About Us

Victoria’s Victoria is a project of the History Departments at the University of Victoria and is edited/curated by Dr. John Lutz. It is a component of the joint University of Victoria – Malaspina University College History on the Edge initiative co-directed by John Lutz and Dr. Patrick Dunae.

This site is mainly the work of students at the two institutions, supplemented with resources contributed by faculty and members of the broader community. Students choose a micro-historical topic from the rich tapestry of Victoria’s history, delve into the local archives, and libaries, build on resources from the sister site viHistory.ca and create the websites themselves. I wish to acknowledge all this amazing research and refer you to the credits for each microhistory to learn about its creators.

This site, like all historical work on the region depends on our local archives and museums and we thank them all for their hard work in preserving our past and making it available. We particularly wish to thank the BC Archives for their generosity in allowing us to use their resources on-line.

The website is supported by the Humanities Computing and Media Centre at the University of Victoria. It was originally designed by Spencer Rose in 2002 and was redesigned in 2007 by Patrick Szpak. Patrick, Sunpreet Jassal and Amanuel Moges have provided technical support.

Many individuals have contributed time and resources to the project. Patrick Dunae has shared his digital archive, expertise and wisdom. Leona Taylor and Dorothy Mindenhall have contributed their amazing indices to the city’s historical papers. Justine Durrant and Chris Dawson helped edit the indices and expand the abbreviations. Stewart Arneil turned the indices into a series of databases. Hugh Doherty has allowed us to house his website on the history of those papers.   We thank the Hallmark Society, the Association historique francophone de Victoria and Alliance Français de Victoria, St Ann's Academy Historic Site and the Sisters of St. Ann for their colloborration on individual websites.

In addition to Justine and Chris, mentioned above, other research assistants have enriched this project: Major Singh Tatla, Melissa Golinsky, Terry Hickman, and Vanessa Cervantes.