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William J Topley

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Age 21
c1908
Jan 1871 Presentation
Jan 1871 cont'd

See: Imprints - - See: Advertisements - - See: Directory Listings - - See: Census Listings - - See: Synopsis - - See: Research Problems - - See: Topley Interiors - - See: LAC Irregularities

Personal Data: William James Topley b.-1845.02.27Mtl - d.-1930.11.16Vancouver - father - See: John Topley See: Problems See: Financial Difficulties

In Business: <?-1863 (OaD64-5MOttawa City Directory, 1864-5, Mitchell & Co, Undated -(ROdigi)) [1]
Occupation: Saddler

Location: Aylmer, PQ

As Employee: Oct 10 1864 @$6 -> Jan 11 1868 @$16 [2]

Location: William Notman - Montreal

As Employee: Feb 3 1868 -> ??? - Status (UnkUnknown as yet)[3]

Location: William Notman(gallery) - 90 Wellington St, Ottawa

As Employee: ??? - Agent for William Notman(gallery) (OaD70-1IOttawa City Directory, 1870-1, W H Irwin, Undated - (ROdigi))

Location: ??? St, Ottawa

As Employee: ??? -> Sep 30 1872 - Manager (OaD72-3CKOttawa City Directory, 1872-3, Cherrier & Kerwin, Undated - (ROdigi))

Location: William Notman(gallery) - 90 Wellington St, Ottawa

As Franchisee: Sep 30 1872 -> May 31 1875 - Proprietor (DW1873Mercantile Agency Reference Book, July 1873, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))(DW1874AMercantile Agency Reference Book, January 1874, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))(DW1874BMercantile Agency Reference Book, July 1874, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))(DW1874CMercantile Agency Reference Book, September 1874, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))(DW1875AMercantile Agency Reference Book, January 1875, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))(DW1875BMercantile Agency Reference Book, July 1875, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))

Location: Notman Studio - 90 Wellington St, Ottawa

In Business: Jun 1 1875 -> Dec 22 1875 - operated under own name - (DW1876AMercantile Agency Reference Book, January 1876, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))

Location: 60 Wellington St - 'Rajotte Block' - ( temporary quarters while new studio being built )

In Business: Dec 23 1875 -> Nov 1877 - operated under own name - (DW1876BMercantile Agency Reference Book, July 1876, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi)) -> (DW1877Mercantile Agency Reference Book, January 1877, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi))

Location: 49 - 51 Metcalfe St @ Queen St - custom built studio - (CdaD75-6Combined Business Directory, 1875-6, W Andrew Boyd, Dated December 1875 - (ROdigi))

In Business: Nov 1877 -> 1887? (OoD82Province of Ontario Directory, 1882, John Lovell) (FBizD85-6U)(FBizD86-7U)

Location: 104 Sparks St (OaD81WOttawa City Directory, 1881, A S Woodburn, Dated August 1881 - (ROdigi))(OoD84-5Province of Ontario Gazetteer & Directory Volume I, 1884-1885, R L Polk & Co, Undated (bi-yearly) (ROdigi))(OoD86-7Province of Ontario Gazetteer & Directory Volume II, 1886-1887, R L Polk & Co, Undated (bi-yearly) (ROdigi)) - See: Topley Studio

In Business: 1887?-> - (DW1894C) -> (DUN1906BMercantile Agency Reference Book, March 1906, R G Dun & Co, Undated (ROdigi))

Location: 132 Sparks St[4] - See: Topley Studio


Residences

(OaD69-70SOttawa City Directory, 1869-70, James Sutherland, Undated - (ROdigi)) ne cor Queen & Metcalfe
(OaD70-1IOttawa City Directory, 1870-1, W H Irwin, Undated - (ROdigi))(OaD74-5WOttawa City Directory, 1874-5, A S Woodburn, Undated - (ROdigi)) - ss Slater
(OaD75MOttawa City Directory, 1875, McAlpine) - 78 Slater
(OaD76WOttawa City Directory, 1876, A S Woodburn, Dated August 1876 - (ROdigi))(OaD77WOttawa City Directory, 1877, A S Woodburn, Dated August 1877 - (ROdigi)) - 49-51 Metcalfe
(OaD78WOttawa City Directory, 1878, A S Woodburn) -> (OaD86WOttawa City Directory Volume XIII, 1886, A S Woodburn, Undated - (ROdigi)) - 104 Sparks
(OaD87WOttawa City Directory Volume XIV, 1887, A S Woodburn, Undated - (ROdigi)) -> (OaD97-8MOttawa City Directory Vol XXIV, 1897-1898, Might's Directory Co, Undated, (ROdigi)) - 132 Sparks
(OaD98-9MOttawa City Directory Vol XXV, 1898-1899, Might's Directory Co, Undated, (ROdigi)) -> (OaD23MOttawa City Directory Volume L, 1923, Might Directories, Dated July 30, 1923 (ROdigi)) - 272 Somerset [5]

Other businesses listed: Topley & Co - The Topley Co - (DW1883Mercantile Agency Reference Book, July 1883, Dun Wiman & Co, Undated (ROdigi)) -> (DW1894B) listed under H D Topley

The LAC states on its web site that Topley was listed as an itinerant photog in 1863 in an Upper Canada directory. (There are no listings as such in any local directory of the period).
All attempts by current LACLibrary & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa staff to locate & substantiate the listing have failed. No reference notes were made on the LACLibrary & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa site when the entry was made and the author is no longer on staff.
The original author was contacted, asked about the reference, and made no comment.

Business said to have stopped July 1926 (UnpUnproven as yet)(ATPITAt this point in time) (TFFTagged For Follow-up) - but actual operations seem to have stopped a year or two earlier

Employees

John G Topley - 1872 -> 1901 -?>
William DeCourcy Topley - (OaD91-2MOttawa City Directory Vol XVIII, 1891-1892, Might's Directory Co, Undated, (ROdigi)) ->

References & Notes

  1. the directory was signed off Jan 1864, so all data would be from 1863. Property where his father had the business was empty by Dec 18, 1863
  2. Contributor: McCord Museum
  3. At no time early on does Notman ever list Topley as Manager - It is not until after Notman's brother has been Manager and left Ottawa, does Topley use the title
  4. (OoD88-9Ontario Gazetteer & Business Directory Volume III, 1888-1889, R L Polk & Co, Undated (bi-yearly) (LAC) (ROdigi))(CdaD90-1Dominion of Canada Business Directory, 1890-1891)(OoD92-3Ontario Gazetteer & Directory Volume V, 1892-1893, Might Directory Co, Undated (bi-yearly) (ROdigi))(OoD95Province of Ontario Gazetteer & Directory Volume VI, 1895, Might Directory Co (ROdigi))(EOntD98-9Eastern Ontario Gazetteer & Directory 1898-99, Ontario Publishing & Advertising Co, Undated - (ROdigi))(BizPro99-00Business & Professional Directory of Ontario, Union Publishing Co (Ingersoll 1899) (ROdigi))
    (OoD01)(BizPro02-3Business & Professional Directory Edition III, 1902-1903, Union Publishing Co (ROdigi))(OoD02-3Business & Professional Directory of all Cities in Ontario Vol III, 1902-1903, Union Publishing, Undated (ROdigi))(CdaD07-8Dominion of Canada Business Directory, 1907-1908)(CdaD14Dominion of Canada & Newfoundland Gazetteer, 1914)(CdaD19Dominion of Canada Business Directory, 1919)(CdaD22Dominion of Canada Business Directory, 1922)
  5. Address was vacant lot (OaD96-7MOttawa City Directory Vol XXIII, 1896-1897, Might's Directory Co, Undated, (ROdigi)) - Unfinished house (OaD97-8MOttawa City Directory Vol XXIV, 1897-1898, Might's Directory Co, Undated, (ROdigi)) - located between Metcalfe & O'Connor