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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Helmcken House Historic Site

 
 
Helmcken House Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. Helmcken House Historic Site Marker
Inscription. John Sebastian Helmcken arrived in Fort Victoria in 1850 to work as a physician for the Hudsonís Bay Company.
He remained here for the rest of his life, marrying Cecilia Douglas, the eldest daughter of Governor James Douglas. The young couple has a small log cabin built here in 1852, next to their in-laws home. Over the years as the family grew the house also grew larger. It is one of the oldest housed in western Canada.

Dr. Helmcken practiced medicine during the fur trade, the gold rush and the colonial era; he helped create its modern, professional form in British Columbia. As a politician he served in the first Legislative Assembly of Vancouver Island in 1856 as the first Speaker. Initially an opponent of Confederation, he went with the Ottawa delegation in 1870 to negotiate the terms by which British Columbia would join Canada. After this, he retired from politics and returned to medicine and his family. He lived in this house until his death in 1920. In 1939, the family transferred this house and Dr. Helmckenís memoirs to the provincial government.

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Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, c. 1854. RBCM BCA A-01356
 
Location. 48° 25.182′ N, 123° 22.028′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District.

The Helmcken House image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. The Helmcken House
The marker is on the foreground
Marker can be reached from Douglas Street near Belleville Street. Click for map. This marker is located in Thunderbird Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 680 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Manís Garden (a few steps from this marker); Cecilia Helmcken (within shouting distance of this marker); Log Cabin to Victorian Parlour (within shouting distance of this marker); Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken (within shouting distance of this marker); Elliot Street Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr John Sebastian Helmcken (within shouting distance of this marker); The Childrenís Graves (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sisters of St. Ann (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .  John Sebastian Helmcken. (Submitted on October 25, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Science & MedicineSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 566 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on , by Adrienne Walker of Victoria, British Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 15, 2016.
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