Maurice Félix Thiollier is born in Saint-Étienne into a wealthy family of ribbon manufacturers who espouse the values of social Catholicism.
The Thiollier family moves to Paris. A French priest, l’abbé Paul Lacuria, is engaged as a tutor for Félix's older brothers.
The Thiollier family returns to Saint-Étienne. Félix Thiollier goes to school at the Collège Saint-Thomas d'Acquin in Oullins near Lyon.
Eligible to take the competitive entrance test for the École des Mines de Saint-Étienne, Félix Thiollier chooses to train at the ribbon factory. He takes up photography, and possibly receives technical advice at this time from Stéphane Geoffray, a photographer from Roanne.
At the age of 25, he sets up his own ribbon factory in Saint-Étienne.
Through the painter Henri Baron, his father's cousin, he is offered a place in the studio of the painter Louis Français, which he turns down for family reasons.
Marries Cécile Testenoire-Lafayette, daughter of Claude-Philippe Testenoire-Lafayette, a lawyer and local scholar from Saint-Étienne, and president of La Diana - the Historical and Archaeo-logical Society of Forez (1870-1879).
Meets the Dauphinois painter Auguste Ravier and soon gives up hope of becoming a professional painter.
Decides to live off his private income. Becomes a member of La Diana.
Publication of the first book to be illustrated with his photographs, Le Poème de l'âme by his friend
the painter Louis Janmot.
First exhibition of his photographs, presented in the great hall belonging to La Diana in Montbrison, on the occasion of the 52nd congress of the Société Française d’Archéologie. Becomes a member of this society, which awards him its silver medal.
Publication of Château de la Bastie d'Urfé et ses seigneurs.
Publication of Forez pittoresque et monumental. Receives a silver medal for his illustrated books at the universal exhibition in Paris.
Becomes a non-resident member of the Committee for Historic and Scientific Works at the Ministry for Public Instruction.
Receives the Légion d’Honneur for his work as a photographer.
Receives the title of honorary curator of the Saint-Étienne Museum of Art and Industry.
Receives another silver medal for his illustrated books at the universal exhibition in Paris.
Publication of L'Histoire de Saint-Etienne by Claude-Philippe Testenoire Lafayette, illustrated with photographs by Félix Thiollier.
Death of Félix Thiollier on 12 May at Saint-Étienne.
Publication of his biography by Sébastien Mulsant.