Lumley Franklin – Fraser River Gold Rush pioneer

Lumley Franklin Fraser River gold rush pioneer

Lumley Franklin Fraser River gold rush pioneer

Lumley Franklin was an auctioneer, commission dealer and a real estate agent.

Born in Liverpool, England in 1820, Lumley spent 13 years in the United States before emigrating to Victoria in August 1858 with his younger brother, Selim. With his help, Lumley opened an auctioneer and land agent store.

“…He has taken the Fireproof Brick Building in Yates Street, nearly opposite Messrs. Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Express office. Having had eleven years’ experience in the Auction business, he respectfully solicits a renewal of public support.”

Franklin held weekly auctions of clothing, footwear, groceries and damaged goods as well as anything ordered from the ‘High Sherriff’ of British Columbia.

He even sold town property in south Seattle, near the terminus of the North Pacific Railway.

Both Lumley and Selim helped create the Victoria Philharmonic Society and performed in numerous musical performances. This hobby undoubtedly helped Lumley’s political career. In 1865, Lumley Franklin became the second mayor of Victoria.