Rambles Around Old Victoria
The Nature Writings of Rev. Robert Connell
This blog shares the weekly newspaper nature column writings and illustrations of Rev. Robert Connell (1871-1957) who loved, studied, and taught about the nature and history of Victoria, Canada.
Born to Scottish parents in Liverpool, England, Connell moved to Canada at the age of 17. In 1896 while living in Calgary he was ordained as a priest in the Church of England and in 1901 he moved to Victoria, BC, where he later became deeply involved in Provincial politics, serving as the first leader of the BC CCF (now NDP) from 1933-9. He taught art and botany classes at Victoria High and St. Michael’s University Schools and was a member of the Victoria Natural History and Island Arts and Crafts Societies. He was an accomplished artist and a life-long student and devotee of the natural world.
Connell takes in some of the history, bird life, geography and more along the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon and Harbor. From the Victoria Times, January 30th, 1932- The old Belmont Road is now open right through to Esquimalt Spit and crossing the narrow entrance of the lagoon enables the traveller on foot or by carContinue reading “Esquimalt Lagoon and the Coburg Peninsula”
Connell heads for the hills once again, this time to visit the picturesque Happy Valley in Colwood and Metchosin. He investigates the geography and the place names of the area and considers a peculiar local legend. From the Victoria Colonist, December 1st, 1940 – The road to Metchosin after skirting the broad gravelly plains ofContinue reading “Along the Happy Valley Road”
Connell visits and inspects the beleaguered Ross Bay sea-wall in the wake of a winter storm. He considers the geography of the coastline in this location, the structure and suspected weaknesses of the wall, and proposes a natural (of course!) solution. From the Victoria Daily Times, December 31st, 1932- It will be some years beforeContinue reading “Ravages of A Winter Storm”
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