Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot

Frederick Talbot

Frederick Talbot
Montreal Gazette

Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot [1880–1924]

b. 1880 — London, England
d. 1924 — Quebec, Canada

I was one of a party of six which set out from the western fringe of civilisation in Alberta to make the “North-West Passage” by land, threading 1,200 miles of wonderful, practically unknown country-the interior of New Caledonia, or, as it is now officially called, New British Columbia. The party consisted of Harry R. Charlton, Montreal ; Robert C. W. Lett, Winnipeg ; H. D. Lowry, Washington, U.S.A.; G. Horne Russell, Montreal; a photographer, and myself. The first and third left the party at Tête Jaune Cache to return. The object of my investigations was to form some notion of the economic and scenic value of the country traversed.

My best thanks are due to the Grand Trunk and Grand Trunk Pacific Railways for their valuable assistance in regard to facilities for making the journey and their courteous provision of the photographer, and for placing at my service the copyright photographs that embellish this volume; also to the hardy, hospitable frontiersmen and sourdoughs who, having themselves got in on the ground floor,” readily afforded me all possible information for the guidance of those who are bent upon wooing Fortune in a country which is being unlocked and rendered more accessible every day.

Sources of biographical information about Talbot:

  • Schukov, Victor. “Meet Frederick Talbot, one of Pointe-Claire’s long forgotten celebrities.” Montreal Gazette, November 17 (2014) Montreal Gazette
Events in the Mount Robson region in which Talbot was involved:

  • 1910 Talbot through YHP with GTP party
Works pertinent to the Mount Robson region of which Talbot was author or co-author:

  • —   The new garden of Canada. By pack-horse and canoe through undeveloped new British Columbia. London: Cassell, 1911
  • —   The making of a great Canadian railway. The story of the search for and discovery of the route, and the construction of the nearly completed Grand Trunk Pacific Railway from the Atlantic to the Pacific with some account of the hardships and stirring adventures of its constructors in unexplored country. London: Seely, 1912
  • —   Making Good in Canada. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1912

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