The 2020 Mackay History Lecture - Picturing Place and the Writing of History: the Lens and Legacy of Frederick Dally

In 1866, the young Englishman Frederick Dally opened a photographic studio in Victoria, at the time, capital of the crown colony of Vancouver Island. In the remarkable visual legacy he produced over the next four years, we can discern the origins of an enduring vision of British Columbia -- as an outpost of Empire, as a gold rush colony, as a Royal Navy station, as the home of Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. We can also recognize the power of photography as a tool of documentation, visualization, and imagination.

Dr. Joan M. Schwartz is a professor in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation (cross-appointed to Geography) at Queen’s University where she teaches courses in the History of Photography. She is also an adjunct research professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. A historical geographer and former specialist in photography acquisition and research at the National Archives of Canada, she is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the Society of American Archivists.


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The annual MacKay Lecture Series is funded by the generous endowment of Mrs. Gladys MacKay in appreciation of the education her husband, Reverend Malcolm Ross MacKay, received as a BA student in History (1927) at Dalhousie University.


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Department of History