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Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron

Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron

by Cathy Converse

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Received an Honourable Mention for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

The first book on Agnes Deans Cameron, BC’s first female principal, itinerant traveller, and journalist.

Agnes Deans Cameron was an extraordinary woman who was ahead by a century. Born in Victoria in 1863, she was the first female school principal in the province, but she worked tirelessly to achieve work equality and voting rights for women. One of Canada's most well known writers of her time, she put western Canada on the map through her writing, which was published internationally including in the Saturday Evening Post. She was also a trailblazer in sports, becoming the first “Lady Centurion” in the West.

A consummate trailblazer, in the summer of 1906, Cameron travelled 10,000 miles down the Mackenzie River and out into the Beaufort Sea—something no other European woman had done—in one short season.

Cameron was named one of the top 150 most significant individuals in the history of the province of British Columbia. This is the first book commemorating her life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771512718
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Cathy Converse has been writing for over thirty years and has written and co-authored six books and numerous cover stories for magazines and journals. Her most recent book, Following the Curve of Time, was a BC Book Prize finalist. For more information, please visit

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Lure of Gold 5

Chapter 2 The Early Years for Cameron and for Public Education 15

Chapter 3 The Young Teacher 31

Chapter 4 A Very Public Scuffle 53

Chapter 5 Noteworthy Firsts for Public Education in British Columbia 65

Chapter 6 Meaningful Events 71

Chapter 7 A Troubling Time 99

Chapter 8 An Up-and-Coming Writer 109

Chapter 9 A Long Ordeal 117

Chapter 10 A Royal Commission 135

Chapter 11 Political Aspirations 147

Chapter 12 A Change in Direction 163

Chapter 13 To the Arctic and Back 183

Chapter 14 International Fame 243

Chapter 15 An Untimely Death 253

Acknowledgements 259

Endnotes 263

Selected Bibliography 279

Index 289

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