Surveying Central British Columbia
A Photojournal of Frank Swannell 1920-1928
Edited by Jay Sherwood
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Surveying Central British Columbia by Jay Sherwood
Book DescriptionFrank Swannell contributed greatly to the shape of British Columbia by surveying and mapping large portions of the province over three decades. He also took thousands of photographs and kept detailed journals of his travels. In his second book on Swannell's adventures, Jay Sherwood presents central BC through the eyes and words of one of BC's most famous surveyors. Swannell photographed First Peoples, settlers, various methods of transportation and the daily life of a surveying crew. Of about 1500 photographs he took between 1920 and 1928, Jay Sherwood has selected the best for this book. Many have historical significance, showing the changes beginning to occur in this largely wilderness region of central BC. Surveying Central British Columbia is based primarily on Swannell's diaries and photographs. It is supplemented by interviews with descendants of some members of Swannell's surveying crew, research and the author's personal visits to several places where Swannell surveyed. It includes database of Swannell's photographs online at the BC Archives.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780772657428
(266mm x 266mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Royal British Columbia Museum
Publisher: Royal British Columbia Museum
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author Jay Sherwood
Surveying Southern British Columbia, Paperback (September 2014)
Includes 150 photographs and Frank Swannell's courtship letters to Ada Driver.
Surveying Northern British Columbia, Paperback (October 2004)» View all books by Jay Sherwood
Considered one of British Columbia's most famous pioneer surveyors, Frank Swannell surveyed much of northern BC for the provincial government between 1908 and 1914, taking many striking photographs of the area and its people. This work intends to recognise - and celebrate - Frank Swannell as one of British Columbia's most famous pioneer surveyor.
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Author Biography - Jay Sherwood
A historian and former surveyor, Jay Sherwood is the author of Surveying Northern British Columbia, a 2005 BC Book Prize finalist. From 1979 to 1986, he lived and taught school in Vanderhoof, where he first learned about Frank Swannell. He now lives in Vancouver, where he works as a teacher-librarian.
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