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Manitoba Photographers: Brabazon Joseph Saunders (1870-?)

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Born at Islington, London, England in early 1870, son of George Saunders (1831-?) and Louisa Notley Mallett (1827-1887), he married Agnes Jane Muirhead Turner (1866-?) at Islington on 2 April 1898. He emigrated to Canada in 1899 and worked as a photographer at Galt, Ontario until at least 1902. He was living at Napinka as of late 1905, working as a photographer, either alone or in partnership with Leslie Wetmer Eaton. It is believed that Saunders was the proprietor of the Winnipeg Photo Company, which produced good quality postcards showing scenes throughout southwestern Manitoba and southeastern Saskatchewan. These areas are consistent geographically with the satellite studios that Saunders operated in this region. By 1916, Saunders had moved to Winnipeg where he worked as a baker. Information on his whereabouts after 1916 has not yet been found.

Work locations




Napinka, Manitoba [Winnipeg Photo Co.]


Reston, Manitoba [Saunders & Eaton]


Waskada, Manitoba [Saunders & Eaton]


Oxbow, Saskatchewan [Saunders & Eaton]


Marriage registration [L. W. Eaton], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

The Western Canada Photographers List (1860-1925) by Glen C. Phillips, Milton (Ontario): Global Heritage Press, 2002.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Rob McInnes, and Andrew Cunningham.

Page revised: 21 February 2018

Manitoba Photographers: 1858 to Present

A list of photographers who have worked in Manitoba, from 1858 to the present, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

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