Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Macmunn, Charles

Macmunn, Charles[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14]

Male 1839 - 1903  (63 years)

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  • Name Macmunn, Charles 
    • VARIANT NAMES: McMunn, Charles; MacMunn, Charles; McMann, Charles.
    Birth 2 Jun 1839  Manchester, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1887  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Fort St.
    above Blanshard St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1889  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    110 John St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1890  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    107 John St.?
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1890  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    107 John St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1891  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    106 Oswego St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Home Address/Year 1892-1903  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    94 Oswego St.
    Victoria, BC
    Canada 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1883-1903  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 8 May 1903  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 63 
    Association Maguffin, John (Relationship: Employee?) 
    Person ID I380  Camera Workers | M, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2024 

  • Photos
    Charles Macmunn imprint, 1890s.
    Charles Macmunn imprint, 1890s.
    Courtesy of BC Archives, accession 198604-014 (album). The album consists of mounted prints inserted into paper sleeves.
    T.N. Hibben and Company ad referencing Macmunn's photographs, 1883.
    T.N. Hibben and Company ad referencing Macmunn's photographs, 1883.
    This ad was published in Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon (Victoria: T.N. Hibben & Co., 1883, inside back cover). Courtesy of BC Archives Library, call number NW 970.8 D554 1883 (or copy 2).
    Charles Macmunn, Masset, 1890.
    Charles Macmunn, Masset, 1890.
    He was photographed with his camera equipment by Robert W. Reford. Both men were on an excursion to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) on the Islander out of Victoria. Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, C-060823.
    Charles Macmunn advertising card, ca. 1891.
    Charles Macmunn advertising card, ca. 1891.
    Prepared by his agent T.N. Hibben and Company. There are 22 photos, nearly all of which were identified by Roger Boulet and David Mattison. Courtesy of BC Archives, Item I-78613 (HP020321).

    Documents
    Charles Macmunn ad, Vancouver <i>World</i>, 15 Jul 1903, p. 6.
    Charles Macmunn ad, Vancouver World, 15 Jul 1903, p. 6.
    Following his death, his widow advertised his photo stock and negatives for sale. The address was their home.
    Charles Macmunn ad, Victoria <i>Colonist</i>, 31 Aug 1886, p. 3.
    Charles Macmunn ad, Victoria Colonist, 31 Aug 1886, p. 3.
    Charles Macmunn CPR engravings, (London, Eng.) <i>The Graphic</i>, 17 Sep 1887, p. 308.
    Charles Macmunn CPR engravings, (London, Eng.) The Graphic, 17 Sep 1887, p. 308.
    Based on photographs supplied by the Rev. H. Edwardes, these six engravings were also published in the Scientific American Supplement (no. 618, November 5, 1887, p. 9876-9877).
    T.N. Hibben and Company ad referencing Macmunn's photographs, 1891-1892.
    T.N. Hibben and Company ad referencing Macmunn's photographs, 1891-1892.
    This ad was published in British Columbia: a Description of its Natural Resources, Commercial Advantages, Leading Mercantile and Business Houses (Victoria: Phil R. Smith, 1891-92).
    Charles Macmunn ad, Victoria <i>Colonist</i>, 9 Apr 1892, p. 8.
    Charles Macmunn ad, Victoria Colonist, 9 Apr 1892, p. 8.
    Charles Macmunn ad, Victoria <i>Colonist</i>, 15 Oct 1890, p. 3.
    Charles Macmunn ad, Victoria Colonist, 15 Oct 1890, p. 3.
    His agent T.N. Hibben and Company, advertised his views for sale from Macmunn's trip on the Islander. The amateur photographer R.W. Reford was also on his excursion.
    Charles Macmunn news, Victoria <i>Colonist</i>, 18 Mar 1888, p. 4.
    Charles Macmunn news, Victoria Colonist, 18 Mar 1888, p. 4.

    Headstones
    Charles and Margaret Macmunn's grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC.
    Charles and Margaret Macmunn's grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC.
    Closeup of their grave with their last name.
    Charles and Margaret Macmunn's grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC.
    Charles and Margaret Macmunn's grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, BC.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Listed as "photographer (C.P.R.)" in the 1887 directory, Macmunn's work was among the best produced by several commercial photographers who travelled along the line. The T. N. Hibben & Co. bookstore sold his work as early as 1883 which it described as "Macmunn's Views of Canadian Pacific Railway, Victoria and Surroundings." His name has been variously spelled as "McMunn," "MacMunn," and "McMann." The BVIPA album is an exquisite but incomplete example of his work. Another example of his work in album form is held by ABA. Cambridge University Library, Eng. holds two albums of his work and an uncredited album is also preserved by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA. For other albums and print collections see the list of Sources and Boulet and Mattison (2015).
      Charles was survived by his wife Margaret (d. 4 Jun 1912, Victoria, BC, age 77), a dressmaker, when he died at the age of 63. On 15 Jul 1903 (p. 6) she advertised his photographic stock and negatives for sale in the Vancouver Daily World.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Charles Macmunn's Views of the Canadian Pacific Railway..." on verso of print. Some prints bear a white, handwritten number in the lower left or lower right corner. The numbered prints range between 3 and 421.
    • REFERENCES: MAL87; WIL89; HEN90; HEN91; WIL92; WIL93; WIL94; WIL95; HEN97; HEN98; HEN99; WIL99; HEN00; HEN01; HEN02; HEN03; HENVIC08; Colonist, 1886 08 31/3, 1903 05 09/5 (obit.); Scientific American Supplement, 1887 11 05:9876-9877; (6 photos of "Views on the Canadian Pacific Railway").

  • Sources 
    1. [S46] COLLECTION: BVIPA.
      Onderdonk family albums (accessions 198401-006 and 1995-45), miscellaneous albums and loose prints

    2. [S932] COLLECTION: CAMUL.
      Royal Commonwealth Society Collection albums GBR/0115/Y3069A and GBR/0115/Y3069B

    3. [S933] COLLECTION: GETTY.
      Canadian Pacific Railway Views. Brit. Columbia. (cover title)
      Object no. 84.XA.1398

    4. [S160] COLLECTION: QMMMCMN.

    5. [S138] COLLECTION: BVAUS (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S9] COLLECTION: ABA.

    7. [S152] COLLECTION: OOA.
      Prints

    8. [S45] COLLECTION: BVAA.
      Prints

    9. [S134] COLLECTION: BVA.
      Prints

    10. [S169] COLLECTION: UWL.
      Title: Charles Macmunn Photographs
      17 prints (PH1496); item-level descriptions and all images have been digitized

    11. [S419] Hibben (1883), (Victoria: T.N. Hibben & Co., 1883).
      Contains an ad by T.H. Hibben and Company referencing Macmunn's photographs.

    12. [S458] Phil R. Smith, Smith (1891-2), (Victoria: Phil R. Smith, 1891-92).

    13. [S598] David Mattison, Mattison (1997b), (Kamloops: Kamloops Art Gallery Virtual Exhibition, 1997).

    14. [S931] Roger Boulet and David Mattison, Boulet and Mattison (2015), (Photographic Canadiana).

    15. [S647] Census of Canada 1901.