Women's History Month 2021: Agnes Deans Cameron
by Christine Dickinson
The first school in the Comox Valley opened on Mission Hill in 1871. The first teacher was S. F. Crawford, who divided his time between farming and being a schoolmaster. After 10 years, Crawford moved on to open the school on Denman Island.
Crawford's successor in 1882 was Agnes Deans Cameron, a young woman, who came with good recommendations, high ideals and strong opinions. She had been the first girl to graduate from Victoria High School, and was a fully qualified teacher at 16. At just 18 years old, Aggie Cameron already had two years of teaching behind her at the Angela College for girls, a private school in Victoria, run by the Church of England. Her new home was with the Robb family who lived at Comox Landing, and that meant each morning and afternoon she was faced with a 4 mile walk along the Estuary and over the rickety and wind swept Long Bridge which spanned the water before the Dyke Road was built. Tall and slender, her vigorous stride and uncommonly short hair caused some amusement for the K'ómoks people from the vantage of their village. She shared the joke as they greeted her each day.
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CDM #980.41.5 First Brooklyn Bridge, Comox, c. 1900
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It's All There in Black and White
Spring is here! What a great time to connect with the outdoors and wildlife like that found at Lazo marsh. This 40 year old article from the Comox District Free Press March 25, 1981 edition provides some of the back story to the area locals know as Radford's swamp.
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An item from the museum collection you don't see much anymore… a wall hanging with a match striking surface on a genial fellow's shoe. CDM 990.17.88
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