CALENDAR

Oct
16
Wed
2019
Hallmark General Meeting
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A General Meeting of the Hallmark Heritage Society. Guest speaker will be Ken Johnson telling us the interesting story of the “Caffree” boys who were the well -publicized juvenile delinquents of the 1890s. Over a four or five year period the Caffree boys had adventures that amused Victorians in the time of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

 

Oct
20
Sun
2019
Lecture – Friends of BC Archives – Behind the Scenes at the Provincial Archives: The Women Who Did the Work
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
All events take place in the Newcombe Conference Hall at the Royal BC Museum and start at 2:00pm. 
Admission is free for FBCA members, $5 for non-members

Behind the Scenes at the Provincial Archives: The Women Who Did the Work

Guest Speaker: Dr. Patricia Roy, professor emeritus of History at the University of Victoria

The names of the men who were provincial archivists and librarians – the roles were usually combined – are well known. Yet, even before the Archives were formally established, women such as Alma Russell, a professionally trained librarian, organized the books and documents that became the Provincial Archives. In time, she was joined by Madge Wolfenden, Marjorie Holmes and Muriel Cree. All had long careers in the institution. They also had interesting stories themselves. Wolfenden was the daughter of Royal Engineer; Holmes, like so many other British Columbians of her day came with her family from England. Wolfenden and Holmes were trained librarians; Mrs. Cree, who had a talent for getting publicity for herself, was not.

Through their stories, this illustrated talk will relate the history of the Archives from its conception in the 1890s through the era of the Second World War when Wolfenden served as acting provincial archivist.

Patricia Roy is the author of The Collectors: A History of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives. She is professor emeritus of History at the University of Victoria.

 

Oct
24
Thu
2019
Don’t Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow. The Real story of West Coast Rum Running., with Rick James
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Using extensive research, this presentation will tell what rum running was all about on the West Coast. In BC it was relatively civilized, nevertheless the business was associated with the odd shootout, hijacking and even a particularly gruesome murder. 

Rick James is a maritime historian and author of several books and articles. His latest book on West Coast rum running was

PROGRAMME 

26 September 2019 In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery Grant Hayter-Menzies 

In 1923 Emily Carr went to a Victoria Pet Store and bought a young Javanese macaque. For the next fteen years, the monkey, named Woo, formed a bond with Carr that proved crucial to her artistic legacy. Using Carr’s own writings, newspaper accounts, memoirs and archives, the author will reconstruct the fascinating story of Woo. 

Grant specializes in biographies of extraordinary people. His recent biography of Woo was published by Douglas & McIntyre; Grant lives in Victoria with his dog Freddie and partner Rudi. 

24 October 2019 Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running Rick James 

Using extensive research, this presentation will tell what rum running was all about on the West Coast. In BC it was relatively civilized, nevertheless the business was associated with the odd shootout, hijacking and even a particularly gruesome murder. 

Rick James is a maritime historian and author of several books and articles. His latest book on West Coast rum running was short-listed for the annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia history.

Nov
28
Thu
2019
In Nature’s Realm. Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island, with Michael Layland
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

PROGRAMME 

26 September 2019 In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery Grant Hayter-Menzies 

In 1923 Emily Carr went to a Victoria Pet Store and bought a young Javanese macaque. For the next fteen years, the monkey, named Woo, formed a bond with Carr that proved crucial to her artistic legacy. Using Carr’s own writings, newspaper accounts, memoirs and archives, the author will reconstruct the fascinating story of Woo. 

Grant specializes in biographies of extraordinary people. His recent biography of Woo was published by Douglas & McIntyre; Grant lives in Victoria with his dog Freddie and partner Rudi. 

24 October 2019 Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running Rick James 

Using extensive research, this presentation will tell what rum running was all about on the West Coast. In BC it was relatively civilized, nevertheless the business was associated with the odd shootout, hijacking and even a particularly gruesome murder. 

Rick James is a maritime historian and author of several books and articles. His latest book on West Coast rum running was short-listed for the annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia history. 

28 November 2019 In Nature’s Realm; Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island Michael Layland 

Michael Layland will introduce his third book delving into the progression of European knowledge of Vancouver Island. The book celebrates how the diverse local ora and fauna captured the interest of naturalists among the explorers, settlers, and visitors. A life-long amateur naturalist, Michael has combined this interest with his history of exploration and cartography of our island. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing. 

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Dickens, Higgins, and Victorian Chrismas with Kate Humble
Dec 7 @ 5:04 pm – 6:04 pm
Marley’s Ghost

Early colonial settlement in Victoria corresponded with the popularity of Charles Dickens, and the beginning of many modern English Christmas traditions. Kate shows how these cultural threads affected Victoria and how D.W. Higgins, of the British Colonist gave Victoria a Dickensian twist in his charming short story “My First Christmas Dinner in Victoria, 1860”. 

Kate, a Victoria native, is an historian and the Curator for Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.