Tom Paterson

The Malaspina Hotel in Nanaimo.

Christmas 1941: time of great uncertainty

Japan’s dramatic entry means that the Pacific is now a war zone.

The Malaspina Hotel in Nanaimo.
The Bench holiday concert is different than it was decades ago.

T.W. Paterson: Christmas concert at Bench School, part 2

The late Bob Dougan of the pioneering Cobble Hill family completes his tale of a Christmas concert in a one-room schoolhouse in the 1920s.

The Bench holiday concert is different than it was decades ago.
This school concert at Bench was quite different from what was done in the 1920s for Christmas.

T.W. Paterson: Christmas concert at Bench School, part 1

“It was a big job for a young woman in a one-room school. Some of the boys, raised on farms, were big and not easy to discipline.”

This school concert at Bench was quite different from what was done in the 1920s for Christmas.
‘Queen of the Hurricanes’ Elsie McGill has made the short list of women in the running to be pictured on a Canadian banknote.

T.W. Paterson: Yet more historical nuggets from today’s headlines

Earlier this year I told you about ‘Queen of the Hurricanes’ Elsie McGill (1905-1980)

‘Queen of the Hurricanes’ Elsie McGill has made the short list of women in the running to be pictured on a Canadian banknote.
Fantan gambling

T.W. Paterson: Dark doing in Chinatown thrilled residents

In due course, all appeared before Magistrate Yarwood. That’s when the fun began.

Fantan gambling
Rainy November is brightened considerably by the addition of Christmas preparation today

T.W. Paterson: Compare 1916 lead-up to Christmas to 2016

With Halloween and Remembrance Day now behind us it’s full steam ahead for Christmas — at least in the stores.

Rainy November is brightened considerably by the addition of Christmas preparation today
Back in 1910

T.W. Paterson: Firemen fight convent blaze with thumbs

“It was simply painful to watch the efforts of the firemen at this stage of the fire.” —Nanaimo Free Press.

Back in 1910

T.W. Paterson: Today’s flu bug is nothing like that of 1918

“Will not the women of Nanaimo come forward in this emergency to help their sisters who are less fortunately situated?” —Nanaimo Free Press.

The B.C. Forest Discovery Centre is working to raise funds to refurbish two of its steam locomotives.

T.W. Paterson: More history straight from today’s news

The fate of the former police craft and fisheries vessel Laurier II remains unclear.

The B.C. Forest Discovery Centre is working to raise funds to refurbish two of its steam locomotives.
Nobody in the Cowichan Valley was more devoted to the British navy than Clive Phillips-Wolley.

T.W. Paterson: War brought sorrow for British devotee

In his day he was Cowichan’s best known citizen — known not just locally and regionally but internationally

Nobody in the Cowichan Valley was more devoted to the British navy than Clive Phillips-Wolley.

Remembrance Day: August 1945 brought good news and bad

Arrested by the SS, F/Lt. Rey was put on bread and water for 30 days; his Austrian friend was shot.

A reunion of Nabob crew was inspired by the discovery she was being used as a German freighter.

Remembrance Day: Navy’s gallant ship Nabob wouldn’t sink

“We have a good chance of saving the ship and we are going to have a ruddy good try.”—Capt. Lay.

A reunion of Nabob crew was inspired by the discovery she was being used as a German freighter.
Veterans of the HMCS Uganda/Quebec Veterans’ Association meet for the last time.

Remembrance Day: After 70 years ‘band of brothers’ last meet

Last month, CFB Esquimalt bore witness to a moment in history as the final reunion of HMCS Uganda/Quebec Veterans’ Association took place.

Veterans of the HMCS Uganda/Quebec Veterans’ Association meet for the last time.
Ice forms on a 20-inch signal projector on the cruiser HMS Sheffield while she is helping to escort an Arctic convoy to Russia.

Remembrance Day: Danger bought Arctic Star

Unveiled by the British government in 2012, the Arctic Star is the latest decoration for service in the Second World War

Ice forms on a 20-inch signal projector on the cruiser HMS Sheffield while she is helping to escort an Arctic convoy to Russia.
Dorothy Twist is the only woman whose name is on the Duncan and Cobble Hill Cenotaphs.

Remembrance Day: Dorothy Twist, volunteer aid detachment nurse

Dorothy Twist is the only woman whose name is on the Duncan and Cobble Hill Cenotaphs.

Dorothy Twist is the only woman whose name is on the Duncan and Cobble Hill Cenotaphs.
Britain’s Grace Darling was celebrated for her maritime rescue efforts.

‘Canada’s own Grace Darling’ on banknote?

With a quick farewell kiss and faithful collie Yarrow for companion Minnie began her race against time.

Britain’s Grace Darling was celebrated for her maritime rescue efforts.
A brewer couldn't find work making drink from hops

Nanaimo the end of the line for brewer

Vancouver and Nanaimo made newspaper headlines, early in July 1888

A brewer couldn't find work making drink from hops
There are plenty of theories about where Brother XII ended up after he fled his B.C. island home

Swindling swami’s ‘treasure’ island for sale, conclusion

Not surprisingly, the vault was empty as per its inscription: “For fools and traitors — nothing.”

There are plenty of theories about where Brother XII ended up after he fled his B.C. island home
Brother XII

Swindling Swami’s treasure island for sale, part 1

The weird story of Edward Arthur Wilson — Brother XII — seems too incredible to be true.

Brother XII
The former Goldstream Hotel ended up in the news in 1869-70 with the murder of Capt. Joseph Baker. Multiple suspects telling varied stories left the truth in a tangle.

T.W. Paterson: Ma Miller’s birthday recalls unsolved crime

The case took a startling turn in January 1870 with the sudden turning-up of Leonard Stealey — Butch.

The former Goldstream Hotel ended up in the news in 1869-70 with the murder of Capt. Joseph Baker. Multiple suspects telling varied stories left the truth in a tangle.
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