Local History

Shirley School students pose for a photograph in 1922. The Arden, Clark and Milligan families are highlighted here. (Contributed - Sooke News Mirror)

SOOKE HISTORY: Shirley’s young pioneers

Elida Peers | Contributed When these rural youngsters were photographed in 1922,…

  • Oct 8, 2021

 

Eleanor Hannington and Cecilia Helmcken take a spin in Sooke. Can anyone name the year and make of this vehicle? (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

SOOKE HISTORY: Cecilia, Eleanor and the roadster

Elida Peers | Contributed Two young women out for a drive –…

  • Oct 1, 2021

 

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Historic Grouse Nest filled with intrigue

East Sooke first home built in 1910

  • Sep 27, 2021

 

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HISTORY: Sheilds family has continuing legacy in Sooke

James Sheilds to North America in 1849

  • Sep 20, 2021
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SOOKE HISTORY: Shakie’s Hamburger Stand once a must-stop at Jordan River

It became a mecca drawing surfers and ocean watchers alike

  • Apr 5, 2021
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Saanich’s Deputy Fire Chief Dan Wood shared an image of a 1940s firefighting recruit exam that he said wasn’t nearly as complex as the assessments in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Name three parts of a ladder among the 40 questions Saanich’s 1940s firefighter recruit exam

1949 firefighter recruit exam no match for modern-day assessments

Saanich’s Deputy Fire Chief Dan Wood shared an image of a 1940s firefighting recruit exam that he said wasn’t nearly as complex as the assessments in 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich employees (left to right) Annie Robinson, Kathleen Warren and Helen Elliott sit outside the former municipal hall on West Saanich Road in 1920. (Photo courtesy Saanich Archives)

PHOTOS: Saanich looks back on more than 100 years of stand-out staff in honour of women’s history month

Photos depict some of the women who contributed to district’s history

Saanich employees (left to right) Annie Robinson, Kathleen Warren and Helen Elliott sit outside the former municipal hall on West Saanich Road in 1920. (Photo courtesy Saanich Archives)
The Woodside Farm farmhouse. (Contributed photo)

Sooke’s historic Woodside Farm sold to local couple

Woodside Farm is the oldest continuously operated farm west of the Great Lakes, says musuem

The Woodside Farm farmhouse. (Contributed photo)
Dorothy Eddy helping out with the family truck in May 1946. She married into the East Sooke pioneering Eddy family. (Sooke Region Museum photo)

SOOKE HISTORY: Murcheson women left mark on community

Descendants of Finlay and Ethel Murcheson

  • Mar 15, 2021
Dorothy Eddy helping out with the family truck in May 1946. She married into the East Sooke pioneering Eddy family. (Sooke Region Museum photo)
The mouth of Lannan Creek in the 1920s. (Sooke News Mirror)

SOOKE HISTORY: Neighbourhood life around Lannan Creek

Storied area housed missionaries and White Russian nobility

  • Feb 20, 2021
The mouth of Lannan Creek in the 1920s. (Sooke News Mirror)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Adventure followed Major George Nicholson wherever he went

A war hero and bootlegger and then some

  • Feb 12, 2021
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Former Sooke resident Connie Isherwood died on Jan. 26. Isherwood was 101. She was the oldest praticing lawyer at the time of her death. (File - Black Press Media)

SOOKE HISTORY: Remembering a remarkable life

Connie Isherwood was Canada’s oldest practicing lawyer

  • Feb 1, 2021
Former Sooke resident Connie Isherwood died on Jan. 26. Isherwood was 101. She was the oldest praticing lawyer at the time of her death. (File - Black Press Media)
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SOOKE HISTORY: Milne’s Landing CNR station

Elide Peers | Contributed Back in the 1920s, freight was often carried…

  • Jan 25, 2021
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SOOKE HISTORY: Queen’s Baton earns special Commonwealth honour in Sooke

Baton a token of 1994 Commonwealth Games

  • Nov 27, 2020
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Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House Museum, stands among the collection of chamber pots on display as part of the new Springs and Scavengers: Waste and Water in Victoria exhibit. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

New exhibit at Point Ellice House examines history of waste, water and privilege

Night soil scavengers in the 19th century would collect human waste and dump it around the city

Kelly Black, executive director of Point Ellice House Museum, stands among the collection of chamber pots on display as part of the new Springs and Scavengers: Waste and Water in Victoria exhibit. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Some youth are choosing to draw their thoughts on their pandemic postcards. People who don’t want to download a postcard can also e-mail their thoughts to Literacy Alberni and they will be printed on a card for the project. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Some youth are choosing to draw their thoughts on their pandemic postcards. People who don’t want to download a postcard can also e-mail their thoughts to Literacy Alberni and they will be printed on a card for the project. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Jan Ross has been the site manager of the Emily Carr House for 25 years. She sits in the home’s parlour with her chatelaine– a set of skeleton keys required to open the doors in the house. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

What it’s been like living in Emily Carr’s house for 23 years

Site managers Jan and Michael Ross are retiring after more than two decades

Jan Ross has been the site manager of the Emily Carr House for 25 years. She sits in the home’s parlour with her chatelaine– a set of skeleton keys required to open the doors in the house. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)