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B. Mitchell

Material describes the "Ken Metcalfe flag" which may be the Dunsmuir flag that flew at Hatley Castle

James "Boy" Dunsmuir at Hatley

1 black and white photograph Portrait of Boy standing outside on the grounds. Full front view. He is wearing a short suit and is looking slightly to the right of the camera.

James "Boy" Dunsmuir on Kismet at Hatley

1 black and white photograph Portrait of Boy on his horse Kismet outside of Hatley Castle. Full body profile view. James (Boy) Dunsmuir, son of James and Laura Dunsmuir, was a very serious young man who seldom smiled. He had a passion for horses. He was his fathers favorite son.

James Dunsmuir

1 black and white photograph of James sitting on a wicker chair on board the Dolaura. Full front view. He is looking directly into the camera. The person to his right is cut out of the picture. James Dunsmuir, son of Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, continued the family business after Robert's death. He served as Premier and later as Lieutenant-Governor of BC.

James Dunsmuir family fonds

  • CA RRU 2011.025
  • Fonds
  • 1907 - 1920

Fonds consists of material from the time that James Dunsmuir and his family lived at Hatley Castle. There are approximately 200 photographs of J. Dunsmuir family, Castle, grounds and staff; 1665 black and white photographs copied from Dunsmuir family's own albums; 30 copies of original plans by Maclure (Castle) and Brett and Hall (gardens and grounds); audio recording (poor quality) of interview with Catterall, general contractor involved in construction of Castle; 1 amateur film made to promote Castle for sale in 1938; copy of 2 family geneology databases.

Dunsmuir, James

James Dunsmuir in Lieutenant Governor's uniform

Portrait of James is his formal attire as Lieutenant-Governor. 3/4 body view, with him looking slightly to the right of the camera. James Dunsmuir (1851-1920), son of Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, continued the family business after Robert's death. He served as Premier and later as Lieutenant-Governor of BC.

Joan Dunsmuir

1 black and white photograph of Joan Dunsmuir (1830-1887) looking slightly off to the right of the camera Joan Dunsmuir, the daughter of a Kilmarnock spademaker, wife of Robert Dunsmuir, was regarded as the backbone of the family. She was the only real business partner Robert ever had.

Laura Dunsmuir in a formal gown

1 black and white photograph of Laura sitting on an arm chair in her wedding dress. Full front view. She is angled and is looking to the right of the camera. Laura Dunsmuir, wife of James Dunsmuir, a distant descendant of the distinguished Byrd family of Virgina, was often described as a "Southern Belle." Socially ambitious, she became the province's most prominent hostess.

Laura Dunsmuir with book

1 black and white photograph of Laura sitting in an arm chair holding a book. 3/4 front view. She is angled and is looking to the left of the camera. Laura Dunsmuir, wife of James Dunsmuir, a distant descendant of the distinguished Byrd family of Virgina, was often described as a "Southern Belle." Socially ambitious, she became the province's most prominent hostess.

Real Estate film

1- 16 mm colour film with inter-titles of Hatley Park property [1937 - 1940]. Promotional film commissioned by the Royal Trust Company. Film by Douglas Flintoff.

Robert Dunsmuir

Black and white photograph of Robert Dunsmuir (1825-1889) side angle. He is looking off to the left of the camera. Robert Dunsmuir was born in Hurlford, Aryshire, Scotland. He came to British Columbia in 1847 and worked as a mining advisor to the Hudson Bay Company. He discovered coal in Nanaimo and became one of BC's leading industrialists and political figures.

Robert Dunsmuir

Black and white photograph of Robert Dunsmuir (1825-1889) side angle. He is looking off to the left of the camera. Robert Dunsmuir was born in Hurlford, Aryshire, Scotland. He came to British Columbia in 1847 and worked as a mining advisor to the Hudson Bay Company. He discovered coal in Nanaimo and became one of BC's leading industrialists and political figures.

Sarah "Byrdie" Dunsmuir

1 black and white photograph Portrait of Byrdie standing dressed in traditional, perhaps ceremonial, clothing. Full body view. She is looking slightly off to the left of the camera.