A brief (and almost fawning) biography and impressive etching of William Fraser Tolmie from British Columbia Pictoral Biographical printed by the British Alaskan Boundary Tribunal, 1903.
In addition to the quality of the etchings, typography and illuminations in this volume, the DI team was struck by this image due to the remarkable likeness Mr. Tolmie bears to our own beloved technical supervisor, Mr. Leslie Field. Unfortunately, unlike his historical doppelgänger, he has yet to have a street named after him.
The two-volume set comprises a veritable who’s who of the early British Columbia elite, with hundreds more etchings and short biographies of men (and a few women) whose names grace many of our local streets and parks. The full work will be included in the upcoming B.C. Bibliography digital collection.