Josiah Bruce
    These photos  of the Severn River in Ontario are believed to be the only copies in existence.  These and other valuable prints were discovered by accident somewhere in BC.  The discovery most likely took place in the 1950’s.  At present there is no record to tell us more and time seems to have sealed the door to further discoveries.  
    Other Bruce photo are in the City of Toronto Archives

  “  Josiah Bruce (1840-1913?), a native of Guelph, Ontario completed four years of architectural training and a year in the field in Quebec before moving to Montreal, where he secured a position with William Notman on the basis of previous experience as an amateur photographer.   Bruce spent several years working at the prestigious William Notman studio, and in 1868 was given the opportunity to manage the Notman & Fraser Studio in Toronto.

    After seven years managing the Toronto studio he opened his own studio for artistic photography, J. Bruce & Co., at 118 King Street West. He later moved his photography business to 132 King Street West where he employed thirteen assistants.

    Between 1894 and 1898 Bruce was commissioned by Toronto's City Engineer's Office to document public works projects such as the improvements to Ashbridges Bay and the reconstruction of the Queen Street subway. “
     Josiah Bruce took many very important photographs in and around Toronto as well as locations in southern Ontario. 
       All photos are protected and may not be copied or reproduced in any way without the written permission of the author.

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The Big Chute - Severn River ca.1895
Severn River Rapids - at First Portage ca.1895
Severn River - from First Portage ca.1895