David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work: An Illustrated Exploration across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest
In June 1824, the Governor and Committee of the Hudson’s Bay Company agreed to transport David Douglas, a young Scottish employee of the Horticultural Society of London to its “Columbia District,” to assist the society’s...
BC Studies no. 183 Autumn 2014 | Page(s) 151-52
The Horticultural Society of London demanded that David Douglas (1799-1834), their employee and North American plant hunter, keep a meticulous journal of his travels. Certainly a better field naturalist than author, Douglas refused to let...
BC Studies no. 168 Winter 2010-2011 | Page(s) 101
EVERY BUILDING on 100 West Hastings is a panorama by Vancouver’s acclaimed film and video artist Stan Douglas. Without exaggeration, it is a marvellous and monumental photograph of the façade of buildings across the street...
BC Studies no. 138-139 Summer-Autumn 2003 | Page(s) 209-10
In essence, this is a study of governorship, or governorships — Richard Blanshard to Frederick Seymour, with Sir James Douglas as the centrepiece of description. The addition of many charts and tables lend it an...
BC Studies no. 180 Winter 2013-2014 | Page(s) 172-174
A Strange and Dangerovs Voyage (1633) was published by command of King Charles I after Thomas James (c.1593-1635) returned from overwintering in James Bay. Dead by 1635, James had nothing to do with the founding...
BC Studies no. 186 Summer 2015 | Page(s) 160-63
Judy Thompson, Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) Curator of Western Subarctic Ethnology, has produced a lavishly illustrated book, compelling for its quality of images, clarity of writing, and elegance of design. Seventy-one rarely published and...
BC Studies no. 158 Summer 2008 | Page(s) 118-20
JAMES COLNETT will always remain a name of notoriety in world history for it is he who responded to Commandant Esteban Martinez’s demands and formalities at Nootka Sound in 1789 and started, so it is...
BC Studies no. 144 Winter 2004-2005 | Page(s) 131-3
Campbell River: Gateway to the Inside Passage, Including Strathcona, the Discovery Islands and the Mainland Inlets
Campbell River, Gateway to the Inside Passage offers a fresh look at the Campbell River area, mainly seen through the lens of Boomer Jerritt, whose striking images comprise a large portion of the book. The...
BC Studies no. 173 Spring 2012 | Page(s) 157-58
At first glance, a review of the biography of a nineteenth century Quebec politician seems out of place in BC Studies. Born in France in 1829 to a wealthy French Protestant father and his...
BC Studies no. 190 Summer 2016 | Page(s) 155-156
Captain (later Admiral Sir) George Henry Richards, Royal Navy, is one of the great personages of that unique era in modern history known as Pax Britannica – a period when “Britain Ruled the Waves,” and sometimes, as...
BC Studies no. 175 Autumn 2012 | Page(s) 119-23
THE TASK APPEARS straightforward – in this case, to read W.H. New’s monumental Encyclopedia ofLiterature in Canada for information on BC writing. There is, usefully, an entry on British Columbia (unsigned, meaning “written by New”):...
BC Studies no. 145 Spring 2005 | Page(s) 108-12
The cover of this atlas is engaging . The muted grey, black, and red jacket offers an intriguing bird’s-eye view of Vancouver in 1912, looking west from New Westminster to Stanley Park. The heavy antique...
BC Studies no. 150 Summer 2006 | Page(s) 123-6
Jennifer Kramer’s book K’esu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer was written to accompany the Museum of Anthropology’s 2012 landmark retrospective exhibit about the life and work of the internationally renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist Doug...
BC Studies no. 181 Spring 2014 | Page(s) 155-57
Tellings from Our Elders: Lushootseed syəyəhub, Volume 1: Snohomish Texts as told by Martha Williams Lamont, Elizabeth Krise, Edward Sam, and Agnes Jules James
Skagit Valley as told by Susie Sampson Peter, Dora Solomon, Mary Sampson Willup, Harry Moses, Louise Anderson, Martin Sampson, Dewey Mitchell, and Alice Williams
BC Studies no. 193 Spring 2017 | Pages 218-221
Tales of shipwrecks along British Columbia’s coast have focused on adventure and tragedy since the fur trade era. With marine transportation occupying such an important role in our daily lives, it is remarkable that so...
BC Studies no. 177 Spring 2013 | Page(s) 186-87
More than an exhibition catalogue but every bit that as well, Jack Nisbet’s Mapmaker’s Eye takes its reader farther into Anglo-Welsh-Canadian explorer David Thompson’s five years (1808-12) on the Pacific Slope than has any previous...
BC Studies no. 156-157 Winter-Spring 2007-2008 | Page(s) 183-6
IN 1858 TENS OF thousands of non-Native goldseekers rushed to the Fraser River in search of gold, a substantial number of them being American citizens who paid little heed to British sovereignty in the region....
BC Studies no. 144 Winter 2004-2005 | Page(s) 144-5
The True Story of Canada’s “War” of Extermination on the Pacific plus The Tsilhqot’in and Other First Nations Resistance
One should always be skeptical of books when the title proclaims them to be the “true story” on any aspect of history. For truth, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Tom Swanky’s...
BC Studies no. 182 Summer 2014 | Page(s) 217-218
The publication of Daphne Sleigh’s biography of James Matthews coincides with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the City of Vancouver Archives, which he founded. The work is remarkable for being the first book-length biography of a...
BC Studies no. 160 Winter 2008-2009 | Page(s) 142-143
PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 133, Spring 2002
BC Studies no. 133 Spring 2002 | Page(s) 116-7
Many residents of British Columbia are probably unaware that the settler history of the province began not in the Fraser Valley but in New Caledonia, the north-central interior, a result not of the explorations of...
BC Studies no. 165 Spring 2010 | Page(s) 107-8
PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 94, Summer 1992
BC Studies no. 94 Summer 1992 | Page(s) 87-9
Lady Franklin Visits the Pacific Northwest: Being Extracts from the Letters of Miss Sophia Cracroft, Sir John Franklin’s Niece, February to April, 1861 and April to July, 1870
PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 29, Spring 1976