Item 0007 - An Evening's Catch in Miller Lake

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An Evening's Catch in Miller Lake

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on annotation on reverse of photograph

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1 photograph: b&w

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(d. 1930)

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Frank Burnett was a Scottish-born photographer and anthropologist who immigrated to Eastern Canada as a young man and eventually settled in Vancouver. Beginning in 1901, he made ten ocean voyages to Africa, Australasia, South America and the Pacific Islands. Burnett documented his travels with photography and acquired many cultural artifacts, 1200 of which went on to serve as the UBC Museum of Anthropology's founding collection. He also wrote extensively about his journeys. Burnett died in 1930 during the middle of a speech he was giving at a Canadian Author's Association banquet.

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This photograph depicts a man standing behind a line strung between two trees. The line is hung with a large catch of fish, while the man stands smoking a pipe gazing off into the distance.

Annotations on the reverse of the photograph read: "An evening's catch in Miller Lake in 1908- before railway was built, by Frank Burnett." A separate note reads, "Alpha Lake?"

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Condition extremely poor (Jan. 2010)
Structural Damage: There are several tears around the edges of the photograph
Colour Change: What appear to be oil stains on the reverse of the photograph
Creasing: The entire surface of the photograph is creased

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All inquiries regarding use, reproduction and publication should be addressed to museum staff.

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RAD, July 2008 version. Canadian Council of Archives.


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