The Royal BC Museum holds some of BC’s most precious and historical collections of natural and human history.
And sometimes, mysteries.
Just last week, the Royal BC Museum put a call out on their Facebook page after they received anonymous photos from an anonymous source.
A box of photos arrived in a box labeled “Brentwood Bay,” without any other information provided to determine what exactly these photos were of.
Is the donor from Brentwood Bay, are the people in the photos?
These are just a few of the questions that the Royal BC Museum wants to know.
“The photos appear to depict a few presumably related families. Do you recognize any of the people in these photographs? Do you recognize any of the structures or locations these photos were taken? Let us know if you can help crack the case,” read the Royal BC Museum’s Facebook post.
Comments on the Facebook post have said that the setting of the photos’ looks like the site of a former Japanese Tea House at Esquimalt Gorge Park.
From 1907 to 1942, the Japanese Tea Garden in Esquimalt was the place for recreation in the Capital Region.
After the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, the federal government issued an order calling for the removal of male Japanese nationals between 18 to 45 years of age to a designated area 100 miles inland from the BC coast.
The photos depict what appear to be people of Japanese heritage.
Another set of photos shows three women in what some people think is the Butchart’s home.
People have also commented saying they believe one of the men is Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken – a BC physician who played a prominent role in bringing the province into Canadian Confederation.
At the moment, it’s unclear who it is in the photos, but many people are up to the challenge of solving the mystery!
Can you help?