Series 5 - Hatley Park Estate

Early Japanese garden pond from south west Early Japanese garden pond from south west Early Japanese garden pond from South west Early Japanese garden pond from South west Japanese garden rustic fishing bridge from south west, cherries in bloom Japanese garden floating bridge and island from east shore of pond Waterwheel in Japanese garden, man has his head in the stream behind Sooke Road Gatehouse with a man and woman (and cat) in front Conservatory complex from the west. Man stood in front of conservatory Panoramic photo of Hatley Park walled garden from south of the lower pond. Tadashi Noda (back to camera) leading a conversation in the rose garden panoramic photo of Hatley Park from garden ponds. Italian garden is under construction Neptune Stairs from under porte-cochere, lions not at bottom Roland Stuart's Hatley Park home from the pond Edward Conway, Roland Stuart and others at Hatley Park

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Hatley Park Estate

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CA RRU 025-001-5

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  • 1890-1940 (Creation)

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16 images, 1 digital copy of a 16mm film

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Photos in this series were collected throughout the military college era to help preserve the heritage of the site.

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The Hatley Park estate was so named in 1889 when the land was purchased by Roland Stuart and Charles St. Aubyn Pearse. The name derives from the ancestral home of the Pearse family in England. When James Dunsmuir purchased the land in 1907, he acquired some surrounding property to expand the estate and hired Samuel Maclure to design the large family home, now known as Hatley Castle. In 1911, unsatisfied with the estate layout, Dunsmuir hired Brett and Hall, a Boston-based landscaping company, to develop the estate and model farm.

While the castle was under construction from 1908-1910, Dunsmuir also hired a Japanese gardener, Isaburo Kishida, to install a Japanese garden to the west of the family home. The garden was maintained and expanded by another Japanese gardener, Tadashi Noda, between 1913 and 1927.

In 1937, when Laura Dunsmuir died, the estate was managed by trustees until it was sold to the Canadian government in 1940. Various attempts were made to sell the property, including a promotional film by Douglas Flintoff.

Images show the Japanese gardens at various points in time, as well as some of the other buildings on the estate besides the castle. Also in this series are some pictures of Roland Stuart’s Hatley Park Estate.

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Images are provided for personal research only. Other uses require permission, contact the archivist: rruarchives@royalroads.ca

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