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Group of women wearing HMS Imperieuse boaters

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-6-1
  • Item
  • 1896-1899
  • Part of K. McCann

HMS Imperieuse was the flag ship of the Pacific Fleet of the Royal Navy from 1896-1899. The Pacific Fleet was stationed at what is now CFB Esquimalt. Laura Dunsmuir is possibly second from the left, in the back row.

Dunsmuir children among hydrangeas at Burleith

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-6-72
  • Item
  • 1896-1898
  • Part of K. McCann

L to R: Maye, Elinor, Bessie, Muriel, Marion, Kathleen, James.
James Jr., known as Boy by his immediate family, and born in January 1894, is dressed the same as his sisters. In the 19th century, boys and girls were dressed alike until aged about 4. At this time, boys would have a 'breeching ceremony' where their hair would be cut short and they would wear their first pair of trousers. Although less common by the end of the 1800s, the Dunsmuir family followed this tradition.

Kathleen and James Jr. (Boy) stood by hydrangeas at Burleith

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-6-69
  • Item
  • 1896-1898
  • Part of K. McCann

James Jr., known as Boy by his immediate family, and born in January 1894, is dressed the same as his sister, Kathleen, born in 1891. In the 19th century, boys and girls were dressed alike until aged about 4. At this time, boys would have a 'breeching ceremony' where their hair would be cut short and they would wear their first pair of trousers. Although less common by the end of the 1800s, the Dunsmuir family followed this tradition.

Dunsmuir children with their mother, Laura Dunsmuir, at Burleith

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-6-73
  • Item
  • 1896-1898
  • Part of K. McCann

L to R: Maye, Marion, Kathleen, Laura, James, Elinor, Bessie, Muriel.
James Jr., known as Boy by his immediate family, and born in January 1894, is dressed the same as his sisters. In the 19th century, boys and girls were dressed alike until aged about 4. At this time, boys would have a 'breeching ceremony' where their hair would be cut short and they would wear their first pair of trousers. Although less common by the end of the 1800s, the Dunsmuir family followed this tradition.

Dunsmuir children at Burleith playhouse

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-6-75
  • Item
  • 1896-1898
  • Part of K. McCann

L to R: Elinor, Kathleen, Muriel, Maye, Marion, James, Bessie
James Jr., known as Boy by his immediate family, and born in January 1894, is dressed the same as his sisters. In the 19th century, boys and girls were dressed alike until aged about 4. At this time, boys would have a 'breeching ceremony' where their hair would be cut short and they would wear their first pair of trousers. Although less common by the end of the 1800s, the Dunsmuir family followed this tradition.

Dunsmuir children among hydrangeas at Burleith

  • CA RRU 025-002-1-6-76
  • Item
  • 1896-1898
  • Part of K. McCann

L to R: Maye, Elinor, Bessie, Muriel, Marion, Kathleen, James
James Jr., known as Boy by his immediate family, and born in January 1894, is dressed the same as his sisters. In the 19th century, boys and girls were dressed alike until aged about 4. At this time, boys would have a 'breeching ceremony' where their hair would be cut short and they would wear their first pair of trousers. Although less common by the end of the 1800s, the Dunsmuir family followed this tradition.

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