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Pioneer Film-Maker Dies Here at 86

Victoria Daily Times Colonist, Thursday November 21, 1968
   One of Victoria's pioneer movie-makers has left the city he photographed so often.
   Douglas Flintoff, 86, a founder member of Victoria Amateur Movie Club, died in Royal Jubilee Hospital Tuesday.
   His best-known film, Little Rays of Sunshine, told the story of 80 crippled children at the old Mill Bay Solarium (now the Queen Alexandra Solarium) and was responsible for raising between $60,000 and $70,000 for the cause.
   When Mr. Flintoff showed this film at a Victoria Kiwanis Club luncheon in 1937, the Kiwanis were so deeply touched they formed a committee to raise money for the Solarium. For some years after they contributed between $2,000 and $3,000 annually.
   Sponsored by the B.C. education department, Mr. Flintoff travelled all over the province showing his own films to schools.
   "I loved the work but some of the roads were terrible," he used to say.
   He made films all over southern Vancouver Island. One showed the industrial life of Victoria; another, The Georgian Coffee Pot, depicted the art and craft of the silversmith.
   A film he made of Hatley Park was commissioned by a trust company which had the task of selling the property. It was shown in both Canada and the United States and resulted in the purchase of Hatley Park by the Canadian government for use as a military college.
   In later years, Mr. Flintoff shot 400 feet of film depicting the need for an adequate sewage system in Saanich municipality.
   Born in Exeter, England, he was trained as a commercial artist at Leeds, England, and later operated one of the city's first movie theatres. During the First World War he was commissioned to make films of German zeppelins and airplanes for the Royal Engineers.
   Mr. Flintoff came to Victoria in 1927 and quickly established himself as a professional photographer and commercial artist.
   In 1934 he became one of eight founder members of Victoria Amateur Movie Club, and the following year he became partners with Godfrey Hirst, also an enthusiastic cameraman. They founded the firm of Hirst and Flintoff, photographic suppliers at 1006 Broad Street, and continued in partnership for 25 years.
   Both Mr. Hirst and Mr. Flintoff retired several years ago, but the firm continues under its old name.
   Mr. Flintoff was a member of the Royal Arcanum Club and the Britannia Branch No. 7, Royal Canadian Legion. He is survived by two sons, Arthur Brian and Denys Flintoff, Victoria; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Canon George Biddle will conduct funeral services in Sands Memorial Chapel of Chimes Friday at 3 p.m.
 Flintoff opened a theatre in Leeds in 1913 that pioneered special children's matinees. He was a member of the Royal Engineers during the First World War.
  He came to Canada in 1927 and started in business as a commercial artist and making educational films. He pioneered making movies for B.C. schools under the education department.
  He was a member of the Royal Arcanum, the Britannia Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Victoria Amateur Movie Club.
  Mr. Flintoff is survived by sons, Denys, and Brian, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be held in Sands Mortuary at 3 p.m. today.

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