Lecture: Henry & Self: An English Gentlewoman at the Edge of Empire

Kathryn Bridge presents “Henry & Self,” an illustrated lecture about the life of Sarah Crease, at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 5th in the Courtenay and District Museum.

Henry & Self: An English Gentlewoman at the Edge of Empire presents an intimate portrait of privilege and struggle, scandal and accolade, from the Old World to the new colonies of Vancouver’s Island and British Columbia.

“…your proposition of Vancouver’s Island was a little startling at first—from its great distance away—but I am quite ready dearest to consider that as our future home if it pleases God to direct our ships hither…”—Sarah Crease, 1859

At the age of 33, Sarah Crease left behind her home in England to travel with her young family to a far flung outpost of the British Empire on the Pacific coast of North America. The detailed journals, letters and artwork she would create over the next half-century as she and her husband, Henry, established themselves in the New World, offer a rich window into the private life and views of an English colonist in British Columbia.

In a world where history is still primarily told by men, Henry & Self is a woman’s story told in her own words. But it is also a story of the times she lived in, and the ways in which her class, social standing and role as a settler shaped her relationships with the world around her. Henry & Self is the personal story of a remarkable woman who lived through nearly a century of British colonial history, but also a unique first-person perspective on the beliefs and motivations that shaped that history.

Kathryn Bridge is an author and archivist based in in Victoria, BC. Her other books include By Snowshoe, Buckboard & Steamer and A Passion for Mountains: The Lives of Don and Phyllis Munday. She is a curator emerita of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Admission to the evening is $5 per Historical Society member; $6 non-members (plus GST). Advance tickets are strongly recommended as the museum lecture series frequently sells out. FMI: 250-334-0686 ext. 5.

This presentation is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.