Point Ellice House Resource Site

This resource site is contributed to and maintained by the staff and volunteers of Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens. The amount of documentary evidence related to life at Point Ellice House is extensive and this is a space where we will collect, organize, and share this information with the public.

The following content is for informational purposes only. Researchers interested in the documents within should consult the originals which, unless otherwise stated, are housed at the BC Archives (O’Reilly Family Fonds, MS-2984).


A collection of letters by the O’Reilly family during their occupation of the house (1867 to 1975).

This collection of letters and documents has been digitized from an earlier transcription project and is for informational purposes only. This transcription has not been verified against the originals. Researchers interested in these letters should consult the original documents housed at the BC Archives.


Point Ellice House has a collection of over 12,000 objects and documents – most of which belonged to the O’Reilly family. The recipes found here are transcribed from those found in the collection.

Peter O’Reilly’s Diary

Peter O’Reilly’s 1886 diary has been transcribed by volunteers and staff at Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens and is for informational purposes only. Researchers interested in this diary are advised to consult the original document housed at the Royal British Columbia Museum & Archives, found in MS-2894, the O’Reilly family fonds. The 1886 diary has also been microfilmed and is available on Mflm reel A01910.

Visitor Calling Cards

The Point Ellice House collection contains hundreds of calling cards left for the O’Reilly family by visitors. This initial research was conducted by students in the 2021 HSTR 515A: Public History course at the University of Victoria, and these short biographies constitute only a portion of the individuals represented by the calling cards within the collection.

Search the Resource Site

The following search box allows you to search the documents contained within the Historic Resource portion of our web site.

If you have questions regarding the resource page and its content, please contact us: info@PointElliceHouse.com

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