First is Mrs. Reed’s notebook. This
little book from 1927 appears to have belonged to Mrs. H. H. Reed and was loaned to us by the WI. It was
quite hard to read so Heather has transcribed it. Be sure to read the entry on how to drive
the car. You can read it via this link.....
Next is an audio/video conversation with
Lorraine (Hilton) McCloy. This chat came about
because she was identified as being in a class photo and she kindly came over
to have a look. With her permission the camera ran as we chatted so I would not have to take notes. I’m
glad we did this as it shows you don’t have to “be on camera” to do an oral history video. You can see the result
Halliburton School has been mentioned by
a couple of speakers and now we have some of the unusual facts as presented in their brochure. Could be
quite a shock if you signed up in London and woke up in a tent with bees and
We recently had an invitation to give a presentation to the Saanich Pioneer Society at their log cabin museum. Enid, Heather, Gary and I went and showed the Royal Oak memories video which was really well received. It would be nice to show this video to other groups that were interested. Please let Enid know if you know interested parties.
During those cold winter nights ahead you could have a look at your old class photos on this blog and see if you can fill in any of the blanks Cheers, Daryl.
You missed something if you were not at our July meeting to hear Bruce McMorran's talk. Fortunately you can watch his oral history video and be informed and educated about his life, the McMorran family and their enterprises and life at Cordova Bay.
"Enid's gathering at her home is on Saturday August 23rd from noon to ? Potluck,
bring your own chair.
If you are musical, please bring your guitar or whatever it is you
play. Morgan Ostler will be starting us off, I hope. Come on people, this will
Don’t forget if you have Royal Oak school pictures and they aren’t
already on our blog we would love to have them. Also any stories relating to
our school days.
We're always looking for speakers for our meetings so if you have any
ideas, I would appreciate hearing them.
Looking forward to a great turnout. I know for sure there will be some
that haven’t been before. You’ll have to come and find out who they are!
Please leave your pets at home.
5940 Bear Hill Road, off Oldfield Road
This new video from Grace Nickels was done in her home by two of our directors. Heather Smith did the camera work and Enid Bull used her interviewing skills to keep the story moving along. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTrH4bQsIoM
Donna Cino (Reed) has kindly provided us with 16 new Royal Oak Class photos. 9 from her school years 58-68 (partial) and 7 from her dad's in the 1920's and '30's. We are going to need a lot of help and probably some magic to identify the students in dad's photos. Richard McMorran has given us one photo also.
Hope you enjoy these new contributions and will pass the information on to anyone you think might be interested.
Please let us know if you would like to have your name removed from our ROHA E mailing list. Thank you.
We have another video in our library. This short video is a collection of selected clips taken from all the oral history videos we have done between March 2012 and May 2014. The average clip length is only about 30 seconds so it moves very quickly and covers a wide variety of subjects. Give a big thank you to all of our talented speakers.
The Royal Oak Women's Institute Community Hall was the subject of the talk given at our May meeting by Marguerite Gayfer. The link is now on our Blog on the Oral History page. This is an informative and interesting talk about both the Women's Institute and the Royal Oak Hall.
This new video is from John Lucas who spoke at our March 2014 meeting. Interesting and informative talk about the flora and fauna and some of the people all relating to the bog. John's essays and Bruce Stewart's photographs make this video come to life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSNJfaAYXJk&feature=youtu.be
We hope that you will share these oral history links with others who you think might be interested.
Links to all the oral histories are on the Oral History page to the right.
There are still many unidentified students in the class photos. Please help us put names to the faces.
We have two new videos from the meeting held on Feb. 13, 2014. As our planned speaker had to cancel due to illness, the meeting was an open mic session with all attendees stepping up to speak with an anecdote or memory.
Jack Mather also added a bit to his previous oral history video by telling us about working in MacKenzie BC when it was being built as a new town. An interesting comparison can be made to stories from the 1800's about new towns coming into being although it was usually because of gold rather than lumber in those days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM4HHmdDA9A