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A rally will be held at the St. Andrews Lodge and Cottages property on Nov. 2. (Town of Qualicum Beach Photo)

Qualicum Beach residents stage rally to save historic St. Andrews Lodge

Event is aimed at stopping town from removing or demolishing old building

A rally will be held at the St. Andrews Lodge and Cottages property on Nov. 2. (Town of Qualicum Beach Photo)
Frederick Lee and Eva Lillian Baker lived in Victoria from the 1930s until their passing. Now, their great nephew who lives in Birmingham, U.K. is asking for Victoria residents’ help to learn more. (Courtesy Derek Roft)

Don your detective hats Greater Victoria — a U.K. man wants your help

Derek Roft is on a mission to find out more about relatives that emigrated to Canada in 1912

Frederick Lee and Eva Lillian Baker lived in Victoria from the 1930s until their passing. Now, their great nephew who lives in Birmingham, U.K. is asking for Victoria residents’ help to learn more. (Courtesy Derek Roft)
David Hooper has learned about the Spanish flu from 1918 from his great-grandfather Francis Grant’s first-hand accounts. Grant lived in Victoria, B.C. and was working at Spencers department store when the Spanish flu came to Vancouver Island. He wrote about the epidemic in his daily diaries. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

B.C. man’s diaries reveal glimpse of life when Spanish flu hit

Port Alberni’s David Hooper shares ancestor’s writings from 1918

David Hooper has learned about the Spanish flu from 1918 from his great-grandfather Francis Grant’s first-hand accounts. Grant lived in Victoria, B.C. and was working at Spencers department store when the Spanish flu came to Vancouver Island. He wrote about the epidemic in his daily diaries. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Thetis Island Elementary School class from November 2019. Back row, from left: teacher Genny Redman and educational assistant Simone Luckham. Second back row: Westley Knowles, Matti Bannister, Erica Ralston, Raglan Gall. Middle: Sophia Dufort, Sophie Sharp, Lucas Bieber, Aubrey Gall, Daxton Meunier, Amelia Ensminger. Second row from front: Ella Kasting, Elise Meunier, Holly Sharp, Alina Ensminger, Jayleigh Gall, Colten Dufort, Aaron Bieber. Front, kneeling: Kai Kasting, Lily Galbraith, Alder McClellan.

Romance of the one-room schoolhouse continues to thrive on Thetis Island

School celebrated 100 years, as its cherished role in the community stands the test of time

  • Sep 12, 2020
The Thetis Island Elementary School class from November 2019. Back row, from left: teacher Genny Redman and educational assistant Simone Luckham. Second back row: Westley Knowles, Matti Bannister, Erica Ralston, Raglan Gall. Middle: Sophia Dufort, Sophie Sharp, Lucas Bieber, Aubrey Gall, Daxton Meunier, Amelia Ensminger. Second row from front: Ella Kasting, Elise Meunier, Holly Sharp, Alina Ensminger, Jayleigh Gall, Colten Dufort, Aaron Bieber. Front, kneeling: Kai Kasting, Lily Galbraith, Alder McClellan.
25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

A group of waterskiers were towed behind a plane on Kalamalka Lake back in 1995

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake
A view across Victoria’s harbour is split by more than 100 years on the OnThisSpot app. The app gives users the historical knowledge and imagery they need to be transported back in time. (Victoria Archives AC1-M06964 & On This Spot Enterprises)

History app uses ‘then and now’ photographs of Victoria

OnThisSpot provides historical insight of Canadian cities

A view across Victoria’s harbour is split by more than 100 years on the OnThisSpot app. The app gives users the historical knowledge and imagery they need to be transported back in time. (Victoria Archives AC1-M06964 & On This Spot Enterprises)
Pioneer churches of Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea, a new book from Liz Bryan. (Liz Bryan photograph)

Author chronicles churches built by pioneers in the Salish Sea

B.C. author Liz Bryan preserving a little bit of pioneer history in her latest book

Pioneer churches of Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea, a new book from Liz Bryan. (Liz Bryan photograph)
Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

30 years after Oka crisis, Kanesatake land claims remain unresolved

Serge Simon, the current Grand Chief of Kanesatake, vividly remembers the events of July 11, 1990

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The intersection of Main Street and Roberts Street – named after Field Marshal Lord Frederick Roberts – is one of the busiest in downtown Ladysmith (Cole Schisler photo)

What’s in a name? Ladysmith’s historical streets re-examined

Several streets in downtown Ladysmith are named after generals that served in the Boer War

The intersection of Main Street and Roberts Street – named after Field Marshal Lord Frederick Roberts – is one of the busiest in downtown Ladysmith (Cole Schisler photo)
Volunteers with Alberni Pacific Railway returned to the roundhouse parallel to Third Avenue on Saturday, June 13, 2020 to begin replacing some rail ties by hand. Physical distancing was respected as 18 ties were replaced. The railway’s train and locomotives are located at the roundhouse. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI PACIFIC RAILWAY)

All tied up at Alberni Pacific Railway

Volunteers begin to replace railroad ties

Volunteers with Alberni Pacific Railway returned to the roundhouse parallel to Third Avenue on Saturday, June 13, 2020 to begin replacing some rail ties by hand. Physical distancing was respected as 18 ties were replaced. The railway’s train and locomotives are located at the roundhouse. (PHOTO COURTESY ALBERNI PACIFIC RAILWAY)
An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)

Victoria museum releases more than 16,000 historical images of Indigenous life

Digitized images preserved and shared with Indigenous communities

An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)
A screenshot from the 1926 footage of the North Island. (Youtube screenshot)

VIDEO: Film historian finds rare footage showcasing 1926 life in remote Northern Vancouver Island

‘This photographer clearly knew what he was doing, suggesting he was taught’

A screenshot from the 1926 footage of the North Island. (Youtube screenshot)
Some youth are choosing to draw their thoughts on their pandemic postcards. People who don’t want to download a postcard can also e-mail their thoughts to Literacy Alberni and they will be printed on a card for the project. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni pandemic postcard project asks people to share COVID-19 experiences

Postcards will be donated to museum for posterity

Some youth are choosing to draw their thoughts on their pandemic postcards. People who don’t want to download a postcard can also e-mail their thoughts to Literacy Alberni and they will be printed on a card for the project. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Wild Bill Hickok threatens the friend of Davis Tutt after defeating Tutt in a duel, in an illustration from Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, February 1867. Even in the 1890s, Nanaimo wasn’t the Wild West. (submitted)

T.W. Paterson column: Friendly card game led to fatal shooting in Nanaimo

The final witness, Dr. L.T. Davis, refused to give testimony until he was paid in advance

  • Mar 29, 2020
Wild Bill Hickok threatens the friend of Davis Tutt after defeating Tutt in a duel, in an illustration from Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, February 1867. Even in the 1890s, Nanaimo wasn’t the Wild West. (submitted)
Journalist D.W. Higgins immortalized the Golden Wedding in text. (T.W. Paterson collection)

T.W. Paterson column: This ‘Golden’ wedding must be the wildest wedding ever

Things really got out of hand when police had to be called — two guests were re-enacting the Civil War

  • Mar 22, 2020
Journalist D.W. Higgins immortalized the Golden Wedding in text. (T.W. Paterson collection)
Robert Hampton Gray was the last Canadian to earn the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. (submitted)

Remembering Hammy Gray, the B.C. ‘hick’ turned daredevil wartime flyer

BC Aviation Museum is out to host a memorial monument for Canada’s last Victoria Cross

  • Mar 15, 2020
Robert Hampton Gray was the last Canadian to earn the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. (submitted)
In 1910 an explosion at the Departure Bay powderworks wrapped a rail around a tree it was so powerful. (submitted)

T.W. Paterson column: Nanaimo’s biggest bang was a close call

Remembering when a ship-turned bomb exploded on Protection Island

  • Mar 1, 2020
In 1910 an explosion at the Departure Bay powderworks wrapped a rail around a tree it was so powerful. (submitted)
Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin
Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Hundreds of wax figures find new life in Saanich man’s home

Former director of Victoria’s Royal London Wax Museum still hopes to revive wax figure tourism

Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thumbprint, hairbrush: Franklin wreck in Nunavut waters reveals sailors’ lives

In 2019, the Parks Canada team produced extraordinary images of the HMS Terror

A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang