Past Events 2000 – 2007

Friends of the BC Archives past programmes and speakers, 2000 – 2007:

18 November 2007

“Up-Coast: A Social and Environmental History of BC’s North Coast Forest Industry”

Dr. Richard Rajala (History Department, UVic) presented some themes from his recent book documenting the troubled history of the forest industry on BC’s north coast. His account emphasized the region’s status as a resource hinterland, corporate concentration, and resistance on the part of First Nations. The industry on the north coast, he said, with its small producers and communities had failed to achieve both social and ecological sustainability.

21 October 2007

“Reportage and Archives Resources”

Following the business portion of the AGM, our guest speaker was Stephen Hume, the Vancouver Sun columnist and heritage writer. He explained how stories for a popular audience can emerge from archival materials, and emphasized the importance of archives to the democratic process. He mentioned a new collection of his essays that will be published with the title, Off the Map: Tales from the Road Less Travelled.

16 September 2007

“The Sinking of the Princess Sophia

William Morrison, a History professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, described the Princess Sophia disaster of October 1918. When the coastal steamer grounded on Vanderbilt Reef and sank, with the loss of 354 passengers and crew, it was the worst maritime disaster in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Yet, because of its timing, at the end of World War I, it attracted little attention then, and is not well known outside British Columbia even now. A study of this disaster reveals some interesting facts about the lives of ordinary Canadians and Americans in the Yukon and Alaska, and about relations between Canada and the United States in the Yukon and Alaska. Our guest speaker also explained how he and his writing partner, Ken Coates, learned about the episode and researched their book on it.

13 May 2007

Mungo Martin at the 1939 New York World’s Fair: Revising the Beginning of the ‘Revival'”

Dr. Leslie Dawn, who teaches art history at the University of Lethbridge, described two monumental poles by the noted Kwakwaka’wakw carver Mungo Martin that were displayed outside the Canadian Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. At the time, they were seen by millions of visitors. Since then, however, they have disappeared from view and from memory. They have been completely forgotten by both historians and even Mungo’s descendants. Yet they still exist, although in ruined form, in a Boy Scout camp in New Jersey. In this talk, Leslie traced the origins, display, and disappearance of these striking artifacts, and offered some thoughts on why the monumental poles have been neglected.

22 April 2007

“Trans-Atlantic Liners of the Titanic Era”

Michael Harrison and George Gibb, who have many years of experience in the shipbuilding industry and are volunteers at the BC Maritime Museum, spoke about the design and construction of trans-Atlantic liners of the Titanic-era, including the design features which might have contributed to the catastrophic loss of the Titanic itself.

18 March 2007

“Sleep On, Dear Son, in a Soldier’s Grave”

Yvonne Van Ruskenveld, of the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria, spoke about the veterans of the Great War who are commemorated in Ross Bay Cemetery. Ross Bay (established in 1873) contains the graves of many who served during World War I and died here at home, but it also has many inscriptions on family grave markers to sons who died overseas. Yvonne described different types of memorials and the stories of some of the individuals, such as Lieut. Blayney Scott, who earned both the Military Cross and the Distinguished Flying Cross; Gunner John Wilkinson, who was gassed at Passchendaele but returned home to die; and Captain Despard Pemberton, who was shot down in France, and is buried there.

18 February 2007

“Censored! Unsuitable for British Columbians!”

With these words, the provincial government’s Censor of Moving Pictures exercised his authority to control what British Columbians viewed in their movie theatres. Film historian Stan Fox used the records of the Censor, held at the BC Archives, to determine exactly what was deemed to be ‘unsuitable’ for British Columbians between 1914 and 1963. Stan showed clips from the films that were censored, minus the offending film frames (which actually ended up pasted to sheets of paper in GR-0490). He provided an amusing and lighthearted look at the evolution of film censorship in BC.

21 January 2007

“The Eyes in the Trees: the North Coast World of Margaret Butcher”

This talk, by Simon Fraser University historian Mary-Ellen Kelm, described the correspondence of Margaret Butcher, who travelled to the Haisla village of Kitamaat in 1916 and taught at the residential school there for three years. In hundreds of letters written while she was there, Butcher crafted a unique portrait of the complex world on the north coast. Butcher’s letters, which our guest speaker discovered in the BC Archives, provide fascinating glimpses of the Haisla people, the settlers in the valley, the mission community of the north Pacific coast and life in a residential school. Mary-Ellen is a director of the Friends of the BC Archives. Dr. Kelm is also Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples of North America at SFU. Her talk was based on her book, The Letters of Margaret Butcher: Missionary-Imperialism on the North Pacific Coast (2006).

19 November 2006

“Old Square Toes: Sir James Douglas, KCB”

Historian John Adams gave a presentation on the first governor of the Colony of British Columbia, Sir James Douglas. At this event, which fell on Douglas Day, the audience had a rare opportunity to see the original commission which was issued to Governor Douglas by the Crown, transported to the Colony by Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, and then read aloud on November 19, 1858, at Fort Langley to mark the official birth of the Colony. The commission is normally kept in a secure vault but was for special viewing on this day.

22 October 2006

“Simon Fraser and Fort St. James”

Following the business portion of the AGM, Dr. Jamie Morton, North Island College, discussed the founding of the first white settlement at Fort St. James two hundred years ago in 1806. He also described the exploits of Simon Fraser, the remarkable North West Company fur trader and explorer, who, in 1808, became the first European to travel down the Fraser River, and who lent his name to so many places in our province.

17 September 2006

“The Land Records of British Columbia”

Godfrey D. Archbold, Chief Executive Officer of the Land Title and Survey Authority [LTSA], spoke about this new agency and its work with the archival records in its custody. Records include the original survey plans for the province. Walter Meyer Zu Erpen, the LTSA contract archivist, was on hand to report on the results of the inventory and appraisal of those records. They answered questions about plans for providing public access to these records.

28 May 2006

A summer outing to Point Ellice House

Although summer had not actually arrived, fifteen Friends enjoyed an excursion that was advertised as a ‘summer outing to Point Ellice House.’ The tour of this historic house museum was led by Theresa Molinaro. A former provincial Heritage Branch curator, she was very involved in the preservation of the property and its contents after it was acquired by the BC government in 1976. Many of the artifacts in the 1860s era house can be connected to material in the O’Reilly family collection at the BC Archives. Following the formal tour, Friends enjoyed tea in the garden, when they had an opportunity to chat about the place with Theresa.

30 April 2006

“Maps, maps, and maps!”

Margaret Hutchison of the BC Archives offered an insiders’ look at the map collection of the BC Archives and shared her love of these cartographic records. She gave a fascinating overview of some of the 63,000 items in the collection. She presented sample images of some of the maps and allowed people in the audience to examine some original maps. In her presentation, she described the significance of the 1871 Trutch map of British Columbia, as well as some whimsical maps of Victoria. The audience was delighted by her presentation.

19 March 2006

“The Erotics of Exploration”

The exploration of the North West by Europeans was reconsidered by UVic historian John Lutz. In this talk, Dr. Lutz emphasized the importance of sexual contacts between the crews of European ships and the indigenous people in the Pacific Northwest, from the first landing by Captain Cook’s ship, HMS Endeavour in 1778, through to the Lewis and Clark expedition’s departure in 1806. He highlighted the erotic nature of exploration for the men involved, interpreted the nature of aboriginal participation in these encounters, and pondered the historical importance of these sexual relationships.

19 February 2006

“Through the Street: The History of Homelessness in Victoria, BC, 1871-1901”

Lisa Helps, a post-graduate student at the University of Toronto and graduate of the University of Victoria, discussed her research into indigent people in late-nineteenth century Victoria. She described how she had consulted police court, jail, and city council records, as well as newspapers, to discover the circumstances of people who were arrested from drunkenness, vagrancy, causing public disturbances, and other behaviours that are associated with homeless today.

11 January 2006

“Finding Family at the B.C. Archives”

Ann ten Cate presented another popular session on sources for genealogical research at the Archives. In her illustrated talk, she demonstrated how to use the Archives’ website to pinpoint records that might fill out the branches of a family tree or solve family mysteries. She also provided an update on additional family history resources (notably a baptismal index and centralized probate index) that will be available online from the BC Archives.

13 November 2005

“Canadians at War: The Canadian Letters and Images Project”

Dr. Stephen Davies of the History Department at Malaspina University College in Nanaimo described an ambitious and commendable digital archives project. He and his student assistants solicit original photographs and records relating to the wartime experiences of Canadians. The items are digitalized and transcribed, and then original items are returned their owners. The objective of the Canadian Letters and Images Project, he said, is to let Canadians tell their own story in their own words and images by creating a permanent on-line archive which preserves previously unpublished wartime correspondence, photographs, and other personal materials, from the battlefront and from the home front. In a very moving talk, illustrated with material from the Project, he told poignant stories of soldiers from BC who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War. The Project is located at

23 October 2005

“A preview of The BC Almanac Book of Greatest British Columbians

After the business portion of our AGM, guest speakers Mark Forsythe, the long-standing host of CBC Radio One’s BC Almanac program, and Greg Dickson, the director of the radio program, described their new book about our province’s most fascinating people. They engaged the audience with a quiz and lively anecdotes about BC crusaders and reformers, scientists and innovators, rogues and rascals. The audience was delighted to learn that sales of the book would be donated to the Friends of the BC Archives.

18 September 2005

“The Cridge Connection: Exploring the Early Social History of the Church of Our Lord”

This public lecture was given by Dr. Sylvia Van Kirk. A retired historian from the University of Toronto, she has written extensively about the fur trade and colonial society. On this occasion, she discussed the work and influence of the Rev. Edward Cridge, who seceded from the Church of England congregation at Christ’s Church in Victoria, in part because of the Anglican bishop’s emphasis on high church ritual. Cridge joined the Reformed Episcopalian Church and became a bishop in that Christian denomination. He oversaw the construction of a new place of worship, the Church of Our Lord, designed by John Teague and completed in 1874. After her very interesting presentation, Sylvia gave the Friends a guided tour of the church. They also enjoyed tea and baked goods in the church hall.

22 June 2005

A guided tour of HMC Dockyard

This tour was limited to twenty people, who met at 10 am on a Wednesday morning. Along with a guided walking tour of historical buildings in the dockyard, which extended to 90 minutes, participants enjoyed 20 minute boat tour of the harbour.

29 May 2005

“Mr. Ireland and Me: Archival Travels in Search of Sea Power”

Guest speaker Barry Gough, Professor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, is the author of numerous books on maritime history. He spoke about his travels as a student, researcher, biographer and historian in search of the connections between and among human societies, with particular reference to Esquimalt, Nootka Sound, Meares Island and the origins of the Royal Canadian Navy. He provided an engaging account of his archival research and described the mentorship of the late Willard Ireland, the Provincial Archivist and Librarian of BC.

17 April 2005

“This Old House: Fernwood”

Guest speaker Jennifer Nell Barr, Executive Director of the Victoria Heritage Foundation, gave an illustrated talk about the homes and builders of Fernwood, and their interrelationships, based on her recent book, which is Volume 4 of the VHF series “This Old House”. The VHF funds the restoration and maintenance of designated heritage houses in the City of Victoria. Ms. Barr has worked for the VHF for more than 18 years, and has also worked as a heritage consultant and researcher in Victoria for the past 25 years.

13 March 2005

“Insanity in British Columbia, 1873-1950”

The guest speaker, Professor Geoff Smith, is a member of the Department of Psychiatry at UBC and a Research Scientist at Riverview Hospital. For the past fifteen years, he has researched the history of schizophrenia. In order to understand how this and other psychiatric diseases have changed over time, he examined the clinical records of virtually every individual in BC who developed a major mental health disorder prior to 1951. This enormous research project, he explained, was made possible through the existence of the Essondale patient files held at the BC Archives.

13 February 2005

“A Voyage to the North West Side of America: The Journals of James Colnett, 1786 to 1789″

The guest speaker, Professor Robert Galois, was a member of UBC’s Geography Department. He had recently published an annotated edition of the journals of Captain James Colnett, an early participant in the maritime sea otter trade. Between 1786 and 1789, Colnett led an expedition that traversed the Northwest Coast from Prince William Sound to Vancouver Island. Colnett and and his crew were the first Europeans to encounter the Tsimshian and the southern Heiltsuk peoples, as well as the first to land on the southern Queen Charlotte Islands. Our speaker described the geopolitical context of the voyage and the intellectual background that shaped the writing of Colnett’s journal. He also explained how the journal sheds new light on the early European presence in the Northwest and offers a glimpse of the Native responses to these excursions by maritime traders.

23 January 2005

“Vicious Trade: Prostitution in Victoria and Vancouver, 1900 to 1915”

Guest speaker Linda Eversole, a free-lance researcher, writer and heritage consultant, guided us through the seamier side of life in Victoria and Vancouver at the beginning of the last century. In the course of her research into Victoria’s notorious madam Stella Carroll, Linda has tracked the development of prostitution as a business in the Pacific Northwest, spurred principally by the Yukon and Alaska gold rushes. Linda provided insights into this ‘vicious trade’ with personal profiles and a collection of largely unpublished archival photographs of madams, ‘inmates,’ habitués, police, politicians and brothels.

21 November 2004

“The Green Hill Park Disaster”

Leonard McCann, Curator Emeritus of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and a director of the Friends of the BC Archives, described an event that took place in March 1945, when Vancouver city came perilously close to a major disaster. The event occurred when a freighter owned by the Canadian Park Steamship Company, SS Green Hill Park, caught fire and exploded in Vancouver harbour. Her cargo included eight railcar loads of rocket flares and 100 tons of sodium phosphate, and the initial explosion blew windows out throughout the downtown area. Two crewmen and six longshoremen died before the ship was towed out to Siwash Rock near Stanley Park and the fire was eventually extinguished. Len described his research into this event and discussed the true cause of the disaster.

24 October 2004

“The Pleasures of Archival Research: A Legal Historian’s Perspective”

After the business portion of the AGM, noted legal historian Hamar Foster (Faculty of Law, University of Victoria), spoke to the Friends about his long-time fascination with archival records, and how he used them to research topics relating to the law and the fur trade. More recently, archival records have provided the underpinning for his research in aboriginal land entitlement. He described his work on a book-length study on the campaign for aboriginal title in BC between 1906 and 1928. His interesting and entertaining talk was peppered with lots of personal anecdotes.

14 October

A tour of the Naden Museum

This event for Friends and their friends started at 2 pm on Thursday afternoon. Our group was given a guided tour of the Naden Museum, by the museum curator, and an interesting talk on the history of the heritage buildings in the naval base. We also learned about the museum’s archival records.

16 May 2004

“Early Original Mapping in British Columbia”

Michael Layland and Bruce Ward of the Map Society of BC introduced Friends to a project that currently describes over 3,000 maps, held in repositories all over the world, including the BC Archives. In this project, which commenced over ten years ago, the Map Society of BC has been assembling a database of all maps and charts showing British Columbia before 1871. The database, they explained, is now accessible electronically, and is supported by bibliographical notes and photocopies of each map. Michael described the significance of maps as artifacts and their value, both financial and as tools for such matters as native land claims settlements. Bruce then provided details on how the Map Society’s database was compiled and organized. Our guest speakers brought copies of some rare maps for display.

18 April 2004

“A history of transportation in BC as seen by its cartoonists”

Using cartoons that have appeared in British Columbia publications, Dr. Patricia Roy, UVic History professor and vice-president of the Friends of the BC Archives, commented on the politics of roads, bridges, and railways from the 19th century to recent times. The cartoons she selected and described illustrated contemporary debates around the construction of transcontinental and regional railway lines. Some of the most amusing cartoons were about the construction of roads when W. A. C. Bennett was premier. Dr. Roy also included a cartoon about ICBC in her entertaining talk.

14 March 2004

“Songhees Pictorial: First Nations History in Victoria”

The old Songhees Reserve was a prominent feature on Victoria’s Inner Harbour for most of the 19th century and played a major role in the development of our provincial capital. Grant Keddie gave a fascinating talk on how he researched his new book, Songhees Pictorial: A History of the Songhees People as Seen by Outsiders, 1790-1912 (2003). His presentation was illustrated with many rarely seen early photographs. To the delight of the audience, he talked about the detective work behind his study, and how he sleuthed through thousands of records in the BC Archives and dug through industrial sites around Victoria. His enthusiasm was infectious.

15 February 2004

“A History of Psychiatric Treatment in British Columbia”

Professor Robert Menzies of Simon Fraser University recounted the results of his long-term research project into the treatment of criminal insanity in BC. Using records held in the BC Archives, he and his associates spent several years combing through thousands of patient case files from Essondale, examining the in-hospital over an 80 year period. The records are also being used, he explained, to study psychiatric deportations from Canada, eugenic sterilization, and the relationships between mental disorder, gender, race and ethnicity. [This was the first public lecture held in the Newcombe Conference Hall in the RBCM. Subsequent public lectures were held in this venue.]

18 January 2004

“The pioneer vessel Norman Morison

Joan McIlmoyl Cleghorn, a professional genealogist, spoke to an audience of about 50 in the BC Archives Reference Room about the Norman Morison. As a genealogist and a descendant of four Norman Morison passengers, Joan has searched out fascinating details about the passengers, their lives and their impact on the new colony of Vancouver’s Island. On 16 January 1853, the Norman Morison struggled into Esquimalt Harbour after a gruelling 153 day voyage between England and British Columbia. Under the helm of Captain David Durham Wishart, she brought with her 152 settlers who had agreed to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company in exchange for a new life in a new world.

23 November 2003

“The Birth of Hampton Court”

Allen Specht, Archivist Emeritus, provided an audience of about thirty people with a charming and informative lecture on one of Victoria’s first apartment buildings, Hampton Court. Located in the Cook Street village, opposite Beacon Hill Park, it was built in 1913 by a well-known Victoria builder, George Mesher, at the request of Dr. Arthur Pallant. Allen explained that the Tudor revival style of the building and its location provided a prestigious address for residents in its twenty master and bachelor suites.

25 October 2003

“Phyllis Munday – Mountaineer”

After the business portion of the AGM, Kathryn Bridge, author and Manager of Access Services, BC Archives, gave an illustrated slide talk on the subject of her latest book, pioneering BC mountaineer Phyllis Munday (1894-1991), who was the first woman to ascend Mount Robson (1924). With her husband Don, Munday explored and charted the coastal mountains north of Vancouver, and ‘discovered’ Mount Waddington, which is now recognized as the highest peak wholly in BC. Munday was also involved in the Girl Guides movement for over 50 years. Kathryn’s slides were copies of photographs deposited in the BC Archives by the Munday family.

28 September 2003

“Creating a Family or Personal Archives”

Diane Web, Community Archivist with the Sidney Historical Society, conducted a workshop on how to organize and preserve personal archives. A professional librarian and archivist, Diane was a community liaison librarian with the Royal West Australian Historical Society and Nanaimo Community Archivist. On this occasion, she advised on what records to keep, how to arrange them, and how to look after them, so that you can have a place in history!

1 June 2003

“Genealogy Workshop”

Ann ten Cate, access archivist at the BC Archives, provided an overview of the best sources for genealogy at the BC Archives in a workshop held at 2 pm in the Reference Room. Twelve participants were shown examples of the rich and varied records held by the Archives, and were given tips for locating them through the BC Archives website.

27 April 2003

“The Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation”

Pauline Rafferty, CEO of the Royal BC Museum, presented her vision of the new Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation to a small number of dedicated Friends. She explained that with declining government funding and declining numbers of visitors, the new corporation must come up with a new framework to compete with other kinds of educational entertainment. A new Board of Directors will have a mandate to raise and invest funds to supplement funding committed from the government for the next five years. The new Museum legislation provides the opportunity for the Archives and the Museum to be more pro-active in collecting from private donors, she said. In the following question-and-answer period, Ms. Rafferty said the Corporation was looking for marketing ideas for the Archives. Gary Mitchell, Director of the BC Archives, was present to answer questions on the possibility of providing more hours of access to the Archives and of de-accessioning non-government archival material to appropriate repositories throughout the province.

30 March 2003

“Constance Lindsay Skinner: Writing on the Frontier”

Dr. Jean Barman, Department of Educational Studies at UBC, introduced the Friends to a little known (in Canada) but prolific writer of the early 20th century, Constance Lindsay Skinner (1877-1939). Constance made her living as a writer at a time when few men, much less women, managed the feat. Her capacity to do so in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City drew on the lessons learned from her grandparents in Victoria. Constance lived most of her adult life in the United States where she worked as a journalist and wrote popular adventure stories for children. Dr. Barman found the papers of Constance Lindsay Skinner in the New York Public Library. These provided a wealth of information for her recently published biography, Constance Lindsay Skinner: Writing on the Frontier (2002).

16 February 2003

“Crinoline cargo: the ‘bride ship’ Tynemouth

Terri Hunter, one of the Friends volunteers, told the story of the sixty women who arrived in Victoria in September 1862 aboard the SS Tynemouth. The women, who were sponsored by the Anglican Church or by the Columbia Emigration Society, left London to spend 99 days at sea in less-than-ideal conditions. Within six weeks of arriving in Victoria, half the women were married or had jobs as governesses or domestic servants. Terri’s story told of both successful and happy marriages and of disastrous partnerships.

9 January 2003

“Hic, Hic, Hooray: How Canadians kept Americans wet during Prohibition”

Greg Evans, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, amused and enlightened an audience of twenty-eight members and non-members with his slide show and talk. Between 1917 and 1933, moving illegal alcohol between Canadian and American ports became a dangerous but lucrative game for those daring enough to tangle with other smugglers and the various authorities charged with keeping America dry. Vancouver, Victoria and the Gulf Islands acquired a reputation as havens for the boats and the men willing to take the risk involved in smuggling. Slides illustrated the kinds of ships and some of the characters involved in this sometimes deadly activity. Greg also discussed how prohibition led to the establishment of a government-controlled liquor system and the rise of the beer parlour.

23 November 2002

“Archives in Your Attic”

In celebration of Archives Week, the BC Archives and the Friends had the first annual Archives in Your Attic event, on Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm, in the Archives’ Reference Room. The event was a great success, with 120 people coming to the Archives with questions about their own archival material. A panel of thirteen experts saw 18th century maps, rare books and photographs, a few artifacts, and were offered several interesting donations.

29 September 2002

“Imaginary Landscapes Part II”

Dennis Duffy presented excerpts of BC government films from the 1940s and 1950s. He provided an audio-visual visit to mid-century British Columbia, through the medium of rarely-seen productions from the collection of the BC Archives.

9 June 2002

“Finding Family in the BC Archives”

Ann ten Cate (Archivist, Access Services) gave a follow-up workshop to the one held in April. She described and provided samples of genealogical materials and resources that are available at the B. C. Archives. With these records, Friends can search out their B.C. relatives and ancestors.

May 2002 – N/A

April 2002

“Finding Family in the BC Archives”

Ann ten Cate (Archivist, Access Services) gave a genealogy workshop on the materials and resources available with the BCA to help search out your B.C. relatives and ancestors. It was limited to 25 people and had almost seventy who wanted to attend, so Ann gave a repeat presentation on 9 June.

24 March 2002

“Preserving Your Family Photographs”

Betty Walsh, conservator at the BC Archives, gave an informative presentation on how to preserve family photographs. Using slides and examples, she demonstrated how to keep personal photos in a good environment, so that the items would be preserved for future generations.

February 2002: Information not located.

January 2002

A behind-the-scenes tour of the BC Archives.

23 November 2001

“Imaginary Landscapes, Part I”

Dennis Duffy (Archivist, Access Services, BC Archives), gave a presentation on five films from the Archives’ film collection. This was a rare chance to relive the 1940s and 1950s in BC, in films that featured old cars, hairstyles, fashions, and retro landscapes. There was a general opinion, after the presentation, that this should be a regular feature in our yearly line-up of events. Dennis was agreeable to the idea.

26 October 2001

“John Olmstead’s Masterpiece: The Uplands and Suburban Development in Western Canada”

Following the business portion of the AGM, Professor Larry McCann (UVic, Geography Department) gave an illustrated lecture (using two side-by-side projectors) on the Olmstead family and their influence on urban development across North America. He tied the winding lanes of Victoria’s Uplands neighbourhood to its architect, stepson of the famed designer of Manhattan’s Central Park. He explained that Olmsted designed some of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in Canada, including Mount Royal in Calgary, British Properties in Vancouver, and the Uplands in Victoria. This event was held in the Victoria Truth Centre, with 75 people in attendance.

20 June 2001

“Emily Carr crosses the courtyard”

This was a special event, conducted by Kathryn Bridge, to introduce Friends to Emily Carr materials in the BC Archives, which were literally housed across the courtyard from the RBCM exhibit hall. The 3 pm tour was related to the RBCM exhibit, which Kathryn curated, called ‘Emily Carr: Eccentric, Artist, Author, Genius.’

6 April 2001

“Money Talks at the BC Archives”

Ron Greene, our secretary-treasurer, gave a fascinating insight into the history of money in this province, laced with many humorous anecdotes and slide illustrations. He prepared a display of the actual artifacts from the BC Archives, and amazed the twenty-odd audience with his great command of facts and details of the history of the coins, tokens and bank notes on display.

24 March 2001

“Preserving Your Family Photographs”

Betty Walsh, conservator at the BC Archives, gave a presentation about how to preserve family photographs. Through slides and examples, she demonstrated how to keep personal photographs in a good environment and thus preserve them for future generations. This event was held at 2 p.m. in the Archives’ Reference Room and was not part of the monthly lecture series.

16 March 2001

“Finding Family in the BC Archives”

‘Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar man, Thief: Where Do Your Ancestors Fit?’ Sandra Gill, a member of the Executive of the Friends and a professional genealogist, did an excellent job of introducing the nearly fifty members of the audience to the fascinating hobby of genealogy and family history, and provided many tips on how to start research. There were many questions from the assembled Friends members and non-members after the talk.

24 November 2000

“One Person Really Can Make a Difference”

This presentation by Robert (Bob) Turner, Curator Emeritus of the Royal BC Museum, described the significance of the Earl Marsh BC Steamship collection. Consisting of 36 boxes of documents, the collection was bequeathed to the BC Archives in August 2000, after Mr. March’s death the year before. The audience of some fifty people was treated to a fascinating description of the history of the BC Coast Service of the Canadian Pacific Railway and its vessels. Bob illustrated his talk with many slides of showing the famous vessels, and slides showing some of the documents from the Marsh collection. He captivated his audience with many historical anecdotes and answered questions after the talk.

21 October 2000

“Sex and Violence in the B.C. Archives: Adventures in Historical Detection”

Dr. Jean Barman, Professor of Educational Studies at The University of British Columbia, delighted the audience at the inaugural meeting of the Friends of the BC Archives, with tales of her research at the Archives in to the lives of three early inhabitants of the province, and the sex and violence that made their lives so remarkable.