Fonds 025-003 - L. Catterall Ferguson

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L. Catterall Ferguson

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CA RRU 025-003

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27 negatives and thumbnail prints; digital images of photographs; photocopies of the original photo album with handwritten descriptive notes, and one pdf page of descriptions.

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(ca. 1884-1940)

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Thomas Catterall (1843-1919) came to Victoria, BC in 1884 and established a successful building and general contractor business, Thomas Catterall and Co., at 644 Fort Street. Among some of the prominent buildings erected are: Hon James Dunsmuir’s residence at Hatley Park, and former residence at Burleith, Craigflower Rd; Gordon’s Ltd, Yates St.; The old High School, Fernwood Road; residence of the late W J Pendray; Westover, on Shasta Avenue, off St Charles St, built for Albert Todd; T B Hall’s residence, Rockland Avenue; Snowden residence at Gorge; Graham residence, Hillside Avenue.

Thomas Catterall was born in Liverpool, UK in 1843 and married Agnes Wenzell. They had six children. The eldest, Harry Catterall (1871-1939?] also worked in the family business. In 1901, Harry married Ada Gladding and they had three children, Thomas, Helen and Laura. Ada Gladding's father, Charles Gladding, was a gardener working for the Dunsmuir family for many years and was initially in charge of creating the gardens at Hatley Park. It is possible that Harry and Ada met through their mutual association with the Dunsmuirs.

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In 1992, the Friends of Hatley Park started a project to gather resources that helped to tell the history of Hatley Park, frequently sharing their findings with the Military College library. Laura Catterall Ferguson loaned some photographs from her personal collection for this purpose. The Military College made negative copies of the loaned photo album and deposited a set of the negatives in the library for its historical collection. This historical collection later became part of the university archives.

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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.

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

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Image 1-02-009 (Thomas Catterall in a vehicle) was in original descriptions but missing from the physical files. A print copy was discovered in accession 2018-023 (former FoHP/museum transfer) and reinserted here to match the description sheet created by the Friends of Hatley Park.

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