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Saanich Remembers WWI - Fall History Talks

View of Shelbourne valley from Mount Tolmie, ca. 1908 – before Shelbourne Street was built (Saanich Archives 1989-008-175)View of Shelbourne valley from Mount Tolmie, ca. 1908 – before Shelbourne Street was built 

This fall we will once again host a series of free talks in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library as part of the Saanich Remembers WWI Project. On October 27th at the Nellie McClung Library, historian and author Valerie Green will tell the story of Shelbourne Street, the “Street of Unfinished Dreams”. Learn about the Memorial Trees to fallen World War One soldiers and their important role in this street’s history. On November 1st at the Saanich Centennial Library, veteran and military historian Bart Armstrong will present “Local Heroes of World War One”, bringing to life the stories of local heroes Commander Rowland “Rollie” Bourke and Private Robert “Robbie” Gilbert. Bart will also speak about his research on over 100 Canadian recipients of the Medal of Honor. Registration for both talks is now open through the GVPL.

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Saanich Archives Fashion Show

Our special fall event, A Century of Fashion with Ivan Sayers, is now sold out. Sign up for our newsletter to find out about upcoming events.


On Sunday, October 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, join historian Ivan Sayers at Cedar Hill Golf Course for a live fashion show featuring original women’s clothing from the past 100 years. Curator Emeritus at the Museum of Vancouver, he has been producing exhibitions and fashion shows on social history for over 40 years. Tickets are $35 with registration now open through Saanich's Fall Active Living Guide or at any Saanich Recreation Centre (Course Code: 843757). Sponsored by the Saanich Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee.

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Saanich Remembers World War One

We want your help to complete Saanich’s World War One Honour Roll and add to our records for 1914 – 1918. If you have documents, photographs, letters or diaries of Saanich residents who served in the First World War, please email us at or call 250-475-1775 ext. 3478.

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Saanich Archives now has a Saanich Remembers World War One photograph collection on our HistoryPin page. View images of local soldiers, and fade in and out on this Street View overlay.

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Cordova Bay Association Newsletters Online

The Cordova Bay Association has digitized its newsletters, The Cordovan and Spindrift, and posted them online. Saanich Archives also has hard copies. You can search PDFs on the Cordova Bay Association's website. 

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Call us at 250-475-1775 ext. 3477 for details.

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