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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


John Gaskin 1890s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


John Gaskin, second child of Robert Charles and Clara Gaskin of No.79 Westferry Road, Millwall, Isle of Dogs. John was born in 1891. In 1901, at the age of ten, he fell ill with smallpox, in those times a fatal infectious disease. He was taken to a floating isolation hospital ship, moored in the Thames, where he died; he was buried at sea. His brothers Sam and George also caught smallpox, but they recovered