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Microhistory is a different approach to studying the past. Rather than emphasizing linearity and master time-lines, microhistory focuses on smaller-scale stories. Specifically, microhistory seeks to learn about individuals–everyday people rather than simply those in power–who are often neglected by the usual, macro approach to historical analases. The goal is to apply these stories to the greater picture in an attempt to understand the big picture through the study of the small.
By the time of Lotbinière's arrival, the city of Victoria was home to over 130 self-identified Francophones, both Quebecois and French. Their contribution to the city's development included ownership of hotels and shops, as well as providing music lessons, labouring in various enterprises, and farming. 1
These ordinary citizens formed interest groups such as the French Benevolent Society and the French Hospital, whose board was actively involved in the creation of the Royal Jubilee Hospital.2 As well as providing health care, the Quebecois Sisters of St. Ann were an important provider of education in Victoria for many years.3 By honouring Lotbinière's exceptional life, we acknowledge the importance of this greater francophone community in the building of our beautiful city.
One of the
francophone groups which is still active in Victoria, the Association
francophone de Victoria is working together with
us to inform both the
English and French speaking communities of Greater Victoria about the
first and only French Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
Gustave Joly de
Lotbinière was born in France on 5 December 1829 and died in
Québec 16 November 1908. He served as Lieutenant
Governor of BC from 21 June 1900 to 25 May 1906.
From the 21
summer 2008, the AHFV will be organising bilingual visits to the street
de Lotbinière, Government House and Gardens for the
attention of the general public.
The Lotbinière committee has been very helpful in our research, and have supported us through the making of this website. We would particularly like to thank our primary contact people, Elizabeth Saint, Gisele Samson, and Aurelie Boutin.
If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us:
Life of Lotbinière: Jeremy- firstname.lastname@example.org
Lotbinière's impact on BC: Tamaraemail@example.com
The francophone community and web design: Callie- firstname.lastname@example.org
Endnotes (click on number to return to spot in text)
British Colonist, 1862.
In the year 1862, the British
Colonist published a number of
articles detailing the French Benevolent Society's new building.
Unfortunately, we have yet to find any archival information
the workings of the society itself.
|Copyright 2008 by Callie Joyce Perry, Jeremy Nemanishen and Tamara O'Reilly|