Spencer, Stephen Allen

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Spencer, Stephen Allen

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  • S.A. Spencer

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Stephen Allen Spencer was a major photographer in British Columbia in the second half of the 19th century.

Born in New London, Connecticut, Spencer established his presence in British Columbia in 1859. In the 1860s, he traveled around the region, photographing Sitka, Alaska, Haida Gwaii, and Barkerville. In 1872, he purchased the Theatre Photographic Gallery in Victoria from J.A. Craigg. The gallery closed in 1879. In 1882, Spencer partnered with fellow photographer O.C. Hastings to open the Spencer and Hastings photographic portrait studio. In 1883, Hastings bought out Spencer, who moved to Alert Bay.

Spencer is buried in Ross Bay cemetery, in Victoria.


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  • IYOUNG 2021-11-01




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