Fonds PR-2157 - Alfred Frewing fonds

Church interior. Mary Ann (Mell) and William John Frewing, Sr. Violet Mary Ann Carter, nee Frewing. Emily Gertrude Frewing, nee Wheatland; married William John Frewing Sr. Violet Mary Ann Frewing; married Arthur Carter in 1901. Violet Mary Ann Carter, nee Frewing. William John Frewing Jr., photographed in Croydon. A group on an unidentified river; possibly including members of the Frewing family. Street scene; possibly Croydon. "Nutbourne"; possibly in Croydon. Members of the Frewing family aboard ship; back row; William John Jr., Emily Gertrude (Wheatland)... An unidentified home. William John and Mary Ann Frewing on the porch of their home. Lily Kezia Frewing, far left and others enjoying a picnic; slight double exposure. Mary Ann and William John Frewing Sr., far left, with members of the family; Mrs. Carter Sr., Vio... Members of the Frewing family having a picnic; Mary Ann seated far left, beside Arthur Carter&#03... A family outside their home; possibly Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Robert Frewing and their child. Alfred Frewing, brother in law Arthur Carter on the ground, laughing, Lily and Arthur's wife... A child and his dog. Herbert Walter Frewing; later married Lillian Saltmarsh. An orchard, with a home in the background. Sheep and horses grazing. A group admiring a small flock of sheep; Lily Kezia Frewing standing to the left of the gentleman... A group admiring a small flock of sheep; Lily Kezia Frewing holding a black lamb at centre. Lily Kezia Frewing, Alfred Frewing and Violet and Arthur Carter, nee Frewing. Splitting timber. Unidentified group; Lily Kezia Frewing, front right; see also H-06190 and H-06189 Canoeing on the Gorge in Victoria. An unidentified family portrait. Beaver Lake dam site.
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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