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A cottage in Wellington

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-1-169
  • Item
  • 1890-1937
  • Part of K. McCann

Wellington, north of Nanaimo, was the site of the first of the many mines Robert and James Dunsmuir would establish on Vancouver Island. Modest cottages were built for the miners employed in the mines.

A destroyed British tank, exact mark unknown

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-319
  • 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.

A man and Dola at a roadside picnic

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-276
  • 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.

A man smoking at Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-2-19
  • Item
  • 1910-1912
  • Part of K. McCann

This unidentified man is standing on the circular driveway in front of Hatley Castle. Behind him, there is minimal landscaping, and no evidence of the Neptune steps, installed between 1912 and 1914 by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall. Something has obscured the right side of the photographer's lens.

A man with fishing rods at Hatley Park

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-2-20
  • Item
  • 1910-1912
  • Part of K. McCann

This unidentified man is standing on the unpaved, circular driveway in front of Hatley Castle. Behind him, there is minimal landscaping, and no evidence of the Neptune steps, installed between 1912 and 1914 by Boston based landscape architects, Brett and Hall. James Dunsmuir also appears in the background.

A school girl, St. Margaret's school, Victoria

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-143
  • Item
  • 1912-1919
  • Part of K. McCann

Dola Dunsmuir attended St. Margaret’s School in Victoria. The school was designed by Francis Rattenbury and opened at Fort and Fern Street in 1912. The school moved to a new location in 1970.

Alice in equestrian clothing with a dog on a beach

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-254
  • 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. This picture shows one of Dola’s school friends on one of the many outings.

Anne dressed as a flapper

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-200
  • 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.

Anne standing by a bird bath, dressed as a flapper

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-3-203
  • 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.

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