Author Tags: Local History, Maritime
Jeanette Taylor has a degree in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria and was curator for ten years at the Campbell River Museum. Also a past councillor for the BC Museum's Association, she has published numerous articles and is a contributing author to Shorelines and The Raincoast Kitchen. Her video on the history of North Vancouver Island women has been used by the Open Learning Institute and was aired on A&E Network in the United States. Taylor lives on Quadra Island in a log farmhouse built in 1893 with her husband and two children. She is the author of River City: A History of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands (Harbour, 1999). As the executive director of the Campbell River Art Gallery, she wrote Tidal Passages: A History of the Discovery Islands (Harbour 2008 $36.95). [See below.] It was followed by The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island (Harbour 2009) $32.95)
Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island
[BCBW 2009] "Local History" "Maritime"
Press Release (2008)
Formerly with the curatorial staff for the Museum at Campbell River, Jeanette Taylor, as the executive director of the Campbell River Art Gallery, wrote Tidal Passages: A History of the Discovery Islands (Harbour 2008 $36.95). Unofficially known as the Discovery Islands, Read, Cortes, Sonora, Maurelle, Hardwicke, Stuart, Redonda and Thurlow Islands are sparsely populated today but bristled with life in earlier times. In Tidal Passages, Taylor delves into the history of these places, also covering many smaller islands and the surrounding mainland inlets (though not Quadra Island, which is the subject of a future book by the author). Taylor introduces many inspiring characters in these pages and a few rogues and scoundrels, too. We meet Edgar Wylie, one of the most notorious of the many eccentrics, rebels, bad guys and intellectuals who have made Read Island their home over the past century; old George McGee, born around 1850, who survived several slave-taking raids as a child and managed to live through the 1862-64 smallpox epidemic that killed many of his relatives on Cortes; Bonnie (Whittington) Brown, a famous cougar hunter from Read Island who had ten kills to her credit when she was still just a girl; Dan McDonald, who was rumoured to have been part of the infamous Jesse James Gang before he relocated to Twin Island, then called Ulloa, in 1889; and Mike Manson, the resilient and charismatic pioneer and businessman who helped shape present-day Cortes Island.
The Quadra Story (Harbour $24.95)
Jeannette Taylor, executive director of the Campbell River Art Gallery, has followed her lively histories of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands with The Quadra Story (Harbour $24.95), now available in paperback. The largest and most populated of the Discovery Islands, the island is named for Captain Bodega y Quadra, the Spanish sea captain who wisely deflected the so-called Nootka Crisis with Captain George Vancouver at Yuquot (Friendly Cove).