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C.F. Moore fonds
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Archway of Ling jin men

Item consists of photograph of the archway of Ling jin men, showing protective screen and Fang cheng surmounted by Ming lou, Beijing.

Armillary Sphere

Item consists of a photograph of a large armillary sphere at the Ancient Observatory (Imperial Observatory, Guanxiangtai), Beijing

Astronomical Instrument

Photo depicts armillary sphere astronomical instrument at the Ancient Observatory (Imperial Observatory, Guanxiangtai) in Beijing.

Astronomical Instruments

Photo depicts astronomical instruments at Ancient Observatory (Imperial Observatory, Guanxiangtai), in Beijing.

[British Legation, Beijing]

Item consists of a photograph that has been identified as the British Legation, Beijing. British army officers in uniform standing with carts in front of the building.

British Legation, Beijing

Item consists of a photograph depicting the British Legation in Beijing. Previous identification of the photograph suggested that the photo is of a destroyed building in Nanjing.

C.F. Moore fonds

  • PR-2321
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1907

Fonds consists primarily of photographs and a small selection of textual material documenting the professional and personal life of Charles Frederick Moore. The photographs predominantly concern Moore’s activities as an English colonial officer in late nineteenth century China. As a paymaster for General Charles Gordon’s forces in China, Moore witnessed and documented important events in the Nanking Rebellion. This is the most closely documented period of Moore’s life and the predominant amount of photographic records in the fonds concern this period. Following the rebellion, he remained a colonial official in Peking, starting a young family.

He decided to move his family to Victoria, British Columbia in 1885, and most of the textual records in the fonds date to this time period. The textual records comprise of certificates, biographical notes on Judge Mathew Baillie Begbie, for whom Moore served as secretary, and lecture notes for Moore's lecture on China in the time of General Gordon.

Moore, Charles Frederick


Photo depicts a group of 16 unidentified Chinese clergymen.

Farm Fields

Photo depicts cultivated field with mountains in the background.


Photo depicts a farmhouse with farm crops in the foreground.


Photo depicts lions statues at an unidentified gate.


Photo depicts unidentified gateway, possibly to shrine.

Harbour Town

Photo depicts large stone bridge with moored boats and town in background.

Harbour View

Photo depicts a view of a Chinese Harbour with moored boats.

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