Manitoba Photographers: Alfred John Rawson (1879-1950)

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Born in Manitoba on 16 March 1879, son of James Rawson (1830-1908) and Margaret Carruthers (1831-1918), he came to Dauphin in 1907 and opened a photography studio. In 1913, he sold the studio to Cecil Heppenstall Reeves and resided successively at Portage la Prairie, Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan), and Indian Head (Saskatchewan). He repurchased the Dauphin business from Reeves in 1927 and renamed it Ritz Studio, operating it until retirement in 1944. He and wife Grace Lane (1889-1973) had a son, Del Rawson. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 15 November 1950.

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Dauphin (Ritz Studio)


“Ritz Studio to change management, A. J. Rawson retiring from business,” Dauphin Herald, 17 February 1944, page 5.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2021

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