Fonds PR-0931 - Dunsmuir family fonds

Seventeen year old James "Boy" Dunsmuir showing off his catch on the deck of the "... The mine manager's home at Wellington; Robert Dunsmuir's home for a time. Hatley Park Castle. Looking across the Japanese garden and bridge to Hatley Park Castle. Looking across the croquet court to Hatley Park Castle. Looking across the lawn to Hatley Park Castle. Three young women and the gazebo at Hatley Park Castle. Three young women pose in the gardens of Hatley Park Castle. James Dunsmuir taking tea on the patio of Hatley Park Castle On the patio at Hatley Park Castle. Believed to be two of James Dunsmuir's grandchildren at Hatley Park. One of the Dunsmuir daughters in the porte cochere at Hatley Park Castle. One of the Dunsmuir daughters at Hatley Park Castle. James Dunsmuir taking tea on the patio of Hatley Park Castle The greenhouse at Hatley Park, Victoria. The greenhouse at Hatley Park, Victoria. One of the Dunsmuir daughters at Hatley Park. "Glory of the Sea"; Esquimalt Harbour. James Dunsmuir's yacht the S.Y. Dolaura in Esquimalt dry dock. James Dunsmuir and family on the verandah at Hatley Park; Laura, "E" [Elinor?], Bessie ... James Dunmuir's home, Hatley Park Castle, Victoria. Main Hall of Hatley Park, the James Dunsmuir residence The drawing room of James Dunsmuir's yacht, the SY Dolura. The smoking room aboard the Dolaura; James Dunsmuir's yacht. A Chinese servant, Dunsmuir family Sledding, Dunsmuir family The Dolaura, James Dunsmuir's yacht Guy Mortimer Audain, after a days fishing; was married to Sarah Byrd Dunsmuir Vera Cecil Totem poles
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Dunsmuir family fonds

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  • 1881, 1906-1936 (Creation)
    Dunsmuir (family)

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300 photographs, 4 cm of textual records

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Robert Dunsmuir (1825-1889) was born in Hurlford, Ayrshire, Scotland. He came to British columbia in 1847 and worked as a mining advisor to the Hudson's Bay Company. He discovered coal in Nanaimo and became one of B.C."s leading industrialists and political figures. After his death, his son James Dunsmuir (1851-1920) continued the family business and served as Premier and later Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. The Dunsmuirs are known for their homes, including Craigdarroch Castle and Hatley Park.

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Mills Seminary certificate donated by Jim Morgan, 1982.

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The fonds consists of photographs (1910-1915) of family activities, Hatley Park, Esquimalt and the family yacht; and, the guest book of Hatley Castle, the Dunsmuir family residence in Colwood near Victoria. It also includes two oversized certificates: one presented to Mary Jean Dunsmuir (Croft) by Mills Seminary (1881) and one presented to Laura Dunsmuir upon becoming a life member of the Victoria and Vancouver Island Local Council of Women (1910).

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Archives code(s): 197912-041; 197912-042; E/D/D921.

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Accession number(s): 197910-004; 197912-041; 197912-042; 82-117; 82-018I

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  • Box: 000531-0001