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Douglas Stewart Scott fonds
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- Moving images
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[1923-1955], predominant [1926-1939] (Creation)
- Date range estimated from film stock date codes, interview with donor, and content of films. The films were digitized in 2012.
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63 film reels (ca. 7.5 hr.)
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Name of creator
Douglas Stewart Scott was born to “the colonel” John Thomas Scott (mayor of New Westminster, B.C. in 1900 and 1901) and Elizabeth Ann Williams on December 22, 1892. As an adult, Scott may have lived in Victoria, B.C. before travelling to Hong Kong in the late 1920s. He decided to stay, and while there he is known to have worked for the Texas Company (Texaco), and is believed to have had other business activities there as well.
In Hong Kong, Douglas met his wife Margaret at a prize fight. They married and built a house together in Hong Kong, where their daughter Margaret was born. The Scott family moved to Victoria, B.C. in 1937 or 1938 and would remain there until Douglas and Margaret Scott separated. Scott owned a photography supply business on Douglas Street in Victoria, B.C. After re-marrying, Douglas Scott briefly moved to Kamloops, B.C with his wife Barbara E. Player, in 1946 or 1947. He died in Saanich, B.C. in 1961 at 68 years of age.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of films photographed and collected by Douglas Scott, predominantly documenting his time living in Hong Kong (China), Victoria (B.C.), and Kamloops (B.C.). The majority of the films document the life of an expatriate family in Hong Kong during the interwar period, rural and urban Hong Kong, and later life in Victoria. Subjects include Scott's first wife, Margaret Scott, and daughter, also named Margaret, as well as boats and ships, the ocean, gardens, and examples of the film medium. Some films appear to document Scott's work with the Texas Company (Texaco), the British America Paint Company (Bapco), the Far East Aviation Co., and his own photography supply business (Scott Camera Co.) in Victoria. The films capture a number of noteworthy events, such as the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Victoria in 1939, King George V's Silver Jubilee parade in Hong Kong in 1935, and construction of the Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster (B.C.).
Immediate source of acquisition
There are no films numbered "2011-089.16" or "2011-089.60". They were found to be scratched duplicates of other films in this fonds.
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Playback of physical films is restricted for preservation reasons.
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