Fonds 025-002 - K. McCann

Waterwheel in Japanese garden Japanese garden Stable yard with horses, looking east Stable yard with horses, looking south east Hatley Castle, from north Hatley Castle, from south west Hatley Castle, from south east Rustic gate entrance to Japanese garden Hatley Castle, from north east Hatley Castle, from north east Hatley Castle from south west, croquet lawn Hatley Castle, from south east, at a distance Japanese garden with pavillion, ocean in distance Trees, Hatley Park Italian garden wall Waterwheel and bridges in Japanese garden Fishing bridge in Japanese garden, from north Lion head fountain below south terrace Hatley Castle, from north east Japanese garden pond Fishing bridge in Japanese garden, from south Garden benches, west of Italian garden Japanese garden pond, from north east Japanese garden pond, from north east floating wisteria arbour, Japanese garden
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K. McCann

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CA RRU 025-002

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  • ca. 1890-1965, predominant 1908-1940 (Creation)
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    Dunsmuir Family

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1483 digital images, 1 cm of ephemera

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Biographical history

James Dunsmuir and his wife Laura (nee Surles, 1858-1937) had 12 children:
Robert (Robin)1877-1929
Sarah Byrd (Byrdie)1878-1925
Joan 1880-1884
Elizabeth (Bessie) 1882-1962
Laura Mary (Maye) 1884-1959
Alexander Lee 1886-1887
Emily Elinor (Elk) 1887-1938
Joan Marion 1888-1952
Jessie Muriel (Moulie) 1890-1959
Kathleen (Kat) 1891-1941 (during a bomb raid in London)
James (Boy) 1894-1915 (during the torpedoing of the Lusitania)
Dola 1903-1966

Custodial history

The 10 albums, loose photos and negatives belonged to Dunsmuir descendant, Kathleen McCann until she donated them to the Craigdarroch Castle Society in 2012. Some of the albums were loaned on occasion to Royal Roads Military College for selective copying and in 2007, Ms. McCann loaned the album collection to Royal Roads University to be copied for the archives collection. The albums were later scanned by Craigdarroch Castle Society. This fonds includes the digitised scans from Craigdarroch as they are more complete and often of higher quality. The various albums were assembled and owned by different members of the Dunsmuir family, as noted in the series level descriptions, when known. Ms. McCann inherited the albums from her mother, Judith (Humphreys) Joy.

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The fonds consists of photographs handed down through generations in the Dunsmuir family, some of the images are copies made for each of the Dunsmuir family members so there is some duplication across albums. The photo dates range from the late 1800s up to the 1960s. They include images of Hatley Castle, designed by Samuel Maclure, the Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and the Rose Garden and surrounding grounds designed by the Boston landscape architectural firm of Brett and Hall. Buildings on the property include the stables, garage, tennis courts, barns and a Lord and Burnham designed greenhouse. There are also many images of Dunsmuir family members, friends, visitors to Hatley Park and other properties, and trips to other destinations. These people and locations are not always identified.

Additionally, ephemera in this fonds includes an original copy of the Crimson Paradise film premiere program, with autographs from some of the cast, as well as the 1939 Maynard auction catalogue and the visitors book from Dolaura. This book was used first on the family yacht and includes a signature from Kaiser Wilhelm in 1908. In later years, Dola (Dunsmuir) Cavendish (1903-1966), used the book at her home, which was also named Dolaura. A number of celebrity signatures can be found here.

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Digital scans provided by Craigdarroch Castle Society.

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Craigdarroch Castle Society

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Images are provided for personal research only. Other uses require permission, contact the archivist for more information: rruarchives@royalroads.ca

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The BC Archives also has a Dunsmuir family fonds, PR-0931, consisting of photo albums from 1910-1915 and the Hatley Park guest book. There is some duplication between these two fonds.

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