Noted historian and bestselling author Jean Barman talked with Joseph Planta about her latest book Stanley Park’s Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point (Harbour, 2005), a fascinating book about inhabitants of the park who were displaced in order to create the constructed ideal of an urban oasis.
|Stanley Park’s Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point by Jean Barman. (Harbour, 2005)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
Stanley Park is world renowned for the bucolic backdrop of trees and foliage that it provides amidst the sidewalks and skyscrapers of Vancouver. We’ll talk about Stanley Park’s secret past this morning with the renowned historian and bestselling author Jean Barman. Her new book is Stanley Park’s Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point. It tells the remarkable story of how the park was created, and how before it was officially opened in 1888 it was home to a number of settlements. From Aboriginal peoples living at Whoi Whoi, now Lumberman’s Arch, to immigrant Hawaiians who settled in Kanaka Ranch, which is just located in the southeast portion of the park, and those who resided in Brockton Point, Barman provides a compelling, important and sometimes troubling facet of Vancouver, not to mention British Columbia’s history. Dr. Barman is of course the author of among other things, the essential book on British Columbia history, The West Beyond the West. Stanley Park’s Secret from Harbour Publishing is $36.95. Please welcome its author to THECOMMENTARY.CA, Jean Barman; Good morning, Professor Barman.
Harbour Publishing: http://www.harbourpublishing.com/title/StanleyParksSecret