Collection - Francis Richard C. Brown family collection

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Francis Richard C. Brown family collection

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  • 1911-1917 (Creation)
    Brown, F.R.C. (family)

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28 photographs

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Francis Richard C. Brown grew up in Derbyshire, England and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Edinburgh University in April 1910. He left England and came to Prince Rupert, arriving in May 1910. He spent a year prospecting to familiarize himself with minerals in the area and in 1911 became the partner of H.F. McRae in the brokerage business. Lily Spencer arrived in Prince Rupert from London, England in July 1911 and soon opened her own public accountant business. She met Francis in Prince Rupert and married him on October 8, 1912 in Vancouver. The couple had one daughter, Margaret, born in Prince Rupert in 1914. The Brown family left Prince Rupert in November 1917 when Francis accepted a position with the Allies Emergency Fleet in Texas.

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The photographs were donated to the archives by Margaret Deats, the daughter of Francis and Lily Brown, in 1988. She was living in Corpus Christi, Texas at the time.

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The collection consists of photographs that were collected by Francis and Lily Brown when they lived in Prince Rupert from 1911 to 1917. Some of the photographs are originals, some are postcards and others are copies of the originals still held by the family. The photographs include scenes such as Crippen Cove, the arrival of the Duke of Connaught on the Princess Alice in September 1912, blasting of areas for expanding the city, 3rd Avenue in 1911 and the arrival of the first train from Winnipeg in 1914.

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P1988.024; P1988.025

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Created on November 25, 2013
Revised by BCANS Coordinator, Dec 10, 2013

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