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- Murchie, Archibald (1852-1930)
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Archibald Murchie (1852-1930) immigrated to Victoria, BC as an adult. His brother, [John] Murchie would go on to found Murchie’s Tea and name his own son Archibald Francis Murchie (1892-1925, and not to be confused with his namesake). Following his calling to become an evangelist minister for the Spiritualist Church (an off-shoot of the Church of England), he set off into the interior of BC to preach as a missionary.
Although Murchie had dabbled in photography prior to coming to Canada, his career began in earnest when he arrived in Williams Lake, BC, in 1893. Wherever his missionary calling took him, Murchie brought along his camera.
Marcus Smith, famed CPR engineer and previous associate of Murchie’s by function of their common membership to the Spiritualist Church, hired Murchie to photograph the creation of a bridge over the Fraser River at Sheep Creek. Work on this project was slow enough to afford Murchie to engage in side trips to Quenel, BC, and farther north. Here he made a connection with the Reverend A. H. Cameron who suggested he establish a parish in Princeton. After this failed, Murchie returned to the Cariboo and set up a photography studio in Ashcroft, BC.
In 1911 Murchie moved again to the Okanagan Valley and in 1916 at age 64 he married Amy Wood. His last accredited photograph was taken in 1918.
Photographs depicting scenes of industry and infrastructure development in the transitional years between the nineteenth and twentieth century with especial geographic coverage of the Cariboo, including Quesnel and Ashcroft, and the SImilkameen, predominantly Princeton, BC.
Scenes of bridge, railroad, and dam construction feature prominently, as well as portraits of work crews and landscape shots of developing cities.
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Revised 2017-01-28 by Paige Hohmann