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Manitoba Photographers: Thomas Carfrae Birnie (1864-1911)

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Born in Ontario on 19 November 1865, he came to Manitoba around 1892 and operated photography studios at Morden and Manitou. He also operated out of a tent at Dauphin (1899) and Deloraine (1900). He and wife Katherine Elizabeth “Katie” Samson (1873-1956) had seven children: Annie Vine Birnie (1895-1983, wife of George W. McKay), Eva Kathleen Birnie (1896-?), John Howard Birnie (1898-1931), Alexander Donnell Birnie (1900-1902), William Samson Birnie (1902-?), Donald Samson Birnie (1903-?), and Arthur Everton Birnie (1908-1936). By 1906, he was living at Regina, Saskatchewan. He died in 1911.

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Morden, Manitou




Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Photos,” Dauphin Weekly News, 13 October 1899, page 16.

1901 and 1906 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration [Annie Vine McKay], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Thomas Carfrae Birnie, Geni.

We thank Butch Pearson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2017

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