Dock on an unknown bay in the Gulf Islands. ; Aitken, John; 2017.1.268


Mayne Island Museum


Dock on an unknown bay in the Gulf Islands.


Aitken, John

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Mayne Island

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Gulf Islands

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Mayne Island

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In 1888, 15 year old John Aitken immigrated from Scotland to British Columbia with two sisters. He married Ellen Brown from Sooke and they moved to the Gulf Islands, settling on Galiano. He became interested in photography and on his journey to the Klondike gold rush in the 1898 he took photographs of himself outfitted for the trip. The family remembers that he returned from the Klondike with a gold nugget for his youngest daughter, Annie. After the death of his wife, he moved with his young family to Mayne Island working as a grocer until 1923 when he bought Highfield Farm. He farmed and logged until 1955. He is buried in the Maple Bay Pioneer Methodist Cemetery on Vancouver Island. See Elliott, Marie: "John Aitken - Amateur Photographer" in BC Historical News, Vol 17, No 3, 1984.

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