Sketches of Labrador Life
by Lydia Campbell
with a foreword by Doris Saunders and original art by Labrador artists.
64pages, 8.5" x 11"
Sketches of Labrador Life came into existence in
1894, when Rev. Arthur Waghorne gave an exercise book to seventy-five year old Lydia Campbell, asking
her to write her down memories. He subsequently
had them published in the St. John's Evening
Telegram. They were again published in booklet
form in 1980 by her great-great granddaughter, Doris
Saunders, publisher of Them Days magazine. This
current publication contains the original manuscript,
along with a selection of photographs from the
archives of Them Days. Diana Dabinett, best known
for her watercolours and silk paintings, has chosen
work from Labrador artists to complement the text.
About the Author
Lydia Campbell was born in 1818, and died in 1905.
According to the foreword by Tony Williamson in the 1980
printing of her memoirs, Lydia Campbell's writings
represents the first published writings of a native Labrador
resident. She was the direct descendant of one of the
earliest European settlers in Hamilton Inlet who married an
Eskimo woman, whose lineage goes back thousands of
years on coastal Labrador. She represents the beginning of
a literate, independent and self-sufficient group of pioneers
who made their home in Labrador.