Image courtesy of BC Archives, Visual Records call number B-00931.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The son of William and Elizabeth Benson, he was christened on 24 Nov 1815 at his birthplace. He arrived in BC in 1849 and served as a physician at various Hudson's Bay Company forts and towns, including Victoria, Nanaimo (1857-1862), and Vancouver, WA. Francis G. Claudet met him at Nanaimo and utilized some of the doctor's equipment to obtain a view of Nanaimo between 11 and 22 Jun 1860. Mount Benson near Nanaimo was named in 1859 after him.

      By the time of the 1871 England census he was back living in Yorkshire at Ruswarp, age 55 and widowed; he was living with his sister Dorothy Benson and two female servants, one of whom was 90 years old. [7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S666] BVIPA archival records.
      Claudet papers, A/E/C57/C57 (letter, F.G. Claudet to Mary Claudet, 1860 06 22)

    2. [S666] BVIPA archival records.
      Benson papers

    3. [S459] Smith (1975), Dorothy Blakey Smith, ed., (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1975).

    4. [S473] Walbran (1971), John T. Walbran, (Vancouver: J.J. Douglas, 1971), 48.

    5. [S667] FamilySearch.org (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"; URL (accessed 17 Feb 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3FV-WQJ

    6. [S667] FamilySearch.org (Web site), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
      "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007"; URL (accessed 17 Feb 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JTV-LZV

    7. [S967] England and Wales Census, 1871.
      via FamilySearch.org (accessed 17 Feb 2017): https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZGC-18R