Online Books

The British Columbia and Victoria guide and directory for 1863, under the patronage…. By Frederick P Howard, 1863.

Edgar Fawcett, Reminiscences of Old Victoria, (Toronto: William Briggs, 1912).

My Boyhood Days in Victoria, 1850s-60s.
Fort Street in the 1860s.
Government Street in the 1860s.
Wharf Street in the 1860s.
Yates Street in the 1860s.

Victoria illustrated: containing a general description of the province of British Columbia, and a review of the resources, terminal advantages, general industries, and climate of Victoria, the "Queen city" and its tributary country, 1891.

Henry J Morgan, The Canadian men and women of the time: a handbook of Canadian biography (Toronto : W. Briggs, 1898.)

Gosnell's Year Book of British Columbia, 1901, dedication to the Queen on her Jubilee

Web Resources

Fort Victoria Journal 1846-50

British Colonist, 1858-1920 Online


viHistory: The history of Vancouver Island and Victoria from 1881-1901 is captured here in maps, images and complete databases from the census, directories and assessment roles.

Victoria, An Imperial Paradise? An Alternative Walking Tour

British Columbia Archives Union List [BCAUL]

Created and maintained by the Archives Association of British Columbia [AABC]. The list describes the holdings of nearly 200 archival repositories in British Columbia. The BCAUL site includes a searachable data base, which allows researchers to search by repository, by subject, or by creator.

The British Columbia History Portal, launched in 2003 and hosted by the BC Community Networks Association and managed by David Mattison, is the successor to his British Columbia History Internet/Web Site which he edited between 1995 and 2004 on the Victoria Telecommunity Network (Victoria Free-Net Association). Because the BC History Portal does not include all the sites and resources described by the BC History Internet/Web Site, you are encouraged to fully explore and search both sites.

Compiled by David Mattison, reference archivist in the British Columbia Archives, this is the most up to date and most comprehensive meta site for resources relating to the history of British Columbia.

The Homeroom: British Columbia's History of Education

The Homeroom is a social history of British Columbia, focusing on provincial schools (public and independent), colleges and universities. It includes timelines of educational milestones from the 1840s to the 1990s, biographical sketches of teachers and administrators, curriculum material (including audio files of early school radio broadcasts), and an authoritative bibliography of scholarly books and journal articles.

BC GenWeb Geneaological Information and Censuses

Cariboo Gold Rush Adventure Game

(This was the main language of communication between aboriginal people and immigrants during the Victoria Era. A mixture of the language of the Chinook people of theColumbia River, the Nuu chah nulth people from Vancouver Island, English and French, it served to communicate the necessities of inter-cultural exchange, if not always very accurately.)

Esquimalt History

Metchosin History

BC Black History Awareness Society

Peter O'Reilly and Point Ellice House

Parliament Buildings

Who Killed William Robinson?

Coast Salish

Fairfield Vernacular: The Hallmarks Society's Documentation of Streetscapes of Victoria

Maritime Museum

Craigdarroch Castle

In 1851 Census, Victoria listed her occupation as Queen but Albert was listed as head of the household.

Queen Victoria's diary extracts from Coronation 1837, Great Exhibition 1851, Death of Albert Golden and Diamond Jubilee.