Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Newcombe, Charles Frederic[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1851 - 1924  (73 years)

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  • Name Newcombe, Charles Frederic 
    Born 15 Sep 1851  Newcastle-on-Tyne, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1897-1900+  Haida Gwaii, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    also known as Queen Charlotte Islands 
    Died 19 Oct 1924  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I97  Camera Workers | N, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2020 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Trained in medicine at the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Newcombe worked with the physically and mentally ill in England and Hood River, Oregon, before permanently settling with his family in Victoria, BC. Following the birth of their sixth child in 1891, his wife Marian died. Dr. Newcombe returned to England with half his brood, engaged in geological and natural history studies at the University of London and the British Museum, then returned to Victoria. Following a brief practice at the Insane Asylum in New Westminster, Dr. Newcombe turned to collecting specimens of Northwest Coast First Nations artifacts on behalf of various museums. As part of his expeditions he took and acquired many photographs, including those by Richard Maynard and fellow amateur ethnologist George T. Emmons.

      He was on a collecting expedition in 1897 to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) for G. M. Dawson and Franz Boas.

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA (Reliability: 3).
      MS-1077 (prints).

    2. [S140] COLLECTION: BVIPM (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S340] Low (1982 Spring), Jean Low, (Beaver 61, no. 4, Out. 312 (Spring 1982):32-39).

    4. [S429] Huyda (1983), Richard J. Huyda, (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1983) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S857] Wikipedia (Web site) (Reliability: 2), 4 Jan 2017.
      "Charles F. Newcombe"
      URL (accessed 4 Jan 2017):

    6. [S652] BVIPA death registration index (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2017.
      Registration no. 1924-09-329161.