Manitoba Photographers: John Allan Brock (1848-1929)
Born at Murray, Ontario in August 1848, son of Isaac and Ellen Brock, he was working as a photographer at Trenton, Ontario at the time of his marriage, on 30 October 1870, to Sarah S. Higgins (1847-1952) at Hastings. He later worked at Port Hope (c1875) and Belleville (1877-1886). He operated a photo studio in Brandon from the early 1880s to 1895 but also worked at Vancouver (c1886). By 1895, he was at Los Angeles, California where he became a US citizen and continued to work in photography until at least 1900. He was a farmer for the latter part of his life. He died at Glendale, California on 17 February 1929 and was buried there.
Ontario marriage registration [John A. Brock, Sarah S. Higgins], Ancestry.
“Rare 1887 Vancouver images surface,” National Post, 28 September 2015.
John Allan Brock, FindAGrave.
Brock, John Allan, Camera Workers, 1858-1950: The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950 by David Mattison.
We thank Marie Maitland for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by David Mattison and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 July 2023