That They Might Have Life
An autobiography by the late Reverend Canon Stanley Higgs
Edited by George Bramhall, PhD.
516 pages 6.5 x 9 inches
$ 42.50 CDN
The Reverend Stanley Higgs returned from overseas service in World War II in 1946, and was taken on staff at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. There he met the young lady who would later become my wife. When we married, Mr. Higgs performed the ceremony. He also baptized our children when they came along. We did not have contact for many years, but met again when he retired. We struck up a very good friendship. It was during this time that we convinced Mr. Higgs to write his memoirs of his life in the Fraser Canyon in the 1920s and 30s and later in the Bridge Lake area, and in Barkerville. I agreed to edit them with a view to publication.
My editorial experience was as a scientist where among other duties I wrote scientific reports and reviewed and edited the reports of fellow scientists.
In order to get an appreciation of the background of this story, my wife and I visited Mr. Higgs’ home town in England, met some of his relatives, and visited St. Augustine’s Seminary in Canterbury where he was educated. We also spent some time in the Lytton area where we visited and photographed the missions.
This story gives the reader some idea of the hardships and difficulties encountered by the clergy in bringing Christianity to the people of the Fraser Canyon, when much travel was still by horseback. Readers will enjoy this interesting and important part of the history of British Columbia.
George Bramhall, PhD.