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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Closer Look 3

After watching me lying on the stairs and leaning up against the corners of the building for a while one of the security guards laughed when I said I was trying to get a new angle on Victoria's Legislative Assembly Building. We agreed that if the building had lost one atom for each photograph taken, it would have disappeared long ago. I can't say I feel I succeeded with this shot of the main entrance but you can see two more of British Columbia's historically important figures in their niches and below.

On the right is Sir James Douglas, often called "The Father of British Columbia," since he was the founder of Victoria and the first Governor of the colony of British Columbia. You can read all about him in Wikipedia. Douglas founded Fort Victoria in his capacity as Factor of the Hudson Bay Company. He became Governor of the expanded colony of British Columbia when it was in danger of becoming part of the USA due to its popularity arising from the discovery of gold.
To the left is Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, The first Judge of the Supreme Court of the Colony of British Columbia. Begbie traveled throughout the colony on horseback, dispensing justice where it was needed and upholding the laws during the tumultuous gold rush days.


JoJo said...

The security people at Legislative Bldgs are so nice. Great angle.

Dean Lewis said...

The wide-angle perspective emphasizes the majesty of the building for sure. I'm fascinated with all the statues and inlaid busts as tributes to the prominent historical individuals. Makes me wonder if there is a map/catalogue printed up describing and for finding each one.

Benjamin Madison said...

Thanks JoJo!
Dean, there is a plaque in front of the Legislative Library that tells who each of the historical figures are. That's where I've been getting my information from.