Her parents arrived from Britain to live in Victoria, B.C., where her father became a successful retailer. Emily grew up with one brother and four older sisters in a home that strictly adhered to the values and etiquette of England.
It wasn't until Emily was in her 50's when her work was discovered, and her paintings of Aboriginal themes were brought to the attention of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
So, what about Emily's writing, you ask?
Well, when she unfortunately suffered a heart attack in 1937, it led her to put more time into her writings. Her first book of short stories was called Klee Wyck, and was based on her experiences with the Aboriginal people. It was published in 1941. This book won the Governor General's award. Four other books of Emily Carr's were published, two of them after her death.
Her childhood home, the Emily Carr House, was sold to a private owner before being saved from demolition by MP David Groos in 1965. In 1976, the provincial government bought the property and help restored the building to its original state. Emily Carr House is a National and Provincial site in Victoria, B.C. - an ideal visit for those interested in learning about this Canadian icon.