Fonds PR-2157 - Alfred Frewing fonds

Members of the Frewing family aboard ship; back row; William John Jr., Emily Gertrude (Wheatland)... Mary Ann (Mell) and William John Frewing, Sr. An unidentified home. "Nutbourne"; possibly in Croydon. Street scene; possibly Croydon. William John Frewing Jr., photographed in Croydon. Violet Mary Ann Carter, nee Frewing. Violet Mary Ann Frewing; married Arthur Carter in 1901. Violet Mary Ann Carter, nee Frewing. Church interior. Lily Kezia Frewing. Emily Gertrude Frewing, nee Wheatland; married William John Frewing Sr. Children tobogganing in the street; unidentified town. Threshing time Alfred Frewing, brother in law Arthur Carter on the ground, laughing, Lily and Arthur's wife Violet. The Nakusp. Unidentified family. Unidentified portrait. Threshing. A snow scene. Alfred Robert Frewing. Alfred Robert Frewing. Two pheasants shot by Arthur F. Frewing. The Gorge Waterway, Victoria. Three men in a greenhouse full of lettuce; boxes say "Grown at Mount View, Victoria, BC". Alfred Robert Frewing, his dog and his catch for the day. William John Frewing Sr., and his dog. Violet Mary Ann Carter, nee Frewing, Miss Frewing, and Lily Kezia Frewing. Threshing crew Threshing.
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Alfred Frewing fonds

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  • [ca. 1886-1929]; predominant [ca. 1900-1920 (Creation)
    Frewing, Alfred Robert, 1887-1957

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122 photographs

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Alfred Robert Frewing (1887-1957) was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, the son of William John Frewing (1848-1933) and Mary Ann Mell (1848-1933). The Frewing family later resided at Croydon, Surrey, England, before immigrating to Canada.Alfred Frewing farmed at Vancouver Island locations including Langford and the Highlands from 1917 to 1919, Cowichan Station from 1919-1929, and then Victoria. He also worked as plasterer and brick mason, and was a trained amateur photographer. Alfred's siblings included:Minnie Elizabeth Frewing (b. 1867); William John Frewing (b. 1870);Edward Frewing (b.1871); Annie M. Frewing (b.1873); Arthur Frederick Frewing (1875-1969); Herbert Walter Frewing (b.1877); Lily Kezia Frewing (b.1882); and Violet Mary Ann Frewing (b. 1882).

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Donated to B.C. Archives in 1990 by Donald F. Frewing, grandson of Alfred Frewing.

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The fonds consists of 122 photographs (glass plate negatives) of the Frewing family, depicting family life in Croydon, England, the Prairie provinces, and Vancouver Island ca. 1900 through the 1920s. Information on photographers, dates and locations is lacking. Locations include the Gorge Inlet, the Craigflower area and other Victoria locations. Subjects include family members (including group photos and portraits), residences, land clearing, house construction, hunting, threshing and other farming activities, the Gorge Regatta (Victoria, B.C.), picnics and other family outings.

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Use restrictions as apply to glass plate negatives. The photographs were created prior to January 1, 1949 and consequently are in the public domain.

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Of the 122 photographs, many item descriptions and digital images are available in the catalogue on the B.C.Archives website.

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Archives code(s): 91-4300, 199104-001.

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Accession number(s): 91-4300; 199104-001

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  • Box: 914300-0001