These photos are a great glimpse of early 1900s life in Victoria West, BC. Grandpa Warner’s mom was Dorothy Ida Lawrie, who lived the first 12 years of her life in Stoke Newington, North London. In September 1902, Dorothy’s family (Dad Edwin, Mom Emma, sisters Ivy and Janet and brother Tom) sailed for Victoria West, BC to join Edwin’s brothers and sister who’d been living there since 1895. The Lawrie’s friend Chris W. Hollyer, a photographer, took snapshots of the family and turned them into glass slides to show through a lantern projector. Read more about my Hollyer-Lawrie research project.
Dorothy Lawrie reads in her artistic bedroom in Victoria West
Ivy Lawrie and friends have fun in the snow on William Street, Vic West circa 1902-1905
Photo by Chris W Hollyer, City of Victoria Archives, Image M09869
Photo by Chris W Hollyer, Image M09871 City of Victoria Archives
Dorothy Lawrie, recently arrived from Stoke Newington, and her cousin Dorothy Colby and an uncle in Vic West, fall 1902
Dorothy and her dog at the home on Russell Street, Victoria West 1902-1904. Image M09876 City of Victoria Archives
Glasshouse of geraniums, orchids and tropical plants at the back of Percy Lawrie’s house on William Street, Vic West, circa 1902
Sophie Lass, a dressmaker from Hamburg, was Dorothy’s best friend and lived with her and her uncles at Suffolk Street.
Counter-clockwise from top: Ivy Lawrie, Dorothy Colby, Janet Lawrie, Marjorie Colby, Clara (Lawrie) Colby, Dorothy Lawrie, Emma (Armstrong) Lawrie.
Dorothy Lawrie rows cousin Dorothy Colby and sister Janet Lawrie off the water of Vic West. Image M09879 Victoria Archives
Chris Hollyer and Dorothy Lawrie set sail, Image M09882, City of Victoria Archives
Photo by Chris W Hollyer, Image M09873 City of Victoria Archives
Dorothy Lawrie and one of her uncles on the many summer yachting adventures in Strait of Juan de Fuca