Local History

Milne’s Landing High School opened in 1946, the first school west of Victoria to graduate students and besides classes, kids found opportunities to congregate together as well. (Contributed - Jerry Fillipo)

History: Milne’s Landing High School kids hanging out

Elida Peers | Contributed One thing that never changes is young folk…

  • Aug 15, 2022

 

The Gordon Trap extended for half a mile when it was one of several enormous commercial fish trapping installations driven into the seabed each year between 1904 and 1958. (File - Sooke Region Museum)

Sooke History: Long-gone fishtraps drove fisheries

Industry was one region’s biggest employers between 1904 and 1958

  • Aug 8, 2022

 

This 1959 photo from the Sooke Region Museum archives shows Joan Perry, Harla Owen, Pat Ellis and Diane Clowes performing in the Sooke Dance Club. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Harla Eve and the Sooke Dance Club

Elida Peers - Contributed The Royal Canadian Legion in Sooke was the…

  • Jul 29, 2022

 

The Sooke women’s 1920s basketball team. (Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: In the 1920s, Sooke’s women’s basketball team forged connections in the community

Elida Peers | Contributed What a bevy of beauties, how daring they…

  • Jul 25, 2022
The Sooke women’s 1920s basketball team. (Sooke Region Museum)
Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

B.C. city repeals 130-year-old bylaw banning drunken singing

City of Nanaimo retains bylaw banning nuclear weapons, but takes several other bylaws off the books

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)
Doug Brownsey at work in his store. He began working in the store when he was seven years old. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)

SOOKE HISTORY: Brownsey building housed grocery store and post office

SOOKE HISTORY: A new store opened in 1958, making it one of the town’s largest grocery outlets

  • Jul 4, 2022
Doug Brownsey at work in his store. He began working in the store when he was seven years old. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)
Emma Jane Mugford (left) posing for a family portrait with her family. Mariner Robert John Mugford arrived in Sooke from Newfoundland in 1887. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Mugford Board & Lodging House was home to many weary travellers

“Aunt Janie” Mugford offered good food and a warm welcome to travellers

  • Jun 27, 2022
Emma Jane Mugford (left) posing for a family portrait with her family. Mariner Robert John Mugford arrived in Sooke from Newfoundland in 1887. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
The old Sooke Harbour Camp, a precusor to the Sooke Harbour House, near Whiffin Spit. (File- Sooke Region Museum)

LOCAL HISTORY: Sooke Harbour House brought tourist to region

World-renowned resort started by Antony Kohou

  • Jun 20, 2022
The old Sooke Harbour Camp, a precusor to the Sooke Harbour House, near Whiffin Spit. (File- Sooke Region Museum)
The Sooke Boy Scout Troop makes its way up a snowy Phillips Road in December 1949. (Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Boy Scout Troop cycles up snowy Phillips Road

Troop started by John Martin, Sr., in 1935

  • Jun 13, 2022
The Sooke Boy Scout Troop makes its way up a snowy Phillips Road in December 1949. (Sooke Region Museum)
The Curtis Muir house, built in 1912, has seen many uses in its 100 years of existence. (Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Curtis Muir house has a century of history

The house was built in 1912

  • May 30, 2022
The Curtis Muir house, built in 1912, has seen many uses in its 100 years of existence. (Sooke Region Museum)
The front page of Vol. 17. No. 20 of the Goldstream Gazette from May 13, 1992. (Courtesy of Goldstream Gazette archives)

Back in the Day: Dog census, rodeo and light rapid transit

‘Say Whoa to Rodeo’ took a while to catch on

The front page of Vol. 17. No. 20 of the Goldstream Gazette from May 13, 1992. (Courtesy of Goldstream Gazette archives)
Lyall Sheilds converses with his horse in the Sooke Hills. Lyall was a third-generation Sheilds. His grandfather James settled up the Sooke River on Crown land in 1883. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

Lyall Sheilds the horse whisperer

Sheilds was Sooke’s beloved blacksmith

  • May 16, 2022
Lyall Sheilds converses with his horse in the Sooke Hills. Lyall was a third-generation Sheilds. His grandfather James settled up the Sooke River on Crown land in 1883. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Three young children play on the beach at Jordan River in 1919. The Vancouver Island Power project dammed the river to create a hydroelectric power system that would provide electricity to light up the city of Victoria. Contriibuted - mSooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Jordan River powerhouse and the Rumsby family connection

Frank Rumsby worked many years at the Vancouver Island Power project

  • May 5, 2022
Three young children play on the beach at Jordan River in 1919. The Vancouver Island Power project dammed the river to create a hydroelectric power system that would provide electricity to light up the city of Victoria. Contriibuted - mSooke Region Museum)
The diorama of two taxidermied grouse against a painted background is one of the many artifacts presented in the Sooke Region Museum’s exhibit The Art that Frames Us. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

New museum exhibit examines history of Sooke art

The Art that Frames Us premieres in June

  • May 5, 2022
The diorama of two taxidermied grouse against a painted background is one of the many artifacts presented in the Sooke Region Museum’s exhibit The Art that Frames Us. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
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Alice Milne left Sooke for the Australian outback

She was the granddaughter of Edward Milne Sr.

  • May 2, 2022
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Port Renfrew logger Frank Elliott hauls a massive spruce out of the San Juan Valley during the Second World War. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Roy, Frank and the giant spruce log

Sitka spruce was an important component of the aircraft industry during the Second World War

  • Apr 25, 2022
Port Renfrew logger Frank Elliott hauls a massive spruce out of the San Juan Valley during the Second World War. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Sunday school at Knox Presbyterian Church in 1953. The original church was built in 1898. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)

SOOKE HISTORY: Knox Presbyterian Church built dates back to 1898

Church construction spearheaded by four pioneers

  • Apr 14, 2022
Sunday school at Knox Presbyterian Church in 1953. The original church was built in 1898. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)
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Artist shared First Nation culture and art with community

Darlene George’s final days spent at home watching the waves at Sooke Bay

  • Apr 11, 2022
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The Kirby shingle mill in the 1930s. The shingle mill operated through the 1940s . (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum0

SOOKE HISTORYKirby property more than just a shingle mill

Elida Peers | Contributed While today Kirby Road is still a meandering…

  • Apr 4, 2022
The Kirby shingle mill in the 1930s. The shingle mill operated through the 1940s . (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum0
All Sooke Day babies were the talk of the town. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Babies squeal and coo at All Sooke Day

Annual community celebration was important to everyone

  • Mar 28, 2022
All Sooke Day babies were the talk of the town. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)