Additional Information About 1737 Rockland Avenue
- Assessed Value (July 2015): $1,452,000; Land $951,000 Buildings $501,000
- Assessed Value (July 2014): $1,341,000; Land $831,000 Buildings $510,000
A Brief History of 1737 Rockland Avenue
Archibald Galletly was the local manager of the Bank of Montreal at 1200 Government Street. The Bank of Montreal had built 1715 Rockland Avenue, 4 lots away on Rockland Avenue, in 1892-93 as the residence for its Victoria manager. Archibald Galletly apparently commissioned Francis Rattenbury to design 1737 Rockland Avenue for his sister, Alice Galletly, who later came to live with him at 1715 Rockland Avenue following the accidental death of his first wife Jeannie (nee Surrie: ca. 1850-1904) and daughter Jessie (1883-1904) in the wreck of the SS Clallum in Juan de Fuca Straight on 8 January 1904.
When Alice Galletly moved to 1715 Rockland Avenue, she rented this house to Robert and Jennie Butchart, of Butchart Gardens fame, The Butcharts appear to have lived here from 1904 until 1907 or 1908, when they moved permanently to what is now Butchart Gardens.
1737 Rockland Avenue has remained a single family residential property to to the present day.
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