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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at


Alexander Thomas Thomson 1920s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Alexander Thomas Thomson (b.1919), and Kenneth Thomson (b.1921), of Macquarie Way, Isle of Dogs. Alex became an engineer pattern maker and Ken, a boiler maker, both working in local firms. Their father was a boiler maker at Green Siley Weir. Alex became an engineer pattern maker, and Ken, a boiler-maker at Frazers, both of them working for local firms. Alex later worked in the Graving Dock, started up on his own after 2nd World War, then took on a pub.