A Ramble ‘Round Northern Suburbs

Reverend Connell’s writings for the Victoria Colonist newspaper (1936-43) are a vast and yet virtually unknown treasure-trove of local history, natural history, and settler-era folklore for the region. Full of fascinating information and anecdote, they concisely and intelligently- though not without a poetic sentiment- represent a crucial and transformative period in the collective cultural pastContinue reading “A Ramble ‘Round Northern Suburbs”

“…And There Shall Be Snow”

In this article Connell recalls some of the “Big Snow” winters of his youth and various expeditions through the snowy landscape of rural and suburban Victoria. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, November 24, 1940. Despite all temporary and local discomforts there is a fascination about snow most of us never quite cease to feel. ChildrenContinue reading ““…And There Shall Be Snow””