Vancouver Island Masonic History Project

Thomas Catterall (died 1919, aged 76) was a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 in Victoria. He was one of Victoria’s leading contractors and builders.

His residence at 1336 Beach Drive, Oak Bay is still standing; Here is a map showing its location:

Here is a Google Street View image of Thomas Catterall’s former home at 1336 Beach Drive:

Here is Thomas Catterall’s obituary in the Daily Colonist:


Well-Known and Greatly Respected, Citizen Passes Away After Short Illness, – Funeral Will Be Private

The death occurred last evening, after a short illness, of Thomas Catterall, of 1336 Beach Drive, Oak Bay. Mr. Catterall was one of Victoria’s best known contractors and builders, and came to this city in 1884. He was in his 76th year and was born in Liverpool, England. Previous to coming to live in Victoria he resided for a time in the United States. He is survived by his widow, six sons and two daughters. He was a member of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2, A.F. & A.M.

The funeral has been arranged to take place from the B.C. Funeral Chapel on Monday afternoon at 4:15 o’clock, where service, which will be private, will be held. Interment will be made in Ross Bay Cemetery, in the family plot.

Among some of the prominent buildings erected by Mr. Catterall here are Hon. James Dunsmuir’s residence at Hatley Park [note: now Royal Roads University], also his former residence at Burleith, Craigflower Road [note: demolished, although parts of the stone perimeter wall remain in place]; Gordon’s Limited, Yates Street; the old High School on Fernwood Road; the residence of the late W.J. Pendray; “Westover” on Shasta Avenue off St. Charles Street, built for Mr. Albert Todd; T.B. Hall’s residence, Rockland Avenue; the Snowden residence at the Gorge [note: demolished, the Gorge Road Hospital is now on the site]; and the Graham residence, Hillside Avenue.

It is requested that no flowers be sent.”

(Source: Daily Colonist, 20 July 1919, page 7)

Another building associated with Thomas Catterall is the Catterall Building, 919 Fort Street, in downtown Victoria, which he built for himself as an investment property.


Thomas Catterall is buried in Ross Bay cemetery, Victoria, B.C..

Thomas Catterall grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C. (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)
Thomas Catterall grave, Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, B.C. (photo by Temple Lodge No. 33 Historian)

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