Vancouver Island - 160 Years
A Symposium to Commemorate the Founding of the Colony
Sunday, November 8, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The party on the mainland for its 150th birthday has finished - now it is Vancouver Island's turn. On November 8 the Friends of the B.C. Archives will present a Symposium to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the founding of the Colony of Vancouver Island. The Colony was established by Act of Parliament on July 28, 1849. Governor Richard Blanshard arrived in March 1850, and on the 11th read his commission and instructions to a small assembly. Chief Factor James Douglas reported that Blanshard "is rather startled by the wild aspect of the country, but will get used to it."
Our speakers will be John Lutz, historian and author of the recently published MAKUK: A New History of Aboriginal White Relations; Richard Mackie, author of a number of histories of British Columbia including Trading Beyond the Mountains: The British Fur Trade on the Pacific, 1793-1843; and Sylvia Van Kirk, historian and author of Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-trade Society, 1670-1870 and many articles on fur trade history.
Governor Richard Blanshard (a.k.a. John Adams) will make a special guest appearance.
Dr. Lutz will speak on First Nations and the Colony of Vancouver Island; Dr. Mackie's topic is the Hudson's Bay Company and the Colony of Vancouver Island, and Dr. Van Kirk will look at the colonial families of Walter Simms, W.J. Macdonald and the Reverend E. Cridge.
Registration fees are $35 for members and $45 for non-members; coffee and a light lunch are included.
The registration deadline is Friday, October 30th. Please mail your cheque to Ron Greene, Treasurer, Friends of the B.C. Archives, c/o B.C. Archives, Royal B.C. Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2, allowing sufficient time for it to reach the Archives by the 30th.
The Symposium will be held in the Newcombe Conference Hall, Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria. Contact Ann ten Cate at 250-387-2970 or Ron Greene at 250-598-1835 for further information.