Furrows in the Sky

Furrows in the Sky: The Adventures of Gerry Andrews by Jay Sherwood

Gerry Andrews filled his long life with many adventures. As a young man he taught children in remote communities and spent his summers exploring the wilderness around him. His love for the outdoors led him to a long career as a forester and surveyor.

Andrews embraced new technologies of his time. His developments in aerial photography dramatically changed forestry in the 1930s and assisted the Allies in the D-Day landings that ended the Second World War in Europe. He referred to the process as “ploughing photographic furrows up and down the sky”.

As British Columbia’s surveyor general from 1951 to 1968, he supervised the mapping of the province’s large construction projects. All the while he kept in personal contact with his staff. Surveyors in the field looked forward to his visits because he always had a kind word, a genuine interest in their work, and a red flannel sock containing a bottle of hooch.

Historian Jay Sherwood recounts the remarkable adventures of Gerry Andrews, based on the man’s personal correspondence and diaries, interviews with family and friends, and articles by and about him. He includes more than 100 photographs, most taken by Andrews during his travels and explorations.

Furrows in the Sky may be ordered direct from the ABCLS office. It is soft cover, 239 pages, $19.95.