When Fort Victoria was first established in the mid-nineteenth century, eight pioneer families of Europe's upper class formed the social elite of the modest colony. The self-appointed aristocracy of the west, these families shaped a world suited to their expensive tastes on the upper floors of the fort, and eventually, in beautiful homes styled according to European fashions. Between their tea parties and society balls, these particular families greatly influenced the progress of the city of Victoria and the province of British Columbia.
In Above Stairs, get to know the Douglases, the Pembertons, the Skinners, the Creases, the O'Reillys, the Trutches, the Rithets and the Barnards. These families instituted laws, surveyed landscapes, founded businesses and set a standard of propriety for settlers living in Victoria. Like a housekeeper sneaking up the servants' steps to spy into the parlour, discover the glamorous, complicated lives of Victoria's social elite in Above Stairs.
Touchwood Publishers, Victoria, BC
Published 2011 229 Pages 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"