Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Williams, Robert Taylor[1]

Male 1849 - 1934  (85 years)

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  • Name Williams, Robert Taylor 
    Born 5 Mar 1849  Rochester, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 186-?  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Government St.
    west side near View St.
    Victoria, BC
    Died 11 Aug 1934  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Association Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery (Relationship: Employee?) 
    Person ID I799  Camera Workers | W, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial?
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: A small mounted albumen print has written in pencil on the mount "1st picture taken by R.T.W. in old Theatre Building Government [St.] at Victoria." The image is of two men seated at a round table looking through viewers at stereographs being handed them by a third man also seated.

      R.T. Williams came to BC with his family in 1859. It is possible he was apprenticed briefly to one of the operators of the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery, but in reminiscing about the theatre in 1933 he did not mention the photo gallery.

      Educated at St. Louis College (opened 1864), Victoria, he worked for T.N. Hibben & Company, booksellers, in the late 1860s-early 1870s, and later ran his own bookbinding and publishing business. His provincial business directories are an important source of historical information.
    • REFERENCES: MAL68; MAL69; MAL71; MAL74; WIL82; Colonist, 1933 10 22, 1934 08 12/1 (obit.); (Vancouver) Sun, 1934 08 13 (obit.); BVIPA Reference Room VF.

  • Sources 
      Photo no. HP023781

    2. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1934-09-494054 (microfilm reel B13151)