The images are from Laura Catterall Ferguson’s family album. The images mostly concern the construction of Hatley Park and the Catterall’s residence on the property during construction. Head contractor Thomas Catterall’s son, Harry, also worked on the project and lived on site with his wife Ada (Gladding) Catterall. Their two young children, Helen and Tommie were also on site. Tommie Catterall also worked for the Dunsmuirs at Hatley Park as a general handyman in the 1930s and there is an oral history interview with this Tom Catterall available in the archives. The photocopied album pages from where the images were scanned contain useful contextual information about the family and the timeline for construction.
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 large group assembled on the lagooon. There are several childern in the picture--it may have been a gathering of families/ or friends associated with the Hatley construction project. Caption reads "Aug. 9' 08".
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.
A group of 7, posed standing. Harry Catterall is on the left, with unidentified woman, Mrs. Ada Catterall holding infant daughter Laura, and an unidentified man. Tommie and Helen Catterall are standing in front. This photograph was taken after completion of the Hatley project, c. 1914
Family and friends in the garden of the Thomas Catterall (Sr.) residence in Oak Bay. From Left: daughter Florence Catterall, Mr. Thomas Catterall, Mr. And Mrs. Ormond, Mrs. Thomas Catterall, Mrs. Drake, "Dickie", and daughter Ida Catterall