Fonds PR-0282 - R.L. Pocock fonds

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R.L. Pocock fonds

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  • [ca. 189-?]-[193-] (Creation)
    Pocock, R.L., 1874-1943

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291 photographs : glass plate and nitrate negatives

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Richard Lawrence Pocock was born in London, England on January 9, 1874. He was educated in Somersetshire and Bath Colleges and went on to complete his studies at Pembroke College, Oxford. The son of a London barrister, he trained in the mining profession and worked for several years as a mining engineer in the Kootenays. He arrived in Nelson, British Columbia in 1897. In 1899, he came to the coast to locate timber limits and water rights for the Industrial Power Company. He also staked the Powell River waterpower project in 1899 and the Clowhom River Project. A few years later he went to Kweichow, China with the Anglo-French Quicksilver Company to mine for mercury. Upon returning to British Columbia, Pocock joined the staff of the Daily Colonist in May 1907. At first, he was employed in the business office where he remained for five years working as a cashier. In 1912 he was made staff photographer, magazine, sports, and telegraph editor. He held the last two positions in succession for twenty-four of his thirty-six-year career with the newspaper. He wrote for the paper under the nom de plume “Old Stager”. His favorite pastimes included fishing, shooting and golf.

On May 1, 1907, Pocock married Emma George, an avid golfer and the first woman in B.C. to arrive at her wedding in an automobile. They had one daughter, Amy Katherine (b. 1909). Amy later married Theodore A. Robinson. The family lived at 1145 View Street from 1907 until Emma’s death in 1960. Pocock died in Victoria on October 24, 1943.

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Fonds consists of glass plate and nitrate negatives taken for the Daily Colonist newspaper and the photographer’s private use. The images date from between the 1890s and 1930s and include images of the Pocock family and friends, WWI military groups, buildings (including Fire Halls), sports events (including the VIAA swim team and the Victoria Golf Club), city and street views, as well as images of China and the interior of British Columbia.

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A number of the glass plate negatives are cracked or broken.

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      Contact prints are available for all the images. Scans have been made of all the glass plate negatives.

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      Access to the glass plate negatives is restricted for conservation reasons. Contact prints or scans are available for general reference use.

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      A complete listing of all images is available.

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      The fonds consists of accession 2008-0502.

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