The Golden GirlReturn of The Golden Girl
This early painting by noted Canadian portraitist Robin Watt found its wandering way back to Victoria in 2010, after many missing years since its first appearance at a 1925 Paris Spring Salon exhibition.

Colonial History Vancouver Island
Maureen Duffus - Author and Historian

History Vancouver Island


Maureen Duffus
This site is about Vancouver Island's colourful history. It goes behind the scenes of official accounts for a look at the everyday lives of so-called 'ordinary people' - especially those who wrote letters, diaries and reminiscences that speak to us in their own voices.

While text book history focuses on major events and politics, personal stories told in the context of the larger picture help to re-create the social climate of life in Victoria as it grew from fur trade fort to provincial capital city.

Victoria History

Maureen is awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal
for her work preserving the history of View Royal and the Island

"Based on a prodigious amount of research, A Most Unusual Colony blends fact and fiction to present a picture of life in Fort Victoria that is both entertaining and convincing. Maureen Duffus must know more about the day-to-day life of this period than anyone writing today."
(Terry Reksten, author and historian, 1996)

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