A History of the Gordon Head Campus Land from 11,000 BC to 1970 AD

January 6 – January 26, 1998

McPherson Library Gallery

The result of an ambitious research project by the University of Victoria Archives to create a travelling exhibit on the history of the university campus lands. The exhibit is a chronological study of the various occupants and uses of the land before it became a modern university campus in 1963.

The exhibit is composed of a election of maps, historical and contemporary photographs and drawings gathered from private donors and national archives and museums. Beginning with the most recent ice age in B.C., the exhibit examines the area’s natural history, reconstructs the lifestyle of the Songhees people, documents the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company and describes the hardships of early settlers through personal accounts and photographs.

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