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North American Sundial Society

Saanich  

Sundial: 935
State/Province:  British Columbia Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude:   48° 28.065' N Longitude: 123° 17.727' W
Location:
  • 2474 Arbutus Road, at the Oceans Network Canada facility (University of Victoria, formerly the Queenswood Retirement Home)
 
Description:
  • The dial is simply but pleasingly decorated. The gnomon is plain. The pedestal is carved from stone taken from ruins of the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec. The Quebec connection is indicated by the use of a Fleur De Lys on the dial face, and Napier's Scottish heritage is referenced by thistle motifs on brass accoutrements fitted to the pedestal.

    The dial and its limestone pedestal originally stood in the gardens of St. Ann's Academy in Victoria, run by the Sisters of Ste. Anne, a Quebec-based Order. At some point, the dial was transferred to Queenswood, a residence for retired nuns. A replica of the dial has been installed at the original location, see NASS registry entry 572.

 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: University of Victoria
  • On the dial: "I MARK NONE BUT SUNNY HOURS".

    On the surround: "MARJORIE" and "MAY 31 1922".

    On a plate attached to the pedestal: "EN LAPIS ISTE ERIT VOBIS IN TESTIMONIUM. JOSUE XXIV" and "THE SHAFT OF THIS DIAL IS BUILT WITH STONE TAKEN FROM THE RUINS OF THE BASILICA OF STE ANNE DE BEAUPRE QUEBEC DESTROYED BY FIRE AD MCMXXII"
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  • Construction Date: 1922
 
References:
  • This bronze dial is a memorial for Marjorie Napier, who died May 31, 1922 at age 12.

Last Revised: 2018-11-28 20:27