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Imperial Vancouver Island, Who was Who 1850-1950 is an enlarged second edition of an A to Z biographical dictionary of about 800 British officers, civil servants, and others from the British Isles and other parts of the Empire who retired to Vancouver Island or who lived there for some time. Among them are veterans of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, which was directed for the Chinese Imperial Government by Sir Robert Hart, whose successor Sir Frederick Maze (1874-1959) died on the Island in Victoria. There are also many officers of the Royal Navy who served at the Esquimalt naval station and returned to spend their last years on the Island. Although the first edition of this book was published in 2010, it was intended to be an appendix to the author's recent study, Vancouver Island in the Empire (2012), an appendix which grew so long that it became a book in itself. Behind these two volumes lies the discovery that the Island had a reputation in British Imperial circles as one of the best alternatives to England, having a climate that is similar, agreeable terrain, excellent fishing and shooting, cheaper land, and the protection of the Royal Navy at Esquimalt. The entries vary in length from half a page to four or five pages, according to what the author could discover. The longest entry is about Lieutenant General Sir Percy Henry Noel Lake (1855-1940), commander of the British Army in Mesopotamia at the time of the Kut-al-Amara disaster (1916) and sometime commander of the forces in India, whose late nephew lived near the author's childhood home. Dr. Bosher has spent 12 years searching in Canadian and British archives, as well as in internet sources, and gathering information from descendants on the Island, who lent him family papers. Since the first edition appeared in 2010, new sources have been offered, notably the England and Wales National Probate Calendar, revealing facts about wills, deaths, and heirs. More than a hundred British soldiers and civil servants from India settled on the Island, some of them with a generation or two of ancestors in Imperial service. The author made special efforts to pursue some people. For instance, he visited the manor house of a Herefordshire squire, William Henry Barneby (1868-1942), and the Hereford County Record Office, which holds dozens of boxes of family papers, Barneby having visited Vancouver Island twice in the 1880s and written a book about each visit.

J.F. Bosher is the elder son of British emigrants to North Saanich, Vancouver Island, and had a career as a professor of history at King's College London, the University of British Columbia, Cornell University, and York University, Toronto. After writing several books about 18th century France and other subjects in French history, he turned in retirement to the study of Vancouver Island in what he calls its Imperial century, circa 1850-1950. He has spent 12 years compiling information about British immigrants on the Island, including British officers and civil servants from India, personnel from the Royal Navy, the R.A.F., and others who served in Tibet, Malaya, China, Hong Kong, Africa, and of course the British Isles, including the Channel Isles. These by their presence made the Island quite different from the rest of Canada, which seemed all the more natural because it was a British colony, entirely separate from Canada, during the first quarter of a century of its existence.

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  • PDF | 702 pages
  • J. F. Bosher(Author)
  • Berry Books (15 Nov. 2012)
  • English
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  • Biography

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