Tom Paterson

Billy Ettershank nearly came to his end at Barkley Sound when the ship he was on rolled onto her side.

Capt. Billy Ettershank thrived on coffee and the high seas

Upon eventual retirement, in an age when shipwreck was almost commonplace, his record was “as clean as a dog’s tooth”.

Billy Ettershank nearly came to his end at Barkley Sound when the ship he was on rolled onto her side.
Coal ships once lined Nanaimo’s harbour.

Rededication of Nanaimo memorial recalls 1886 tragedy

It was all over in an instant, with a single flash of flame like that of a lightning bolt.

Coal ships once lined Nanaimo’s harbour.
In spite of extraordinary efforts to raise her

Not even famous Capt. Whitelaw could save the San Pedro

How ironic that the fastest collier in the west coast trade which had earned $9 million for her owners in just nine years was uninsured.

In spite of extraordinary efforts to raise her

Architect Francis Rattenbury: brilliant, yes, but a nice guy?

“More than 80 years after his death by murder, can we not forgive Francis Rattenbury his indiscretions?—Dave Griffin

Wanted: B.C. war memorials for digital mapping project

As of two weeks ago, 140 sites had been identified around the province.

The Duncan Cenotaph

Garage sale treasure identifies one of names on cenotaph

It has been said that a soldier only really dies when he’s forgotten.

The Duncan Cenotaph
Vancouver Island coal mines were notoriously dangerous

Vancouver Island mining: when ‘safety’ was a dirty word

So notorious were Island coal mines for their fatalities that we might be forgiven for thinking that “mining safety” was an oxymoron.

Vancouver Island coal mines were notoriously dangerous
NELLIE MCCLUNG

Author, activist Nellie McClung: is she banknote worthy?

“Refugees have enriched many countries. They would enrich us.”— Nellie McClung.

NELLIE MCCLUNG

Daylight Saving Time has a sporadic, chaotic history

Love it or hate it, it’s that time — Daylight Saving Time — again.

‘Burnt to death in chains’: a Nanaimo tragedy unequalled

“Let me go for mercy’s sake!” cried prisoner Thomas Pollden.

The war memorial at St. Peter Quamichan has been there more than a century.

St. Peter’s war memorial is an amazing feat of devotion

“The sinking sunrays tinged the grey sky with roseate hues, lighting the great stone of remembrance,"

The war memorial at St. Peter Quamichan has been there more than a century.

More on the campaign to honour women on banknotes

“Women hold up half the sky, and many believe that in an equalitarian country they should hold up half the banknotes.”— Merna Forster

The Cobble Hill cenotaph is still a place of remembrance.

Cobble Hill’s war memorial didn’t please everybody in 1920

“Forbid it, O God, forbid it that we should ever forget what they have done for us.”—Rev. J.H.T. Holman

The Cobble Hill cenotaph is still a place of remembrance.
The remains of the Granduc mine

Half a century ago, for some of Granduc’s miners, a miracle

Twenty-six men died at Granduc, Feb. 18, 1965, in the worst provincial mining disaster in 35 years.

The remains of the Granduc mine

Elsie MacGill piled up a plethora of firsts — one more coming?

“I have received many engineering awards, but I hope I will also be remembered as an advocate for the rights of women and children.”

Craigdarroch Castle.

Craigdarroch expansion recalls Cobble Hill gentleman farmer

As I noted several years ago, a highlight of the 2007 Heritage House Tour was 1860 Thain Rd., Cobble Hill.

Craigdarroch Castle.

A fascinating look at prison food in British Columbia in 1898

For prisoners sentenced to hard labour, supper consisted of one pint of gruel and eight ounces of bread per day!

Nanaimo newspaper closure sparks copyboy memories

You meet all kinds in a newspaper’s editorial office — even in the humble role of copy boy.

Every life is a story waiting to be told. The people we bid farewell to in obituaries are the bricks and mortar of Canadian history.

If you want to learn about history, read the obituaries

Instead, I’d like to suggest to teachers that they make newspaper obituary columns an assigned homework project.

Every life is a story waiting to be told. The people we bid farewell to in obituaries are the bricks and mortar of Canadian history.
Mount Benson lies just inland from the City of Nanaimo. Many don’t know that it got its name from a very colourful pioneer to British Columbia.

Nanaimo park honours eccentric fur company doctor

Helmcken should’ve twigged when he saw that Benson had troubled to tuck both pantlegs inside his boots.

Mount Benson lies just inland from the City of Nanaimo. Many don’t know that it got its name from a very colourful pioneer to British Columbia.