File MS-3100.12 - Memorial Album Views in British Columbia [T.R. Pattullo Memorial Album]

[Barkerville's Hotel de France, before the fire of September 16, 1868.] [Street Scene In Barkerville.] [Heronville, Heron Claim Miners; Left To Right, Findlay Campbell, James Laidlaw, John Adair, Mr D... [Men Posed On Flume, William's Creek; Thomas Robson Pattullo Standing In Centre.] [Miners From Heron Claim, Heronville And Governor Seymour Seated Outside Building.  Governor Fred... [Barkerville, The Day After The Fire Of September 1868]
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Memorial Album Views in British Columbia [T.R. Pattullo Memorial Album]

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the title of the album, and the inside inscription which reads "In memoriam, Thomas Robson Pattullo" and includes a photograph of Pattullo and a poem "Under the Snow".

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  • 1866-1870 (Creation)
    Dally, Frederick, 1838-1914

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1 album containing 27 black and white photographs

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Frederick Dally was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England in 1840. He arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1862, on the China Clipper “Cyclone.” In March 1864, Dally leased a store at the corner of Fort and Government streets, and in 1866 he opened a photographic studio in Victoria. Between 1865 and 1870, he took extensive photographs around Vancouver Island and in the Cariboo District.

In 1866 Dally accompanied Governor A.E. Kennedy on H.M.S. Scout for a tour of Vancouver Island and Nootka Sound with his primary purpose being to visit and photograph First Nations communities.

In 1867, Dally visited the Cariboo goldfields in the central interior of British Columbia, and opened for business in Barkerville. He remained here for one month before returning to Victoria after a brief stay in Quesnelmouth. He returned to the Cariboo and again set up shop in Barkerville the following summer. His studio was in operation for only two weeks before it was destroyed by the Barkerville fire on September 16, 1868. During his stays in the Cariboo, Dally photographed mines, towns, and scenery. By December of the same year, Dally had returned to Victoria and was again operating his studio on Fort Street.

In 1870, Dally’s business was taken over by the Green Brothers, who were meant to purchase Dally’s negatives and photography equipment. Two years later, these items went for sale at auction and many of Dally’s negatives were purchased by Richard and Hannah Maynard. Many of Dally’s photographs were published for sale under the Maynard name.

In October of 1870, Frederick Dally travelled to Philadelphia where he enrolled in a dentistry program. He graduated in 1872, at which point he returned to England to practice dentistry.

Frederick Dally died in 1914.

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Unknown. Found in Visual Records storage in 1989.

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The album was created to memorialize T.R. Pattullo, a miner who came to British Columbia in 1861, and who died in Barkerville in 1879. It is not known whether the album was created by Dally during his time in British Columbia, and then later repurposed as a memorial album, or whether the album was created by using prints owned by Pattullo's friends and his brother William (also a miner), or commissioning new prints from Dally plates that were then owned by Richard Maynard. The photographs are primarily views of the Cariboo Road, First Nations and gold mines and communities in the Cariboo. Several include Pattullo. None of the photographs are captioned.

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For conservation reasons, no access is provided to either the album or any of the original glass plates from which these views were produced.

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Accession number(s): 198905-005

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