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Manitoba Photographers: John Allan Brock (1848-1929)

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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.

Work location(s)




Trenton, Ontario


Port Hope, Ontario


Belleville, Ontario


Fleming Block, Brandon


Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia


South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California


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

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