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Frank 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 Details

ISBN: 9780772657428
ISBN-10: 0772657424
Format: Paperback
(266mm x 266mm x 17mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Royal British Columbia Museum
Publisher: Royal British Columbia Museum
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: Canada


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Author Biography - Jay Sherwood

Jay Sherwood, a historian and former surveyor,is the author of several books about Frank Swannell, includingSurveying Northern British Columbia(a 2005 BC Book Prize finalist) andSurveying Central British Columbia(second-prize winner in the 2007 BC Historical Federation Writing Competition). He lives in Vancouver, where he works as a teacher-librarian.

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