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Maureen Duffus

Bio: Maureen Duffus is the author of several books and numerous articles about the history of Vancouver Island from the 1840s to the mid-20th century. She writes about of the growth of Victoria from the establishment of the Hudson's Bay Company fur trade fort in 1849 to the city that is now the capital of the province of British Columbia.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia she was a reporter at the Victoria Daily Times and the Ottawa Citizen. She spent several years in England where her occupations included secretary and driver for the touring Oxford and Cambridge Players, an eclectic group that foundered soon after its run as a fringe show at the Edinburgh Festival.

She returned to Victoria as a newspaper writer and columnist. Features included A Century of Victoria Fashion for the Centennial Edition of The Daily Colonist. She later became communications officer for the Institute of Ocean Sciences at Patricia Bay. She retired to continue research on the Colonial history of Victoria, a special interest as her great-grandfather, James Yates, was among the first British arrivals at Fort Victoria in 1849, and a member of the first legislative assembly of Vancouver Island in 1856.

Awards:The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was presented to Maureen in 2012 for commitment to history and heritage preservation through her books and talks, as well as volunteer archival work.