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Climate Change Examined POSTPONED

Climate changing. Photo courtesy of NASA Marshall Space Flight

Climate Change Examined. A ‘Historically Speaking” series talk to be presented by Dr. Quentin Goodbody at the Ladysmith Museum, Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 2 pm at the Ladysmith Museum has been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 threat. A new date will be announced.

In the words of the great ballplayer Yogi Berra, “The future ain’t what it used to be”.

This talk examines the earth’s history of climate change and its causes in light of current global warming, featuring a focus on the present and future effects on Canada’s historic sites.

“The earth’s atmosphere is warming while the debate as to causes is red hot” comments Goodbody.

He goes on to comment that  while information on Carbon Dioxide concentrations and atmospheric warming is readily and fairly clearly accessible, rhetoric and ‘agenda’ on the internet and the media make it hard to get a straight answer to questions such as “How normal is the current Global Warming trend?”, “Is Global Warming man-induced”, “What is causing it?”; “Is CO2 good or bad?”; “Can we fix it?”

Goodbody says that preparing the talk was prompted by a personal need to better understand the arguments for and against the extent to which man’s activities are inducing global warming. He uses his geological background to put current Global Warming in the context of earth history, reviewing the causes of natural climate change before man’s industrial activities began affecting the environment.

“It is important to realize that Climate Change is a normal process on our dynamic Earth, governed by a number of both extraterrestrial and terrestrial factors,” says Goodbody.

“It is also important to understand that man’s activities are having a significant effect on our environment, and that there evidence that these effects are contributing to climate change. This is an enormous and complex subject, with significant implications for society and the biosphere. We hear about international intent to limit warming through The Paris Accord, but how many of us have a clear idea of what this accord is and how we are performing against our commitments?”

Come listen to how the wisdom of Yogi Berra relates to this important subject.

If you have any questions phone the Ladysmith Museum at 250-245-0423 and leave a message.

The Ladysmith & District Historical Society’s “Historically Speaking” series is grounded in early history. While the presentations often feature archival photos and stories from the past, the topics are relevant to our community today. Our goal is to present information that today’s community will find thought-provoking and useful. These talks are free because there should never be a barrier to education. Donations and volunteers are appreciated.

Gold, Diamonds, & Ladysmith’s Role in the Second Boer War, March 7, 2020

GOLD, DIAMONDS and Ladysmith’s role in the Second Boer War

It was just 120 years ago that our picturesque town of Ladysmith was officially its name. It was named that because James Dunsmuir founder of the Town had just received word that the British Forces, including Canada, had broken the siege of Ladysmith, South Africa.  The siege had lasted 118  days and the citizens and the trapped troops face constant shelling and lack of food and good water. The fate of the Ladysmith was world news as it was a test of Britain’s military resolve.

Come hear why the war started, come hear about the diamond mines and the goldfield and Ladysmith’s role, presented by Rob Johnson.  Saturday, March 7, at 11 am, at the Ladysmith Museum 741 1st Ave.

Admission is free, donations welcomed.

Ladysmith & History of Fires – Risks & Prevention!

Our “Historically Speaking” series continues with Ladysmith & The History of Fires – Risks & Prevention, presented by Alex Stuart and hosted by Ladysmith Fire Chief Ray Delcourt, on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ladysmith Fire Hall – 810 – Sixth Ave.

A Guardian Fire Shield™ Auto Fire Suppression Unit will be drawn for one successful guest.

Join us for an informative session of the History of Fires in Ladysmith – Related Risks & Prevention. Admission is free, donations are welcomed.

The  Ladysmith & District Historical Society’s “Historically Speaking” series is grounded in early history. While the presentations often feature archival photos and stories from the past, the topics are relevant to our community today. Our goal is to present information that today’s community will find thought-provoking and useful.

New Annual Heritage Award to be presented Feb 20, 2020

The Ladysmith & District Historical Society is pleased to announce that the first Ladysmith Heritage Awards will be presented on Feb 20, 2020, at the Ladysmith Museum in conjunction with the Ladysmith Chamber of commerce’s 90th Anniversary Celebration. Please join us from 5 pm to 7 pm for refreshments and cake. Presentations and awards will be at 6 pm.

Please RSVP to the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce by Feb 18 at 250-245-2112.

The awards are to recognize the businesses, individuals and societies that have played a key role during the year in their actions or initiatives in preserving or promoting local heritage.

The award recipients will be announced during February’s BC Heritage Week.

Anyone can nominate, including nominating themselves, their business or their society. Nominations have been extended to  January 20,  2020. Email:





Website/Social Media

How did this individual, business or non-profit group help to preserve, and/or promote local heritage in Ladysmith and surrounding areas of Saltair and North Oyster?




Nominated by:

Contact info:

BC Family Day & BC Heritage Events

Ladysmith & District Historical Society is partnering with the community to create a memorable Heritage Week.


The activities kick off with B.C. Family Day “A Day to Remember” on Monday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ladysmith Museum. See the new Saltair Quilters exhibit, including their Canada 150 quilt. Play vintage board games, pose for a family portrait, watch Buster Keaton in The General, one of the greatest silent movies ever made, and enjoy free popcorn and drinks thanks to financial support from the government of B.C.


Then on Thursday, February 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., drop by and say “Happy Anniversary” to the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, who celebrates 90 years of serving Ladysmith and Area as the “Voice of Business.” Join them for refreshments at the Ladysmith Museum. Speeches and the new Ladysmith Heritage Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. RSVP at or call 250-245-2112.


Saturday, February 22, is a full day of activities. It kicks off with a free historic downtown Ladysmith walking tour by Rob Johnson. Meet at the Metal Collage at 11 a.m (corner of First Ave. and Gatacre). Tour ends at the Ladysmith Museum at noon. Light refreshments served, courtesy of Ladysmith Downtown Business Association.


Then on Saturday, February 22, head over to the waterfront for a day of fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 614 and 616 Oyster Bay Drive. Visit the Locomotive Shop, the First Aid Shed and the Ladysmith Maritime Society’s Heritage Boat Restoration Shop. Check out the SFN Displays. Visit the Heritage Railyard. Ride a rail hand pump car. The Ladysmith Kinsmen will have hot dogs and refreshments available.

One of the highlights of the event is the century-old restored boxcar that is being transformed into a “Discovery Box Car”  with activities and interactive displays.

These events are brought to you thanks to the support of the Town of Ladysmith, Province of B.C., Ladysmith Maritime Society, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, Ladysmith Downtown Business Association, TAKE 5 and the Chronicle.

Miners’ tragedy remembered Oct 5, 2019

Many miners lost their lives in the quest for coal.
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019, marks the 110th anniversary of a tragic event that rocked the community to its core. The Extension Mine disaster claimed 32 lives and destroyed countless others.
To mark the 110th anniversary, the Ladysmith & District Historical Society is inviting the public to join them in front of the Metal Collage on the corner of First Avenue and Gatacre, to remember the 32 miners’ lives and its impact on the Town of Ladysmith. We will be meeting at 8:30 am to 9 am. All welcome.
Many of the miners are buried in Ladysmith Cemetery where the gravestones are a mute witness to the suffering endured by those remaining behind.
The explosion occurred in the morning at the No. 2 W. Mine in Extension. Many lives were lost due to gas poisoning between 8:30 to 9 am on that tragic day.
The gathering is to honour the men of Extension’s lost shift of Oct. 5, 1909, and all the miners who lost their lives on Vancouver Island.

Ladysmith’s Tyee Smelter Talk & Meeting, Oct 8, at FJCC

Ladysmith’s Tyee Smelter, 1909. Photo: Ladysmith Archives

Join the Ladysmith & District Historical Society October 8, at 7 pm, for a General Membership Meeting, which will include a review of ongoing society activities, to be followed with Barrie McDonald presenting stories and photos about Ladysmith’s Tyee Copper Smelter.

“Such is the reputation of [the Tyee Copper Company] and of the smelter that Ladysmith has come to be widely known as the Smelter City …”wrote The Daily Colonist, December 13, 1908.

The story of Ladysmith’s copper smelter, the “Tyee” smelter, is an important part of Ladysmith’s industrial heritage. The story involves a staking rush on Mt. Sicker, a mining town on Mt. Sicker that peaked at about 1,700 people, Dunsmuir family rivalries, smelters being constructed the same year in both Crofton and Ladysmith and huge construction projects completed within astonishingly short timeframes.

“It is an interesting Ladysmith story, a waterfront story, and the start of our ‘cadmium problem’ in the harbour,” says McDonald.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to find out how history continues to play a role into our present day,” says Quentin Goodbody, president of the LDHS.

The group is working on future talks that will explore contemporary topics through a historical lens. Some topics being considered are The Big One — Ladysmith and Earthquakes; Ladysmith’s water supply; Forest Fires and the Ladysmith area; and Ladysmith — landscape, geology and natural endowment. Suggestions of topics are welcome, says Goodbody.

Open to the public, the meeting and talk will be held in the Lower Level Meeting Room, 7 pm,  at the Frank Jameson Community Centre in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. For more information, phone the Ladysmith Archives at 250-245-0100.

The Ladysmith Museum, Ladysmith Archives and the Comox Logging Historical Site Industrial Preservation Group are operated by the non-profit Ladysmith & District Historical Society.

Tyee Smelter’s legacy continues to this day, FInd out how at the talk on Oct 8. Photo: Ladysmith Archives.

Ghostly encounters and tall tales-Psychic palm readings Oct. 29 fundraiser

Psychic Palm reader Christine Brant will be offering mini readings at the Ladysmith Museum Oct. 29, 2019.

Celebrate the season with a “spirited” night at the Ladysmith Museum on Tuesday, October 29, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Shiver to local ghost stories, explore the “haunted” museum and enjoy some ghoulish refreshments. Christine Brant will be offering palm readings. Christine is a Psychic and Spiritual Advisor living in Chemainus.

“After years of doing readings one of my friends suggested I start doing it for the public,” says Christine.

Palmistry is practiced all over the world, using hand predictions to learn about a person’s characterization. “The readings will connect me to the person’s energy,” says Brant. “I love it, it shows me everything about the person in one small snipe.”

Christine also offers Psychic Development workshops, rune stones, tarot and soul cards readings. You can contact her at 250-416-1318.

The fundraising event is in support of the Ladysmith Museum. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 250-245-0100 or email

Salmon Dinner by Donation – Oct. 12, Fundraiser

Saturday, October 12, is the start of a weekend where many celebrate Thanksgiving. It is traditional that family and friends gather either Sunday or Monday to celebrate and have a turkey dinner.

Thanks to a local fisherman, you have an additional option. Our community is invited to come to the Aggie Hall, Ladysmith, at 5 pm, for a delicious salmon dinner. Freshly caught Haida Gwaii salmon will be cooked to perfection, along with a choice of locally grown vegetables and salads. This dinner followed by favourite desserts will be prepared by community volunteers.

This is an opportunity for old friends to connect and share their fishing memories from the “Gap” days and, for the general public, to make some new friends while enjoying fine food and music. The Nanaimo Community Concert Band will be there playing lively old-time favourites. There will be door prizes, draws and a silent auction.

A heritage slide show will update you on the progress made by the Ladysmith & District Historical Society’s Industrial Heritage Preservation group of volunteers, who have been working every Saturday morning at the original Comox Logging & Railway Co. heritage site for the past six years. Many of Ladysmith’s large “Heritage by the Sea” artifacts have been refurbished. See the amazing improvements to the 1923 Baldwin Locomotive #11, Humdirgen, Tube Tumbler and 1915 Box Car, all made possible through Town of Ladysmith Grants-in-Aid, donations and community fundraisers.

Also learn about our next steps going forward as our plans are to create awesome interactive and digital heritage experiences and displays that will excite both local residents and tourists.

All donations received at the Salmon Dinner will go towards our LDHS inclusive, activity-focussed project designed to make Ladysmith’s local culture and history come alive and be relevant to everyone.   – Shirley Blackstaff

Volunteers Needed for Heritage Week 2019

Volunteers Needed – Heritage Week Event
Ladysmith Museum will be open Monday to Friday, Feb. 18-22, noon to 4 pm and there will be a Family Event at the Industrial Heritage Site 610 & 614 Oyster Bay Drive Feb. 23, 10 am – 3 pm. If you can assist at either one of our two sites with greeting visitors and helping with the food and interactive activities, etc. please let Lesley and Shirley know.
Shirley Blackstaff 250-245-3075
Lesley Moore 250-245-0423

Rail hand pump car will be just one of the many fun activities planed for Heritage Week 2019.