Ignored but Not Forgotten: A Q&A with Lucille Campey

Ignored but Not Forgotten: A Q&A with Lucille Campey

Posted on February 19 by Kyle in Interview, Non-fiction
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Tell us about your book

Ignored but not forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants is the third and final book in my trilogy The English in Canada. It tells the story of the later immigration from England to Canada during the later part of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth century. The book covers English immigration to the whole of Canada. During this period the English were the largest immigrant group, their numbers far exceeding those from other countries. Although the English mainly preferred to settle in the growing Canadian town and cities they also took up the farming and land-owning opportunities offered to them. This was the period when the Prairie Provinces were being opened up for settlement and is a saga rich in human interest.


How did you come up with the idea for this work?

I completed my eight books on Scottish immigration to Canada in 2008 with the publication of An Unstoppable Force - The Scottish Exodus to Canada. I thought deeply about what I should do next. I decided to study the English exodus to Canada. I was struck by the fact that, although the English were by far the largest ethnic group to come to Canada their story had never been told. So there was a gap in the market which I felt that I could help to fill by writing my trilogy.


Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?


All of my books are written with two audiences in mind: family historians and academics. I write for people who wish to know more about the historical background against which the English made their emigration decisions. Why did they leave when they did? What caused them to settle in their part of Canada? How did they get from their home in England to their new home in Canada? I try to answer these questions in my books.


How did you research your book?

I am fortunate in that I live in England and travel frequently and widely within Canada. This has meant that I have been able to visit a great many of the English County Record Offices. These contain a rich store of previously untapped information about English settlers in Canada. At the same time, I have been able to visit Provincial Record Offices and Archives in Canada. I have also had access to the many libraries and archives in England which hold priceless collections of early books and pamphlets.


What is your new project?

I was delighted to have signed a contract with Dundurn to write three books about Irish immigration to Canada. While there have been many books published on this subject I am certain that I will find many new and exciting things to say in this field. I am looking forward to writing these books.