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Harry Torkington Devine
[Harry Torkington Devine]
July 28, 1865 - December 17, 1938
Vancouver pioneer photographer, Harry Devine, was born in Manchester, England, and worked as a photographer in Brandon, Manitoba before moving to Vancouver with J. A. Brock in April of 1886 to establish J.A. Brock & Co.
Devine "took most of the early celebrated scenic photographs of Vancouver, both before and after the great fire of June 13th 1886, including one showing City Council holding a meeting in front of a tent "City Hall"; the police force of four before same tent, and a panorama of the city from S.E. cor. Carrall and Cordova streets, showing Vancouver in ashes, 14 June 1886."
DEVINE, Harry T,— Real estate agent, 437 Seymour St. , Vancouver. Born Manchester, Eng., July 28, 1865, son of John and Anne Devine. Educ. private school. Commenced career as photographer Brandon Man., 1884. Came to British Columbia, 1886 and engaged in photography, Vancouver, 1889; subsequently in employ of Corporation of City of Vancouver for nearly ten years, retiring as assessment commissioner. Dir. Columbia Taxicab Co. Marriet Emma E. Burritt, 1892; has two sons. Clubs and Society: Terminal City; Commercial, Vancouver; A.F. & A.M. Recreations: rifle shooting, walking. Address: 2740 Prince Edward St., Vancouver, B.C. [Who’s Who]
Initiated: March 21, 1889
Passed: May 15, 1889
Raised: June 14, 1889 (No. 424)
Suspended: February 7, 1893
Reinstated: February 5, 1935
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Source: Grand Lodge records; Photo and quote from Vancouver City Archives (Port P341 N899.899) J. S. Matthews. Also see: Brandon Mail, 1885 09 03/7; News-Advertiser, 1888 04 20/1; Who’s Who in Western Canada (1911); Mattison (1979 11-12); Letter, B. Keller to Mattison, 1983 04 30; Keller (1986); Keller (1987). See members.shaw.ca/bchistorian/cw1-d-names.html.

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