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.
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.”
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.