HUGHES, Nancy J.

Author Tags: History

Nancy J. Hughes is the granddaughter of Walter Luney. Her grandfather's company Luney Bros. Ltd. was Victoria’s major construction company for decades and built many of its most significant historical buildings. Hughes' book called Built by Luney Bros. Ltd.: Building a City and a Legacy Brick by Brick, Victoria B. C. 1885 - 1962 (Wildflower Publishing $30 2010) recalls William and Walter Luney’s setbacks, struggles and successes in reaching the pinnacle of the commercial construction industry in Victoria. It chronicles, for the first time, the buildings Luney Bros. constructed and gives an overview of the construction business in Victoria from 1885-1962. 978-0-9813995-0-8

Her second book is Found Art of the Clans Erskine & Holland 1710—1965 (Victoria: Wildflower Publishing House, 2017) about ancestors of her birth mother’s grandfather, David Erskine Gellatley of Westbank, Kelowna.

Nancy Hughes grew up in Victoria and attended St. Ann’s Academy and Oak Bay High School. She was a stay-at-home mother and later attended the University of Victoria, B.C. in the Pacific and Oriental Studies department and spent four months studying Mandarin Chinese at Shanghai, China’s East China Normal University.

[BCBW 2017]