In a follow-up to his well-received "Voices of British
Columbia," Robert Budd returns with more captivating tales of the
province's pioneering past in the very words of the people who
Between 1959 and 1966, the late CBC Radio journalist Imbert
Orchard travelled across British Columbia with recording engineer
Ian Stephen, conducting interviews with some of the province's most
remarkable and inspiring pioneers. The resulting collection
contained 998 conversations totalling 2,700 hours of material--one
of the largest oral history collections in the world and a precious
treasury of western heritage.
In "Echoes of British Columbia," author Budd skilfully renders
some of the most entertaining and astonishing accounts from the
Orchard collection into entrancing prose. There are tales about
rawhiding to the Klondike; being rescued by the legendary Chief
Capoose; of riding and racing horses standing up; of homesteading,
birth and murder. You'll meet Pattie Halsam, who grew up at remote
Cape Beale Lighthouse and travelled to Victoria by canoe. You'll
laugh and cry with Bob Gamman as he transports a frozen corpse via
wicker laundry basket and tugboat. You'll thrill to Thomas
Bullman's eyewitness account of the siege of the murderous McLean
Gang's cabin in Douglas Lake. Combining text, archival photographs
and original sound recordings on three CDs, this collection brings
the reader (and listener) in intimate contact with British
Columbia's past, deepening our understanding of the characters and
events that shaped the province.
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