Two English Gentlewomen in Old Victoria
1490 Fairfield Rd
1490 Fairfield Rd, Victoria, BC V8S 1E8, Canada
The lives of Sarah Lindley Crease and Eleanor Hill Fellows had many parallels to that of Ross Bay Villa’s Anna Letitia Roscoe. Sarah, the wife of Judge Henry Pellew Crease, was an artist, diarist and prolific correspondent. Eleanor, daughter of the inventor of Britain’s penny postage system and the wife of Francis Roscoe’s business partner, was also an artist, chronicler of “Little Victoria” and a devoted Unitarian. Though the stories of most women in 19th Century British Columbia have been lost to history, the experiences of these two engaging pioneers have been rescued from the shadows through the diligent research of this event's lecturer, Dr. Kathryn Bridge.
Dr. Bridge, retired archivist and Curator Emerita at the Royal British Columbia Museum, is the author of By snowshoe, buckboard and steamer: Women of the frontier. Victoria, B.C. Sono Nis Press (1998).