Frederick Dally, Pioneer BC Photographer

September 26 Illustrated lecture 7:30 pm – $10.  

You may be unfamiliar with his name, but you have likely come across Frederick Dally’s striking images of British Columbia in the 1860s. Many of Dally’s photographs were reproduced as engravings in the popular press of the time. They introduced a wider audience to the rugged and dramatic landscape and the unique life of the gold seekers in Britain’s far-flung north-western colony. Dally was only active in British Columbia from 1866 through 1870, yet his photos provide us with an enduring impression of the landscape and culture of the pre-confederation years in the province.  Royal BC Museum & BC Archives conservator Lauren Buttle has been preparing the Dally Albums for exhibit and will discuss Dally’s process, as well as the conservation and display of his photographs, most of which survive today in 19th century photo albums. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance.  You can purchase tickets online at or by dropping by Ross Bay Villa on Saturday September 14 or Saturday September 21, between 11  and 2.

The upper photo is looking north up Wharf Street, from Fort Street. The other photo is the Fraser River Canyon’s Cariboo Highway.

All funds raised go to the conservation, restoration and maintenance of the Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum.

Welcome to Ross Bay Villa!

Ross Bay Villa FINAL FINAL Fundraising Brochure PHOTOSHOPPEDRoss Bay Villa was the home of Francis James Roscoe and his wife Anna Letitia from 1865 to 1879. While living there, they had five children: Mary, Katherine, Francis, Millicent and Thomas.

Roscoe a prominent merchant in Victoria, was a Member of Parliament for Victoria from 1874 to 1878.  Prior to becoming an MP, he was a staunch supporter of British Columbia joining Confederation in 1871.

After his election, he fought for British Columbia and worked at making sure that the terms of Confederation were maintained – specifically the promised joining of British Columbia with the rest of the country by a continental railway – the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum has been preserved and restored to the way it would have looked when the Roscoe family were in residence. The Entry Hall; Drawing Room; and Dining Room have all been restored to the 1865-1879 appearance.  A children’s room is currently under restoration.

One of the three bedrooms is currently an office for  the Old Cemeteries Society, which leads Sunday tours of the historic Ross Bay Cemetery, directly across the street from Ross Bay Villa. Their rental income helps to preserve the house and garden.

Ross Bay Villa – and the volunteer Ross Bay Villa Society that has been working to preserve and restore this rare 1865 house since 1999 – welcomes visitors.  Join us for a guided tour every Saturday at 2:00.