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

Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken

 
 
Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken Marker
Inscription. John Sebastian Helmcken was born in London in 1924. He trained to be a doctor at Guys Hospital, London. He arrived in Victoria as a surgeon and clerk for the Hudson Bay Company on March 24, 1850.

Dr. Helmcken entered politics in 1856, becoming the first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on Vancouver Island. Though re-elected on a campaign against Confederation, Helmcken helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia into Canada in 1871. He then returned to medicine and the raising of his children.

He was renowned as a doctor, inoculating hundreds during the smallpox outbreak of 1862. He also served as president of both Royal Jubilee Hospital and the BC Medical Society.

In old age, he wrote his memoirs while being cared for by his daughter, Edith (“Dolly”). John Sebastian Helmcken died in this house in 1920.

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Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, c. 1854. Bradley and Rulofson. RBCM BCA A-01354.
 
Location. 48° 25.171′ N, 123° 22.016′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker can be reached from Douglas Street just from Belleville Street. Touch for map. This marker is located in Thunderbird Park next to the Helmcken House. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers.

Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken Marker
Of the three markers, the Doctor Helmcken marker is on the left.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Log Cabin to Victorian Parlour (here, next to this marker); Dr John Sebastian Helmcken (here, next to this marker); Cecilia Helmcken (a few steps from this marker); Elliot Street Square (a few steps from this marker); St. Annís Schoolhouse (a few steps from this marker); The Sisters of St. Ann (a few steps from this marker); Sir James Douglas (a few steps from this marker); The Childrenís Graves (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsScience & Medicine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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