Tom Paterson

The colourful David Alexander Ogilvy had a longstanding feud with the Royal Jubilee over his bill.

T.W. Paterson: ‘Picturesque’ Ogilvy fought bill to the end

As far as officials were concerned, the greatest discovery in his effects was proof that he'd been anything but a pauper.

The colourful David Alexander Ogilvy had a longstanding feud with the Royal Jubilee over his bill.
Many heritage buildings in Canada, like Cowichan’s Elkington House, are under threat.

T.W. Paterson: Locally and nationally, heritage is news

Over the last 30 years Canada has lost over 20 per cent of its historical buildings. —the National Trust for Canada.

Many heritage buildings in Canada, like Cowichan’s Elkington House, are under threat.
Old rusted cars can be a treasure trove of parts for those who know what they’re looking for.

T.W. Paterson: One man’s junk another man’s treasure

The hunters who swore they'd seen the old logging truck said the solid brass radiator was intact

Old rusted cars can be a treasure trove of parts for those who know what they’re looking for.
Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is facing development pressures.

T.W. Paterson: Not everything in the news is ‘new’

Going back perhaps as much as 14,000 years, archaeologists have been examining the seabed off Haida Gwaii

Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is facing development pressures.
The No. 5 South Wellington mine was ‘next door’ to the No. 10.

Grateful for mention of heroic grandfather

"If only the young miners would take heed and know of the struggle and suffering the old miners went through..." —Jock Gilmour

The No. 5 South Wellington mine was ‘next door’ to the No. 10.

T.W. Paterson: Death of Nanaimo fireman still unsolved

There would have been no inquest had not the deceased’s family insisted.

Craigdarroch Castle

T.W. Paterson: How Nesbitt saved Craigdarroch castle

Those who think that the castle has always been there simply don’t know how close it came to being lost.

Craigdarroch Castle
One of the things that will be going  on to celebrate Canada’s 150th is the carving of a new totem.

T.W. Paterson: Happy birthday, Canada. Now what?

History, Canadian history, is in the news these days. 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday.

One of the things that will be going  on to celebrate Canada’s 150th is the carving of a new totem.
Clara Westwood was born in a covered wagon as her parents headed to San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, the family decided to move again, and they headed north to Vancouver Island.

T.W. Paterson: Clara Dick watched Vancouver Island grow

Ladysmith was another of the towns that she watched grow “from nothing along the shores of Vancouver Island”.

Clara Westwood was born in a covered wagon as her parents headed to San Francisco. Shortly thereafter, the family decided to move again, and they headed north to Vancouver Island.
The Bench holiday concert is different than it was decades ago.

T.W. Paterson: Christmas concert at Bench School, part 2

The late Bob Dougan of the pioneering Cobble Hill family completes his tale of a Christmas concert in a one-room schoolhouse in the 1920s.

The Bench holiday concert is different than it was decades ago.
‘Queen of the Hurricanes’ Elsie McGill has made the short list of women in the running to be pictured on a Canadian banknote.

T.W. Paterson: Yet more historical nuggets from today’s headlines

Earlier this year I told you about ‘Queen of the Hurricanes’ Elsie McGill (1905-1980)

‘Queen of the Hurricanes’ Elsie McGill has made the short list of women in the running to be pictured on a Canadian banknote.
Rainy November is brightened considerably by the addition of Christmas preparation today, but not so in 1916.

T.W. Paterson: Compare 1916 lead-up to Christmas to 2016

With Halloween and Remembrance Day now behind us it’s full steam ahead for Christmas — at least in the stores.

Rainy November is brightened considerably by the addition of Christmas preparation today, but not so in 1916.

T.W. Paterson: Today’s flu bug is nothing like that of 1918

“Will not the women of Nanaimo come forward in this emergency to help their sisters who are less fortunately situated?” —Nanaimo Free Press.

Nobody in the Cowichan Valley was more devoted to the British navy than Clive Phillips-Wolley.

T.W. Paterson: War brought sorrow for British devotee

In his day he was Cowichan’s best known citizen — known not just locally and regionally but internationally

Nobody in the Cowichan Valley was more devoted to the British navy than Clive Phillips-Wolley.
A 1924 photo by Allan C. Green of HMS Hood. Photo Restoration 1954 by Adam Cuerden.

Cowichan’s John Gribble goes home

(Originally written in 2002 with the help of the late Nanaimo historian John Cass who graciously shared his copy of the Gribble journal.)

A 1924 photo by Allan C. Green of HMS Hood. Photo Restoration 1954 by Adam Cuerden.
Bill Burrud’s television program ‘Treasure’ was an inspiration to columnist T.W. Paterson.

T.W. Paterson: More historical gems from today’s news

The Pitt River literally sparked my career as a writer of provincial history...

Bill Burrud’s television program ‘Treasure’ was an inspiration to columnist T.W. Paterson.
A brewer couldn't find work making drink from hops, and ended up a suicide.

Nanaimo the end of the line for brewer

Vancouver and Nanaimo made newspaper headlines, early in July 1888

A brewer couldn't find work making drink from hops, and ended up a suicide.
Brother XII, who bilked his followers of hundreds of thousands of dollars, fled B.C.’s coast for parts unknown.

Swindling Swami’s treasure island for sale, part 1

The weird story of Edward Arthur Wilson — Brother XII — seems too incredible to be true.

Brother XII, who bilked his followers of hundreds of thousands of dollars, fled B.C.’s coast for parts unknown.
Ma Miller’s is now 152 years old, bringing to mind the murder that colours its long history.

Chronicles: ‘Ma Miller’s’ birthday recalls unsolved crime

“...Laid in wait for at the edge of a lonely woods, and shot down FROM BEHIND by a stealthy assassin...” —Colonist, Aug. 6, 1869.

Ma Miller’s is now 152 years old, bringing to mind the murder that colours its long history.
Jane Anderson feeds Bob Punnett his 21st birthday cake at the Vancouver hospital where he spent years in an iron lung.

‘Bob’, the boy in the iron lung [photos]

It was his unfailing cheerfulness that astounded hospital staff and that his brother Walt remembers 70 years later.

Jane Anderson feeds Bob Punnett his 21st birthday cake at the Vancouver hospital where he spent years in an iron lung.
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