Series MS-3100 - Photographs

Photographic Views of British Columbia taken by F. [Frederick] Dally 1867-1868. [Dally Album Numb... The Colonial Secretary's Office; The Colonial Office, Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C.; The ... The Land Office, The Legislative Council Court, The Colonial Office, The Supreme Court, The Treasury The Post Office; The Custom House; Victoria, B.C. The Treasury, Victoria The Town of Barkerville, Williams Creek, Cariboo before the fire Richfield;  The Court House; The Magistrate's residence; The Prison; The Judge's reside... Richfield, Williams Creek, Cariboo. Camerontown, William's Creek, Cariboo The Legislative Building, Victoria, B.C. [Members of first Legislature after the union of the two colonies, in front of Birdcages, Victoria] The Legislative Building, Victoria, B.C. [Supreme Court] The prison, Victoria, BC Fort Street, Victoria, BC. Wharf Street, Victoria, B.C. Wharf Street, Hudson's Bay Co. Store, Victoria, B.C. Government House (north view). Government House, Victoria, B.C. (south view). (Northeast view) Government House. The Guard House, Government House, Victoria. James Bay Bridge Angela College, The Ladies Seminary, Victoria, B.C. The Church (St. Paul's) Esquimalt, V.I. Esquimalt Town, V.I. [Vancouver Island] Royal Navy Dockyard, Esquimalt, V.I. [Vancouver Island]. The Royal Navy Clubhouse, Esquimalt, V.I. [Vancouver Island] The Royal Navy Cemetry [Cemetery], Esquimalt, V.I. [Vancouver Island]. The grave of the late Cmdr. The Honble. [Honorable] Horace Douglas Lascelles, Esquimalt R.N. [Roy... The grave of the late Govr. [Governor] Fredk. [Frederick] Seymour, Esq. [Esquire],  R.N. [Royal N... The Admiral House, Esquimalt, V.I. [Vancouver Island].
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  • 1866-[ca. 1879] (Creation)

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10 albums and one set of mounted prints.

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The series consists of photograph albums and loose photographs created primarily by Frederick Dally. File MS-3100.11, Accession 198611-001, also contains photographs by Richard Maynard and possibly Oregon Hastings. All prints, whether loose or in albums, are black and white, created between 1866 and ca 1879.

Frederick Dally (1838-1914) was born in Southward, U.K. He journeyed to Victoria, Vancouver Island, in 1862 at the height of the Cariboo Gold Rush. In 1866, Dally opened a photographic gallery on Fort Street making portraits in the carte de visite format. He photographed Victoria streetscapes, Vancouver Island landscapes, the San Juan Island British Camp, and visiting Royal Navy ships and crews. As an amateur ethnographer, Dally photographed indigenous peoples in his studio, in coastal villages and through the Interior.

Dally ventured into the British Columbia interior photographing the Cariboo Wagon Road, and isolated road houses. He made the gold rush town of Barkerville his base for two seasons where he shot portraits and views of miners posed at their placer gold claims and mining camps amid deforested hills.

In 1870, Dally left British Columbia to study dentistry in Philadelphia. He returned to the UK to practice and died there in 1914, having sold some of his photographs and papers to the B.C. Archives in the same year.

Since photographers often sold their original glass plate negatives to other photographers when they went out of business, some of these original views may have been taken by other photographers, e.g. Carlo Gentile, but for the most part the images were shot and printed by Dally.

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The original negatives were glass plates, some of which survive as part of the Maynard fonds, since the Maynard's acquired some of Dally's plates after he closed his photographic business. BC Archives also created preservation glass plate negatives.

An HP ("historical photograph") number is included in the general note section of each item level description. Use this number to search for other versions of the same photograph that may be kept in other albums within the Dally fonds or within other BC Archives collections.

Albums have been digitized and high resolution images are available to view on the A/V Kiosk in the reference room.

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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): 198508-009; 198509-001; 198509-002; 198509-003; 198509-004; 198509-005; 198508-016; 198506-001; 198509-006; 198510-001; 198611-001; 198905-005, 2016.36

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Album previous described as Dally album 8 (MS-3100.8) has been redescribed as MS-3324 and removed from the Dally fonds.

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