This image is from a hunting trip taken in India. The man seated in a chair on the left is identified as R.D. Harvey and Byrdie and Guy are seated on the right side of the picture. Sarah Byrd 'Byrdie' Dunsmuir and Guy Audain were married in October 1901. After Byrdie had her first child, James, in 1903, she joined her husband and his regiment in Aurungabad, India. Byrdie did not enjoy the life of an army wife and so they came to live in Victoria in 1906, with an income provided by James Dunsmuir.
The upper Japanese garden at Hatley Park was designed by Japanese landscape architect Isaburo Kashida. The garden was installed in 1909 and developed by Tadashi Noda from 1913-1927. This photo shows the floating bridge to the pavilion and the lagoon and ocean beyond.
In 1928, Muriel Dunsmuir married Maurice “Tolly” Wingfield and by 1932, they had built Journey’s End, a home adjacent to the Hatley Park property and in the Arts and Crafts style. In 1952, it was used as a staff residence for Canadian Services College Royal Roads and since 1988, it has been the administration building for Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park.
The rose garden to the west of the Japanese garden was added as part of extensive development of the estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914. The original plans show a small pond or reservoir in the centre of the garden but this was replaced with a sundial.
The SS Joan, named for Robert Dunsmuir's wife, was a 831 ton, twin screw steamer belonging to the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. It ferried passengers between Nanaimo and Vancouver and was sold, along with the E&N railway, to Canadian Pacific Railways in 1905. It continued to operate the route until 1914 when it was sold.