"Remember Me To All" WWII Exhibit
We invite you to visit our WWII exhibit at the Municipal Hall from Nov. 1–28. Photos, letters and documents tell the stories of Saanich families during the war. On display for the first time are Pilot Officer Leslie Kellow’s letters home to his family on Burnside Road. See how residents supported the war effort - from Mount View High School cadets to Red Cross fundraisers at Strangewood Estate in Gordon Head. Learn how Saanich employees contributed; some enlisted for military service while others organized Victory Bond drives, ran the farms or raised funds for air defense.
Pte. Kenneth Walter Foster
Kenneth Walter Foster was one of more than 800 Saanich residents who served in the First World War. He left Vancouver Island in September 1915 for gunner training in Bramshott, England. He served in France and suffered serious wounds in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. After spending several months recovering at a Frodsham, Cheshire hospital, he returned to active duty. He was recommended for the Military Medal for bravery during the battle for Hill 70 near Lens, France. He returned to Saanich at the end of the war.
Visit the online Pte. Kenneth Walter Foster exhibit [PDF - 3 MB].
Saanich at Home & Overseas: 1914 – 1918
This exhibit uses original photographs, letters, documents, artifacts and poetry to show the impact the First World War had on Saanich and our residents.
View images from Saanich at Home & Overseas [PDF - 2.6 MB].
Goward Family Art Collection
Saanich residents Elizabeth and Owen Goward were successful portrait, landscape and commercial artists from the late 1940s through the 1980s. They left a significant and lasting legacy to the Greater Victoria visual arts community. In 2007 the Goward family generously donated a significant collection of family records, photographs, letters, sketchbooks, and paintings to Saanich Archives. The collection also includes art by the Beales (Owen’s mother’s family) dating back to the 1840s.
Learn more about the Goward Collection. [PDF - 612 KB].
Anne Alice Girling (1880 – 1953)
Annie Girling’s more than 900 photographs show life in Saanich and Victoria from 1912 to the 1940s. Girling was born in Suffolk, England in 1880. In her early twenties she studied photography in London and produced many accomplished botanical studies, landscapes and portraits. She came to Canada with her family in 1912 and settled on the shores of Swan Lake in Saanich on land that would later become part of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Girling's images document the family's experience in their new environment. In 2008, Mr. Lindsay Lambert generously donated the collection of glass plate and film negatives to Saanich Archives. Descendants of the Girling family have been working with the Archives to identify the images.