1858 engraving of Victoria

Colonial History Vancouver Island

Maureen Duffus - Author and Historian


Talks & Articles

During the 1970s and 80s journalist Maureen Duffus wrote numerous articles for the Islander, formerly the weekend magazine of the Daily Colonist, now the Times Colonist. Subjects included history, hydrography, ballet and fashion. Early Victoria history is the main topic of most of her talks.

Article subjects included:

The section on A Century of Fashion, from crinolines to mini skirts, was written for a Centennial edition of the Colonist. Other articles on the history of fashion in Victoria appeared in the newspaper over the years.

Cole Island naval magazine

Illustrated talks:

  • Royal BC Museum Docents lectures
  • The 1849 Conference(marking 150th anniversary of formation of the Colony of Vancouver Island)
  • Hudson's Bay Company heritage gallery series
  • Victoria Historical Society
  • Victoria Genealogical Society (Yates family)
  • Women's History Month Conferences
  • Probus business persons club
  • Ross Bay cemetery tours
  • Thetis Lake Preservation Society
    (the HBC search for a mill site)
  • Elderhostel group
  • Newcomers lunch group
  • Esquimalt Library speaker series
  • West Shore Chamber of Commerce (Old Langford)
  • Local Council of Women
  • Western Front Association, Pacific Branch, annual seminar (Nurses of Salonika)
  • Friends of the BC Archives
    (Colonial Craigflower, modern View Royal)
    Times Colonist story
  • Juan de Fuca Seniors' club
    (history of the Western Communities)