If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know that recently I interviewed an archivist in New Brunswick about the photographer of our mystery girl. This archivist suggested that we were looking for a Herbert Ernest Maudler who was taking pictures as an amateur in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
This week, I received a response to my query about this photographer from Sandra Ronayne, the archivist for the Still and Moving Images section of the Rooms Provincial Archives Division of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sandra told me that Maudler took pictures professionally only after 1915, so if the date on our picture is correct, the photographer is probably not Maudler, but Mauder as stated.
Unfortunately neither Newfoundland archivists, nor archivists in New Brunswick can find any trace of a photographer called Mauder in their records, which is odd, especially if the photographer had been hired by Canadian immigration, which appears is the case.
Also, this week our ten finalists begin to narrow the playing field by creating essays that will suggest and ending to our girl’s mysterious story. Follow us on Facebook to read more. And continue to visit us on the blog through September as we will be posting more about our mystery girl, immigration in history and culture and hints and interviews on finding your own family roots.