Received an Honourable Mention for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing
The first book on Agnes Deans Cameron, BC’s first female principal, itinerant traveller, and journalist.
Agnes Deans Cameron was an extraordinary woman who was ahead by a century. Born in Victoria in 1863, she was the first female school principal in the province, but she worked tirelessly to achieve work equality and voting rights for women. One of Canada's most well known writers of her time, she put western Canada on the map through her writing, which was published internationally including in the Saturday Evening Post. She was also a trailblazer in sports, becoming the first “Lady Centurion” in the West.
A consummate trailblazer, in the summer of 1906, Cameron travelled 10,000 miles down the Mackenzie River and out into the Beaufort Sea—something no other European woman had done—in one short season.
Cameron was named one of the top 150 most significant individuals in the history of the province of British Columbia. This is the first book commemorating her life.
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About the Author
Cathy Converse has been writing for over thirty years and has written and co-authored six books and numerous cover stories for magazines and journals. Her most recent book, Following the Curve of Time, was a BC Book Prize finalist. For more information, please visit cathyconverse.com
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Lure of Gold 5
Chapter 2 The Early Years for Cameron and for Public Education 15
Chapter 3 The Young Teacher 31
Chapter 4 A Very Public Scuffle 53
Chapter 5 Noteworthy Firsts for Public Education in British Columbia 65
Chapter 6 Meaningful Events 71
Chapter 7 A Troubling Time 99
Chapter 8 An Up-and-Coming Writer 109
Chapter 9 A Long Ordeal 117
Chapter 10 A Royal Commission 135
Chapter 11 Political Aspirations 147
Chapter 12 A Change in Direction 163
Chapter 13 To the Arctic and Back 183
Chapter 14 International Fame 243
Chapter 15 An Untimely Death 253
Selected Bibliography 279