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Victoria in Capital, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast

Robert Dunsmuir


Robert Dunsmuir Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Lester, November 14, 2013
1. Robert Dunsmuir Marker
Inscription.  Born into a family of Ayrshire coalmasters, Robert Dunsmuir achieved renown as a leading Canadian businessman. He developed the Wellington Mine near Nanaimo, which soon made him one of the richest men in Canada and, through his labour practices, one of the most controversial. Dunsmuir's commercial empire expanded to include railways, shipping, lumbering and iron works. Dunsmuir was elected to the British Columbia legislature for Nanaimo in 1882, and named president of the Executive Council in 1886. He died before the completion of his imposing mansion, Craigdarroch Castle.

Fils d'une famille de maîtres charbonniers en Ayrshire, Robert Dunsmuir reste célèbre à titre de grand entrepreneur canadien. Après avoir mis en valeur la mine Wellington, près de Nanaimo, il devint l'un des hommes les plus riches du pays mais demeura fort controversé à cause des conditions de travail infligées à ses employés. Son empire commercial s'étendit des chemins de fer au transport maritime, de l'exploitation forestière à la sidérurgie. Élu député provincial de Nanaimo en 1882, il fut nommé président du Conseil exécutif en 1886. Il mourut avant l'achèvement
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de Craigdarroch, son imposant manoir.
Erected 2001 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 48° 25.368′ N, 123° 20.622′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital. Marker can be reached from Joan Crescent. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC V8S 3L5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Craigdarroch (here, next to this marker); Rockland Cairn (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The People and the Lieutenant Governor (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Role of the Lieutenant Governor (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Royal and Distinguished Visitors (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sir Anthony Musgrave (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Order of Canada / Ordre du Canada (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Hosaqami (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
Also see . . .  Robert Dunsmuir - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. (Submitted on January 30, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on April 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. Photo   1. submitted on December 22, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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