1858 engraving of Victoria

Colonial History Vancouver Island

Maureen Duffus - Author and Historian


About the Author - Maureen Duffus

Maureen Duffus
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal was presented to Maureen for commitment to history and heritage preservation through her books and volunteer community work.
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Wharf Street
Saloon built by James Yates in 1860 on Wharf Street. The iron pillars and stone walls are still there, see Recent Photo.

Maureen is the author of several books and numerous articles about the history of Vancouver Island from the 1840s to the mid-20th Century. She is an authority on the growth of Victoria from the establishment of a Hudson's Bay Company fur trading fort to the city that became the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia.


After graduating from the University of British Columbia she was a journalist at the Victoria Daily Times and the Ottawa Citizen. She spent several years in England where her occupations included secretary and driver for the touring Oxford and Cambridge Players theatrical company, a vibrant and eclectic group that foundered soon after its short run as a fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival.

She returned to Victoria as a newspaper reporter, columnist and section editor, and produced an illustrated history of Victoria fashions for the Centennial Edition of the Daily Colonist. She later served as communications officer for the Institute of Ocean Science where she specialized in "translating science into English for non-scientists".


Chair, studio dance section of the Victoria Music Festival and
Co-founder & director, the Vancouver Island Ballet Society (1970s-80s);
Member, Canadiana Costume Museum (1990s);
Chair, View Royal Community Archives committee (since 1998).


Her great-grandparents James and Mary Yates, after whom Yates Street is named, arrived in Fort Victoria in 1849. Maureen was married to the late Dr. John Duffus, professor emeritus, former Dean of Science and Engineering, Royal Roads Military College. She has two sons, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Her son Rob Duffus is a local photographer whose website has a selection of portrait and landscape photographs from India, Eastern Canada and the U.S. southwest as well as British Columbia.

Books by Maureen Duffus

Contact Maureen: info@maureenduffus.com

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