Charlotte Kathleen O’Reilly

Kathleen O'Reilly
“Miss Charlotte Kathleen O’Reilly.” Royal BC Museum & Archives. C-03899

1867 – 1945

Two weeks after moving to Point Ellice House, Caroline gave birth to Kathleen on New Year’s Eve, 1867.  Kathleen received her education at Angela College in Victoria and attended school in England for two years.  Kathleen involved herself with various high-society and church activities and enjoyed painting, sewing, horseback riding, music, tennis and croquet, and travel.  Despite having been courted by two naval officers and receiving a proposal of marriage, Kathleen never married.  She preferred her life at Point Ellice House and her close relationship with her parents.  After her father died, Kathleen took over the care and further development of the gardens.  She traveled to England in 1914 but was forced to remain there throughout the First World War due to a travel embargo.  She spent her remaining years at Point Ellice House tending to the gardens, painting, and enjoying social activities.

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