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1A Desmond Crofton interviewed by Imbert Orchard, 1965

1B Desmond Crofton interviewed by Lillian Horsdal, 1972

2A Bea and Ina Hamilton, Mabel Davis

2B Hamiltons Pt. 2

3 Beryl Weatherell (née Scott) interviewed by Imbert Orchard, 1965

4 Lyndell Bittencourt interviewed by Imbert Orchard, 1965

5 Margaret Cunningham interviewed by Imbert Orchard,1965

6 David and Clara Maxwell interviewed by Imbert Orchard, 1965

7 Sophie Purser/King

8 The Goodrich sisters speak for a most entertaining and informative hour about the history, culture and social life of Vesuvius. Interviewed by Mary Williamson, 1977

9A GYVES, MRS. CAROLINE (1892) and BRENTON, MRS. MARY (1894 - ) (née Gyves) interviewed byMargaret simons, 1977

9B PATTERSON, MRS. EMILY interviewed by Margaret Simons, 1977

10A Donald Goodman interviewed by Mary Williamson, 1977

10B Mrs. Holloman tells the story of her grandmother's trip from the U.S. to Salt Spring, and of the first Black settlers on the Island. Interviewed by Amber Hindle, 1977

11A Mr. Akerman talks about the different sports that have been popular on the Island since 1910. Interviewed by Margaret Simons, 1977

11B Mr. Akerman talks about family history and mother's Native background. Interviewed by Margaret Simons, 1977

12A RUCKLE, LOTUS interviewed by Margaret Simons, 1977

12B Hospital Residents

13 Mrs. Doreen Morris and Mrs. Betty Stone interviewed by Dorothy Wrotonowski, 1977

14 Elizabeth Sampson interviewed by Amber Hindle, 1977

15 Andrew Stevens interviewed by Bruce Mitchell, 1982

16 Gladys King interviewed by Tony Farr, 1977

17 Ted Brown interviewed by Tony Farr, 1982

18 Daisy Cartwright interviewed by Tony Farr, 1982

19 Mary Inglin interviewed by Tony Farr, 1982

20 Eva St.Onge about trapping in the Parsnip region of B.C. 1977

21 Bob Akerman Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1990

22 Cemetaries (John Adams) Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1987

23 Ellen Bennett interviewed by Tony Farr, 1984

24 Joane Milner interviewed by Tony Farr, 1984

25 Gordon Brown - How Salt Spring Island Became Canadian

26 Kay Booth - "The Beddis House", 1987

27A Olive Clayton talks of her childhood in Anyox, B.C, 1988

27B Olive Clayton talks about an old family recipe book, circa 1700. 1987

28 Brenda and Frank Cornwall "Geneaology", 1986

29 Geoffrey Castle

31 The Croftons at Harbour House 1900 - 1930 Salt Spring Historical Society Collection

32:1 SALT SPRING ISLAND SCHOOLS 1884-1970's - Margaret Cunningham Salt Spring Historical Society Collection

32:2 Margaret Cunningham on Psychic Experiences Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1984

33 Betty Greer interviewed by Mary Davidson, 1989

34 Jack and Shirley Green talk about life on the Island in terms of amusing anecdotes of island life in the 50's and 60's. 1989

35 The Royal Canadian Legion in Canada & SSI (Ivan Mouat) 1989

36 McLennan Family by Mary Davidson Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1990

37 Booth Bay Resort 1947-1967 (GUTHRIE, NONNIE), 1986

38 Mr.Jack Smith briefly describes his parents' dairy farm and transportation on the Island and to Victoria around 1920-1930.

39 Constable Harrison gives an overview of the RCMP in Canada from 1873, with some comments on being a police officer on SSI in the present.

40 Mr. Henson gives a fascinating account of the archeological dig and archival research into the stonecutter's cottage on Dogwood Lane 1987

41 Marc Holmes" - Mr. Holmes gives a detailed account of the politics on Salt Spring in the years he is discussing, with some details of economic life. Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1986

42 HILL, BETH - Mrs. Hill talks about her research for the book she wrote about youthful Frances Barklay, who travelled around the world and to the Pacific Coast in the eighteenth century, with her husband, Charles Barklay. 1987

43 HOREL, CHARLES ROBERT - Mr. Horel talks about his family's origins on Salt Spring Island in the 1870s. Salt Spring Historical Society Collection

44 HORSDAL, MARALYN- Maralyn Horsdal outlines the publishing of regional histories at her publishing company, Horsdal and Schubart Publishing Ltd., giving many details about publishing and promoting books in and about B.C Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1988

45 JAMES, DOROTHY - Mrs. James gives a description of the James Seed Company, from its origins in 1915 on James Island to Salt Spring Island in 1922, to Cowichan District in 1930, dissolved in the early 1940s. Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1986

46-1 The Kanakas -Tom Koppel Salt Spring Historical Society Collection,1999

46-2 Newcastle Island -Tom Koppel Salt Spring Historical Society Collection, 1987

47 The Lang Sisters

48 Mr.Ronald Lee discusses his family genealogy and his family's arrival on Salt Spring Island in 1885

49 - Tony Luton gives some details about the Blackburn family, the house they built and some information about the Cranberry area of Salt Spring Island.

50 Mr Akerman discussing the Burgoyne Valley and his family.(Segment)

51 Mrs. Margaret Price talks about her arrival on Salt Spring Island in 1912 and her years farming on the Island

52 Gwen Ruckle outlines the history of the family from the 18th Century

53 Dr. Rush reminisces about his first practice in Ganges, 1930 to 1942

54-1 Mr. Walters gives a detailed account, based on archival and newspaper sources about early pre-emptions on Salt Spring Island

54-2 "Pre- and Early History of the Pacific Coast".
Mr. Walters talks about the geological and European cultural and exonomic roots of the Pacific North West

55.1 & 2 Mr. Reginald Taylor talks about his youth and adulthood in Northern B.C. and White Rock. Only the last 15 minutes of mention Salt Spring, where he retired in the early 1950s

56 Mr. Wilson gives a brief of his first visit to Salt Spring and the establishment of the Fulford Marina circa 1956.

57 Mr. Jonathan Yardley outlines the history of the Hastings House property and the substantial renovations he designed in the early 1980s when the house was converted to a resort.

58 Captain Cameron outlines the voyages of the early Spanish explorers to the Pacific Northwest and the international disputes involved.

59 Mr. Guernsey gives a detailed account of the events leading up to the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck

60 Patrick Dunnae - 'Gentlemen Emigrants'

61 Cougars - Richard Mackie

62 Canadian Scottish Regiment by John Crofton

63 Indian/White Relations - Mr Lillard

64 Gordon Cudmore, "Life in Fulford in the 1920's and 30's"

65 Stevens Boarding House. pt 1- Margaret Cunningham

66 Murakami, Kimiko and Tanaka, Alice, “Before and After the War”, 1990

67 Irene Palmer, "Married Life on Bullock's Farm", 1990

68 Catherine Rollings, "Rhodonite Mine", 1990

69 Mr. Layard, "Three generations of Layards on Salt Spring Island", 1990

70 RobertPatterson "Beaver Point, 1920's -1930's", 1990

71 Daisy Gear, "The Life of Bill Evans", 1990

72 Frank Grant, "Life in Vancouver, on Vancouver Island and retirement on SSI, 1990

73 Cecilia Reynolds, "Life on SSI from 1932 onwards", 1990

74 Tom and Kay Butt, "Life on the Farm", 1990

75 Les Mollet, "Grandparents' Arrival in 1800's and His Childhood", 1990

76 1 & 2 Bob, Dorothy& Lassie Dodds and the Gyves Family, 1990

77 Case-Morris family and Lang Family

78 Bob Hele • Ruth Sandwell

80 Ivan Mouat • Ruth Sandwell

81 Ted Brown • Ruth Sandwell

82 Mrs. Dorothy James - James Seed Co. • Ruth Sandwell

83 Evelyn Lee and Jonathan Bennett • Ruth Sandwell

84 Denise and Doreen Crofton • Ruth Sandwell

86 Charles Horel by Ruth Sandwell

87 SS Sound Archives - presentation by Ruth Sandwell

88 "Salt Spring: An Island in the Gulf" for CBC, 1970's

89 Dave, Jack and Paul Roland Interview, 1977

90 Ida New and Bob Akerman, 1985

91 Nora Nixon, 1985

92 John Stepaniuk and John Crofton, "Long Harbour Dig"

93 Cyril Beech - Logging

94.1 & 2 Fred Hollings - Logging

95 Bill Barlee at BCHF Nelson 1997 on mining and ghost towns of the Kooteny

96 Joe Garner presentation to SS Hist. Soc.

97 Bill Mouat - early schools, Mouats store etc., 1991

98.1 & 2 Donald Goodman and Les Wagg - Fire fighting on Salt Spring Island, 1991

99 Joan Ingram - Beaver Point Pionéers, 1991

100 History of the Apple Growers on Salt Spring Island by Harry Burton

101 Ships servicing Salt Spring Island by Sue Mouat

102 Simone Chantelu

103 Vesuvius by Ruth Heineke, Iris Pattison and Sue Mouat

104 Spalding

105 History of the SSI Power and Sail Squadron by Dr. Harold Helm

106 Dorothy James by Sue Mouat, 1991

107 Ivan Mouat's War Letters, 1941-1945

108 Lady Minto Hosp. Aux. and the Sunshine Guild by Sue Mouat and Ethel Davidson, 1992

109 Farming on SSI by Mort Statton, 1859-1914

110 Bob Akerman Sr. presentation at Fulford Hall, 1992

111 The Cranberry District by Jessie Wagg, 1992

112 Cranberry Marsh by Ted Brown and Jessie Wagg

113 Men from SSI in WWII

114 Manson Toynbee's Childhood on SSI, 1927-1948

115 Mort Stratton on Farming, 1918-1940

116 Bees by David Harris, 1993

117 West Coast Exploration by Tom Wright, 1994

118 Seeds by Dan Jason, 1994

119 Newspapers on Salt Spring Island, 1994

120 Wilson Family Reunion, 1994

121 Crofton History by Andrew Gibson, 1994

122 History of the CN Railway and Steamships by Ken McKenzie, 1994

123 Gulf Island Ferries, 1957-1961 by D. Seward

124 Relationship of Native and Western White Cultures by Kim Recalma-Clutesi, 1995

125 The Kanakas -Tom Koppel

126 Early Cowichan History by Jack Fleetwood

127 Soldier and Citizen by Desmond Crofton, 1995

128 Bullock Photographs by Betty Peters, 1996

129 Salt Spring Island Schools by Ivan Mouat, 1996

130 "Demystifying a box of Archives" by Mary Davidson, 1997

131 Salt Spring Weather by Robert Aston, 1997

132 Colonial Wars of 1863 by Chris Arnett, 1997

133 Elderhostel rail trip from Montreal to Vancouver in 1996, with emphasis on history of the CN System by Ken Mackenzie, 1997

134 Indian place names on Salt Spring Island by Chris Arnett, 1997

135 Naval Ocasions that never made the news, Tony Farr

136 Murders of Salt Spring Settlers by Dr. Ruth Sandwell, 1998

137 Archives' Records by John Bovey, 1998

138 History of the Aboriginal Land question in British Columbia by Dr. Jim Hendrickson, 1998

139.1 & 2 Ellen and John Bennet by Charles Kahn, 1997

140.1 & 2 Bob Patterson by Charles Kahn, 1997

141.1 & 2 Kimiko Murakami by Charles Kahn, 1996

142 Denise Crofton and her nephew John Crofton by Charles Kahn, 1997

143 Gwen and Lotus Ruckle by Charles Kahn, 1997

144 Lady Minto Hospital, notes by Sue Mouat, 1991

145 Joan Milner interviewed by Sue Mouat, 1991

146A & B Frank Richards, Sewer Problem

147 Hank Schubart and Ivan Mouat interviewed by J. Watson and S. Mouat, 1995-96

148 TomToynbee

149A Ivan Mouat and Migs Russell Edwards

149B Migs Russell Edwards and Ivan Mouat

150.1 & 2 CBC show on SSI pt 1 and 2 by David Grierson, 2001

151 David Weatherall, 1999

152 Island Princess to Pender Queen by Don Small, 2003

153 Manuel Azevedo: "How the Portugese Diaspora Reaches Salt Spring Island"

154 Early Salt Spring Schools,1999

155 "Native Art" by Reg Ashwell, 2002

156 "Heritage Houses on Salt Spring" by Jonathan Yardley, 2003

157 "The Stark Family" by Nadine Sims

158.1 & 2 NW Pre-Historyand First Peoples by Tom Koppel

159 "Heritage" by Bill Huot, 2003

160 Lady Minto Hospital by Karen Davies and Sue Mouat, 2000

161 B.C. Tugs by Bob Spearing, 2002

162 Bond Family History by Malcom Bond, 2003

163 B.C. Police by Bob McWhirter, 2002

164 Maracaibo by Charles Bazzard, 2001

165 Gordon Cudmore interviewed by Agnes Cunningham, 2000

166 Early Logging on Salt Spring Island

167 Old ships on the West Coast by Keith McLaren

168 St. Mary's Lake Farm from 1920-1950 by Lucie Stuart

169 Fulford Pioneers, presentation, 2002

170 Rose Murakami, 2003

171 History of the Gulf Islands Driftwood by Duncan Hepburn and Tony Richards

172 The Battle of Ganges by Chris Arnett

173 Prisoner of War 1943 - 1945 by Ivan Mouat

174 South End Pionéers (Poor recording)

175 The Empress Hotel by Terry Reksten

176.1 & 2 Dermot Crofton, Paul Layard and Ivan Mouat, 1993

177 History of the HMS Ganges

178 Old Ganges with Bob Rush

180 John Lutz on Sexploration

181 Japanese WWII operations on the West Coast by Chris Weicht, 2001

182 Florence Hepburn speaks about her teaching experience

183 Hawaiians by Cathy Roland on , 2002

184 Ganges Sewer by Tom Toynbee

185 The Imaginary Indian by Dan Francis

186 "Granny" Sampson

187 Margaret Cunningham (K.K.)

188 Irene Griffiths

189 Maxwell Lake by Ted Brown

190 "Impressions of Early Days on the Gulf Islands" by Imbert Orchard

191 Heritage at Risk by Jonathan Yardley

192 History of Cusheon Cove by Chris Hatfield

193 The Churches of the Burgoyne Valley

194 The James Seed Company

195 Jonathan Begg

196 Lady Minto Hospital

197 Joan Milner

198 Mike Morris, Great Grandson of Reverend Wilson

199 Galiano Island by Paul LeBlonde

200 "The Life and Times of Alfred Gerald Crofton" by Pat Crofton

201 Mike and Bev Byron (Community Service Award)

202 The Story of Vesuvius Bay (Marshall Heinekey)

205 Peter McCully speaks about the Gulf Islands Driftwood

207 Heritage Buildings (Eric Booth • Charles Kahn)

208 Bob Howe' on 4 expeditions to the Arctic

August Sylvester

Chris Hatfield talks about the History of Cusheon Cove

The Churches of the Burgoyne Valley

The James Seed Company

Jonathan Begg

Lady Minto Hospital

Joane Millner

Mike Morris, Great Grandson of Reverend Wilson

Paul LeBlonde - Galiano Island

Charles Sampson

The Maxwell Family

The Schools

Purdy - Beddis Families (Don Cunningham)

Royal Canadian Legion (Kathryne Holm)

Capitaine Paul Bion

25 years of Salt Spring Archives

"Salt Spring Island: Our Park Legacy" by Nora Layard

Promoting the History and Heritage of the Cowichan Valley by Kathryn Gagnon

"The Lee Family of Salt Spring Island" by Gordon Lee

The History of Fulford Village • Panel:  Barbara Lyngard, Gladys Campbell, Bruce Patterson and Len Crawford

Two Houses Half Buried in Sand - A presentation by Chris Arnett

A History of Lady Minto Hospital

Amazing Women of Salt Spring Island videovideo

The History of Beaver Point • Mary Davidson

Pionéer Days 1950 (Video)

To Be Free:  The 150th Anniversary of Black Settlement on Salt Spring Island (Evelyn C. White and Joanne Bealy)

214 Isabella Point School • Kathleen Rathwell

A History of Money in British Columbia in the 19th Century

“In Tribute of Canada’s Nursing Officers:  World War I to the Present” Mary Lynn Hetherington RN

Goldrick, Dorothy Pearce D'Arcy - Nursing

Allison Logging (video)

Hawaiians Remembered: Presntation by Wendy Maurer • Kanaka reunion August 2009

Russel Island: Ruth Sandwell is talking to Harry Roberts at his home in Parksville

Russel Island: Ruth Sandwell is talking to Harry Roberts on Russel Island

Russel Island Oral Histories by Wendy Maurer

Bruce Roberts.

Garth Roberts

Jane Grove

John Gardiner

Karey Litton

Larry Bell

Marie Gordon

Marjorie Gardiner

Myrtle Roberts

Patti Gardiner

Shannon Bell

Sherri(Roberts) McKee

Stan Bell

Wendy Maurer

“The Historicals Meet the Hystericals” • A History of the Hysterical Society

Malcom Bond at the Farmers' Institute July 4, 2010

Nancy Wiggan

60 years of RCMP History • Speaker Sgt. Danny Wallis RCMP

Dr. Peter Rowell presents a Historical View of his visit to the War Graves in Europe

The Navy League of Canada • Dr. Ken McKenzie

Fifty Years of Firefighting on Salt Spring Island

Alfred Temmel Murals by Usha Rautenbach

The Islands Trust Story by Peter Lamb

The Patterson Family • OAPO • Branch 170 • Fulford Harbour, B.C

Harry Wright Bullock

Adventures in Genealogy and the History of the McLennan Family of Beaver Point by Mary Davidson

Bob Rush in conversation with Arthur Black

Nancy Wigen, in conversation with Arthur Black

Chris Arnett: Nlaka’pamux Rock Painting of the Stein River Valley

The Hedger Family

Kathleen Rathwell

Amazing Women of Salt Spring part 2

Sue Mouat in conversation with Arthur Black

Johnny Bennet and Sue and Ivan Mouat 1995

The Changing Faces of Salt Spring Island ( Charles Kahn)

Kay Catlin, South Salt Spring Seniors are honourig Kay Catling

The History of the Saturday Market • Barbara Aust

The Private Journal of Captain G.H. Richards: The Vancouver Island Survey presented by Linda Dorricott

Evelyn Lee in convesation with Arthur Black

The Patterson Family, a presentation by Gladys Campbell and Bruce Patterson

Kanaka • The Roland - Middleditch Family

The Purdy - Beddis Family History by Linda Korocil

Pictorial History of Salt Spring Island • Charles Kahn

Natalie Horel in conversation with Arthur Black

Shiyahwt by Chris Arnett

Living at Lakeridge on Bullock Lake in the 1960s and 70s by Tom Koppel

Paul Minvielle: Amalgamation of the Daily Colonist and the Daily Times Newspapers

George Laundry about Farming

The Byron Family History

The Creation of Ruckle Park • a video by Harry Burton

Vesuvius Bay, revisited • Marshall Heinekey

Reverend Wilson by Usha Rautenbach

The History of the town of Ladysmith

A History of Shiya'hwt (Ganges), Salt Spring Island and Grace Islet.  by Chris Arnett

The Real Judge Begbie and the Uses of Historical Fiction

The Central Settlement and the early history of North Salt Spring(Bob McWhirter - Don Cunningham)

The History of the Gulf Islands School District from 1859 to 2015 by Bob McWhirter

Reverend Wilson, The "Fair Play" Papers - by Usha Rautenbach

The Churches of Ganges

A Kanaka/Salish Family of Isabella Point, a Salt Spring Island Historical Society presentation by Chris Arnettvideo

The Charcoal Pits in the Gulf Islands • Stephen Nemtin

“Dispossession of Japanese-Canadian land on Salt Spring Island during World War Two” by Brian Smallshaw

"Salt Spring & BC Ferries: The Boats, the People, the Stories!" by Ross Van Winckel

Old-Timers and Newcomers to Eleanor Point by Brenda Guiled

Salt Spring in the Great War by Gillian Watson

The Whims of Salt Spring Island: Farming, Family and the Sampson Connection

If There Is a Place, the People Have a Name for It • by Chris Arnett

“How We Got Around Before B.C. Ferries” by Ross Van Winckel

Mary’s Ghost and Other South-End Traces by Brenda Guiled

Habour House Hotel - Usha Rautenbach

“Her Story: Salt Spring’s Early Women Artists" Regan Shrumm

The Sampson Family • Memories of Fernwood

“A History of Ganges, and Remaining Old Buildings" Bob Rush

Hwtse’lumun “Place of the fir poles”: Overland Indigenous canoe travel on Salt Spring Island - by Chis Arnett