Frederick Dundas Todd was born 30 April 1858 at
Springfield, Cupar, Fife. He moved to Edinburgh where he was
a teacher at Heriot-Watt School.
He then travelled to New York
in 1893, where he founded the Photo-Beacon, and
subsequently moved with the Photo-Beacon to Chicago,
Illinois. He was involved with George Eastman at that point.
Subsequently he moved to
Ashland, Oregon but I know nothing of his life there.
Fredrick then moved to Victoria, B. C., where he became
the first Provincial Apiarist, still carrying on with his
Indeed many of his photographs are with the Ladner
Cannery outside of Vancouver; these primarily focusing
on the fishing industry on the West Coast of Canada.
In addition he took a considerable number of photographs
of early Western Canada.
Frederick married Rebecca Keay, my grandmother,
(born 8 April, 1861 at Dundee) on 31 July, 1885, at 4
Airlie Terrace, Dundee, Scotland.
Frederick died 2 April, 1927, at Victoria, B. C., Canada
and is buried at Royal Oak Cemetery in Victoria. He had five
- Eric (1888-1928)
- Roderick (My father) (1890-1936)
- Elsie (1892-1974)
- Ian (1895-1929)
- Isobel (1897-1957)
All sons became Civil Engineers.