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Fred Jeffery Photograph Collection

  • 2009.10
  • Collection
  • 1921-1933

The Fred Jeffery Collection consists of three photograph albums comprising a total of 303 b&w photographs all dating from ca.1924-1933. The subject matter of these images consist primarily of the fishing industry, river & landscapes, salmon cannery images (housing, people, workers, machinery, boats) on the Nass River and North Pacific Coast. Notable are the photographs depicting indigenous (Nisga'a) people and places and Chinese and Japanese cannery workers. Identified canneries featured in these photographs include: Mill Bay Cannery, Namu Cannery, Klemtu Cannery, Shushartie Bay Cannery, Balmoral Cannery, North Pacific Cannery, Nass Harbour Cannery, Port Essington Cannery, Kitwanga Cannery, Port Nelson Cannery, Alert Bay Cannery, Dominion Cannery and ABC Co. Cannery. Photographs also include images of the Canadian Pacific Railway in both Vancouver and Sicamous, BC., as well as, images of the Legislative Assembly buildings in Victoria, the 1924 Special Service Squadron ships in Vancouver, early construction of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and town overviews of Yokohama, Japan (pre WWII).

Jeffery, Fred

Dry dock at Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph depicts buildings visible through clearing in trees. Water crosses foreground, hills visible in background.

Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Dry dock / Prince Rupert B.C."

After the blast 24 April 1913

Foreground shows a rocky shore covered in debris. A small crowd is visible along the coastline, and there are foggy outlines of hills beyond the water. Annotation on recto reads: "McRae Bros After the Blast 24th Apr. 13."

The last big blast 21 January 1914

Photograph of a large explosion next to a huge pile of debris. Buildings are visible on either side and railroad track can be seen in the foreground. Annotation on recto reads: "The Last Big Blast, Prince Rupert BC 21 Jan 1914 McRae Bros. Photo"

Moving mountains at Prince Rupert BC

Photograph of a large explosion on a rocky shoreline. A bridge is visible in the foreground and a body of water is partially visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "McRae Bros Moving Mountains at Prince Rupert BC Apr 24th"

Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

  • 2002.1
  • Collection
  • 1887-1999

The Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Society Collection consists primarily of textual, photographic, and cartographic records related to the regional developments of the railway industry in Northern BC. A predominant portion of the collection is made up of material from the Canadian National Railway; other railways represented include the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the British Columbia Railway (BC Rail), the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Grand Trunk Railway, the Intercolonial Railway, and the Okanagan Express. Significant geographical areas covered include Prince George, the Peace River Region, Terrace, Bulkley Valley, Hazelton and Prince Rupert.

The forestry industry is represented in the collection with operational and financial records from Fyfe Lake Sawmill Ltd., which operated southwest of Prince George in the 1950s.

The collection has been organized into series according to creator, each of which also has been arranged to subseries, file and item level, where applicable. This collection consists of eight series, as follows:

1) Canadian National Railway
2) Grand Trunk Railway
3) Pacific Great Eastern Railway
4) British Columbia Railway (BC Rail)
5) Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
6) Intercolonial Railway
7) Fyfe Lake Sawmill ltd.
8) PGRFM
9) Photographs

Prince Rupert Fishing Boat After a Storm

Photograph depicts 6 Men on a fishing boat with water in the background. Equipment on the boat is covered with a very thick layer of ice. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Rupert Fishing Boat After Stormy Trip Jan 1916”. Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “Rupert Fishing Boat , A Stormy Trip”.

Herring Fishing in Prince Rupert Harbour, BC

View of fish boat in water, with net spread and smaller boat on opposing side of net. Several gulls can be seen flying in the air. Rail cars town and treed hills in background. Printed annotation on recto reads: “Herring Fishing In Prince Rupert Harbour McRae Bros.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to “Mr. H. Smart 2550 Blackwood St. Victoria B.C.”

Prince Rupert Pioneers’ Association: charter souvenir, 1914 [book]

This commemorative souvenir was produced by the Prince Rupert Pioneers’ Association in 1914. Its content provides a textual overview of the individual persons who pioneered the establishment of Prince Rupert, as well as, their associated portrait photographs. This publication also provides a brief introduction to the history of Prince Rupert and includes some related historical photographs.

Photographs

Series consists of images pertaining the Collison family, North Coastal First Nations communities, means of transportation along North Coastal British Columbia, and various church structures and religious events.

Large crowd in Prince Rupert harbor

Large crowd is gathered around main building in a harbor. Many boats visible in foreground. Smoke from tugboat partially obscures the scene. Annotation on recto reads: "Prince Rupert BC. Photo by MCrae Bros."

SS Arna arrived in Prince Rupert BC

Photograph of ocean liner SS Arna docked in a harbour. Foreground shows two individuals on a dock in the lower right corner and a large pile of lumber in the lower left corner. Annotation on recto reads: "S.S. Arna arrived in Prince Rupert B.C March 30th 1914"

Prince Rupert wharf and waterfront

Photograph of a small vessel on the ocean with a dock and harbour buildings in the foreground. Tents and piles of lumber can be seen among the buildings. Annotation on recto reads: "The Wharf, Prince Rupert, BC. 1657." Printed annotation on verso reads "The Wharf, Prince Rupert, BC J. Howard A. Chapman, Victoria. BC. 1657."

Postcard Photos of Prince Rupert BC

File contains postcards portraying life in Prince Rupert, B.C. Images depict harbour scenes, street scenes (Third Avenue, Sixth Street, Central Street, and Mainstreet), airplanes, large ships, fisheries, city aerials, parades, military, a dog sled mail team, and a frozen fishing boat.

Seal Cove, Prince Rupert, BC

View from water of large industrial building (cannery?). Handwritten annotation in pencil on verso reads: “Seal Cove BC P. Rupert BC.” Handwritten message in ink on verso is addressed to “Miss Belding 33 Marlbro Avenue Hull Josks Eng.” 2 cancelled Canadian postage stamps read: “Vancouver B.C. Jul 4, 8 PM 1914”

The CNR in Prince Rupert

Slightly elevated front-facing photograph of a steam engine and cargo coming into a station in Prince Rupert, BC. Coal and lumber yards are visible in the background. Annotation on recto reads: "The C.N.R. Prince Rupert. 79."

Moving mountains in Prince Rupert, BC

Photograph of a large explosion on a rocky shoreline. A bridge is visible in the foreground and a body of water is partially visible in the background. Printed annotation on recto reads: "McRae Bros Moving Mountains at Prince Rupert BC Apr 24th" Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Rupert. July 17 1913. Dear [illegible]. Just a card for that album if you've got any room left by now. This is one of the blasts for the clearing of the drydock up here. [Illegible] W.M." Postcard is addressed to: "Miss C.M. Ranip[??] 931 Northlane Av.[sic] Seattle Wash." Two Canadian one cent stamps are affixed on verso. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert BC. PM Jul 17 13."

Rail cars in Prince Rupert, BC.

Photograph of a line of rail cars along a track next to a blasted pile of rubble. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Photo by McRae Bros. Prince Rupert." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "Hello Charly. I have been dead for 2 month and just woke up tell the folks out home I am doing[??] fine. don't know when I will be down again Remember me to the good little woman, and weave[??] all Well. you're[??] friend Stan C." Postcard is addressed to: "Mr. Charles Chislett 96 Colonist Printing Co. Broad Street Victoria B.C." Verso is affixed with a one cent Canadian stamp. Postmark reads: "Prince Rupert B.C. [illegible date]."

First Passenger Engine at Prince Rupert

Head on shot of steam engine traveling through a pass with mountains in the background. Handwritten annotation in pen on verso reads: "First Passenger Engine to reach Prince Rupert." Annotation on recto reads: "First Passenger Engine at Prince Rupert." Photographer' stamp in bottom right corner of recto reads : "Allen Photo."

3rd 4th Aves and Fullton Street

Photograph shows two men and a cart full of lumber at a street intersection. Various residential buildings are visible in the background and atop a large clear cut hill. Annotation on recto reads: "3rd, 4th Aves and Fullton St. Prince Rupert. BC. Allen Photo 8/Aug/09."

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