Francis Joseph (Frank) O’Reilly

Kathleen, Frank and John O'Reilly
“Siblings Charlotte Kathleen O’Reilly, Arthur John O’Reilly, and Francis Joseph O’Reilly [center].” Royal BC Museum & Archives, C-03940

1866 – 1941

Frank was the eldest son of Peter and Caroline.  He was educated in England and became a surveyor and civil engineer.  He spent four years in Argentina planning the Great Southern Railway, worked as a surveyor in the Kootenays in British Columbia, and was the provincial surveyor for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.  He later entered the real estate and insurance business in Victoria.  In 1914, he married Jessie Blakiston (c. 1887-1963) in Italy and they returned to Victoria together.  However, unhappiness and difficult financial times resulted in a strained relationship and the breakup of their marriage.  Frank’s two young sons, Peter and  Thomas, were raised in England by their mother.  In later years, Frank was a member of the Union Club, Conservative Party, and the local yachting association.


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