The Victorians were enthusiastic sight-seers, with a melodramatic interest in disasters; they were also fascinated by both the intrinsic and commercial possibilities of the camera, which had arrived in Nova Scotia during the late 1850s. Outdoor photography was still a novelty in 1873, and Lower Prospect was far enough away from Halifax – and its physical setting suitably wild and 'romantic' – to provide for an exciting day-trip into drama and tragedy.
Photographer: W. Chase
Date: April 1873
Reference: W. Chase Nova Scotia Archives no. 32 / neg. no.: N-0720
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