Bram Stoker Estate

Richard Nugent Stoker

B. 31 October 1851 at Artane Lodge, Fairview, Dublin, Ireland

D. 14 June 1931 at Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

Educated at Rathmines School, Dublin,

licensed by Kings and Queens College of Physicians, Dublin, Ireland.

In July 1873, was licensed to practice surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

                                         "Local pioneers recognized."

                         Park Named in Honor of Richard Nugent Stoker

                    Lake Cowichan Gazette, Lake Cowichan, British Columbia

18 October 2010 

After a months-long competition to name the new park and trail system in the Bald Mountain Peninsula's Woodland Shores development, the brand new signs donning the park and trial's new names were unveiled Wednesday, October 13.

It was revealed that George DeLure's suggestion to name the park after the Stoker family was the winning one.

The Stoker family, headed by Richard Stoker and his wife Susan, were the original owners of the Bald Mountain peninsula area's waterfront University of Victoria property. Richard purchased the property in 1893, and Susan sold the property in 1934, a few years after Richard's death.

"They were the first people on that property," DeLure said, of his decision to have the park named after the Stokers. Although the Simpsons, who owned the land after the Stokers, donated the land to the University of Victoria, it was the Stokers who were first there, building the first cabin, and creating the first garden.

An interesting fact about Richard Stoker, a doctor and a colonel in the India Army, is that he was the brother of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.

Also interesting is that Susan, who was deaf as a result of malaria medication, was an accomplished painter. She painted many pieces with watercolours of local flowers and plants in the area, many of which are no longer seen in the area. These paintings are now in a Victoria museum.

Stoker Park is a waterfront park in the Woodland Shores development on the Bald Mountain Peninsula, and consists of a parking area, a large sign with its namesake, a covered picnic table area, a large grass play area, a bathroom, a trail to the water, and two little beaches.

The new trail system, named the Denninger Trails, is located across the road and down a bit from Stoker Park. The Denninger Trails are named after Phillip Denninger, another pioneer of the area.

"He built most of the trails on Bald Mountain, and even at that time they were named after him," Youbou/Meade Creek Parks Commission chair Marcia Stewart said. "This just makes it official."

Bald Mountain area resident Roger Wiles was the one responsible for selecting Denninger as the trail's namesake.

The Woodland Shores developers paid for the creation of these parks, with the CVRD taking care of their maintenance from here on.

Of the 1,200 acres of land that makes up the Woodland Shores development, 895 has been handed over to the CVRD, designated as parks land.

A three acre park on the property, complete with a play structure, and surrounded by lots, has also been completed, on site.

At this point, Stewart said that the area's parks budget is remaining the same as last year, with a recent budgetary meeting with the CVRD confirming this.

Copyright 2010 Lake Cowichan Gazette

Tyler Clarke

On 16 Oct 2013 at the auction of The Dr A.L.Lloyd O.B.E. K.St.J. Medal Collection, London, Knightsbridge, medals awarded to Richard Stoker were sold for £1,080

(US$ 1,721).

"Three to Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel R.N.Stoker, Indian Medical Service,Afghanistan 1878-80, no bar (Surgn R.N.Stoker Indn Medl Dt); India General Service 1854-95, one bar, Sikkim 1888 (Surgn Major R.N.Stoker I.M.D.); India General Service 1895-1902, one bar, Relief of Chitral 1895 (Surgn Lt Col R.N.Stoker I.M.S.).Toned, good very fine. (3)


Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Richard Nugent Stoker was born on the 31st October 1851, he was educated at Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons, and took the L.R.C.S.I. in 1873 and the L.K.Q.C.P. in 1874. He entered the indian Medical Service as a Surgeon on the 30th September 1874. He served in the Afghan campaign, after the war he was appointed Garrison Surgeon of Fort Attock and held that post until his promotion to Surgeon Major on 30th September 1886, when he was posted to one of the newly raised Gurkha battalions, which he served in the Sikkim campaign of 1888 on the North East Frontier of India, and took part in the forcing of the Jelapla Pass. He was promoted to Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel on the 30th September 1894. He retired on the 2nd April 1900 and died on the 14th June 1931 at Duncan, British Columbia, aged 79."

Although we would like to have purchased the medals and every other bit of Stoker family history, we have to keep our priorities.

To the buyer, we say, keep them well.