T.W. Paterson

Fighting to build the Malahat highway

I recently told you of "Big Frank" Verdier's role in the building…

Herb Hlady was the penultimate collector

I 've known many collectors in my lifetime. I've been a collector…

‘Big Frank’ Verdier helped lay out the Malahat, conclusion

On Wednesday I introduced you to Francis Edward Verdier (1865-1947), who, granddaughter…

‘Big Frank’ Verdier helped lay out Malahat, part 1

Some years ago I received a letter from a lady who wrote…

Heroic Clayoquots rescued marooned seamen, conclusion

For 36 hours, without food, water or shelter, they huddled on the…

Heroic Clayoquots rescue seamen, part 1

'Marine Disaster - Total Loss of the Bark General Cobb' -Colonist headline…

Randy Streit gave us Whippletree Junction, conclusion

Randy Streit was well known for his enthusiasm once an idea took…

Randy Streit gave us Whippletree, part 2

By 1966 Randy Streit was working in Cowichan Bay as a longshoreman…

Randy Streit gave us Whippletree Junction

For 40 years, Whippletree Junction has intrigued locals and visitors alike with…

Historical headline: ‘Beatrice Day saw Yukon gold rush days’

Such was the headline in the Colonist magazine section, 40 years ago.…

Poison: the strange death of ‘James Fuller’

On his cluttered workbench there was an upset beaker and, beside it,…

Cowichan has had its own share of land disputes

The recent momentous Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing First Nations title…

Nanaimo’s crown jewel faces change

Undisclosed plans are afoot to transform Newcastle Island's 336 hectares of marine…

Cowichan connection to Victoria Harbour’s last Garry oak meadow

The Matson Conservation Area, said to be "the last Gary Oak meadow…

Leech River gold rush began 150 years ago with letter

"...The intelligence I have to communicate is of too important a nature…

There’s a faint Cowichan link to Victoria’s Empress Hotel

I see that Victoria's landmark Empress Hotel has changed hands, as of…

Captain John, conclusion

'He lay like a warrior taking his rest, with his martial cloak…

Captain John faces off with other tribe – and alcohol, part 2

CAPTAIN JOHN (Part 2) As Victoria authorities remained neutral, musket shots punctured…

Captain John, part 1

His word, garbled mixture of dialects though it may have been, was…

Providence Farm still teaching after 150 years in the Cowichan Valley

"For the past 35 years, the most important crops to leave the…