Photographic Collection

The Advertiser/Northern Pictorial

The Advertiser/Northern Pictorial was a weekly paper published in Quesnel from 1952 to 1960. In 1958 the name was changed to the Northern Pictorial, reflecting the importance of photography and the fact that it included news and advertisers from Williams Lake. The collection consists of 3,067 black and white negatives taken by staff photographers Gerry Fun, Don Hilborn and publishers Fred and Florence Lindsay between 1958 and 1960. In addition to documenting community development and social life of Quesnel and Williams Lake, the collection contains many classic images that reflect social and cultural trends of the period.


  • Reid Street, Jaycee Kleenup Week, 1959

    Reid Street, Jaycee Kleenup Week, 1959

  • Cariboo Cowboys, Williams Lake

    Cariboo Cowboys, Williams Lake

  • Cattle Auction, Quesnel 1959

    Cattle Auction, Quesnel 1959

  • Cariboo High Majorettes, May 1959

    Cariboo High Majorettes, May 1959

  • Accident on Front St., Quesnel

    Accident on Front St., Quesnel

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E.H."Bert" Allcock

E.H."Bert" Allcock began working for the provincial government constructing highways and bridges in 1916 and was the General Foreman for the Cariboo District from 1934 to 1941. This collection of 743 negatives and photographs documents the development of the highway system in the region during the first half of the twentieth century. Photographs of the Allcock Family and their properties are also included.


  • July 1st SportsDay Parade Quesnel, 1924

    July 1st SportsDay Parade Quesnel, 1924

  • Construction of New Quesnel River Bridge,1927

    Construction of New Quesnel River Bridge, 1927

  • Gravelling Sheep Creek Hill, 1928

    Gravelling Sheep Creek Hill, 1928

  • Alexandria Ferry Crossing, 1936

    Alexandria Ferry Crossing, 1936

  • Quesnel Quartz Mine Quesnel - Prince George HWY near Hixon, 1936

    Quesnel Quartz Mine Quesnel - Prince George HWY near Hixon, 1936

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Carson Family

Alfred Carson arrived in Quesnel in 1872 and married Mary Ann Boyd in 1886. The Carson farm was on the east bank of the Quesnel River. Three of the four children did not marry and together maintained the farm and a house in town. The collection documents the activities of the family and their friends. The majority of the photographs were taken by Janet Carson (1892-1963). The collection is notable for the amount of documentation recorded by the photographer.


  • Quesnel Public School c.1911- 1914

    Quesnel Public School c.1911- 1914

  • Amos & Alfred Carson cutting grain, August 1914

    Amos & Alfred Carson cutting grain, August 1914

  • Construction of the PGE bridge over the Quesnel River, October 1921

    Construction of the PGE bridge over the Quesnel River, October 1921

  • 1st airplane to land in Quesnel, October 1928

    1st airplane to land in Quesnel, October 1928

  • Quesnel Millionaires, 1939

    Quesnel Millionaires, 1939

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Arthur Duclos

Arthur Duclos (1917-1997) was born in Quesnel and worked as a trucker prior to serving in the Navy during WWII. After a few years in Vancouver, he returned to Quesnel and worked in the logging industry and then for the Department of Highways. The collection also documents his interest in hunting, fishing and mining.


  • H.G. Gardiner & Sons, 1941

    H.G. Gardiner & Sons, 1941

  • Art Duclos with logging truck 1939

    Art Duclos with logging truck 1939

  • Caron Truck Lines at Walter Harrington's Shell Station,Boston Bar, 1941

    Caron Truck Lines at Walter Harrington's Shell Station,Boston Bar, 1941

  • Hunting trip to Soda Creek Bill Willis & George "Dinty" Johnston, 1941

    Hunting trip to Soda Creek Bill Willis & George "Dinty" Johnston, 1941

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Fraser Family

Donated by the Estate of Gertude Fraser the extensive collection includes some family photographs dating back to the 19th century, but the bulk of the collection documents Alex Fraser's political career, with emphasis on the period when he was MLA for the Cariboo and Minister of Transportation.


  • Quesnel & 150 Mile House Rifle Teams, 1912

    Quesnel & 150 Mile House Rifle Teams, 1912

  • John A Fraser with Princess Margaret. June 1958

    John A Fraser with Princess Margaret. June 1958

  • Opening of the Coquihalla Highway, March 1986

    Opening of the Coquihalla Highway, March 1986

  • Opening of the Alex Fraser Bridge, Sept. 1986

    Opening of the Alex Fraser Bridge, Sept. 1986

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Albert J. Wilson

Albert J. Wilson arrived in Quesnel in the early twentieth century and ranched just to the north of the community with his partner Edwin Steere. After WW I they took over a ranch that had been developed by the Nam Sing family, which was later developed as the Quesnel airport. There are over 800 photographs attributed to Wilson documenting activities on the ranch and events in Quesnel from about 1910 to 1950.


  • Mrs Nam Sing

    Mrs Nam Sing

  • Kong Sing, Marvin &George Baker , Edwin Steere. early 1920s

    Kong Sing, Marvin &George Baker , Edwin Steere. early 1920s

  • Mining Dredge at Antler creek

    Mining Dredge at Antler creek

  • Quesnel Race Track 1930s

    Quesnel Race Track 1930s

  • Construction of the Quesnel Airport, 1941-2

    Construction of the Quesnel Airport, 1941-2

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The Windt Collection

Henry Windt first came to the Cariboo in 1898 as a partner in a mine at Canadian Creek. He purchased property near Alexandria and his family joined him in 1901. The collection includes photographs of family members and their neighbours, sternwheelers and business in Quesnel c. 1900 – 1930.


  • Windt Family & Friends, early 1900s

    Windt Family & Friends, early 1900s

  • Sternwheelers at the Quesnel Landing 1910s-1920s

    Sternwheelers at the Quesnel Landing 1910s-1920s

  • Front St., Quesnel 1912-14

    Front St., Quesnel 1912-14

  • Mrs. Strand in front of Yorston's Road House, c. 1915

    Mrs. Strand in front of Yorston's Road House, c. 1915

  • Alexandria Band, early 1900s

    Alexandria Band, early 1900s

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C.S. Wing

C.S. Wing was a professional photographer who was active in Quesnel from about 1907 until 1928. The archives has a collection of 123 glass negative plates plus approximately 40 prints which can be identified as having been taken by Wing. The majority of these are portraits but he also took interior views of local businesses and scenes of sternwheelers and freight wagons which appear to have been used as post cards.


  • Self portrait

    Self portrait

  • Dave Anderson outside the Wah Lee Store

    Dave Anderson outside the Wah Lee Store

  • The bar in the Occidental Hotel

    The bar in the Occidental Hotel

  • Stage to Fraser Lake

    Stage to Fraser Lake

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