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O'REILLY, Kathleen

Victoria, British Columbia, 1867
Victoria, British Columbia, 1945
Biography synopsis
A cultured and refined lady of Victorian society, Kathleen O'Reilly attended Angela College in Victoria before completing her education at Lady Murry's School in Kensington, London, England, from 1883-85. Besides participating in various social functions, O'Reilly was also involved in church activities and helped with the running of her home, Point Ellice House. Although she never married, her life was not entirely devoid of romance, for she had two very famous suitors: Captain Robert Scott, known for his expeditions to Antartica, and Captain Henry Stanhope, who later became Lord Chesterfield. In addition to drawing and painting, O'Reilly also practised embroidery. She passed away after a cerebral hemorrhage and is buried in Ross Bay cemetery in Victoria. Point Ellice House has since become a provincial historic site and counts many of her works as part of its collection.
Media used
Angela College, Victoria
Lady Murry's School, Kensington, England, 1883 - 1885
File & Archive locations
British Columbia Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Canada's Digital Collections Team. "Kathleen O'Reilly Presentation." BC Heritage Branch and Industry Canada, 2000.
Dedyna, Katherine. "A Very Victorian Invitation Presents Brush with History." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 19 May 2000: D9.
Eggen, Reidun. "Haunted Happenings: The Annual Ghosts of Victoria Festival Timely and Deliciously Scary." Province (Victoria) 22 Oct. 2002: A35.
Gidney, Norman. "History at Your Fingertips: Victoria Web Designers bring B.C.'s Past to Life." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 11 Feb. 2000: D1.
Hume, Stephen Eaton. Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of BC. Madeira Park, British Columbia: Harbour Publishing, 2004.
Humphreys, Danda. "Home of the O'Reillys." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 16 Aug. 1998: 3.
Lowery, Tina. "Needle art of Kathleen O'Reilly." British Columbia Historical News 35.4 (Fall 2002): 12-4.
MacDonald, Margaret. Ghost Stories from the Pacific Northwest. Atlanta: August House, 1996.
Murphy, Patrick. "Pioneer's Life Goes on Show." Times-Colonist (Victoria) 8 Mar. 1994: 1.
Thomson, David. Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen: Ambition and Tragedy in the Antarctic. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2006.
Walton, Liberty. "How Shall I Frame Myself?" BC Historical News: Journal of BC Historical Federation 35.4 (Fall 2002): 26- 37.
Weishan, Michael, Cristina Roig and Susan Seubert. From a Victorian Garden: Creating the Romance of a Bygone Age Right in your Own Backyard. Studio, 2004.

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