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Hamilton Mack Laing
Comox Archives and Museum
Comox , British Columbia

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   Hamilton Mack Laing,
naturalist, author,
photographer, and artist,
made his home in Comox on
Vancouver Island, British
Columbia. Born in 1883 in
Ontario, Laing grew up on a
Manitoba farm, attended art
school in New York, and
traveled the American west

before becoming a school
principal, photographer,
writer, naturalist, bird
collector, and nut farmer
during his 99 short years.
   The Comox Valley is an
Important Bird Area of global
significance, as was evident
in 1922 when Laing chose to
live here. Laing collected

specimens for the National
Museum of Canada, wrote for
almost every North American
outdoor nature magazine, and
was a friend and contemporary
of many noted ornithologists,
including Allan Brooks and
P.A.Taverner. A realist in
his art and writing, the
management of nature was part

of Laing’s philosophy of
conservation.
   The storylines of this
exhibit of 155 items use
images, text, and sound, to
portray six themes: Laing’s
art, writing, expeditions,
philosophy, his life in
Comox, and Mack Laing Park.
   Much of Laing’s artwork,

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