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How to use our site

Writing history for the web is an emerging creative form. The web, while it uses the language of books and print, is a completely different medium with so many new and different ways to display historical facts and information. 

In an effort to make the information on our site accessible but user-friendly, our site is designed to be non-linear in nature. Our guests can navigate wherever they choose at any time and can access whatever information pleases them. The guest simply clicks on any link to direct them where they wish.

At the same time, however, we have designed the site to lead the guest through our own research in the way that might be loosely called an essay-format. Guests choosing to follow the site in this manner will follow the links at the top of each page in order.

Both types of users will notice links on the left-hand sides of the page. These links will take the guest directly to that information or heading within the narrative. Also, on the right-hand side, pictures are displayed which, when clicked, will take the user to that photograph in context within the narrative.


Sir Henri Gustave Joly de-Lotbinière was born in Epernay, France. His family moved to Lower Canada in 1830 where his mother's family owned a large estate. The Life Before B.C. section traces Lotbinière's early life in Québec as well as telling the story of his political career in that province and his love of horticulture. 

The politics in British Columbia at the time of Lotbinière's arrival were incredibly strained, as outlined in the section entitled BC's Political Climate.  Wilfred Laurier appointed Lotbinière to the post of Lieutenant Governor in this province because of his experience in sticky political situations. Our third section explores the implications of Lotbinière's appointment and career in B.C.

  Copyright 2008 by Callie Joyce Perry, Jeremy Nemanishen and Tamara O'Reilly