Arthur John (Jack) O’Reilly

“Arthur John O’Reilly.” Royal BC Museum & Archives. C-03935

1873 – 1946

Fourth child of Peter and Caroline O’Reilly, Jack was born at Point Ellice House and was educated in England from the age of nine.  At age 18, Jack returned to Victoria and apprenticed with the law firm Drake, Jackson, and Helmcken where he was sworn in as a barrister and solicitor in 1898.  Jack was fond of tennis, golf, and especially croquet.  He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.  In 1914, Jack married Mary Windham in England.  During the First World War, he served in the Royal Navy and later became a major in the Royal Naval Air Service.  Like his brother, Jack was an active member of the Conservative Party.  Jack lived at Point Ellice House with his wife Mary until his death in 1946, the last of Peter and Caroline O’Reilly’s four children.

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