Gulf Islands (B.C.)



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Allan Robertson interview

CALL NUMBER: T0963:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-08-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Allan Robertson describes his family history leading up to their arrival on Cortes Island between 1889 and 1905. He describes his education with John Manson's family; how eggs were the ;main industry; the first settlers of Cortes from 1870 to 1890; Whaletown; Mansons Landing; the growth of Cortes, including the fluctuations and flow of settlers from 1908 to 1920; the climate on the island; more on the development of Cortes; a description of John and Mike Manson; and Allan describes his early life, supporting his family and beginning to log. TRACK 2: Mr. Robertson describes his ;mother as a midwife; and the hospitals of Powell River and Vancouver and Campbell River. He then describes the conditions; clothes; steamship travel; and drinking in logging camps. He then discusses; the Columbia Coast Mission and ministers Alan Greene and John Antle.

CALL NUMBER: T0963:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1968 [summer] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Robertson talks about logging: horse logging; skid roads; steam donkey logging between 1905 and 1910; judging and preparing logs for riding skid roads; getting logs into the water; Gilchrist Jack; hand logging; the employment of oxen and horses; more on steam donkeys; log booms; the use of tow boats; the type of person a logger back then was; cork boots and typical logging clothes. ;TRACK 2: Mr. Robertson continues with more on logging: food in the logging camps; the Union Steamships; logging jargon; origin of "haywire"; different axes; more logging terms; his first job at a log;ging camp in 1911; his early years on Cortes Island and his introduction to logging; the authority of a camp foreman; wages; risks taken and compared to present; and an anecdote about drinking.

CALL NUMBER: T0963:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1968 [summer] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Robertson discusses growing up on Cortes Island; beginning his career as a logger at the age of thirteen; his experience enlisting in WWI; and his various occupations between the World Wars, including his work for the Crown Zellerbach Company. Mr. Robertson then recalls the history of the pulp and paper industry through the history of the Crown Zellerbach, including the reason for t;he odor produced by pulp mills; and he describes the process of paper making. TRACK 2: Mr. Robertson continues with more on the paper making process: the effects of waste on the environment; and reforestation. Then Mr. Robertson discusses commercial and sport salmon fishing; the origins of the name Cortes Island; more on growing up there including a description of the area; canneries on Blind Channel; his own education; and a comparison between kids yesterday and today.

Alvina Poitras and Louis Poitras interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1968 [summer] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Alvina Poitras recalls her impressions upon arrival on Read Island in 1945; the circumstances leading up to her settlement on the Island; her birthplace; her two sons, Louis and Paul; a; description of a steamship trip aboard "Chelohsin"; more description about her arrival upon Read Island; the early history of the island including how it was settled in the 1920s by Mr. Norn; her impressions of her first few days on the island; subsistence on the island with the aid of neighbors; how she worked alone; how her house burned down in 1949; how she rebuilt her home; and how she used wool for clothes. TRACK 2: Mrs. Poitras describes her two sons' education; and her own working career. Then her son Louis recalls living on the island as a youngster including various activities; hi;s education including a comparison between public schools versus correspondence school; and random comments on Read Island inhabitants and industry.

[Archaeological dig]

News item. An archaeological dig on a 2000-year-old Indian village site, which is being reconstructed by First Nations high school students. It is both a prehistoric and a historic site. Archaeological spokesman explains how artifacts found on the site will be catalogued and used to trace the evolution of the people who used them. Archaeologist's description of the objects is very good, with close-up shots of the artifacts. No location is given, but dig is probably on one of the Gulf Islands, possibly North Pender or South Pender.

Archie Georgeson interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-10-06 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Archie Georgeson recalls his grandfather, Henry Georgeson, who was the light keeper at Georgina Point, Mayne Island. His great uncle was light keeper at East Point light, Saturna Island;. He recalls the history of the Georgeson family in British Columbia; the Shaw family; the maritime background of the family; the family farm near Montague Harbour; the Gray family; fruit growing; schools; the family's move to join uncle at Active Pass light in 1909; a detailed description of the operation of that lighthouse. TRACK 2: Mr. Georgeson continues with his recollections including the grounding of the SS "Princess Adelaide" at Georgina Point in 1918; the grounding of the "Kenkon Maru" on Mayne Island, and the "Sea Lion". He discusses his grandfather and grandmother; more details; about the living accommodation at the lighthouse; farming on Mayne Island; the Robinson and Bennett families; descriptions of Galiano, North and South Pender Islands; "English" society; recollections; about the types of people and living conditions on the islands.

Archie Phelps interview

CALL NUMBER: T0388:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Archie Phelps RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Archie Phelps describes how he was born in Barkerville, his grandparents (grandfather Edward R. Phelps -- died 1885) arrived in Victoria in 1849 after the California gold rush, other grandfather Robert Coultson was friend with Governor Seymour, his father William Henry Phelps was the first teacher at Mayne Island and eventually to Barkerville, a description of the school in 1884, the differences between the schools at Mayne Island and Barkerville, details on Barkerville, the family's move to Pender Island including what life was like there, the wharf at Port Washington, people at Pender Island including the school and teachers there, how he became a steward on the ferry at age 15, and then a ship builder in San Francisco, anecdotes about the ferries including one where Indians attacked a ferry and another where an Islander was lost coming back from Skagway, his work on a tugboat, and details on what tugs were like in those days. TRACK 2: Captain Phelps continues by describing working on a tow boat called the "Pilot" in 1911 when there were not many sailing ships, how he became a cook on a CPR ship called the "Princess Ina", Port Simpson, taking Indians to work at canneries, the influence of the Scots on place names, more on Port Simpson and the Indian village there, navigation and fog, an anecdote about a problem in a lighthouse, details about Porlier Pass and foghorns.

CALL NUMBER: T0388:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Archie Phelps RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Phelps discusses several wrecks and ships, how pioneers were the only ones who traveled and Indians had to travel second class, Indian potlatches, how sheep were transported by boat, a massacre which resulted in two Indians being hanged, rough seas at Jervis Inlet, how the "Princess Irene" ferry was built for the Nanaimo run, how he became a CPR Captain in 1925 including several boats he worked on, and deep sea sailing versus coastal. TRACK 2: Blank.

Art Ralph interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1965-10-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Art Ralph discusses his father, George Ralph, who was a British naval captain. Art Ralph came to Canada in 1901. He describes his travels west; service in World War One; his return to B.C. and the Gulf Islands after the war; settling on Saturna Island and marring Joan Georgeson, daughter of the light keeper at East Point Light; description of rum running and smuggling, and Mr. Ralph's marginal role in these activities. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Assessment appeal books

  • GR-3657
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  • 1924-1965

The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Taxation Branch, and its predecessor body the Superintendent of Taxes, between 1924 and 1965. The series contains books which record the outcome of Court of Revision appeals held on the Gulf Islands regarding the assessment of property for taxation purposes. The series also includes a transcript of proceedings from 1959 regarding an appeal by the Saanich Municipality against the assessment roll.
The records consists of the following files:
File 1: Court of Revision held at Ganges, Salt Spring Island, B.C., 1924-1957
File 2: Court of Revision held at Mayne Island, B.C., 1927-1948
File 3: Court of Revision held at Galiano Island, B.C., 1929-1948
File 4: Court of Revision held at Port Washington, B.C., 1929-1948
File 5: Provincial Assessor's appeal book for Gulf Islands assessment district, 1958-1965
File 6: Court of Revision : school district 61, 1959.

British Columbia. Property Taxation Branch

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