The Italian garden to the west of the castle and the croquet lawn below was added as part of extensive development of the Hatley Park estate by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall from 1912-1914.
This photo in the Dunsmuir collection is not the Dunsmuirs under quarantine, but friends of theirs. The sign on the fence reads: “Scarlet Fever- This house quarantined until Oct. 31 by order of George Duncan.” There was a small outbreak of scarlet fever in the fall of 1895, the possible timing of this photo. At the time, the city health officer, Dr. George H. Duncan, was praised for his swift action to contain the outbreak of contagious disease. The women pictured are five of the six daughters of Joseph and Eva Loewen, who lived in a home called Rockwood on the Gorge waterway. They were not far from the Dunsmuirs, who in 1895 were living at their grand home on the Gorge, Burleith. The Loewen and Dunsmuir girls were friends and often played together on sports teams and performed in local concerts, several of them being accomplished musicians. The Loewens sold Rockwood in 1908 and the house soon became associated with scarlet of a different kind. The new owner, Estella Carroll, was better known locally as “the Rockwood Madam” where she operated a house of ill-repute. The Dunsmuirs by this time were living at Government House and awaiting completion of their new home at Hatley Park.
Picture of Mrs. Ada Catterall and Ida Catterall, her sister-in-law, seated on front steps of a house on the grounds of Hatley Park. Mrs. Catterall's handwritten caption reads: "Where we camped from March 5, 1908 to December 20, 1909 Hatley Park, Colwood B.C."
A group of 4 posed in front of wood-framed, unfinished roof of castle at Hatley Park. From left: Miss Ida Catterall, Ada's friend Lilly Griffiths, Harry Catterall, Mr. P. Eve (a family friend), Tommie Catterall. Caption reads "Thanksgiving day Nov. 9 '08."
Thomas Catterall, son of Harry and Ada Catterall, born 1902. He lived at Hatley Park with parents during castle construction. Later as a young man (as pictured here), he did various odd jobs around the estate.
Kathleen Dunsmuir, in lame Arabian-style gown, appears to be standing on deck of boat or ship. Location and date uncertain. Possibly taken during family trip aboard 1911-12, when the Dunsmuirs cruised the Nile.
James and Laura Dunsmuir, with Eileen Molyneux, in Italian Garden, Hatley Park. Mrs. Dunsmuir in dark walking costume, straw hat, cane. Mr. Dunsmuir in striped suit with vest, cloth cap, cane. Eileen in light summer suit, brimmed hat.