Scope and Contents
The first section of photographs documents the experience of Canadian and British soldiers fighting on the Western Front during the First World War. It includes some striking images of the misery of trench warfare and of post-war memorial ceremonies held in Belgium in 1922. The second section contains some images of Canada’s First Nations, but largely reflects Chapman’s work as official photographer, recording the visits of distinguished guests to Victoria. These include several Royal Visits: the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, 1901; the Prince of Wales, 1910; and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 1939. There are also photographs of the Coronation festivities organised for George VI in Victoria in 1937. Other distinguished visitors include Winston Churchill, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, the King and Queen of Siam [Thailand], and Frederick Banting, the co-discover of insulin.
Newspaper cuttings dated 17 Oct 1996, describing the discovery of the album at Bircham Primary School, are also filed with the collection.
- 1890 - 1939
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Originally, the album was presented to Queen Mary and King George V by John Howard Arthur Chapman. It was then presented to Bircham Primary School, Great Bircham, Norfolk, by Queen Mary in 1945. Further images were discovered by Bircham Primary School and added to the collection in May 1998.
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