On Willows Prairie

Connell takes us along on a ramble across a remnant of the swampy grasslands and oak prairies that once covered much of the Victoria region. From the Victoria Daily Colonist, Oct. 3rd, 1937- The other morning I took a stroll through one of the still vacant sections of Victoria’s old prairie. It lies north ofContinue reading “On Willows Prairie”

Some August Gleanings

Connell returns to the Uplands in late summer noting some distinctive characteristics of the season, as well as recalling a First Nations historical site at Loon Bay. From the Victoria Colonist, August 27th, 1939- How swiftly the hot days transport us into the beginnings of autumn. Already the stubble fields have turned the valley slopesContinue reading “Some August Gleanings”


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As a fifth generation Victorian (born in New Zealand) I feel that an important part of learning my own history is learning the history of this place. That includes the ancient and modern histories of the First Nations- the Songhees, Esquimalt, and Wsanec peoples- who have lived here for so long. This blog is an offering in appreciation of those, like Rev. Robert Connell, who have sought to encourage and keep these histories alive.

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