1910 Advertisement For Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by David Russell Ker

Vancouver Island Masonic History Project

Our Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian recently came across this 1910 advertisement for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which was owned by David Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No.1.

1910 advertisement for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
1910 advertisement for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

This Brackman-Ker Milling Company mill pictured in the advertisement stood on Victoria’s Outer Wharf, now Ogden Point. It has since been demolished.

Although this mill has been demolished, several Victoria buildings built by David Russell Ker and his Brackman-Ker Milling Company are still standing in downtown Victoria. Here are the ones we know about:

1407 Government Street

1407 and 1411 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. 1407 Government Street was built in 1889 by the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which was owned by David Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1 (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
1407 and 1411 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. 1407 Government Street was built in 1889 by the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, which was owned by David Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1 (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

1420 Broad Street

[Note: 1420 Broad Street is the Brackman-Ker Milling Company head office address pictured in the 1910 advertisement above]

1420 Broad Street, built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by david Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1
1420 Broad Street, built in 1907 by architect Francis Rattenbury for the Brackman-Ker Milling Company, owned by david Russell Ker, a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge No. 1

510-512 Fort Street

512-514 Fort Street, Victoria, BC. Built for David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
512-514 Fort Street, Victoria, BC. Built for David Russel Ker (photo: Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

Here is a photo of David Russell Ker:

David Russell Ker (1862-1923) was a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No.1 in Victoria, B.C.
David Russell Ker (1862-1923) was a member of Victoria-Columbia Lodge, No.1 in Victoria, B.C.

David Russell Ker is buried in Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetery.

David Russell Ker, family grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.
David Russell Ker, family grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C.

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