I have developed an interest in the Medomsley Road, Consett photographer Venice Dunn as his name features on a couple of photos of my own family. I am intrigued by him because his name is so unique. I have started a small collection of his photographs and I am trying to learn more about him. One of my first discoveries was his obituary:
DEATH OF A CONSETT PHOTOGRAPHER
The death has just occurred, after a long illness, of Mr. Venice Dunn, photographer, on Medomsley Road, Consett at the age of 56 years. The deceased went to Consett as a poor lad, joined the Wesleyan body and rose to the position of Sunday school superintendent and class leader, and also held other offices. For some years Mr Dunn sat on the Lanchester Board of Guardians, but owing to ill health he relinquished this work. Mr Dunn was a staunch advocate of temperance and a Liberal in politics. For many years he carried on business as a photographer. He leaves a widow and grown-up family (Newcastle Evening Chronicle – Friday 25 January 1907).