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Tuesday 31 December 2019

Just in time for gardening in 2020

Rob Galey of Galey Farms was our speaker in November. His talk was interesting and informative about the farm that I think most of us are aware of and are often customers. I hope that you watch and enjoy. The direct link to the video on You Tube is at or you can see it via our blog at

My best wishes to all for a Happy and Fulfilling New Year.


Thursday 7 November 2019

What's new.....

What’s new on our blog since June 2019
Three talks have been given and recorded and you can view them at the links below.
Links are also below for updates and new additions.
David Genn     
Sergei Gibson     Mr. Gibson is a member of the Gibson
family that for years took our class photos.
Vivian (Underwood) Hermsen
Photos of the gathering at Enid Bull’s home in August 2019
Unfortunately several obituaries have been added
A video on Saanich History and Heritage

Class photos have been added to our collection which now contains about 275 images.

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Gary Cunningham speaks again.

Gary picks up where he left off in Part 1 of his Oral History video.  I think that you will enjoy watching and find it entertaining. The direct link to Youtube is            or you can view it via the link on our blog oral history page. 

Tuesday 18 December 2018

November's Oral History

Heather Davies packed a lot of information into into a quick presentation at our November meeting.
I hope that you will watch and enjoy and listen for names, places and events that you recognize.

This is the direct link to the video on YouTube and as always the link is also on the oral history page of the Royal Oak School Yard Blog.

Friday 5 October 2018

Double feature

Nights are getting longer so it is probably a good time to settle down to a great double feature. We have oral history videos by Millie Jacobs at
and by Diana Ball     at

As always, both are interesting to watch and bring their own slant to growing up in and around Royal Oak.

Millie, who was 98 years old when she recorded her video died shortly after.  We offer our sympathies to her family.    

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Marson and Quayle to Moore

Quayle and Marson are two names that most people who lived in or around Royal Oak will know..
In this video Dianne (Quayle) Moore, the daughter of Alf and Loraine (Marson) Quayle talks about her family and her time growing up in Royal Oak. Their home was the first house past the Thatch/Maltwoods. Trivia question?  Did any of our speakers live closer to the center of Royal Oak, the corner of East and West Saanich Roads than Dianne? I can think of one family that lived closer and one that would probably be in a tie but they have not yet been speakers.

The link to Dianne's very interesting and entertaining talk is on the oral history page of our Blog, and the direct link to YouTube is below.

We have had more than 48,500 visits to our Blog. Must be some interesting things there. Have you visited lately?

Sunday 10 June 2018

New oral history videos

I got a bit behind so you are getting three new oral history videos at once.

From March....
#55 Telling stories after school
Audio/video by Keith Cameron

From April....
#56 Telling stories after school
Audio/video by Sharlie Chatterton

From May.....
#57 Telling stories after school
Audio/video by M. A. C. (Marion) Farrant

These are the direct links to You Tube.  You will also find the links on the Oral History page of this blog.

Saturday 10 March 2018

Have you seen this house?

One of the highlights of David Squance's January talk was about the time the family owned Norfolk Lodge, a home that I am sure most of you have seen many times, but perhaps did not know it by that name. If you were not there to hear the original presentation I hope that you will have a look.  Another great addition to our growing collection of oral history videos connected to the greater Royal Oak area.

We all, I think,  sometimes sit around with friends and family and talk about the good old days. I would sure like to be around 50 or a hundred years from now to watch these videos again and reflect on those good old days.

You will find it at this link and of course it is posted on our blog.     

Thursday 4 January 2018

November talk.

Novembers talk was by Frank Copley of Copley Brothers. I would think that most would remember the name even if they did not know the family. Frank gave an entertaining talk and you may watch the video at  on You Tube or from the oral history pages on our blog at
We have been given some photos of Mrs. Hobbs art classes that so many of us went to. You can view them at

Maybe you can identify some of the students. I certainly could not.

Wishing you the best for the New Year.