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Shaping Nature:
The Pemberton Family's Construction of Victoria's Landscape

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Welcome to "Shaping Nature"!

Gonzales in Winter

J. D. Pemberton's Estate, Gonzales (Courtesy of BC Archives, A-01911)

Welcome to Shaping Nature: The Pemberton Family’s Construction of the Victoria’s Landscape. We invite you to explore this site in order to experience how one family - the Pembertons - shaped the Victoria landscape according to conventions of English surveying and gardening.

Read through the texts to see how these experiences were reflected larger Victorian-era social contexts.  We also hope you look at the many maps and photographs included on the site as an alternative way of thinking about the Pembertons' shaping of Victoria's landscape.