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Anne standing, dressed as a flapper

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-202
  • Item
  • 1920
  • Part of K. McCann

Miss Ransom and Miss Bridges’ School for girls in Piedmont, California, existed from 1908 to 1932. Low enrollments during the Depression years forced the school to close. However, when Dola Dunsmuir attended in 1920, the school was thriving. More than a finishing school for young ladies, the school offered a challenging curriculum for university preparation. The school had accommodation for 50 girls and offered frequent outings to concerts and plays as well as riding and hiking clubs. Students also performed an annual Shakespeare play.

army camp, Rancourt

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-286
  • Item
  • 1921-1924
  • Part of K. McCann

In the early 1920s, Dunsmuir sisters, Dola and Muriel, and Muriel’s husband, Edward Molyneux, took time to tour the ruins of Europe in the aftermath of the war. Edward Molyneux was an ideal tour guide for the sisters, having served in 1915 with the Duke of Wellington Regiment on the Western Front. Although he was promoted to Captain for his actions in battle, injury resulted in the loss of sight in his left eye and withdrawal from active duty.

at the seaside

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-335
  • Item
  • 1921-1924
  • Part of K. McCann

L to R: Eileen Molyneux, Clifton Webb, Muriel (Dunsmuir) Molyneux, unknown, Dola Dunsmuir, Edward Molyneux. Muriel Dunsmuir and Edward Molyneux (1891-1974) were married from 1921-1924. Clifton Webb (1889-1966) was an actor, dancer, and singer. He performed at Edward Molyneux’s Paris nightclub, with Eileen as his dance partner. Eileen Molyneux (1890-1962) was a maternal cousin of Edward Molyneux and a long-term friend of the Dunsmuir daughters.

at the seaside

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-336
  • Item
  • 1921-1924
  • Part of K. McCann

L to R: Eileen Molyneux, Clifton Webb, Muriel (Dunsmuir) Molyneux, unknown, Dola Dunsmuir, Edward Molyneux. Muriel Dunsmuir and Edward Molyneux (1891-1974) were married from 1921-1924. Clifton Webb (1889-1966) was an actor, dancer, and singer. He performed at Edward Molyneux’s Paris nightclub, with Eileen as his dance partner. Eileen Molyneux (1890-1962) was a maternal cousin of Edward Molyneux and a long-term friend of the Dunsmuir daughters.

Belmont Gate House, Ocean Blv., Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-4-149
  • Item
  • 1938-1940
  • Part of K. McCann

Hatley Castle was designed by renowned British Columbia architect Samuel Maclure for James Dunsmuir. Using only the finest materials, builders, stonemasons and detail carpenters only took 18 months to construct the building from 1908 until 1910. The Belmont gate house on the eastern side of the property was the original main entrance and was occupied by estate manager John Graham Graham and his wife, Clara. The estate was further developed from 1912-1914 by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall. This included addition of a new entrance on Sooke Road that would bring the visitor down a winding, serpentine road to the main house.
This view is from within the property looking towards Ocean Boulevard.

Betty Smith and Betty Williams

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-225
  • Item
  • 1925
  • Part of K. McCann

Miss Ransom and Miss Bridges’ School for girls in Piedmont, California, existed from 1908 to 1932. Low enrollments during the Depression years forced the school to close. However, when Dola Dunsmuir attended in 1920, the school was thriving. More than a finishing school for young ladies, the school offered a challenging curriculum for university preparation. The school had accommodation for 50 girls and offered frequent outings to concerts and plays as well as riding and hiking clubs. Students also performed an annual Shakespeare play. This picture shows some of Dola’s school friends.

Black Album 1

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1
  • File
  • ca. 1908-1940
  • Part of K. McCann

Black Album 1 mainly contains images around Hatley Park

Black Album 2

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-2
  • File
  • ca. 1908-1940
  • Part of K. McCann

Black Album 2 contains pictures of various Dunsmuir vacations, including a trip to Egypt in 1912. Most of the people and places in this album are unidentified.

Black Album 3

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3
  • File
  • ca. 1890-1949
  • Part of K. McCann

Images in this album were most likely collected by Dola Dunsmuir. There are around 100 pictures from Dola's school days at Miss Ransom and Miss Bridges’ School for girls in Piedmont, California, which she attended in 1920 at the age of 17. Also included are photos from a tour of the ruins in northern Europe after the Great War. Dola accompanied her sister, Muriel and husband Edward Molyneux on a road trip to such places as Cambrai, Lens, Rancourt, Vimy and Ypres. Also in this album are several pictures or Eileen Molyneux and Clifton Webb. Both performers on stage and in film, Eileen was a cousin of Edward Molyneux and long time friend of the Dunsmuir girls. Clifton Webb performed on stage several times with Eileen, including at the Paris nightclub co-owned by Edward Molyneux and Elsa Maxwell.

Black Album 4

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-4
  • File
  • ca. 1908-1940
  • Part of K. McCann

Photos in this album were collected by Muriel Dunsmuir and include several images from her home, Journey's End, which was built adjacent to the Hatley Park estate and is now a part of Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. There are also many views of Hatley Park taken ca. 1939-1940, when there were no longer any Dunsmuir family members in residence, but the estate had not yet been sold to the Canadian Government for use as a naval training establishment.

Black horse

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-146
  • Item
  • 1912-1919
  • Part of K. McCann

Possibly Dola's horse, named Beauty.

blurred view of Neptune Steps from under porte-cochere

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-72
  • Item
  • 1912-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

Hatley Castle was designed by renowned British Columbia architect Samuel Maclure for James Dunsmuir. Using only the finest materials, builders, stonemasons and detail carpenters only took 18 months to construct the building from 1908 until 1910. This image, taken under the porte-cochere, shows a horse mounting block as well as the view from the castle front doors. The Neptune steps and Fountain Court to the north of the castle were added as part of extensive development of the Hatley Park estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914.

Bodo and Eileen, Monte Carlo, 1925

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-373
  • Item
  • 1925
  • Part of K. McCann

Eileen Molyneux (1890-1962) was a maternal cousin of Edward Molyneux and a long-term friend of the Dunsmuir daughters.

bombed out basement, Lens

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-303
  • Item
  • 1921-1924
  • Part of K. McCann

In the early 1920s, Dunsmuir sisters, Dola and Muriel, and Muriel’s husband, Edward Molyneux, took time to tour the ruins of Europe in the aftermath of the war. Edward Molyneux was an ideal tour guide for the sisters, having served in 1915 with the Duke of Wellington Regiment on the Western Front. Although he was promoted to Captain for his actions in battle, injury resulted in the loss of sight in his left eye and withdrawal from active duty.

Boy with snowball in Switzerland

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-159
  • Item
  • 1911
  • Part of K. McCann

The Dunsmuir family and some friends took an extended vacation from November 1911 to September 1912. They started the vacation in Switzerland and then travelled along the Nile, enjoying a variety of Egyptian historic sites and experiences. After their tour of the Nile, the Dunsmuirs travelled on to England and took over Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire for the spring and summer months. The boy pictured is possibly James Audain.

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