Hobnobbing With A Countess and Other Okanagan Adventures
The Diaries of Alice Barrett Parke, 1891-1900Book - 2001
In 1891, Alice Barrett moved from Port Dover, Ontario, to the OkanaganValley to keep house for her brother and uncle. She soon married HaroldParke, a former NWMP officer, and spent the next decade recording herexperiences in a series of notebooks sent to her Ontario family. Fewwomen's diaries have survived from that time, and Barrett Parkerecalls a period of profound transformation in a region newly opened towhite settlement by the railway. She was an astute observer and anexceptional writer, and her diaries provide invaluable insights intowork, health, religion, race and gender relations, and women'slives. On a personal level, her writings show the conflict between herindependent spirit and women's traditional roles. Although wary ofthe emerging feminism of the time, Alice was co-opted into the"vice-regal circle" of the Countess of Aberdeen, who stayedat nearby Coldstream Ranch, and became the first correspondingsecretary of the Vernon chapter of the National Council of Women.Selected as a BC Book for Everybody.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : UBC Press : 2001
Branch Call Number: 971.15 P22h
Characteristics: 349p illus