Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Gillis, Dr. Alexander John[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1865 -

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  • Name Gillis, Alexander John 
    Title Dr. 
    Born 1865  Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His birth appears not to have been registered as it does not appear under his full name for 1865 and the parent names of other births in 1865 do not match the names given in the essay "Dr. Alexander John Gillis, Yukon Pioneer" (, viewed 5 Jul 2009).
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1898  White Pass Trail (AK-BC-Yukon) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Address/Year 1901  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    McLennan & McFeely Block
    dental office
    Dawson, YT
    Home Address/Year 1901-1918?  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Likely died in Seattle, WA, his last known residence.
    Person ID I220  Camera Workers | G, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Dr. A.J. Gillis attended dental college in Philadelphia (graduated 1892) and medical school there (graduated 1894). He travelled to the Yukon Territory in 1898 and prospected for gold. He was married in 1902 in Dawson and their first child, Alexandria Jane Gillis, was born in Dawson in 1916. Among their friends were the famous Yukon poet Robert W. Service, whom Dr. Gillis photographed. The family left Dawson around 1918 and eventually settled in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Gillis was a Freemason with a Dawson lodge and a politician at both the territorial and national levels in the 1910s.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface may be captioned and signed "Gillis".

  • Sources 
    1. [S174] COLLECTION: YWA.

    2. [S718] Eve (1998), Eve, Dennis M.

    3. [S719] Yukon Archives Descriptive Database (Web site), Yukon Archives.
      Gillis, A.J., records creator personal name authority, and Gillis family fonds description.

    4. [S692] Correspondence, David Mattison.
      Letter, Michael Cirelli to Mattison, 1996 01 25

    5. [S246] Cohen (1977), Cohen, Stan, (Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., 1977).