Local legends: Percy Salmon’s life and career will be celebrated on the 150th anniversary of his birth

The life and career of local famed Percy R. Salmon will be celebrated on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has commissioned an online lecture about his career as a successful photographer, journalist and author.

Mr. Salmon, a member and member of the RPS for over 60 years, was born in Waterbeach and spent his childhood and teenage years in Cambridge. He later retired to Melbourne.

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The RPS conference is the culmination of research into his life by members of his family, including his great-nephew Stephen Martin and his great-great-grandniece Helen Barber.

It includes details of Mr Salmon’s early life in Waterbeach and his family’s move to Cambridge, where his father was a police officer for 25 years.

As a teenager, Mr Salmon was a member of the domestic staff employed by Professor EB Cowell, Cambridge University’s first Sanskrit professor.

In retirement, Mr Salmon lived with his wife Eliza in Melbourne where he took 500 photographs which captured the changing face of the village during the 1930s.

Percy’s stereoscopic slides, possibly of his father William Salmon who was a Constable in Cambridge Borough Police

Mr. Salmon was born on March 12, 1872 and died in 1959 at the age of 87.

Susanah Farmer, Local Studies Librarian, said: “The Cambridgeshire Collection is a wonderful resource of local information, and we are very fortunate to have such a wealth of resources relating to local people.

“We are delighted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Percy Salmon by highlighting the materials of our collection.

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“We are especially grateful for personal collections like this that have been deposited by the family for all to study and enjoy.”

An illustrated lecture on Percy R Salmon, presented by photography historian Dr David Barber, will be available on the RPS YouTube channel from Saturday 12 March.

An exhibition featuring his photographs and ephemera held by the Cambridgeshire Collection will be on view at Cambridge Central Library in Lion Yard from Monday March 7.

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