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A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia

The Recollections of Susan Allison

In 1860, at the age of fourteen, Susan Louisa Moir left England for British Columbia. After settling initially at Hope, she lived briefly in both Victoria and New Westminster, then B.C.’s two most important settlements. Returning to Hope, she helped her mother open the community’s first school, and in 1868 she married John Fall Allison, riding on her honeymoon over the Allison Trail into the unsettled Similkameen Valley. Her record of the voyage, of Victoria, New Westminster, and Hope as they were in the 1860s, and her memories of the isolated but fulfilling life she, her husband, and their fourteen children led in the Similkameen and Okanagan Valleys provide a unique view of the pioneer mind and spirit.

Table of Contents



Some Recollections of a Pioneer of the Sixties

Some Recollections of a Pioneer of the Seventies

Memoirs of a Pioneer of the Eighties

When the River Rose


1 Account of the Similkameen Indians of British Columbia

2 The Big Men of the Mountains

3 The Glittering Hair Notes



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