Chris Hollyer’s glass slides and the Lawries of Victoria West

lantern slide victoria archives

Christopher William Hollyer was an early 1900s Victoria West amateur photographer and a close friend of my grandpa Dick Warner’s Mom’s family, the Lawries. Hollyer took hundreds of photos of the family on picnics, on sailboats and in amateur dramatics costumes and turned these into glass slides to show in his lantern projector.

Dorothy Lawrie at sea
Lantern Slide by Chris W Hollyer. Dorothy Lawrie rows cousin Dorothy Colby and sister Janet Lawrie off the water of Vic West. Image M09879 Victoria Archives

Hollyer’s glass slides and lantern projector were found in my grandfather’s garage. I researched, identified and catalogued the subjects of each of the 200 plus slides. The slides and research were donated to the City of Victoria Archives, who said “It is rare we receive donations that have been so well documented.”

Lt-Col. Christopher Hollyer
Christopher William Hollyer was Sergeant Major in the local militia, amateur and thespian and photographer. City of Victoria Archives Image M09880

Over the past few years, I’ve continued my research into Chris Hollyer and the Lawrie family, I’ve been looking back to the Lawrie family’s father, architect and inventor Thomas Lawrie Jr, FRIBA. I’ve also been looking further into Hollyer’s artistic family (grandfather William Henry Simmons was an esteemed engraver and uncle Frederick Hollyer was a renowned portrait photographer), and Hollyer’s own work as a photographer in England and in early 1900s Victoria photography community. Finally, I’ve been looking more closely into Hollyer and the Lawries’ activities in turn-of-the-century Victoria militia and amateur dramatics.

See selected Hollyer photographs online.

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