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history and an exhibition

December 21, 2011

provincial Parliament Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia

Captain George Vancouver, life-size and covered in gold keeps watch from the top

at dusk, fog is creeping down the Straits of Juan de Fuca



across the road, at the Royal British Columbia Museum there is an exceptional photography exhibition (no photos allowed).  We spent 2 1/2 hours there and left overwhelmed. It is one of those rare shows that you have to return to several times.






also on display is a quilt commemorating a shameful period in the history of Canada and the British Empire.

orphaned and unwanted children were shipped from England to the colonies, many of their stories are tragic.





the quilt was hung too high to be able to see the top blocks clearly (and again no photos) but there is a binder with what is known of each childs history documented. 


the father of the friend that I was with was one of those children.


quilt and exhibition images are taken from the Times-Colonist Newspaper.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2011 10:40 pm

    Many years ago I read a book on the story of some of those children shipped to Australia. It was a novel, probably based on reality, but dreadful nontheless.


  2. December 23, 2011 1:02 am

    waht a great exhibit, but ouch it touched you very closely.


  3. December 22, 2011 1:03 pm

    Mmnn, the quilt looks fascinating. I’m going to try and get to it.


    • December 22, 2011 2:47 pm

      RBCM seldom exhibits one individual item, the quilt is hung without any supporting items except the binder of stories – they are fascinaing, take time to read them, but some are tragic. Wish there was a booklet.


  4. arlene permalink
    December 21, 2011 7:14 pm

    Guess where we are going this winter break. Thanks for the information.


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