Grace & Claire Corbould

Some family backround to one of the 18th Battalion officers, Lieutenant Charles Edward Bernard Corbould.

Vancouver As It Was: A Photo-Historical Journey

Grace & Claire Corbould, New Westminster. ca 1905? MDM Collection Grace (left) & Claire (right) Corbould, New Westminster. ca 1905 (?) Note: Grace’s portrait was made by New West Japanese photographer, Paul L. Okamura, Each portrait is identified with handwritten notes – Grace’s apparently by herself on the face of the card; Claire’s on verso.

I recently came across the cabinet card of Grace Milwood Corbould (1886-1969) at Vancouver’s History Store. A week later, upon returning to the shop, I found the smaller card of her elder sister, (Marion) Claire Corbould (1884-1966).¹

These girls were two daughters of legendary New Westminster figure Gordon Edward Corbould (1847-1926) and his wife, Arabella Almond Down (ca1853-94), whom Gordon married in 1877. Sadly, Arabella died in 1894 at the relatively young age of 41. GEC married widow Charlotte M. E. Wright in 1901.

The G. E. Corboulds were a large family: Gordon Bruce, Lillie May (who predeceased her father in 1922)², Nella Alma, Grace Milwood…

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  1. Because photography was a new profession without a preconception about a photographer’s sex or race, it was open to women and to members of racial minorities, such as Paul Okamura.

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