Dock Street, Dundee

Dock Street, Dundee - Ref: WC0147

This photograph shows the western end of Dundee's Dock Street reading west to east from left to right.

Gilfillan Memorial Church, erected in memory of prominent Dundee preacher George Gilfillan, fronted onto Whitehall Crescent. It was built in 1879 to plans by Malcolm Stark. As well as his church work, Gilfillan was active as a social reformer and editor.

He was a friend of Dundonian poet William McGonagall, and produced a sumptuous two-volume set of the works of Robert Burns. Within a year, the congregation in the church, under the care of Gourock's David Macrae, exceeded 1100.

Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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