Header images Arbutus grove, Walbran Park, north side of Gonzales Hill. My photo.. Above McMicking Point, looking east toward Gonzales Point, marking the transition between the straits of Juan de Fuca to the south and Haro to the north. Part of the McNeill estate, looking north from the western edge of McNeill (Shoal) Bay; litho postcard, postmarked 1908, in my collection. In the distance at R is the family home of William McNeill, Jr. The house in the distant centre was later the home of the twins Harriet McNeill Jones and Rebecca McNeill Baker. The cottage near the shore belonged to the A. A. Green family. McNeill Estate from Gonzales Hill, postcard by Trio Crocker, date unknown Willows Beach looking south. Undated photograph in my collection. Looking across south Oak Bay to Mt Baker in the USA. The first houses on Island Road are visible in the distance. Unused postcard in my collection. Willows Fairground viewed from the north. Postcard, post-1907, in my collection. The Mount Baker Hotel stood where the Devonshire Apartments are today, across Beach Drive from the Oak Bay Marina; built 1892, destroyed by fire 1902. Courtesy Oak Bay Archives. Oak Bay Avenue, looking west across what is now the Oak Bay Village, with the Oak Bay tramway, built 1891, at right; the Burrell family residence Summerdyne is at left; of the two more distant houses, the nearer may have been the E. E. Welch family residence and the further the Thomas F. R. Oliver residence. Photo courtesy Oak Bay Archives. “Shoal Bay, Victoria, B. C.” The Green family cottage, McNeill (Shoal) Bay, Anderson Hill and McMicking Point from Gonzales Hill. Real-photo postcard, taken before subdivision of the McNeill estate, photographer unknown. From the collection of Dr. Richard Moulton. “Garry Oak on the property of Captain William McNeill; his daughter-in-law Mrs. William McNeill and granddaughter Helen.” BC Archives Call No. F-06765. Courtesy Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation. Photo dated circa 1910, attributed to “Maynard.” Mrs William McNeill was Mary Macaulay McNeill (1839-1911), wife of Capt. McNeill’s eldest son William, Jr. She lived out her life on the McNeill estate. Her youngest daughter Helen Fanny (1874-1948), moved to another neighbourhood some time after 1900. “Gordon Highlanders 1914, Victoria B. C., Lt. Col. Currie in command.” BC Achives Call No. G-01225. Courtesy Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation. Taken at Willows Camp. Currie, sometime school teacher and real estate agent, later in command of the Canadian Corps, is at left in dark uniform. “Enclosure No. 6, Cadboro Bay, near Victoria, B.C. (1897), formed of six large bowlders and some small stones … Plate V, Fig. 1. … This structure is a nearly square enclosure … resting upon an outcrop near the crest of the hill rising westward from Cadboro Bay. The straightest sides of the six large bowlders are turned inward, and so the walls of the cyst are fairly straight. The enclosure was clean, save for less than two inches of moss growing on the bed-rock, while rubble and bowlders were banked up on the outside of the cyst.”Cairns of British Columbia and Washington by Harlan I. Smith and Gerard Fowke. Memoirs of the American Museum of Natural History, Publications of the Jessup North Pacific Expedition, January, 1901. Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Postcard circa 1930s/40s. Collection of John and Glenda Cheramy. Tug Della anchored in Oak Bay, showing early development along Beach Drive, Newport Avenue and Oak Bay Avenue. Undated postcard. Collection of John and Glenda Cheramy. The boat’s exhaust pipe, at the rear of the cabin, points to The Haven, home of the Samuel Maclure family. Above the sign on Beach Drive (a bit to the right) is 2425 Oak Bay Avenue. Above the steps opposite the foot of Bellevue (now Beresford) St are several grand houses — Woodhall at 1549 Clive Drive; Arran at 1680 York Place and in front of it Garrison House, 1549 York Place, Hon. Fred Peters’ family home. View of Hotel Mount Baker, Oak Bay, BC. Painting by Edward Scrope Shrapnel, ca. 1894. BC Archives PDP04375. Used by kind permission, Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation. Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Detail of real-photo postcard in my collection. Signed on front (illegible) with notation “O B 18.” Postmarked July 5, 1920.