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PE001604 - Washing Gold
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- Mathers, C. W.
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1 photograph : b&w ; 24.5 x 30.5 cm. Mounted on a black board that says “The Philadelphia Museum.”
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Charles Wesley Mathers was born in Lucknow, Ontario in 9 January 1868 to Irish immigrants, Christopher and Rachel (Graham) Mathers. In 1891 Mathers moved to Edmonton, Alberta to work at a photography studio. Mathers was one the the earliest photographer from Edmonton. In 1896 Mathers married Minnie Jane Magee and had one son.
Mathers photographed life in northern Canada during the turn of the century. In 1901 he accompanied William H. Connor, an independent trader from Edmonton to the mouth of the Mackenzie River and along the river routes of the Northwest Territories. Mathers documented his trip including photographing hunting and trading activities and later produced the souvenir album "The Far North" with photographs of his travels. Mathers is also known for photographs related to the Klondike Gold Rush.
Mather passed away in California in 1950.
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Photo of a man washing gold on the North Saskatchewan near Fort Edmonton. Caption under the photo says “Washing Gold, Vancouver, British Columbia.” Write-up on gold and the gold rush on the back of photo.
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