On the Street Where You Live

Sailors, Solicitors, and Stargazers of Early Victoria

By (author): Danda Humphreys
ISBN 9781894384315
Hardcover | Publication Date: May 1, 2001
Book Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in
192 Pages
$19.95 CAD

About the Book

Today, the streets of Victoria are busy thoroughfares. Yesterday, they were simple trails, used by the Hudson’s Bay Company men and the First Nations people who traded with them and helped build their fort. Then came the gold miners, followed by the bankers and businessmen, sailors and saloon-keepers, poets, postmasters, architects and astronomers. They’re remembered in Victoria’s city’s streets . . .and every street name tells a story:

Courtney Street is a misspelled memorial to Captain George W. Courtenay, whose Constance was one of the first of Her Majesty’s vessels to sail into Esquimalt Harbour in the 1840s.

Fan Tan Alley provides a tantalizing glimpse into 1800s Chinatown, where Fan Tan gambling dens existed alongside brothels and opium factories that fuelled the gamblers’ fortunes.

Rattenbury Place is named for the ill-fated architect who designed the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings.

Danda’s knack for colourful, no-nonsense writing makes history come alive. You’ll sympathize with the characters she writes about, enjoy them and through their eyes experience 19-century Victoria in a way you’ve never experienced it before.

About the Author(s)

Danda Humphreys arrived in Victoria, BC, in the mid-1990s and quickly became captivated by the city’s colourful history. Curious about the street names, she began researching their origins and soon earned the unofficial title of “Victoria’s favourite street walker.” She is the author five books on the history of Victoria, including the On the Street Where You Live series and Government Street: Victoria's Heritage Mile.