Birth: 15 April 1882

Place or Registered Place of Birth: North Carolina, U.S.A.

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 27 December 1962

Place or Registered Place of Death: Portugal

Father: James Dunsmuir (1851-1920)

Mother: Laura Miller Surles (1858-1937)

Spouse(s): John Alexander Henry Hope

Date of Marriage: 15 April 1907

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. George's, Hanover Square, London, Middlesex


Edward James Hope (1911-1989)
Alexander Douglas Byng Hope (1918-)


Elizabeth Maud Dunsmuir is the daughter of Hon. James Dunsmuir and Laura Miller Surles. She married Major John Alexander Henry Hope, son of Sir Edward Stanley Hope and Constance Christina Leslie, on 15 April 1907. She and Major John Alexander Henry Hope were divorced in 1923.

Elizabeth married secondly Robert Droste.

Escorted down the aisle at her wedding by Canada's prime minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

James Dunsmuir, the son of Robert Dunsmuir and Joan Olive White, Was born at Fort Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A. on 8 July 1851. James died at Cowichan, British Columbia, Canada on 6 June 1920, aged 68, and was buried at Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Laura Miller Surles, the daughter of William Bright Surles (1831-) and Sarah Miller Byrd (1835-1877), who were married on 20 November 1851, was born at Fayetteville, North Caroline, U.S.A. on 13 February 1858. Laura died at Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada on 3 August 1937, aged 79, and was buried at Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

James Dunsmuir and Laura Miller Surles were married at Old Sardis Church, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, U.S.A. on 5 July 1876.

Hon. James Dunsmuir held the office of Premier of British Columbia. He lived at Hatley Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Sir Edward Stanley Hope was a practising barrister. He held the office of Charity Commissioner between 1879 and 1899. He held the office of Registrar of the Privy Council between 1899 and 1909. He held the office of Lunacy Commissioner between 1908 and 1914. He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (K.C.B.).

Laura Surles was the daughter of a North Carolina farmer, one of the most largest, prominent land owners in the region. She welcomed her husband's growing importance, if only because it allowed her to climb British Columbia's social ladder. James and Laura had twelve children, of which there were three boys and nine girls.

When first married, they lived with Robert and Joan in Fairview. Later, James and Laura moved to their own home called Burleith.

In 1898, James Dunsmuir won election to the provincial legislative. Two years later, during a period of political turmoil, he agreed to serve as Premier of the province. In 1902 he resigned the premiership, stung by charges of conflict of interest in formulating his government's railway policies. Appointed Lieutenant-Governor in 1906, he was an uneasy occupant of the Vice-Regal office. The criticism he received when he refused to give Royal Assent to anti-Oriental legislation turned to howls of outrage when it was discovered he was recruiting cheap Japanese labour to work in his mines

In 1908, while James was Lieutenant-Governor (1906 - 1909) he began construction on Hatley Park on the Esquimalt Lagoon.

James Dunsmuir resigned from office in 1909, determined to put public life behind him.

Despite his wife's social ambitions, James Dunsmuir remained devoted to simple pleasures. He was happiest in the company of a few male friends, fishing and bird hunting. After his first boat, the Thistle burned to her waterline, he ordered a fine new yacht. Built in Scotland, the Dolaura was 218 feet long and cost more than $200,000. The Dolaura provided the comforts of home, including a mahogany-panelled drawing room warmed by a huge fireplace, and a dining room capable of seating twenty-four guests. The Dunsmuirs' private suite included a large sitting room, a bedroom, a clothesroom, and a white-tiled bathroom equipped with Venetian marble washbasins and sterling silver fittings.

The children of James Dunsmuir and Laura Miller Surles were:

Robert William Dunsmuir (1877-1929)
Sarah Byrd Dunsmuir (1878-1925)
Joan Olive White Dunsmuir (1880-1884)
Elizabeth Maud Dunsmuir (1882-1962)
Laura Mary Dunsmuir (1884-1959)
Alexander Lee Dunsmuir (1886-1887)
Emily Elinor Dunsmuir (1887-1938)
Joan Marion Dunsmuir (1888-1952)
Jessie Muriel Dunsmuir (1890-1959)
Kathleen Euphemia Dunsmuir (1891-1941)
James Dunsmuir (1894-1915)
Dola Frances Dunsmuir (1903-1966)

Elizabeth Maud Dunsmuir