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Winners of Historical Writing Award

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The Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing 2014


Mark Forsythe

1st prize: 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.

2nd prize: Robert Budd, Echoes of British Columbia: Voices from the Frontier (Harbour Publishing). Read about Robert Budd.

3rd prize: Lily Siewsan Chow, Blood and Sweat Over the Railway Tracks: Chinese Labourers Constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway (1880-1885). (UBC & Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC). Read about Lily Siewsan Chow.

Honourable Mentions (alphabetical):

Bart van den Berk, ed., The History of Leechtown, Part I: The VIEE and the Discovery of Gold on the Sook and Leech Rivers (VandeBerk-Books).

Elsie Paul, Written as I Remember It: Teachings (??ms ta?aw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder (UBC Press). Read about Elsie Paul.

Jay Sherwood, Surveying Southern British Columbia: A Photojournal of Frank Swannell, 1901-07 (Caitlin Press). Read about Jay Sherwood

Previous Winners

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.

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.

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. Read about Christine Frances Dickinson.

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.