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Nighttime Line at the Post Office

This watercolour depicts a line of gentlemen in top hats facing a post office. A figure in a yellow suit and top hat holds up a letter to the crowd. The artist included a calligraphic description that reads: To get their letters, people often stood in the street, in line, maybe at 10 o’clock at night. Many a time a dollar has been paid for a favourable place in the line.

The Gathering of the Camas was a Ceremony

This watercolour depicts a group of likely Lekwungen women gathering camas amongst arbutus trees. The islands and mountains in the background suggest the location maybe be from the vantage of present day Oak Bay. The artist included a descriptive card that reads: “Camosun,” Indian name for Victoria. The gathering of the “camass” was a ceremony. Only start in Indian diet.

The Colonial School

This watercolour depicts children leaving a school house and resting under Garry Oak trees and amid camas and other flowers. The artist also included a calligraphic description that reads: In a grove of oaks, and surrounded by wild flowers of all kinds, was the Old Colonial School, on the site of the present Central. It was built of square logs, white washed, and was also the residence of the master.

Camels Were Used as Pack Animals in 1861 on the Douglas and Lillooet Portages

This watecolour in an art deco style depicts two camels, a semi-circular train of donkeys and a central male figure with a hat and beard. The artist included a descriptive card that reads: Camels were used as pack animals, for about a year in 1861, on the Douglas and Lillooet portages. Their musk-like odour enraged and terrified the mules.

The Chain Gang

Watercolour on blue construction paper depicting wardens, a chain gang in front of Fort Victoria. The artwork came with a calligraphic description that reads: The chain gang emerged every morning, from a side gate of the jail yard on Bastion Street, with two guards in the rear with loaded shot guns.

Spanish Explorers were the First White Visitors to the West Coast

This watercolour on blue construction paper depicts the bow and sail of a boat with a figure in black with a distinctive "Spanish" hat planting a cross on the shore. The artist included a description that reads: The Spanish explorers were the first white visitors to the W. Coast. In 1790, Lieut. Don Manuel Quimper sailed into Esquimalt Harbour.