We acknowledge that we live and work on unceded Indigenous territories and we thank the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations for their hospitality.

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When Coal Was King: Ladysmith in the Coal-Mining Industry on Vancouver Island

WHEN COAL WAS KING, Ladysmith was a small, undistinguished pit-town, one of thousands around the industrializingworld. On the eve of the Great War, Ladysmith’s population barely passed 3,200. Compared with Nanaimo or Cumberland, let alone...

Review by John Belshaw


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High Boats: A Century of Salmon Remembered

The commercial salmon fishery has recently inspired a spate of books on the fading of the salmon industry. This volume fits into that literature. Among its special virtues are its basis in a specific area...

Review by Keith Ralston


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The W̲SÁNEĆ and Their Neighbours: Diamond Jenness on the Coast Salish of Vancouver Island, 1935

Anthropologist Rolf Knight launched a new chapter of Indigenous history in 1978 with the publication of his book, Indians at Work: An Informal History of Native Indian Labour in British Columbia, 1858-1930.[1]  In contrast to...

Review by Wendy Wickwire


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Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 1970-1985

Earning a decent living from pottery is difficult. Crafts, in general, do not support high earners. The notion that any amateur can throw a pot has kept professional potters just above the poverty line —...

Review by Maria Tippett


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The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577-1580

This book represents an expanded form of the much debated revelations of Samuel Bawlf concerning the Pacific Ocean explorations of Francis Drake during his 1577–80 voyage of circumnavigation. Parts of the voyage account are well known,...

Review by Christon Archer


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This Day in Vancouver

       There are some stories about Vancouver that bear retelling. Take the tale of Theodore Ludgate, an American capitalist in the lumber trade who arrived in the city around 1899 with a lease for the...

Review by John Belshaw


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Put that Damned Old Mattock Away

In Put that Damned Old Mattock Away, long-time Gulf Island resident David Spalding draws on oral histories, a variety of archival documents, and his grandfather’s delightfully written and illustrated diary (1914-32) to explore life on...

Review by R.W. Sandwell


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Fishing the River of Time

Here is an entertaining addition to the shelf of books about Vancouver Island. Depending upon the reader’s own experiences in life, and the breadth of his interests, he may be amused by Taylor’s rambling memories...

Review by J.F. Bosher


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Is it a house? Archaeological Excavations at English Camp, San Juan Island, Washington

Synthesizing archaeological research results from the Salish Sea can be a time-consuming task because of the international boundary that currently divides the region. This is further complicated by the rise of cultural resource management archaeology...

Review by Duncan McLaren


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Alberni Prehistory: Archaeological and Ethnographic Investigations on Western Vancouver Island

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 64, Winter 1984

Review by Philip Hobler


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Boss Whistle: The Coal Miners of Vancouver Island Remember

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 58, Summer 1983  

Review by Dianne Newell


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Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney, 1862-65

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 113, Spring 1997  

Review by Daniel Clayton


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Mayne Island and the Outer Gulf Islands: A History

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 65, Spring 1985  

Review by Andrea Smith


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Bowen Island, 1872- 1972

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 22, Summer 1974

Review by Robert Watt


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Salt Spring: The Story of an Island

PDF – Wheeler Review Essay – BC Studies 121, Spring 1999  

Review by Charles Kahn


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Vancouver Island: Land of Contrasts

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 44, Winter 1979  

Review by J. Robinson


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Robert Brown and the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 85, Spring 1990

Review by Clarence Karr


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Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley

Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley is a collection of memoirs by thirty-two women who came to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in the 1970s. Drawn by an...

Review by Shirley McDonald


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The Unknown Island

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 22, Summer 1974

Review by Walter D. Young