John Atkin can be a bit of a kill joy, always squashing rumours about secret tunnels in Chinatown, ghosts in the Dominion Building, and well, blood in Blood Alley. John squashes another rumour in his story about a tunnel that supposedly connected a sugar baron to a brothel, but in doing so he uncovered some fascinating information about Maxine MacGilvray, a successful businesswoman who moved to Vancouver in 1914.
It’s been incredibly exciting seeing Sensational Vancouver claim the top spot on the Best of BC list for the past four weeks, and it’s made me pay close attention to the book section in the Vancouver Sun.
What I’ve noticed is that M. Wylie Blanchet’s The Curve of Time, has ranked in the top 10 on the National Bestsellers list for the past seven weeks.
The gorgeous woman pictured on the cover of Sensational Vancouver and featured in my chapter on Legendary Women is Tosca Trasolini. Tosca was a member of the Flying Seven, Canada’s first all-female aviators’ club. The club formed in 1935—the year she turned 24—after Margaret Fane—one of the Flying Seven flew to California to meet with Amelia Earhart, president of the Ninety-Nines—an American organization for women pilots.
About a month ago I was reading Merna Forster’s 100 Canadian Heroines and came across a profile of Asayo Murakami. Asayo is thought to be Canada’s last picture bride–an early version of the mail order bride.
What I loved about Asayo’s story was that she took one look at the short unattractive man who met her ship in 1923 and said no way.
In honour of Asian Heritage Month and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Places that Matter project, meet Nellie Yip Quong. Nelli’s story is featured in Sensational Vancouver.
Wayne Avery knew nothing about the history of his house until one day he found an elderly Chinese woman peering through his front window.
Barbara Howard received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal last week at Burnaby City Hall.
Barbara turns 93 this year, and in the last couple of years she’s been festooned with a slew of honours including induction into both the Burnaby and the BC Sports Hall of Fame and a “Freedom of the Municipality” award from Belcarra Council, where she owns a cottage.
In honour of Women’s History Month–but mainly because I profiled five men last week–I’ve chosen five women who have put their stamp on BC in unique ways. There is more information about them in At Home with History, Sensational Victoria and Sensational Vancouver, and in the books listed below.