Series 1 - Peachey

three children and a young woman at Hatley Park, April 1933 Photo of a boy and a woman standing in a garden at Hatley Park. Two women and a boy on a path in the Japanese Garden at Hatley Park Five people sat on deck chairs in a garden at Hatley Park Four people in the croquet lawn at Hatley park Young boy in gardens, possibly John Smyth woman sitting on a park bench holding a dog in her lap ornate garden pond with arches behind, possibly Butchart Gardens woman outside old stables at top of hill at Hatley Park, with descriptive notes around the edge Japanese Garden rustic fishing bridge, Hatley Park Weeping Cherries in Japanese Garden, Hatley Park Flowered garden with arches, possibly Butchart Garden Italian Garden from the terrace, Hatley Park Grandfather Peachey, John Smyth Jr., John Smyth. John Smyth Jr., John Smyth, Grandfather Peachey, Mr. Peachey John Smyth Jr, John Smyth and two unidentified women John Smyth, young boy and two unidentified women Mr Peachey, toddler, John Smyth Grandfather Peachey, two unidentified women, a toddler and Mr. Peachey. Mr. Peachey (grandfather) and three unidentified women sitting in croquet lawn at Hatley Park Hatley Castle from the south west with pond in foreground

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CA RRU 025-001-1

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21 images copied from a photo album; two scans of descriptive notes; 58 prints (multiple copies of each photo)

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Frederick Arthur Peachey (1875-1935) was born on 13 October, 1875 in Mildenhall, Forest Heath, Suffolk, England. He died 10 November, 1935. He is buried at St. John’s Church, Colwood. He was married on 27 November, 1923 to Elsie Mary Smyth (1879-1952). His occupation on the marriage certificate was ‘seedsman’, he lived at Todd Inlet, Vancouver Island (near Butchart Gardens) and he was 48 years old. His father was Abraham Peachey, mother Mary Ann Owens and they may have lived in Metchosin. Elsie Mary was 44 when she married Fred, and also from Tod Inlet. Her parents were Arthur John Smyth and Alice Mary Scrivener. Fred and Elsie Peachey lived at the old stables at Hatley Park from 1925-1935 when he died at aged 60. He worked for the Dunsmuirs as a gardener.

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A card from a library card catalogue exists with this collection and reads: “21 photographs of Hatley Park and Unidentified people ca. 1920-1930. Note: "These prints are from an elderly lady whose mother used to work here." Donated December 12, 1983.” From content and notes alongside photos, it is likely that these are photos from the Peachey/Smyth family. It is unclear who the mother referred to on the card catalogue would be, since Fred and Elsie Peachey do not appear to have had children.

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Photos show the family gathered at the Peachey home by the old stables at Hatley Park. These stables were converted to apartments by Laura Dunsmuir. There are also photos in the croquet garden.

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