During the month more audio files from the Knight Collection were added. We hope to add to this when volunteer Chris Adams returns from his trip to England as he has been reviewing the vintage recordings to better determine content. We also want to confirm copyright status of these recordings.
Two articles have been added to the people and families section, one is a 1997 article contributed by Rollie Rose about Cliff Tollefson, former owner of the Ladysmith landmark Travellers Hotel. To go directly to the page click on The Challenges of Being Cliff
The second article is about Ladysmith Native son Bob Timothy who passed away this month. The article was contributed by Vince Herkel on behalf of the Ladysmith Horseshoe Club and provides Bob’s history of the creation of the HorseShoe Pitch facility in Transfer Beach park.
Bob is recognized as the founder of the Transfer Beach Horseshoe Pitching facility and in his honour, the Ladysmith Horseshoe Club has initiated a fund raising campaign called “A PARK BENCH FOR BOB”
Their goal is to raise $2500 in order to place a memorial bench at the Horseshoe pitch at Transfer Beach. Donations in any amount would be appreciated towards that goal
Contact Vince Herkel at 250-245-2897
To go directly to the article, please click on the following link Ladysmith’s Horseshoe King
The minutes of the May 2016 Board of Directors meeting have now been approved and are available to view in the Members section of the website. Requires logging in with a password
We have started our oral histories section which appears in the Maps and Media section. There are two Audio pages, one entitled Audio – Knight files which contains the older recordings which were part of the Knight collection and were transferred over from cassette tapes to mp3 format suitable for displaying on the website.
So far this page contains two of these older recordings. There are many more coming. Watch for our article in the coming months about Nathan Dougan and the 1900 Trainwreck just north of Ladysmith. It will be added to our Transportation section.
The second audio page contains an interview with long time Ladysmith resident, former owner of the Chronicle and Mayor Rollie Rose. Rollie and Helen moved to the Okanogan in June to be closer to family. Here’s hoping Rollie will continue his Ramblin’ ways and come back to visit often.
We plan to add to this page interviews done with other long time residents who have contributed so much to this town. Suggestions welcome!
Two articles contributed by museum curator, Bernardien Knol were added to the Our Stories section of the website. One concerns the 30th anniversary of Ladysmith Downtown Revitalization Project and the other is about the efforts to create the Ladysmith Museum on its 5th anniversary.
Amongst the many happenings taking place this weekend (June 18 & 19), for the Home Town Tourist campaign sponsored by Take 5 magazine, history buffs will be especially interested in the following two events.
The museum is located at 721 First Avenue and the Legion is at 621 First Avenue so they are only a block apart.
- Added a link to the Cobble Hill Historical Society under Historical links on the left side of the page. An interesting and well done historical website. Check out the map section which includes a 1925 map of the south Cowichan area as well as their pioneer landowner map which shows the holdings of the areas pioneers usually acquired by pre-emption. Click on the link below to go there directly:
- Added a gallery on this website of the 1911/14 fire maps for the Town of Ladysmith. Click on any of the maps on the gallery page to bring up a larger version of that map. You can then use the zoom feature to enlarge the map further. Click on the link below to go there directly.
A new video was added to the LDHS Utube channel which can be accessed from this website by going to the Maps & Media menu and clicking on Video or click on the following link
Ladysmith Parades Archive
Another article by Rollie Rose is posted in the People and Families section about long time restaurant owner, Tommy Jang. Go to the article by clicking on
A Lot of Sweet and Sour
Minutes of Board of Directors meeting held on January 19, 2016 was added to the Members Only page. To view the minutes, navigate to that page and log in with the password. If you don’t have the password contact the Archives office.
Check out the Canadian GIS site under Mapping in the links section on the left side of this page.
This site provides a wealth of information on Geographic Information Systems in Canada both Federally and by Province
Be sure to visit the link to DataBC and the Google Maps for Canada links.
Information provided on free GIS data, tutorials, some historic mapping. If your into mapping, be prepared to spend some time here.
Of particular interest to history nerds is the audio file on Historic GIS mapping research in Canada which is included in the W. H. Pugsley collection under Historic Cartography.
Audio File link
Our thanks to Irene Telford and family for sharing the story of her father, Hugh Mercer, Jr. which appears in the Our Stories section of this website.
Thank you also to Ed Nicholson for researching and writing the article which was first presented at this year’s Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day activities.
To read about an interview done with Louise Erskine by Rollie Rose which appeared in the Chronicle back in the 1990’s click on the following link
A Talk with our First Native Daughter
An interview done with Kit Willmot by Rollie Rose has been added as Further Reading in the article contributed by Take 5 in People and Families. To view the interview click on the following link.
Keeping our Heritage Alive
To view an article by Rollie Rose about John and Alexis MacNaughton, see John MacNaughton in the People and Families Section
Added an article by Rollie Rose about Florence Foster to the People and Families Section
Reminiscing with a Pioneer Woman
Added an article by Rollie Rose about Keith Gourlay to the People and Families Section
A Real Old-time Character
Added another article by Rollie Rose about Bill Grouhel, a long time fire department member
Heaven just gained a Fire Chief
Check out Rollies’ latest contribution in Our Stories
Memories of the Chronicle Building
We consider ourselves indeed fortunate that former Ladysmith mayor and owner of the Chronicle, Rollie Rose has agreed to contribute articles to this website. For his first contribution “The 1970’s” please click on the link below
In 1962 singer Nat King Cole introduced the song “Rambling Rose” which has become a classic. Ladysmith’s “Rambling Rollie Rose” is another classic – a classic newsman. For a brief glimpse of his colourful career please click on his biography on this website.