Heritage Register
James Bay

15 South Turner Street (ex-67 South Turner St)

Built 1905
Heritage-Designated 1992

For: Thomas Renny

15 South Turner


This 1½-storey, front-gabled, Edwardian Vernacular Arts & Crafts Bungalow has a shed-roofed dormer with shallow eaves on either side. On the right side of the house is an angled bay below the dormer and a recessed porch, now enclosed, on the rear. There is an angled oriel bay in the front gable; a wide angled bay on the main floor sits to the right of an inset, now enclosed, corner porch. Side-facing steps leading to the porch have a solid, stepped balustrade. There is leaded, diamond-paned art glass in the front transoms. The gable and below the belt course are shingled; the body and the dormers are clad in double-bevelled siding with vertical V-joint T&G below the watertable. A finely corbelled chimney remains.


1905-06: Thomas Renny, an engineer.


1906: Elijah Howe Anderson (b. London, ENG c.1841-1928) (1060 Burdett Av, Fairfield, 715 Catherine St, Vic West) paid the property taxes. Elijah came to Victoria on the Tynemouth in 1862, and by 1871, was a clothier at 47 Johnson St, then at 1323 Oriental Alley. In the 1880s-90s he was frequently away on business in England, or prospecting in the Cariboo. He returned to his clothing business by the late-1890s. In 1923-24, Elijah ran unsuccessfully for the School Board. His wife, Charlotte, died in 1936 at 94.

1907-09: George Watt (b. SCT c.1857-1935) and Marion (née Hall, b. ENG c.1859-1940) came to Canada in 1898. George was a secretary with the Typographical Union, then a Daily Times journalist for many years.

1911-63: Sidney Morley (b. Hever, Kent, ENG c.1866-1919) and Mildred (née Park, Leyburn, Yorks, ENG c.1877-1963). Sidney came to Canada in 1891, Mildred in 1895; they lived in Saanich when they married in 1903, and moved to Victoria in 1910. Sidney, a former barrister and solicitor, was a clerk in the civil service.

1963-mid-80s: Daughter Dorothy (b. Cranbrook 1904-1991) married Harry Carmichael.


• James Bay History

• James Bay Heritage Register

• This Old House, Victoria's Heritage Neighbourhoods,
Volume Two: James Bay

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