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[Views of British Columbia photograph album]

The album consists of 65 pages, which contain 58 b&w photographs from various creators, and 5 engravings. The photographs primarily depict scenery throughout British Columbia, as well as some photographs of First Nations people and villages. Many of the photographs appear to have been taken by George Mercer Dawson during Geological Survey of Canada expeditions (1878 and 1879), and are complemented by the Survey reports. However, there are also some photographs by Frederick Dally and by Richard Maynard. When known, the photographers and any identifying information are provided (see the attached list of photographs). Many of the unidentified photographs may be Geological Survey of Canada photographs by Dawson as several are numbered in a similar way.

Photographic Views of British Columbia taken by F. [Frederick] Dally 1867-1868. [Dally Album Number 1]

This album was produced in response to a request from the Secretary of State for the Colonies who sent a circular dated 29 November 1869 to all colonial governors requesting albums of photographs. They were instructed to send "photographic views of noteworthy buildings and scenery" to the Colonial Office. Governor Anthony Musgrave was ill and so the request was not acted upon until April 1870. This album is a duplicate of one which was held by the Foreign and Colonial Office in London, and was presumably kept as the Colony of British Columbia's copy.

The album is a brown and leather-bound, and contains 49 views of British Columbia said to have been taken between 1867 and 1868. The images include photographs of Victoria, Esquimalt, New Westminster, and various views taken along the Cariboo Road and in the Cariboo gold mining district. The selection of views was intended to illustrate the prosperity and future prospects of the Colony of British Columbia.

This type of album was made to order by Dally in his photographic studio from a selection of prints chosen by the purchaser.

The captions are presumed to have been written by Dally.

Photographic Views of British Columbia taken by F. Dally 1867-1868 [David Carl Album]

The album contains views taken between 1867 and 1868 of First Nations, scenes along the Cariboo Road and photographs of gold mining operations and communities in the Cariboo District. There are also a few photographs of Victoria, New Westminster and the San Juan Island British Camp.

This type of album was made to order by Dally in his photographic studio from a selection of prints chosen by the purchaser.

Most of the captions are presumed to have been written by Frederick Dally, but there are annotations (not always correct) by later owners, including Margaret Janet Hart, David Carl's grandmother.

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Photographic Views of British Columbia 1867 - 1870. [Dally Album Number 3]

The album contains views taken between 1867 and 1870, and includes photographs of Esquimalt, Victoria, Sooke and other places on Vancouver Island; views of New Westminster, Burrard Inlet, and scenes along the Cariboo Road, and photographs of gold mining operations and communities in the Cariboo District. The album also includes one photograph of Peru.

This type of album was made to order by Dally in his photographic studio from a selection of prints chosen by the purchaser.

The captions are presumed to have been written by Frederick Dally.