Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Tyrrell, Joseph Burr

Tyrrell, Joseph Burr[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1858 - 1957  (98 years)

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  • Name Tyrrell, Joseph Burr 
    Born 1 Nov 1858  Weston, ON Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Home Address/Year 1903  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Church 
    Address:
    southwest corner 6th Ave.
    Dawson, YT
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1898; 1899?-1907  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1898-1906?  Yukon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    visit, 1898 
    Died 26 Aug 1957  Agincourt, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I719  Camera Workers | T, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2016 

  • Photos
    J.B. Tyrrell portrait by Topley Studio, Nov 1901.
    J.B. Tyrrell portrait by Topley Studio, Nov 1901.
    Cropped; original glass negative broken. OOA copy negative PA-052991; MIKAN no. 3436378.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Institutional (visit); Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Trained in law, he eventually switched careers and jointed the Geological Survey of Canada. Until 1898 he worked mainly throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 1893 he travelled through the Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories. Following the discovery of gold in 1897, he was sent to the Yukon to conduct further detailed surveys that would build on his predecessors' work (G.M. Dawson and R.G. McConnell). After Tyrrell's return to Ontario, he retired from the GSC and went back to the Yukon to stake his own claims and work at various geophysical occupations (mining engineer, surveyor, mineral valuation). By 1903 his business was known as Tyrrell and Tyrrell (J.B. and James W.).

      Due to his discovery of the first major dinosaurs in Canada while exploring along the Red Deer River in 1884 during his employment by the GSC, the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, AB, is named in his honor.

  • Sources 
    1. [S152] COLLECTION: OOA.

    2. [S873] Polk (1903), (Seattle, WA: R.L. Polk and Company), 1903.

    3. [S408] Hall (1967), E. Hall, comp., (Ottawa: Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resources, 1967).

    4. [S874] Coutts (1980), R.C. Coutts, (Sidney, BC: Gray's Publishing, 1980).

    5. [S851] LAC archival records (Reliability: 3).
      "Life of a Rock Star: Joseph B. Tyrrell"
      URL (accessed 31 Dec 2016): https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rock/021018-4500-e.html

    6. [S851] LAC archival records.
      "Life of a Rock Star: Joseph B. Tyrrell"
      Gives Toronto as place of death. URL (accessed 31 Dec 2016): https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rock/021018-4500-e.html