Photographer and writer Lionel T. Haweis wrote one of the earliest attempts to translate Aboriginal material into fashionable literature, Tsogalem: A Weird Tale of the The Cowichan Monster (Vancouver: Citizen Printing, 1918), with a foreword by Charles Hill-Tout.

Born in Lichfield, England in 1870, Haweis attended King William's College, Isle of Man and also studied at Marlborough. He wrote briefly for the Daily Mail prior to his departure for Ceylon where he worked as a tea planter for seven years. Back in England, he married Lucy Mary De Vergette of Peterborough and they immigrated to Canada in 1907. He operated a photography studio that was transferred to Vancouver under the name of Rossetti Studios, co-managed by Jack Ranier. From 1918 to 1939 he worked on the staff of the University of British Columbia Library. Haweis founded the UBC Arts and Letters Club and was named the first honorary secretary of the Vancouver Overseas Club. He died in 1942.

Haweis was the son of Victorian painter and author Mary Eliza Haweis née Joy (1848-1898), the eldest daughter of portrait artist T.M. Joy. She wrote, illustrated and designed widely in England where her best-known book was The Art of Decoration (1881). Lionel Haweis' father was Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838-1901), a church minister, lecturer and musician at St. James, Marylebone. While living in Chelsea, the Haweis family was active in London's foremost literary and scientific circles. The Haweis family's private papers are at UBC's Special Collections, including more than 1,250 black and white photoprints and negatives.


Tsogalem: A Weird Tale of the The Cowichan Monster (Vancouver: Citizen Printing, 1918). Foreword by Charles Hill-Tout.

The Rose of Persia (Vancouver: Citizen Printing, 1921)

Little Lanterns (Vancouver: Citizen Printing, 1923, 1934)

[BCBW 2004] "Poetry" "1900-1950" "First Nations"