Category Archives: Society News

Earthquakes & Ladysmith & Area, Jan 28 2020

Please join us again on Tuesday, Jan 28, at 7 pm at the Ladysmith Museum for a presentation that will inform you and may help you keep your family and community safe.

Dr. Quentin Goodbody will be presenting Earthquakes & Ladysmith & Area. History, Reason, Risk & Why You Should Prepare. This is part of the Historically Speaking Series and will also include a short General Membership Meeting. Light refreshments following.

Goodbody is a geologist and president of the Ladysmith & District Historical Society.

Members: Free. Non-members: $5 suggested donation.

For information contact the Ladysmith Archives 250-245-0100, or email

Quentin Goodbody
Quentin Goodbody

Christmas Social – 10 December 2019, 12 Noon To 2 PM

It’s the season of merry-making and giving thanks to all our wonderful hard-working volunteers and members.

We hope you will join us as we give thanks and celebrate this year’s accomplishments at our Christmas Social at the Ladysmith Archives (behind Tim Hortons) Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 10, noon to 2 pm. Everyone welcome!

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share – we will be serving BBQ Hotdogs.

Thank you for your support of Ladysmith & the area’s heritage.

Just a little reminder that we have local history books, notecards, maps, posters and gift memberships available for the perfect Christmas Gift!

Thank you on behalf of the LDHS Board,

Marina Sacht

Here is a map showing the location of the Ladysmith Archives:


Board Of Directors, 2019-2020

Quentin Goodbody
Quentin Goodbody

Dr. Quentin Goodbody – President

Quentin is a geologist with a passion for history and heritage, and with a multicultural perspective earned from living and working for decades in various parts of the world including North America, South America, S.E. Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Quentin is very happy to have retired to Vancouver Island (a natural paradise )- and to participate in, and contribute to, the community.

Christopher Adams
Christopher Adams

Christopher Adams – LDHS Treasurer

Chris has lived in central Vancouver Island for 23 years and in the Ladysmith area for 12 years.

He has been Treasurer of LDHS for two of his three-year membership.

Though his career, Chis has worked in the banking, accounting, human resources and computer software fields in UK, USA and Canada. Now he is retired and enjoys playing pickleball and golf, reading local and European history, visiting his daughters and grandchildren, travelling and developing his garden.

Alex Stuart
Alex Stuart

James A. (Alex) Stuart, Secretary

Alex is passionate about Ladysmith as a community and its History.

Alex was Ladysmith’s youngest elected Mayor – serving two terms; a founding member of the Ladysmith Railway Historical Society; Ladysmith Tall Ships Society (now the Ladysmith Maritime Society); and a founding member of the Ladysmith Resources Centre. Alex served on the Ladysmith EDC Board and was a two-term President of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving the 4th year of a 9-year term on the Nanaimo Airport Board of Directors.

As a new member of the Ladysmith & District Historical Society Board, I join my fellow Directors in the excitement that comes with adopting our five-year capital plan in support of growing our historical stewardship of all things representing our rich community history. “

Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, Director

Mark owns and operates West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc., a licensed driving school based in the Cowichan Valley. He has a long-standing interest in history and is currently the Historian and webmaster of three Masonic Lodges: Ashlar No. 3 in Nanaimo, Temple No. 33 in Duncan and St. John’s No. 21 in Ladysmith. He is also the District Education Officer for the Grand Lodge of B.C. &  Yukon District 27, which encompasses Ladysmith and the Cowichan Valley.

Shirley Blackstaff
Shirley Blackstaff

Shirley Blackstaff, Director

Shirley believes in the power of working together, valuing and using people’s talents and providing them with opportunities to serve our community with relevant heritage, environmental, and educational projects while having fun in the process.

Shirley has been a valued educator for 35 years, an active member of the BC Vintage Car Club with a newsletter, event and president positions. She gained 10 years of Museum experience at the BC Forest Discovery Centre.  Shirley is a working Director of Eves Provincial Park. Now in her 18th year of volunteering for Ladysmith Maritime Society, she has been a Director, designed and created the Maritime Museum, Harbour Heritage Centre, Archives, and Sea Life Centre and is the heritage coordinator who organizes events, field trips, summer student and volunteer activities. Shirley is working with the Industrial Heritage Preservation Committee towards an Interactive Heritage Centre/Museum.

Shirley finds satisfaction in creating interactive displays and writing books that share our local heritage.

At home, on a 9-acre property with her husband, Shirley enjoys creating a nature park and heritage village.

Tim Genner
Tim Genner

Tim Genner, Director

Tim has been an avid historian as well as an antique collector most of his life and has a great appreciation for local historical artifacts and the stories behind them.

Tim studied political science, sociology and psychology for 3 years at Langara College and SFU. He also has two levels of Family mediation from The Justice Institute Vancouver BC. Prior to his recent retirement, he was a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) counsellor sub-contracted to clients referred by WCB and ICBC.

Tim has taught Fencing and Tennis for the Vancouver parks board prior to moving to Vancouver Island approx. 27 years ago.

Tim is a member of several bird clubs and has rescued birds referred by the BCSPCA  for approximately 40 years. He has raised many emus and living on fifty acres has enabled Tim to care for crows, ravens, seagulls, owls, hawks and all species of parrots including large macaws. They have all received appropriate care and gone to good homes once healthy.

Tim is also a pilot and has built and flown his own aircraft throughout southern BC and Vancouver Island. He is the frontman and lead guitarist for a rock and blues band here on Vancouver Island.

But through all of his life, Tim has always had a passion for Museums, artifacts and the good archival work that allows us to hang on to the history that binds the members of our community past and future.

Marina Sacht
Marina Sacht

Marina Sacht, Director

Obsessed with story-telling, Sacht is a long-term member dating back years before the society incorporated – when it would meet in members’ living rooms.

Sacht has a diploma in journalism and is the editor/publisher of TAKE 5 Print & Digital media. Book publishing, video production, photography and writing are some of the experiences she brings to the board.

Prior to TAKE 5, Marina was the editor of North Shore Magazine and co-publisher of the Pacific Horse Journal.

She lives on a five-acre farm where she grows fruit trees. When she isn’t working, you can usually find her sailing in Ladysmith harbour or around the world.



New Annual Heritage Award and call for nominations.

The Ladysmith & District Historical Society is calling for nominations from the community for their new Ladysmith Annual Heritage Awards.

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:

Celebrating a successful season at the Harbour Heritage Centre

Please join us for Cookies & Coffee on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Drop in between 1 – 3 pm at the Harbour Heritage Centre as we celebrate with Ladysmith Maritime Society a successful season at the Harbour Heritage Centre, 610 Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith

Everyone welcome! Bring the kids along too.  We will have fun activities for them.

LMS is hosting this Celebration in the Harbour Heritage Centre to show our appreciation to our volunteers, supporters, community members and visitors before we close the following day to make necessary preparations to accommodate the Town of Ladysmith’s upgrades to the Machine Shop, 610 Oyster Bay Road, Ladysmith.

Super Saturdays at the Museum. For the young and young at heart!

Every Saturday in July and August drop into the Museum and try something new that’s old! Learn how to make a family tree, write cursive, design your family coat of arms, discover how to behave at a tea party and much more! Between noon and 4 pm.

Thursday is Tea Time
Starting July 25. 2019 from 2:30 to 4 every Thursday afternoon, drop in for a cup of tea and a chat and discover what makes a tea party fun!

Come play vintage board games and outdoor games!

AGM –  APRIL 16, 2019, at 7p.m. 

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting at the St. John’s  Masonic Lodge, No. 21, at 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.

It’s been a busy year for the society. Find out what’s happening at the Ladysmith Archives & Public Reading Room, the Ladysmith Museum and the Industrial Heritage Site. Guest speaker is Alan L. Hoover author of Southern Northwest Coast Indigenous Canoe racing: A Brief History.

New book by Alan Hoover on early Indigenous Canoe Racing

We will also have a brief talk about the history of the Mason building.  Refreshments served. Bring a friend! More Board members are always needed! 250-245-0100.

Super Saturday March 30, 2019

Following the success of Ladysmith Museum’s Vintage Game Day, we will be hosting a “Super Saturday” the last Saturday of the month. Join us March 30 from noon to 4 pm for vintage games, archival videos and more. Free.

Can you help?

If you would like to help out on Super Saturdays (last Saturday of the month), please let us know. We are looking for hosts as well as suggestions for activities that are family friendly and encourage interaction. 250-245-0423

Music benefit for Steam Loci 11

On Saturday, March 30, 2019  from 7 pm – 10 pm DENNIS LAKUSTA & TERRY PORTER join in a concert Fundraiser for Restoration of Ladysmith’s Steam Locomotive 11 at Ladysmith Maritime Society upstairs room, 610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith.

Dennis Laskusta is a prolific artist and songwriter. He is preparing to produce and record his eighth CD.  Dennis’ concerts offer up a multi-faceted feast of variety, colour and depth as he sings and plays his acoustic guitar.

Terry Porter enjoys playing his acoustic bass and has wonderful times working with his friend, Dennis “Dennis has so many talents: singer, songwriter, producer, composer, visual artist, photographer, humorist, author, inventor and educator.”

Get your $20 ticket at 614 Oyster Bay Dr at the Locomotive or First Aid Building. Email to have your tickets set aside for pick up on Sat. 10 am – 1 pm

Refreshments served during the intermission.

From Basement to Archives FREE Workshop

From the Basement to the Archives Free Workshop

We are pleased to invite you to a free and fun workshop on Tuesday, Jan 15 here at the Ladysmith Archives.
“From the Basement to the Archives” Workshop will take the mystery out of the process and lead by archivist Christine Meutzner it will be not only informative but fun. The workshop starts at 3 pm. Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend but please email us or call so we can get an idea for how much food to bring! 250-245-0100 or email us at FREE!!