Let's get together.

Let's get together.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A new oral history video.

Dorothy Varley spoke at our October meeting and the video is now available for you to watch on You Tube at this link... https://youtu.be/D83p1Vi3hYc   . As usual you may still go the oral history page and click on the link there. I hope you enjoy watching this video, the holiday season and I look forward to seeing you in the new year. Can you believe we are still here?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Number Please.

Our September meeting speakers, Morgan Ostler, sister Grace Moreau and Lorraine McCloy are to be congratulated for putting together an interesting and informative talk about their experiences working at the Colquitz Telephone Exchange on Wilkinson Road in the 1940's and 1950's.
The video can be accessed directly via the link below or from our oral history page.
Telling stories after school
Audio video about (the old) Colquitz Telephone Exchange

Friday, 18 September 2015

Revision complete.

Hello all,
I  believe that I have now finished what turned out to be a rather time consuming update and revision of the ROHA blog. The largest change is the breakdown of information into more categories/pages that should make it easier for anyone to find what they are looking for. This coincided with loading all the information on to our new laptop so that we have the blog backed up and portable. We can now take our show “on the road”.
There are now 20 subject pages of information where you can find approximately:- 37 Oral History and other videos,
some 180 class photos, about 170 photos of people, places and things about and around Royal Oak and numerous other items including School Annuals, graduation material, maps, news articles, publications, books, links, memories in writing and regrettably obituaries.
I hope you will take a look in the near future and add to the over 23,000 views the blog has had already. Please let me know if you find errors, have information to add and most important to me the identities of the students who are unnamed in class photos.
Congratulations to all the people who have contributed their time and material to create this valuable and interesting archive and to Enid Bull for bringing us together and keeping us together.
Time well spent I think.


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

House keeping.

Some things might be out of place for a few days as I am doing some updating, maintenance and rearranging.  Drf

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Shirley Hunt's June talk...

....was informative and fun and very much enjoyed by the audience.
It is now available to watch on YouTube at https://youtu.be/CYTGnRibaik
or by using the link on the Oral History page. 

We now have more than 160 class photos from the 1800's to the 1960's that I am just now finishing updating. Although most are from the original Royal Oak School and its replacement the 1952 Royal Oak School there are also examples from other schools that students from Royal Oak travelled to due to crowding at the home school or attended during other school years. These other schools include Mt. Newton High School, Prospect Lake School, Strawberry Vale School, Mt. View High School, MacTavish Road School, Keating School, Tillicum School, North Saanich School and Cordova Bay School. Did you know that some Royal Oak students attended as many as four different schools between grade 1 and 12 to accommodate the changing population?

Many of the students in the photos have been named but many have not so we could use your help with identification.

Also recently added to the blog is the 1964 Annual from Royal Oak courtesy of Shirley Hunt.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Our most recent video

Our speakers in May, Colleen and Norm Pimlott told us a memorable story and the video is now available for you to watch on YouTube at this link  https://youtu.be/d_JZlRGeo7Y
As usual you can also access it from our Oral History page.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Oral History by Doug Gait.

Another interesting account about growing up in rural Saanich that includes quite a bit of history about logging in the '40's and '50's. Find the link on the oral history page or go directly to YouTube using the link below.
Telling stories after school
Audio/video by Doug Gait

Friday, 10 April 2015

April 10, 2014

Don Fish's excellent talk is now available to watch on YouTube at this link
https://youtu.be/oNuLz-vsCJ0  or by visiting our Oral History page.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Doug Rose

Doug Rose's oral history video is now available to watch on YouTube at          
The link is also on the oral history page along with all the other videos.

I hope you will watch Doug's interesting story.