This looks interesting. I had never heard of her.
AGGV exhibit explores life and career of Sophie Pemberton
A contemporary of Emily Carr, Sophie Pemberton was one of the first Canadian women to find success as a professional artist abroad.
This is her dad of course:
PEMBERTON, JOSEPH DESPARD, engineer, surveyor, farmer, politician, jp, and businessman; b. 23 July 1821 near Dublin (Republic of Ireland), son of Joseph Pemberton and Margaret Stephens; m. 1864 Theresa Jane Despard Grautoff in London, England, and they had three sons and three daughters, including the artist Sophia Theresa; d. 11 Nov. 1893 in Oak Bay, B.C.
Golly, Pemberton got all three of his names onto Victoria streets.
By January 1852 Pemberton and his assistant Benjamin William Pearse* had divided the Victoria district into town, suburban, and country lands. After examining the survey systems of 11 colonies, including South Australia, New Zealand, and Upper Canada, Pemberton set the price of town lots at £10 each, suburban lots at £15, and country lands at £1 an acre with the minimum size being 20 acres. Land was also reserved for the governor, the clergy, a school, a church, and a public park. By December 1853 he had surveyed six additional districts on southern Vancouver Island.
Although many colonists eventually left for the mines of California and the agricultural lands of Oregon and Washington territories, some 180 settlers bought over 17,000 acres of country land and about 150 town and suburban lots on Vancouver Island prior to the Fraser River gold-rush. Many were or had been HBC employees, and the company’s social hierarchy was transferred to the colony, with labourers buying the cheaper town lots while officers and clerks bought the more expensive country lands. Pemberton himself owned the Gonzales estate, a large farm near Victoria, and was identified with the HBC’s landowning élite, later dubbed the “family-company compact” by reformer Amor De Cosmos. In January 1857 Pemberton played Sir Lucius O’Trigger in Sheridan’s The rivals, one of the first theatrical productions in the colony.
Pemberton retired from politics in 1868, and during the next two decades devoted himself to his family, his farm, his work as a justice of the peace, and corporate and real estate investments. In 1887 he and his son Frederick Bernard founded the Victoria firm of J. D. Pemberton and Son, surveyors, civil engineers, and real estate and financial agents. A real estate company in Victoria and a Vancouver-based investment company are descended from this firm. Pemberton Sr also imported and bred horses, and was described by his former assistant Pearse as a “bold and judicious horseman.” He died of heart failure while participating in a paper-chase* in Oak Bay.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 21 September 2023 - 12:26 PM.