was not sure where else to put this.
but upon doing other research this morning i learned more than i previously knew about pemberton holmes (real estate).
This prospect must have caught the imagination of one Joseph Despard Pemberton because on December 9th, 1850, at the age of 29, he wrote to The Hudson’s Bay Company seeking employment as “a Surveyor and Engineer of thorough business habits and energy with reference the Colonization of Vancouver’s Island”.
of course we have streets here named despard joseph and pemberton all in the same area more or less.
By 1887 Victoria was a growing city. A paid fire department had replaced the volunteer brigade, electric street lighting had replaced gas, many people had acquired telephones, electric street cars provided urban transportation, while the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway offered rail service to up-Island points.
Such was Victoria when in 1887 Joseph Pemberton and his eldest son Frederick Bernard Pemberton (Fred) went into business by opening the firm of Pemberton & Son – Engineers, Surveyors, and Real Estate Agents.
In 1917 Cuthbert Holmes, whose family were also early Victoria settlers, married Phillippa Pemberton while he was on leave from active duty in France. In 1920 Cuthbert Holmes joined his father-in-law, Fred Pemberton, in Pemberton & Son. After assuming its presidency in 1933, he changed the firm’s name to Pemberton Holmes and today Pemberton Holmes is still thriving as a modern day business that is still conducted on those same “quiet and strict commercial principles” that Fred Pemberton wrote about so long ago.
this is an interesting little fact:
Pip stewarded the company through challenging and changing times and had the honour of being elected as President of the International Real Estate Federation in 1975 and 1976. Of interest is the fact that the firm’s telephone number may be one of the oldest in Canada, having started out in the first exchange as 8124 and later developing in its latest manifestation as 384-8124.
perhaps this map is a bit later?
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 October 2019 - 07:11 AM.