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The Reminiscences of Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken.
Author: [Dr. John Helmcken] Smith, Dorothy Blakey (Ed.).
Reference #: 2247
List Price: $40.00
Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1975. First Thus. 8vo. Cloth. Fine / Fine. An introduction has been penned by Canadian historian W. Kaye Lamb, librarian and archivist. (xlii) + 373 pp., including Index, Appendices and Bibliographical Note; 24 plates. An immaculate copy of this out-of-print volume.
Dr. Helmcken was in the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company as surgeon for the whole of Vancouver Island. Arriving in Victoria in 1850, he married a daughter of Governor James Douglas, and became politically involved and was elected to the first Legislative Assembly. He was also among the delegation negotiating Union with Canada. (cf. The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, Harbour Publishing, 2000] The original 'Reminiscences' are held by the Provincial Archives. Dorothy Smith is owed a debt of gratitude for her editing of these materials for presentation to a wider audience, as they are of interest not only as a social and political history of 19th Century British Columbia, but also as an early medical history of the province, and a first-hand description of the operations of the HBC.
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