Kathryn Bridge is an author and archivist based in Victoria, BC. She is curator emerita of the Royal BC Museum.
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Winner of the 1998 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing!
By Snowshoe, Buckboard and Steamer gives vivid, personal accounts of four women who lived and traveled as settlers in early British
Columbia. The women in this volume lived on frontiers that were not only geographical but personal. They were true trailblazers who
had opportunities unheard of in their home countries. As they transitioned from the Old World to the New World, social patterns were disrupted and the status quo dissolved. In the “new” lands of 19th-century British Columbia, living under informal authority and regulations, they were able to break free from stereotypical moulds. In the women’s own words, By Snowshoe, Buckboard and Steamer tells four extraordinary stories of life on the western edge of the British Empire.
“…a cloud passing away from the face of the moon revealed a band of wild horses bearing down upon us at a full gallop. As they came
near and saw us they divided into two groups, passing by on either side. Had the moon not come out they would probably have become
entangled in our tent ropes, and we should not have lived to tell the tale.”
– Violet Sillitoe, between Osoyoos and Penticton
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