Tom Paterson

Those right along the waterfront felt the biggest effects of the tsunami that struck Port Alberni in 1964.

Earthquake and tidal wave: the terrible twins of destruction

The following firsthand report by district social worker Mrs. Pat Adang covers the period between 11 p.m., March 27, through March 29

Those right along the waterfront felt the biggest effects of the tsunami that struck Port Alberni in 1964.
The dairy industry is still alive in the Cowichan Valley

Promoting the Cowichan Valley to the world, a century ago

“At the outset, it may be said that the [Cowichan Valley] is unique in Western Canada, if not in the British Empire.”—Cowichan Leader.

The dairy industry is still alive in the Cowichan Valley
British Columbia has always been seen as a place of great wealth potential due to its natural resources.

Promoting the Cowichan Valley to the world a century ago

At the dawn of each new year many of us reflect upon the year just past and our hopes, plans and prospects for the future.

British Columbia has always been seen as a place of great wealth potential due to its natural resources.
The Cowichan sweater has a long

Cowichan Tribes honoured ‘Great Chief’ Harry Truman in 1945

Did you know that our iconic Cowichan sweater made international acclaim 70 years ago?

The Cowichan sweater has a long
The surf can be daunting at the best of times

Janet Cowan ordeal was ‘A coast tragedy without parallel’

Although shipwrecks were almost commonplace off Vancouver Island's western shore, 120 years ago, the Janet Cowan's ordeal is unequalled.

The surf can be daunting at the best of times
Shop windows in downtown Duncan still beckon over the holiday season

A Cowichan Valley Christmas, 94 years ago

Christmas, 1921. The First World War had been over for three years.

Shop windows in downtown Duncan still beckon over the holiday season
Today

Cowichan Bay accident marred warship’s visit

Labour Day weekend, 1926, was to have been a joyous one for Cowichan Valley residents and the hundreds of Royal Navy officers and seamen

Today
At one time

The terrible case of the tight-fisted carpenter

It was said, at the time, that James H. Gilchrist committed suicide while grief-stricken by his wife’s death.

At one time
The submarine USS Archerfish played a key role in the Second World War in the Pacific.

USS Archerfish shortened the Second World War

“Nothing can sink Shinano,” barked Capt. Abe. “Continue course and speed.”

The submarine USS Archerfish played a key role in the Second World War in the Pacific.
During the Second World War

Seventy years ago, deadly fire bombs filled Cowichan skies

It was one of the best kept secrets of the Second World War: Canada came under direct attack by the Japanese not once but hundreds of times.

During the Second World War
The locking mechanism at Victoria Gaol between the 1880s and 1912. Now on display at the Victoria Police Historical Society Museum

New Victoria development threatens forgotten ‘cemetery’ of old jail site

But S.J. Willis School did have a perverse charm for me as it was built on the site, 1874-1914, of the provincial jail.

The locking mechanism at Victoria Gaol between the 1880s and 1912. Now on display at the Victoria Police Historical Society Museum
The Nanaimo Municipal Cemetery boasts a great view.

Nanaimo cemetery where the sad and senseless take their rest

Walker called his dog to heel, raised and cocked his gun, and carefully approached the logs.

The Nanaimo Municipal Cemetery boasts a great view.
Margaret Brooke was recognized as a hero on her 100th birthday

Our newest naval ship to honour heroic Victoria nursing sister

It only took 73 years for the Canadian government to recognize Margaret Brooke of Victoria as a hero.

Margaret Brooke was recognized as a hero on her 100th birthday
CNR engine 6004 (shown in 1943) drew the Continental and was destroyed in the wreck. The Korean War era rail tragedy claimed the lives of soldiers before they even left Canada for the battlefields and embroiled a future Canadian prime minister in a court battle that would help to define his career and would forever change rail regulations.

Canoe River disaster direct result of war

To railway history buffs British Columbia’s worst railway disaster is known as the Canoe River train wreck

CNR engine 6004 (shown in 1943) drew the Continental and was destroyed in the wreck. The Korean War era rail tragedy claimed the lives of soldiers before they even left Canada for the battlefields and embroiled a future Canadian prime minister in a court battle that would help to define his career and would forever change rail regulations.
The original comes from The UBO Bulletin and this article was published in April 1947. The magazine/newsletter was published by BC Forest Products.

Lady Warriors — women of Lake Cowichan, WWII

There was rationing, blackouts, fundraising, knitting and everyone pulling together for the war effort.

The original comes from The UBO Bulletin and this article was published in April 1947. The magazine/newsletter was published by BC Forest Products.
The Charge of the Light Brigade by artist Richard Caton Woodville

Canada’s first VC sleeps in foreign soil

Great Britain’s fabled Victoria Cross has been that nation’s highest award for “gallantry in the face of the enemy".

The Charge of the Light Brigade by artist Richard Caton Woodville
The name of Frank Smith Brown

Sharpshooter poet just a little to good

This fascinating tribute to the “Poet of the Pats” appeared in the Times-Colonist, Feb. 3, 2015

The name of Frank Smith Brown
John Claus Voss’s dugout canoe Tilikum is heading to a new temporary home.

John Claus Voss: First he made sausages; then he made history

This is the legendary Nuu-chah-nulth canoe in which Capt. John Claus Voss attempted to sail around the world in 1901

John Claus Voss’s dugout canoe Tilikum is heading to a new temporary home.
The endangered Garry oaks on the property

Elkington’s oaks have been saved but historic house is failing

As old as it looks, and is, this is the second house on this site. The first, built by Samuel Bednalt, was destroyed by fire.

The endangered Garry oaks on the property
Duncan

Duncan: ‘Where everyone takes in his neighbour’s washing’

It’s always interesting and illuminating to turn the telescope around and to see ourselves through others’ eyes.

Duncan