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Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Crane, planes and automobiles star in History Network’s Lost Car Rescue

Rescuing classic cars requires more than a love for the classics and…

 

Colwood Fire Rescue acting fire Chief Greg Chow stands next to a fire truck used by the department from 1957 to 1977, now restored and displayed in the department’s museum. 2021 marked the department’s 75th anniversary. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A department to be proud of’: Colwood Fire Rescue marks 75 years serving community

Acting fire Chief Greg Chow takes Black Press through the department’s history

 

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Albert Henry Spencer, and Marguerite Sylvie Spencer with their son Ernest and daughter Marguerite. (Photo courtesy of SPS Archives)

Photo negatives help unlock the story of Brentwood Bay family

Saanich Pioneer Society archivist pieces together Spencer family’s story of love and loss

Albert Henry Spencer, and Marguerite Sylvie Spencer with their son Ernest and daughter Marguerite. (Photo courtesy of SPS Archives)
Cape Beale Lighthouse today is owned and operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. The grounds are open for public visits. Photo Courtesy Kraid Anderson, lighthousefriends.com

A Vancouver Island shipwreck heroine

The story of Minnie Paterson’s heroic hike

  • Dec 9, 2021
Cape Beale Lighthouse today is owned and operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. The grounds are open for public visits. Photo Courtesy Kraid Anderson, lighthousefriends.com
The Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum is hosting the next instalment of its virtual history lectures Thursday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria’s Ross Bay Villa hosting virtual history lecture Thursday

The Zoom presentation starts at 7:30 p.m. and focuses on the story of two pioneering Victoria women

The Ross Bay Villa Historic House Museum is hosting the next instalment of its virtual history lectures Thursday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Black Press Media file photo)
Camas flowers in full bloom. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Garry oaks, camas reveal agricultural impacts of colonialism on Vancouver Island

Lekwungen food expert Cheryl Bryce looks to raise awareness of traditional food systems

  • Sep 25, 2021
Camas flowers in full bloom. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
George Manning (right), seen here in the pressroom of one of the publications he oversaw, was a legendary figure and mentor in the local community newspaper industry. He passed away last week at age 81. (Facebook/Gail Manning)

Gazette founder leaves a legacy on Greater Victoria, Island journalism

George Manning dies at 81, was key figure in the growth of Black Press on Vancouver Island

George Manning (right), seen here in the pressroom of one of the publications he oversaw, was a legendary figure and mentor in the local community newspaper industry. He passed away last week at age 81. (Facebook/Gail Manning)
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HISTORY: Electrical power came to Sooke in 1929

Hydro development built for region in 1911

  • Sep 13, 2021
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SOOKE HISTORY: Sophie George and the Saseenos subdivision

The subdivision encompassed 1,000 acres in 1921

  • Sep 3, 2021
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This wooden upright reed organ made by W. Bell Co. in Guelph, Ont. once belonged to the Phillips family. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)

CURATOR’S CORNER: Sooke has always had a passion for music

Piano players tickled the ivory at many local events

  • Aug 27, 2021
This wooden upright reed organ made by W. Bell Co. in Guelph, Ont. once belonged to the Phillips family. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Wharf reflected simpler time in Sooke

Fishery was dominated by Sooke Harbour Fishing & Packing Company in 1940s

  • Aug 16, 2021
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Rodney Hazard is a graphic designer who played a large part in the visual art collaboration at the Royal BC Museum. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pocket gallery exhibition reclaiming B.C. Black history opens at Royal B.C. Museum

The artful showcase will be open now through to March 2022

Rodney Hazard is a graphic designer who played a large part in the visual art collaboration at the Royal BC Museum. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)

100 metre dash – on all fours: Vernon woman breaks unofficial Guinness record

Vernon resident Julie McCann sets unofficial Guinness mark as fastest woman to cover 100 metres on all fours

Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)
Hope Meets Action: Echoes Through the Black Continuum will tap into the complex history and lives of black British Columbians from August 14 to March 1, 2022. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)

RBCM hosting exhibit highlighting Black history, lives in B.C.

Victoria museum opens free display Aug. 14, in partnership with BC Black History Awareness Society

Hope Meets Action: Echoes Through the Black Continuum will tap into the complex history and lives of black British Columbians from August 14 to March 1, 2022. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
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SOOKE HISTORY: Sooke School student ambitions in 1948

Elida Peers | Contributed The Dec. 18, 1948 edition of Victoria Daily…

  • Aug 3, 2021
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SOOKE HISTORY: The Swiss cowbell at Woodside Farm

Historic farm once well-known for dairy production

  • Jul 26, 2021
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Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)