"The centenary of British Columbia in 1958 has brought a great revival of interest in the history of our Province and its institutions, and not least in the story of its religious life. The first regular Anglican services on the Pacific slope began in 1837, and in 1859 the Diocese of British Columbia was established with Dr. George Hills as the first bishop. Since then the diocese has been divided many times. This book may be regarded as part of the hundredth anniversary of the first bishop's consecration .... The author of this book, Professor Frank A. Peake, is the Archivist of the Ecclesiastical Province [of British Columbia]". -- Foreword.
"This book has been prompted by a growing interest on my part in the life and work of the Church in western Canada .... Not everyone will agree with the selection made but I have tried to trace in broad outline the development of the Church in what is now the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia. It is essentially a book of beginnings and some will be disappointed by the arbitrary terminal dates which have been used. Originally it was my intention to use the outbreak of the First World War as a convenient 'terminus ad quem' but there have been many significant "beginnings" since then, as. for example, the establishment of the Provincial Synod, the formation of the Diocese of Cariboo, and the opening of the Provincial Theological College in its present home on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. Generally speaking, the closing date of this history is about 1927". -- Intro.
Contents: Illustrations -- Abbreviations -- Foreword by the Archbishop of British Columbia / Harold Columbia i.e. Harold Sexton -- Introduction dated The Anglican Theological College, Vancouver, B.C. / F.A. Peake-- The Honourable Company and Its Chaplains -- Early Missionary Ventures -- The First Bishop -- Miners and Missionaries -- Early Stages in Organization -- The Church and Education -- The Cridge Controversy -- The North Pacific Mission: A New Diocese -- New Westminster and the Interior -- Adventure in Kootenay -- Marine Missions -- Missions to Orientals -- The Anglican Theological College -- Further Steps in Organization -- Growth of the Churches in the Far North -- In Retrospect.