Who is the Photographer?

Inspired by my recent virtual visit with photo detective Maureen Taylor (see last two posts), I decided to follow the trail of the actual photographer who is supposed to be one Ernest Mauder.

I contacted the New Brunswick Museum Archives & Research Library, Canada and they searched their archives for information.  What they came up with was intriguing.  Herbert Ernest Maunder (not Mauder) was an amateur photographer from St. John’s, Newfoundland, rather than Saint John, New Brunswick.

Amber McAlpine, Archival Assistant also searched the database for ships arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1905 and only found two: the “Ocamo” and the “Dahomé”, neither of which were Red Star Line ships.  She suggests that the caption on the photo or information regarding the picture may be wrong and that the image was really taken in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where the photographer was actually based.  Searching online I found other images (including one of Amelia Earhart!) taken by this photographer… but they were all from Newfoundland, not New Brunswick.

So, it is possible that the girl’s picture was really taken by a photographer named Ernest Maudler in St. John’s, Newfoundland, rather than by an Ernest Mauder in New Brunswick.  There is no record in the New Brunswick archives of a photographer there called Ernest Mauder.  If so, we need to shift our focus of ships arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1905 to ships arriving in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1905.
The mystery deepens.
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5 Responses to Who is the Photographer?

  1. Jill B. says:

    Hi Gretchen,

    According to Canada’s arrival archives, there were 46 ships that departed from Antwerp in 1905, but unfortunately, the archives don’t include any information for Newfoundland.

    Per the national archives, they only hold the following records. Any idea if there is another source?

    The National Archives of Canada currently holds Seaport Records of Entry, also known as ships’ manifests, for the following ports of entry in the period 1865-1935: Quebec City, P.Q. includes Montreal, (1 May 1865); Montreal, (1 January 1925); Halifax, N.S., (January 1881); Saint John, N.B., (1 January 1900); New York City, N.Y., (1 July 1905); Baltimore, Md., (1 July 1905); Boston, Mass., (1 July 1905); Portland, Maine, (December 1905); Vancouver, B.C., (January 1905); Victoria, B.C. & other Pacific ports, (April 1905); North Sydney, N.S., (November 1906); Philadelphia, Penn., (ca.1908 to 1911); Providence, R.I., (July 1911); and all Canadian ports (form 30A) (1919 to 1924). The date in parentheses is the date that the records begin.

    • Hi Jill,

      Our historians are trying to track with assistance from Canadian archivists. The information about the photographer makes the search even more compelling. Newfoundland was also a port of call for ships coming across the Atlantic so there must be records somewhere.

  2. Marianne says:

    Hi Gretchen,
    Did you contact the LAC? The author of the photograph is now listed as “unknown”. Why did they decide it’s (probably) not Ernest Maunder? Does the mix-up Saint John/Saint John’s have something to do with it?

    • Hi Marianne,
      LAC meaning ? I got the information about the photographer most likely being a Maudler, not a Mauder who was actually from Newfoundland from the New Brunswick Museum and Archives (see my posts for details). I dont know why the photo is listed as “unknown.” Museum staff may feel that more investigation is necessary.

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