Fonds PR-0035 - Rattenbury family fonds

Children's Birthday party at the Rattenbury's Oak Bay Avenue with Windsor Avenue intersecting in the background 1701 Beach Drive 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" Mary Ann Pemberton in costume for production of "Thirty-four Living Pictures" Frank Rattenbury standing in the snow in front of 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" Bank of Montreal, 82 Government Street Craigdarroch Castle Home on Oak Bay Avenue at Hampshire Road Group on Beach Drive "Woodhall" Oak Bay Avenue. Sir Clive Phillips-Wolley residence "Rocklands" 1750 Rockland Avenue, Henry and Clara Dumbleton residence "Ruhebuhne", 835 Pemberton Road, Alfred C. and Ada Flummerfelt residence "Hochelaga", 1715 Rockland Avenue, Archibald J.C. Galletly residence "Robleda", 1337 Rockland Avenue, Capt. Troup residence.  Later owned by T.B. Hall "Duvals", 1462 Rockland Avenue. George H. Barnard residence Francis Mawson Rattenbury, 1867-1935 Driard Hotel 1100 block Fort Street Oak Bay residences of Col. Frederick Peters and Charles Hibbert Tupper 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel". Francis Mawson Rattenbury home Bank of Montreal Frank on Oak Bay beach in front of Rattenbury residence, 1701 Beach Drive Garden fete at Mrs. Crofts (Mt. Adelaide) Garden fete at Mrs. Crofts (Mt. Adelaide) Eric Burton in military uniform Florence Eleanor Rattenbury nee Nunn on her wedding day 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel". Francis Mawson Rattenbury residence 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel",  under construction 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 1701 Beach Drive, "Icheneel" 933 St. Charles Street, W.F. Burton residence, drawing room Bishop Cridge with children Mary Rattenbury, Nurse and Foy the gardener in the garden of 1701 Beach Drive Francis Mawson Rattenbury and the Duke of Connaught laying the cornerstone of the Legislative Lib... Garage, new car and Mrs. Rattenbury at "Icheneel", 1701 Beach Drive, Francis Mawson Rat... Francis Mawson Rattenbury with birds Foy, the Rattenbury' family's Chinese servant at 1701 Beach Drive
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Rattenbury family fonds

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  • 1879-1982 (Creation)
    Rattenbury, Francis Mawson, 1867-1935 (family)

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ca. 1000 photographs and 0.18 m of textual records

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Francis Mawson Rattenbury was born in Leeds, England, in 1867. He began training as an architect in 1885 in his uncles' firm Mawson and Mawson. He immigrated to British Columbia in 1892, settling first in Vancouver, then moving to Victoria the next year when he won the competition for the design of the new Parliament Buildings. This coup launched a two-decades-long string of successes which included Government House, court houses, banks, hotels, and residences. He also pursued business careers in inland shipping and land speculation. In 1898 he married Florence Eleanor Nunn (1870-1929) and had two children, Francis Burgoyne and Mary. Rattenbury's fortunes began to flag with the beginning of World War I. After 1914 commissions were infrequent, and his land ventures in central British Columbia were unsuccessful. In 1925 Rattenbury and his wife divorced, and he married Alma Victoria Pakenham. They had one son, John. In 1930 he moved to England with his new family and settled in Bournemouth, where he was effectively retired. On March 23, 1935, Francis Rattenbury was murdered by his wife's paramour George Percy Stoner, which led to one of Britain's most sensational murder trials of the century.

Francis Burgoyne Rattenbury was born in Victoria on January 14, 1899. He married Sarah Kathleen Grogan (1905-1946) on July 10, 1928. They had one son, Edward (Ted) Rattenbury and later divorced.

Mary Rattenbury was born in Victoria on May 11, 1904. She married Eric Audley Burton (1897-1971) on April 2, 1930 and they had one daughter, Susan Audley Burton, born March 1, 1933. The Burtons resided in Victoria for many years before retiring to Duncan, B.C., where Mary lived until her death on October 25, 1982.

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Fonds consists of photographic prints (some in albums), negatives, correspondence, legal documents, newspaper clippings, books, and other material relating to the Rattenbury family. Photographs include images of members of the Rattenbury family and their home Iechineel in Oak Bay; Victoria homes and other buildings.

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