A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia

A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia

The Recollections of Susan Allison

Book - 1991
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In 1860, at the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling initially at Hope, she lived briefly in both Victoria and New Westminster, then B.C.'s two most important settlements. Returning to Hope, she helped her mother open the community's first school, and in 1868 she married John Fall Allison, riding on her honeymoon over the Allison Trail into the unsettled Similkameen Valley. Her record of the voyage, of Victoria, New Westminster, and Hope as they were in the 1860s, and her memories of the isolated but fulfilling life she, her husband, and their fourteen children led in the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys provide a unique view of the pioneer mind and spirit.
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : University of British Columbia Press, 1991, c1976.
Edition: Abridged ed.
ISBN: 9780774800396
Branch Call Number: ALLISON ALL
Characteristics: 144 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.


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May 22, 2018

This book is really interesting! Quite short, but if you want to know more about what it was like for pioneers living in the Okanagan area in the 1860s and beyond, this is full of information. It's nice reading familiar names like Dewdney, Agassiz, Princeton, Similkameen ... Allison also wrote a lot about her encounters with the Natives which I found quite interesting. The Allisons lived through a lot of hard times. I encourage you to read this book if you are interested in Canadian, particularly BC, history because it doesn't take too long and you learn a lot.

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