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SOOKE HISTORY – A woman in business: Caroline Throup

Elida Peers | Contributed Who was it that said “Women in Business”…

  • May 7, 2021

 

This photo of Phoebe Dunbar standing on a grey whale alongside her Lifetimer boat, in a little inlet near Beechey Head, was taken in June 1989 by Adele Lewis. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Phoebe and the whale

How a whale’s skeleton ended up in the local high school

  • Apr 26, 2021

 

Frank Ludwig in the control room. (Photo submitted)

The Day They Closed The Old Mill Down in song

Former member of Trooper captures the essence of small town struggles and triumphs

 

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SOOKE HISTORY: Plans for developing Sooke town core dates back 40 years

First plans came forward in mid-1970s

  • Mar 26, 2021
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<em>SS Valencia: ‘A Theatre of Horror’</em> continues at the Maritime Museum of BC to Sept. 2 2021. The shipwreck remains one of the worst maritime disasters in an area along Vancouver Island’s west side known as ‘The Graveyard of the Pacific.’<em></em>

Victoria museum exhibit dives into shipwreck’s ‘Theatre of Horror’

The tale of the SS Valencia’s sinking off the coast of southern…

<em>SS Valencia: ‘A Theatre of Horror’</em> continues at the Maritime Museum of BC to Sept. 2 2021. The shipwreck remains one of the worst maritime disasters in an area along Vancouver Island’s west side known as ‘The Graveyard of the Pacific.’<em></em>
A petition launched by a group of University of Victoria students calls for the renaming of Trutch Street. (Google Maps)

Online campaign to rename Victoria street gets support of hundreds

UVic students say Trutch Street puts racist history on a pedestal

  • Mar 17, 2021
A petition launched by a group of University of Victoria students calls for the renaming of Trutch Street. (Google Maps)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Triple cross piques interest in Sooke and beyond

Al Shepherd erected the cross to create greater interest in the Christian faith

  • Feb 26, 2021
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Rob Rondeau, PhD candidate at SFU, is embarking on a mission to find definitive evidence of human migration to the continent. (SFU supplied image)

VIDEO: Marine archaeologist looking for clues of ancient migration in B.C. waters

SFU researcher hoping to find 15,000 year-old archaeological sites underwater

Rob Rondeau, PhD candidate at SFU, is embarking on a mission to find definitive evidence of human migration to the continent. (SFU supplied image)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Dance recital with love in the air

Elida Peers | Contributed With Valentine’s Day happening this weekend, we thought…

  • Feb 8, 2021
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Restoration is underway at a Vic West heritage home in the 200-block of Robert Street, which was severely damaged by fire in April, 2020. (Courtesy of Vanessa Nicholson)

Restoration begins on Vic West heritage home ravaged by fire

‘Muirhead House’ was built in 1903, damaged by fire in April 2020

Restoration is underway at a Vic West heritage home in the 200-block of Robert Street, which was severely damaged by fire in April, 2020. (Courtesy of Vanessa Nicholson)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Pioneer farmers operated Sooke Way Dairy for over 20 years

John and Ada Doran supplied milk and butter to travellers

  • Jan 8, 2021
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The Welsh family is shown in this photo from the early 1940s. (Sooke Region Museum photo)

SOOKE HISTORY: Welsh family has a long history in Sooke

James Welsh was a landholder on Sooke tax rolls in 1865

  • Jan 4, 2021
The Welsh family is shown in this photo from the early 1940s. (Sooke Region Museum photo)
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Trekking through deep snow to find beautiful vistas

Maywell Wickheim loved the backcountry

  • Dec 28, 2020
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Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was named best historic hotel worldwide in the Americas for 2020/ (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was named best historic hotel worldwide in the Americas for 2020/ (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Sooke’s White House connection

Susan Rice named to Joe Biden’s cabinet

  • Dec 14, 2020
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SOOKE HISTORY: Top of the class – eight MLHS students who earned degrees

Elida Peers | Contributed Coming across a composite picturing eight graduates of…

  • Dec 7, 2020
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A picture of the Lennard Island Lighthouse from the book To the Lighthouse by Richard Paddle (Heritage House Publishing).

SOOKE HISTORY: Trip to Lennard Island a fun experience

Sooke men built two residences on remote island

  • Nov 20, 2020
A picture of the Lennard Island Lighthouse from the book To the Lighthouse by Richard Paddle (Heritage House Publishing).
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SOOKE HISTORY: John Wilkinson first principal of Sooke high school

Wilkinson’s wife, Joyce, coached drama and collected local history

  • Nov 6, 2020
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SOOKE HISTORY: Milne pioneer home still standing

Milne family moved to the region in 1884

  • Nov 2, 2020
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