Thomas Catterall (1843-1919) came to Victoria, BC in 1884 and established a successful building and general contractor business, Thomas Catterall and Co., at 644 Fort Street. Among some of the prominent buildings erected are: Hon James Dunsmuir’s residence at Hatley Park, and former residence at Burleith, Craigflower Rd; Gordon’s Ltd, Yates St.; The old High School, Fernwood Road; residence of the late W J Pendray; Westover, on Shasta Avenue, off St Charles St, built for Albert Todd; T B Hall’s residence, Rockland Avenue; Snowden residence at Gorge; Graham residence, Hillside Avenue.
Thomas Catterall was born in Liverpool, UK in 1843 and married Agnes Wenzell. They had six children. The eldest, Harry Catterall (1871-1939?] also worked in the family business. In 1901, Harry married Ada Gladding and they had three children, Thomas, Helen and Laura. Ada Gladding's father, Charles Gladding, was a gardener working for the Dunsmuir family for many years and was initially in charge of creating the gardens at Hatley Park. It is possible that Harry and Ada met through their mutual association with the Dunsmuirs.