Sunday, May 31, 2009
1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ross Bay Cemetery, Fairfield Road
"Surveyors and Map Makers: A Walking Tour of Ross Bay Cemetery with Michael Layland"
By special arrangement with the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria, the Friends of the B.C. Archives and members of the public are invited to participate in a tour of Ross Bay Cemetery given by cartographic historian Michael Layland.
Michael will focus on 8 surveyors and map makers whose mortal remains now rest in the Ross Bay Cemtery. Amongst them are W.F. Tolmie, an HBC physician, fur trader and map maker and the legendary B.C. surveyor Frank Swannell.
Michael was born and educated in England, and spent 7 years as an officer in the topographic mapping service of the Royal Engineers. Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Historical Map Society of BC and the Society for the History of Discoveries. He recently stepped down after three years as president of the Victoria Historical Society.
This walking tour is free for members of the Friends of the B.C. Archives, and $5.00 for non-members. The tour will go ahead rain or shine. In some parts of the cemetery the ground is uneven.
Gather in front of the Starbucks in Fairfield Plaza, across from the cemetery, at 1:45 p.m.
For more information about this Friends of the BC Archives event contact Ann ten Cate, Outreach Coordinator, BC Archives, (250) 387-2970 or Ron Greene, Secretary of the Friends of the BC Archives at (250) 598-1835.