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New Perspectives on the Gold Rush

edited by Kathryn Bridge

Royal BC Museum
Initial publish date
May 2015
General, Pre-Confederation (to 1867), South America
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    May 2015
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In 1858, reports of gold found on the Fraser River spurred tens of thousands of people?mostly men?to rush into the territory we now call British Columbia. They came with visions of fortune in their eyes. The lucky ones struck it rich, but most left penniless or died trying for the motherlode. Some stayed behind and helped build the colony and the province of British Columbia.

About the author

Kathryn Bridge, PhD, is an archivist and historian who has curated exhibitions and written about Emily Carr for several decades. Her research is focused on the body of Carr's art and writings held in the BC Archives collections. Exhibitions include Emily Carr: Artist, Author, Eccentric Genius (2001) and The Other Emily (2010) at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria; and Intimate Glimpses: The Early Life of Emily Carr (2011) at the Wing Sang Gallery, Vancouver. Writings include the introduction to Carr's Klee Wyck (2004) and the forewords to Wildflowers by Emily Carr (2003) and Sister and I: From Victoria to London, an illustrated manuscript journal by Carr published in 2011. Bridge's Emily Carr in England is to be published by the Royal BC Museum in 2014.

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Editorial Reviews

"Offers a fresh look at the impact of the 1858 rush as well as the ones that followed, adding much to what is already known. . . . By taking a new approach, rather than retelling the old, familiar stories, it will encourage a fresh look at our past, and will have an impact on the way the history of the gold rush is considered in the future. It really does offer new perspectives." &mdash Dave Obee, Victoria Times Colonist