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Shortlist for LG’s 2015

March 23rd, 2016

Shortlist for Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing in 2015 announced

The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing is the most time-honoured award for history books about British Columbia. This award for historical writing is managed by the British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF). The Federation was organized on October 31, 1922 as “The British Columbia Historical Association” and registered under the Societies Act, March 2, 1927. The change of name to British Columbia Historical Federation occurred July 29, 1983. The Federation acts as an umbrella organization for provincial historical societies, and is a non-profit organization recognized as a charitable society under the Income Tax Act.

Here are the shortlisted nominees for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing are:

-Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District (Harbour Publishing, $34.95), by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba

-Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863-1866
(Greene Frogge Press) by Ronald A. Greene

-Ferries & Fjords: The History of Indian Arm
(self-published) by Ralph Drew

-Homesteading and Stump Farming on the West Coast 1880-1930; Powell River, Lund, Stillwater & Mysterious Horseshoe Valley
(Friesen Press) by Barbara Ann Lambert

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Ralph Drew

-The Life and Art of Jack Akroyd (Mother Tongue Publishing) by Peter Busby

-Our Whole Bamfield Saga: Pioneer Life on Vancouver Island’s West Coast (Bamfield Historical Society) by Judith Phillips

-Soviet Princeton: Slim Evans and the 1932-33 Miners’ Strike (New Star Books) by Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat


Previous winners are:


2014: Mark Forsythe & Greg Dickson, From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War (Harbour Publishing). Read more about Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson.

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Mark Forsythe

2013: Ralph Drew, Forest & Fjord, the History of Belcarra (self published, 2013). Read about Ralph Drew here.

2012 – Derek Hayes, British Columbia: a New Historical Atlas. Vancouver, Douglas & McIntyre Read about Derek Hayes here.

2011 – Chuck Davis, The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver Read about Chuck Davis.

2010 – Sylvia Olsen, Working with Wool: a Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater. Read about Sylvia Olsen.

2009 – Andrew Scott, Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names: a Complete Reference to Coastal British Columbia. Read about Andrew Scott.

2008 – Eric Jamieson, Tragedy at Second Narrows: the Story of the Ironworkers’ Memorial Bridge. Read about Eric Jamieson.

2007 – Judy Thompson, Recording Their Story: James Tiet and the Tahltan. Read about Judy Thompson.

2006 – K. Jane Watt, High Water: Living with the Fraser Floods. Read about K. Jane Watt.

2005 – Derek Hayes, Historical Atlas of Vancouver. Read about Derek Hayes.

Turner, Nancy J

Nancy Turner

2004 – Nancy J. Turner, Plants of the Haida Gwaii. Read about Nancy Turner.

2003 – Jean Barman, Sojourning Sisters: the Lives and Letters of Jessie and Annie McQueen. Read about Jean Barman.

2002 – Francis Mansbridge, Launching History: the Saga of Burrard Dry Dock. Read about Francis Mansbridge.

2001 – Milton Parent, Circle of Silver. Read about Milton Parent.

2000 – Richard Sommerset Mackie, Island Timber: a Social History of the Comox Logging Company, Vancouver Island. Read about Richard Mackie.

1999 – Lilia D’Acres and Donald Luxton, Lions Gate. Read about Lilia D’Acres. Read about Donald Luxton

1998 – Kathryn Bridge, By Snowshoe, Buckboard and Steamer: Women of the Frontier. Read about Kathryn Bridge.

1997 – Richard Somerset Mackie, Trading Beyond the Mountains: the British Fur Trade on the Pacific 1793–1843. Read about Richard Mackie.

1996 – Richard J. Cannings and Sydney G. Cannings, British Columbia: a Natural History. Read about Richard J. Cannings and Sydney G. Cannings

1995 – Christine Frances Dickinson & Diane Solie Smith, Atlin: the Story of British Columbia’s Last Gold Rush.

Barman, Jean by Sawchuk 2014

Jean Barman

1994 – Tom Henry, The Good Company: an Affectionate History of the Union Steamships. Read about Tom Henry.

1993 – Allison Mitcham, Taku, the Heart of North America’s Last Great Wilderness.

1992 – James R. Gibson, Otter Skins, Boston Ships and China Goods. Read about James Gibson.

1991 – Geoff Meggs, Salmon, the Decline of the West Coast Fishery. Read about Geoff Meggs.

1990 – Paul Tennant, Aboriginal People and Politics: the Indian Land Question in British Columbia, 1849-1989. Read about Paul Tennant.

1989 – John Hayman, Robert Brown and the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition. Read about John Hayman.

1988 – Peter B. Waite, Lord of Point Grey: Larry MacKenzie of UBC, and Bridget Moran, Stoney Creek Woman: Sai’k’uz Ts’eke — the Story of Mary John.

1987 – Lynn Bowen, Three Dollar Dreams. Read about Lynn Bowen.

1986 – Charles Lillard, Seven Shillings a Year: the History of Vancouver Island. Read about Charles Lillard.

1985 – John Norris, Old Silverton 1891–1930. Read about John Norris.

1984 – Barry M. Gough, Gunboat Frontier British Maritime Authority and Northwest Coast Indians. 1846–1890. Read about Barry Gough

1983 – Daphne Sleigh, Discovering Deroche: From Nicomen to Lake Errock. Read about Daphne Sleigh.

The society publishes an excellent quarterly journal, British Columbia Historical News, and provides a forum to publicize successes of regional historical societies. The members of the society hold an annual three-day conference, usually in May, at different locations in the province. Honours are presented at the conference to members who have made outstanding contributions to history and the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal is awarded, along with recognition for runners-up and honourary mentions. The BCHF and David Mattison also jointly sponsor a yearly award to a Web site that best contributes to the understanding and appreciation of British Columbia’s past.

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