A 1900s writing box found in Greater Victoria contained ink, photos and a letter addressed to Clara McCaubry dated October 14, 1898. (Photo courtesy Suzanne Hervieux)

Mysterious 1900s writing box finds a home among Saanich Archives

Wooden chest owned by early Saanich resident Clara Isabelle McCaubry



SOOKE HISTORY: Prince of Wales visited Sooke twice

Royal connections to Lady Emily Walker and Rev. Reginald Walker


Frederick Lee and Eva Lillian Baker lived in Victoria from the 1930s until their passing. Now, their great nephew who lives in Birmingham, U.K. is asking for Victoria residents’ help to learn more. (Courtesy Derek Roft)

Don your detective hats Greater Victoria — a U.K. man wants your help

Derek Roft is on a mission to find out more about relatives that emigrated to Canada in 1912


SOOKE HISTORY: Alleged bootlegger has day in court

Blackberry wine confiscated at home

  • Sep 28, 2020

SOOKE HISTORY: A community hall wedding

Sooke Community Hall the scene of many weddings and showers

  • Sep 20, 2020

SOOKE HISTORY: Throup-McMillan family photo

Aunt Carrie Throup ran the Throup Store

  • Sep 14, 2020

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

A group of waterskiers were towed behind a plane on Kalamalka Lake back in 1995

SOOKE HISTORY: Social activities once centred around Presbyterian church choir

The original Knox Presbyterian was the first church built in Sooke

  • Aug 31, 2020

SOOKE HISTORY: Whiffin Spit’s many lives

First Nation elder recalls Massacre of Whiffin Spit

  • Aug 24, 2020

SOOKE HISTORY: Community celebrates 1953 girls softball champions

Elida Peers | Contributed Recently I mentioned in a column that Sooke…

  • Jul 28, 2020

History app uses ‘then and now’ photographs of Victoria

OnThisSpot provides historical insight of Canadian cities

SOOKE HISTORY: Building the Sooke Community Hall

Over the years, the hall has hosted many events

  • Jul 13, 2020

30 years after Oka crisis, Kanesatake land claims remain unresolved

Serge Simon, the current Grand Chief of Kanesatake, vividly remembers the events of July 11, 1990

Sooke Region Museum reopens to visitors

Museum only to allow 15 people inside at a time

Victoria museum releases more than 16,000 historical images of Indigenous life

Digitized images preserved and shared with Indigenous communities

SOOKE HISTORY: Grandma Sue’s book launch

‘The woman we called Grandma Sue was a treasure to us all’

  • Jun 8, 2020

VIDEO: Film historian finds rare footage from 1926, showcasing remote Northern Vancouver Island life

‘This photographer clearly knew what he was doing, suggesting he was taught’

BCHF conference once again slated for Cloverdale

Surrey Historical Society to host 2021 history conference

SOOKE HISTORY: A gift to Spain

Spanish ambassador Antonio Jose Fournier played key role in bicentennial celebrations

  • Apr 19, 2020