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Alfred Temmel Murals

Usha Rautenbach

Presentation to the Historical Society May 11, 2011

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Speaker 1 15:42
Good afternoon, I call the meeting to order this our annual general meeting. So we have a bit of business to do before we actually start our presentation. Because you're all here today, I assume you all want to run for office for the Historical Society. So thank you very much. Put your names forward for the voting later. The minutes of the last AGM we do not have to read today they were circulated but the Secretary is away. So therefore, we do not have those minutes. That was the meeting where the Historical Society and Historical Society got together and arbitrages. And the boys came in and did quite a nice little reflection back on their history on Saltspring island. So that was the historic historicals and the historicals. dug into the financial statement.

Speaker 2 16:38
Usually, my statements are about two minutes long. But being it's the Annual General Meeting, I'll bore you a little bit longer than that. The society has a single bank account and federal registration number, which includes the society, various grants and the archives. But for tracking purposes, we do keep separate accounts. Overall, we started the year with $8,514. And we ended the year with 5619. And in between that the cash flow in and out was about $17,000. Most of it was grants. The Archives has been very successful in past years are getting operating grants, in particular from the IK barber foundation at UBC in Vancouver. And that grant has been used to digitize the driftwood. And I think there are from the starting days of 1961 up to mid 70s. Now I think 72. And a catch on that is the funding arrangement is 50% cash from them 25% equivalent work in kind from us and 25% cash from us to pay people. And these expenditures of that 25% portion have reduced the bank account for the archives to just about $400 In spite of several generous donations. So it looks like at the moment that form of granting will have to stop. But it's been very successful because I number these from one one counting up and number 12. But last year was completed it had total value of $6,000. And number 13 is just started as a total value of 10,000. Historical play it was put on here last July, brought in $270 with a small profit. The society itself had a typical of most years a very balanced account, a few dollars plus and minus over the last few years. With two exceptions this year, first move from the archives from the old library building into the school location cost about $700. And we have to cover that as a special one off. And secondly, after much debate and consideration. over a couple of years. We have purchased directors and liability insurance for the organization. And that's about $600 a year. So our counts a bit down as a result of that. So we're we're planning ahead see how we can cope with that on a yearly basis. And copies of the detail information are on the bulletin board. Change topics a little bit here. Bob didn't ask for correspondence. I was gonna meet up and say I've got one that I would like to read out to you. And the opening sentence is it's with great pleasure we nominate Bob McWhorter for onward life membership. Gotta tell you why. So just sit down. Tell me why are you Bob and Donna Ryan and Saltspring in 1965. And we're told that Bob is always interested in things historical. So Following his retirement in 1999, he joined the club and has been very active ever since. And ways that match our criteria for being a life member. And just a few of the items are he Senate's talk on the BC provincial police, which is a topic he expert in contact person for everybody that needs to know anything about Saltspring history, particularly from the visitor center, the only executive for at least five years, and we can't remember how long given talks on BC history to local and visiting groups, program coordinator and arranging special events, work on the archives and helping with the finances. He's worked on the new facility in the library, and did a lot of the moving of the of the archives. And he's shown exceptional recruitment skills and particularly for the position of refreshments coordinator. So we we think Bob's all this work for the society as merits is life membership. And that's put forward by Susan good and myself. So Bob it

Speaker 1 21:04
I knew I shouldn't have missed that meeting. That's what happens when you miss meetings, people do things on the internet. Well, thank you very much. It's an honor to be recognized. I feel that I have another 35 years. And I might have gotten it at that time. But however, thank you very much. And I will continue to work on as best I can. We as a society have to look at our organization and make some changes, I believe, especially in the archives and in in our own community society. So thank you very much to all of you for that recognition. financial state membership report says And did you have a number for us, please? 67 are 67 members in the society this year, plus our members, and our fee will stay the same for next year? Yes. And, and our subscription to the historical journal is $18. So and September when we started our new memberships, I believe you'll be paying the same membership fee. Looks like we'll be okay. As far as finances are concerned. treasures are always pessimistic. Presidents are always optimistic. So we'll we'll carry on with that. The Archives report is next. Frank did you have a list of the archives volunteers handy? These are archives is located down in the basement of Salzburg Elementary School in a temporary arrangement. And these people who are on the list behind me are the volunteers who come in every week and operate the archives when we're open. We're open Monday afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings. And there's room for other volunteers if you're interested. But these people have a regular schedule and work on various projects through their weeks at the archive. So I just want to recognize them today for their valuable contributions or thank you to the volunteers. As you may or may not know, BB boss, who was our archives manager has declined the position is become a volunteer, but felt that she wanted to change the pace. So we're in the process of restructuring some of our operation at the archives, looking for trying to change it rather than from a manager sort of point of view to a collections coordinator and a technology coordinator because those are our two main functions. And so we'll be working in that direction in our September meetings. Frank Newman here is our technology coordinator at the present time and is involved in every program we've put out. And most community programs use anything from the archives. Frank does that so I'd like to recognize him specifically today. And he's also a lifetime member. So there we are, we're together Now Frank, we can skip meetings. So that's the archives report and recognition to the volunteers. Financial Statement, hospitality. Quarter is done the hospitality this year for five years for five years. Would like to change if anybody would like to help her or takeover she'd be glad to see you at the meetings. Donna today and Susan good are responsible for our goodies which are going to come out at the end of the meeting. And I would like to thank God for her hard work and in making sure that every meeting has Tea Coffee and I'm very skilled and I liked it. Thank the executive members who worked so hard this year, we had our ups and our downs we've had first and we've had some first we didn't want for instance, last week, or last month, our speaker didn't show up. But that was a first we don't want to repeat. But we have also run a varied program this year. And we have set up for next year, four or five programs, which you'll find of interest, we're going back to some of the family histories and Saltspring Island to try and retrace some of the roots of the people who founded the island and their historical significance. And these programs will be presented and they're always advertised in the driftwood. And on the internet, so look forward to that. That'd be our September startup when our next meeting is held. Now the last order of business we have to do today is Alexa officers. So Frank, would you put the slide up, please, you've done it. Our numbers are sliding backwards. Instead of getting more and more, we're getting less and less. And we would like to invite some people to come and help us if you would like to you don't have to be on the executive to help us. But we do need people to help move furniture, move chairs set up building, set up the building as we meet and help us with our various activities. For instance, in June or July of this year, we will be having a second historical play put on by the playgroup from millbay. Right. We'll be Yeah, millbay players, it'd be held at the Gospel Church down the way it's a vignette of four little plays they put on takes about an hour and a half to put it on. And it was well received last year, and they'll be coming back on July the 23rd. It's a Saturday night 22nd. That's even better than Saturday night 22nd of July, at the Gospel Church. There'll be more information on that. And in September, of course, is fall fair. And we always like to have people volunteer to help us run the museum at the Fall fairgrounds. And we'll mention that again in September because nobody's thinking of September now, because we're all thinking of summer. Now, if it ever gets here might be here by September, but who knows? Okay. So those are your list of people who are running for nomination. We don't normally elect people to positions, we just select people to the board. And they get together and determined the positions and jobs they would like to do. So are there any further nominations? Any other nominations? Don't all sit on your hands now? All right, any further nominations? Then if we're not having any further nominations, this will be your slate of officers for 2011 and 12. We thank you very much. Any new business? Donna, do you want to circulate your tea list or not? They No. No new business. Okay, then we can have a motion to adjourn the annual general meeting of the Saltspring Island Historical Society. Thank you, Don. Second, Marshall. All in favor. Good. Thank you. So we'll just take one minute here to get our program sorted out. Are you ready to go Peter? Excuse me. Today, we have Lucia coming forward to speak to us on something that is well known to people Excuse me. Well known to people who have lived on Saltspring from the earliest 70s late 60s but not known to a lot of other people. This was the Alfred Tambo murals. Alfred was a artist lived in Fulford moved around the island. He also painted houses for a living but he said that he did that to make money and eat but he really loved his art. And so he painted murals and he painted various sketches around the island and when he has finished, these murals were located in the harbor house located in what was called KNR Village Market downtown, which is now the bullets salty shop building. And he also did some maps and most famous map he did was the one on lower Ganges road across from the church which is the big map that people photograph when they come to salt spray. Alfred was a great artist and he was a great community citizen. So I'd like to be sure to come forward now and give us the story of the Alfred Campbell murals

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I thought to know our friends through into In history, and in particular the history of Saltspring island. He knew of it through a book, published by written by and published by B. Hamilton, who was a Saltspring island. He was a driftwood reporter in the 1960s when Alfred arrived here, he arrived in 1964. Think works. And the book was published in 1969, shortly before Alfred was commissioned by the then new owner of the hub House Hotel, Fanta headstock to decorate the walls of the newly built addition named the Condor in and this was in 1971. And when I interviewed Alfred formally, he said, key that is, both the terminal had one architect was one whom he was in cooperation. Vote ahead socks business was a plumbing business in Vancouver, so he knew that architect, but that was more an industrial institutional type of architecture. And the consequence was a half a house that I didn't like much says output. So I tried to overcome the lack of charm of the exposed brick walls. So in the dining room, I made an applied sgraffito technique declaration of a boy leaning and looking and seeing the old wooden battleship Ganges and Su Lotus corrected outfit and take it wasn't as big as a battleship. And Don has said it was a frigate Dante's so that I did that was just right on the brick wall, and the brick wall remained in the background of it. Then it was the pub. And it was Alfred who chose the theme how to have something in K could be just painted for me. And when he heard that, when Bob Hertzog heard that Alfred was a muralist and would prefer to do what he enjoyed doing, he said, Go ahead, I'll pay you to do what you enjoy doing this job, Alfred loved. So alpha chosen theme. And the theme was the history of Saltspring. Island, according to be Hamilton, and as he said, this was the Fanciful history of Saltspring Island, which I have written down here was the I haven't written it down here. It's what fapy Hamilton has recorded is what I recall the oral history, or the legends of assaults. It might not bear up as actual verified history, but it's a really good read. And the book is called an island, which makes it nice and simple. And after love the book, he also wrote different duties that accompany some, though not all of the stories depicted on two walls of the drinking parlor. Marshall Sharpe photograph the lat wall that tells us part of the story of our island, the mural does still exist on the wall, the current carpet house, green banqueting room that lies beneath layers of wallpaper, and glue, and paint and output said, Well, if you're going to be a mural artist, that's what's going to happen. People buy up something or even just change their mind while you're in the midst of painting it. And there's, there's a place in Victoria that he painted with the rural scenes of one country. I know what it was Paris, Paris scenes, and when he just about finish, it has changed their minds and said they'd much rather have an English singing. And so he started all over again, but that was fine because they paid him. didn't mind if you paid to write a resume your elapsed time? Okay. So Frank, we accept Marshall staff photographs, and a little bit of the history of I have hunted and hunted for these paintings, not even knowing that they were really there, since my copy of Ben Hamilton's book, had the mural beginning this picture here, and it said that it came from a mural on one of the Inns of Salt Spring Island. And it's on the website and I've written about it there. And it has done in the box

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it has shown in the bottom left hand corner, a Mountie, and he's pointing to something that says poor on it, and I still Want to know what that's up to anybody knows what the call was? Because it looks more like something in a pop up book. There's a mural on the wall. And since he's a Mountie, I'm not sure whether it was an emergency. And because it was the pub, whether it was an emergency to call in the RCMP were in trouble with this, if it was Bruce, I'm not sure. Anyway, that's not on the photographs in the Marshall shop. It's not one of Marshall shops, photographs, that one. So somebody else took the picture for the hammer to to put it into my copy of the history of Salzburg nailed that, but the library's copy and the archives copy and Frank's copy, do not have that photograph in it. So there's mystery, maybe based published it twice, removed, that some somebody removed the photograph, or otherwise, it's just imagine in my head, my copy, like outwards copy, as he put it needed to get an archaeologist to come in and make a do for it. And so I couldn't predict to the way that I'd be looking for it. I don't know who I've given it to the person giving it back, or where I put it. Anyway. So it's um, this photograph has been there on the archives for years and years and years. And then we got all of the Marshall sharps, many, many beautiful black and white photographs, many done from the air aerial photographs of the 1960s. And there is this mural that I have been interviewing people about, if they remember parts of it, so that I can talk about the mural that was made. And so we have one wall, but I gathered that there are more pictures and just today just before we began, Don told me that he remembers one of logging, and so did Alfred Louise Louise Woodward. The painter, told me all about her relationship with the whole mural along this form, that when it was nicotine stained, and you could only see it through a haze of smoke. So she saw the the extremely high quality of the painting and was studying it to learn from it, that she didn't know it was painted by sportswomen Island, and would love to have known. So what's our next picture? Frank? Is it the map? I can't remember. Just go through the with those for the neuron. Okay, so what I've got here is the quotations from B Hamilton's book.

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B fountains book page 23 to 24. In my audition, he said, What Alfred said was that the mural on the plain wall was inspired by the book by being Hamilton and I illustrated some fanciful episodes from it. On the left side, there was the first teacher on Saltspring Island, and the Negro of those Negro pioneers, and I represented him with the blackboard with the Pythagoras triangle, the serum for the right angled triangle with the square on the hypotenuse, equaling some squares on the two sides. And the little kid sitting there watching, and then in the background, the little log cabin, that was the school. And then from behind to page 23 to 24. What inspired him, the first teacher on the island set a precedent in the good neighbor policy by teaching all the children for 10 years for nothing. He was a colored man, John Craven Jones, a graduate of the University of Ohio. That's incorrect. It was actually called Oberlin College in Ohio, and held a first class teaching certificate. There were 18 children between the ages of five to 16 years and they would have been without schooling. But for John C. Jones. This went on for five years for the pupils walking in groups in the woods as protection against the wolves and cougars that proud of the entire island. There were times when Mr. Jones even had to dodge you know, potshots from some Indian sniper. The school room was any abandoned shed or a corner of some barn. When he wasn't teaching this dedicated man was attending to his often neglected farm. In 1864, the government had set aside 100 acres of land at Central for a school and other public purposes and had given some aid whereby the settlers had been able to build a school. Mr. Jones now divided his time by teaching on alternate days in the Central School and an abandoned log cabin on at Beck's so filaments, which is the picture here. In that same year, the gantry settlement appealed to Governor Kennedy through another Negro fabric d less than an educated man to have the teacher's salary paid by the government. The Governor was in favor of this that things move slowly until another five years have passed the John Craig Jones continuing to receive nothing but the love and gratitude for the people as he faced that he taught his little pupils. A few years later, the first school board was formed with John P. Booth, Abraham Copeland and Thomas Griffiths on the board, through the efforts of these men and the government had last granted a salary of 500 a year to the teacher. And unfortunately, it was not retroactive. And John Jones had been teaching for 10 years on a private basis. There may have been a little money now and then but on the whole, he was worked for no pay. The 500 seemed like a fortune when it finally came. So after each poem is say, without any pay for 10 years to teach school, what must be drunk or full? John C. Jones was neither. He was a teacher. The next one

Speaker 3 41:27
says I don't recall which was the next one. recall correctly, but I think it was about that American vainglorious hunter who claimed to recognize the different species of animals from the reflection of the light in their eyes pit lamping at night. Anyway, he shot his own horse. So after depicted that story, and from B Hamilton, it says the islanders lived at times dangerously and one of the biggest hazards was the habit of pit lamping. It was as much as a person's life was worth to walk through the woods after dark when one of the farmers decided he needed some medicine. A bicycle lamp attached to his hatband a gun in his hand, he would slip out at night into the orchard or field and wait for the deer to be attracted by the shining light. Epicurious, the deer would approach slowly until a bit Lambert could see the shining eyes that he would fire between the blazing holes. Trouble arose at times because old shines all eyes shine in the dark. With the exception of human eyes, we understand cattle, horses, deer, they all wandered around the fields and orchards, and unless the hunter knew the difference in the shine of the orbs in super shock if he accidentally shot his neighbor's cow using an all out route, that particular bovine rose in value overnight, it was either the most valuable boss in the herd or someone special pets. Either way the pit blanket paid. Sometimes he went into court, however, as the band went out one night and saw a fine looking pair of shining orbs and he slammed the sharp home that turned out to be his own cow. While that was accidental, what the hell was time to speak the CRISPR anyway, these incidents continue to occur until they arrived a man named Conway who knew everything seeing that he was from Texas. Call me you showed me can tell the difference between the various animals. It was easy he shallow clamping and by Jimmy there were two deer staring at him. He recognized the shine of the eyes he blazed the heart right and left and fell the pair. The only trouble was that they were his own special team of horses with emphasis on the past tense

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of the special horse Texas Conway smarten like ooh Can we come back so I can read the poem.

Speaker 3 44:13
Texas Conway smart and wise could buy the reflection of its eyes of a carbide lanterns light. Tell any animal at sight at night, bang bang his rifle went to Browns was spent he fell to deer. You see them here. They had been his own office told me that he when he wrote these into duties he would pass them by his children who had to say that they were okay or not. And most of these they said we're not going to it's it's outfits fault not his children. Yes. Okay, next one. The next one is the fight in the rode in front of St. Mark's Church. And I have not found our alpha didn't remember this. See, we were working from people's memory. And we got these photographs yet. The Alpha didn't remember him telling me about him painting this particular scene. So if any of you know a fanciful legend or know where it might be in B Hamilton's book of two people having a fisticuffs fight in front of St. Mark's Church, while there was a lady standing by, do tell me if I have to tell her story again, I'll have the reading to be able to know the truth of the matter. It might have just been a regular occurrence or something else on top of that. Okay, the next one. The next one, of course, is squire Bullock, which are often called Bullock's balls. Had a face like twinkle in his eye so they were like the balls and I have I have the description from from John Crafton about his own memories of them as his little boy, or no his memories of what his mother told them the family about her memories when she was young, and also be Hamiltons Mr. Pollack developed a real thing about clothing department for men, women and children. So he set to work to instruct the young and elderly in the art of being well dressed. Living in the country was no excuse for sloppiness happened to he could see the average Islander today his fastidious soul with no no rats. First, Mr. Bullock started on the men and he insisted on bow tie and gloves for the occasions and there were a few times and there were a few times that were not considered formal by him. The good man even went so far as to supply the evening clothes for the men. Otherwise they would have let him down as few could afford the price. He did have trouble with his estate manager Keith Wilson, however, he's accepted the dress suit that bought wearing the top hat. Right, that's it Oh, it's down. Down in the right hand. bottom corner is this story as well as the boards. So keep that Keith Wilson who balked at wearing his top hat. The only time he would sing with it was when he was feeding the chickens. He filled it with grain and solidly through animals to feed up to the hands who couldn't have cared less for the honor. Mr. Bullock strolling around his estate one afternoon caught Keith red handed the hat under his arm, and with chickens clucking around his feet. To his credit, the old gentleman went home and had a good chuckle over it. And did it Oh, it was definite Crofton that John Compton that Desmond Crofton interviewed in 1972 by Lillian horsetail, describe what his mother must have told her children. Mr. Bullock used to throw these great parties dances, and everybody would have to dress up in formal evening clothes than they do in their white tie and tails. And how would they get to the smart shoes? Well, the Wilson family being rather large family, so this is known as the Wilson family, the Reverend Wilson's family. Well, the Wilson family being rather large family, you couldn't get 10 of them into a couple of buddies, so they get the old wagon, the big wagon with the two horses and they have the balls and cushions and they put straw at the bottom and they had arrived at the party and the girls would be lifted out of the wagon windows to the party and then afterwards drive home in the old wagon. Luis Luis Woodward thought that she remembered a Latin being drawn up with people on it and that's why I have that quotation there. But by the time we got the photos There's no There's Mr. Bullet on the top was one of his boys buttons, but these buttons down the down that livery suit and there are the musicians and there are the people dancing. So this is very, very colorful, by the way, I forgot that I was going to introduce it by saying that courses are black and white photographs. And what bliss told me about this was outfits, beautiful use of color and how lively each person's faces. And unfortunately the photographs are not in such clear detail that you can see all that I have seen On average some examples of outfits unfinished work and that alone is to me very very beautiful lovely comes just totally enchanting. So the next one you knew is personally done wow I have to wait

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his party's number one Mother's Day when the mother and dad were first married. They would go out and Bullock would entertain only will see couples at a time. So we'll start off with the first course should never have the second course third course. Further for whiskey for the man or Sherry Valley then he would bring the next second and you do the entire thing all over again. You do three sittings. Yes, some of the fellows on the attitude who were part of the bullet boys. Yes. From New York production Korea on

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curry ovens and furniture the boys got old enough there and then he would endow them with a money to buy abstract business right he's a history itself. Yes, you should do that for us.

Speaker 3 52:54
Yes. Okay, so the next one I haven't found this in behind in in her book but there's the poem sober he could not summon the courage to propose to his sweetheart fare after a few for the road he could and did it right there in the middle of the road. They lived happily ever passed. I don't know which couple that was. But there they are. On the wall in the house looks like this couple next one friends Ah, yes. I don't know if I have that one from the Hamilton either but I do know the story. If I do I can't find it right this minute so we'll move straight on its cost sense plus this this was one that he is that Alfred could remember that his children did not approve of and said nobody would understand. I have to read it very carefully because it's difficult to follow. Even for me knowing what it's all about. horse sense plus one horsepower. Use to get you most likely, safely safely to better horsepower plus hoof sense plus one horsepower used to get to most likely safe to bet if combined in one horse 300 Horse power minus four cents will get you more likely to go I have figured it out and I can't find it in my notes right now to the morgue instead thank you to the morgue instead or or fine which of course is worse. So I do remember Alfred not remembering remembering the picture and saying that that one was not passed. So it can be chanted said that it's like a poem but it's quite difficult and it's a story of somebody who've been trained his horse to be ready for him when he was at the harbor house. And when when time was up and he needed to go home, the friendly people of harbor house would simply load this man into the back of the wagon and the horse would trot home with him. So I don't actually remember who that person was but maybe some of you do. And the horse would be tied up outside the house just waiting for him and a lot of people okay so this could be just a generic everybody and

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Speaker 3 56:49
Okay, and the next one I do have the story for and this is that this is probably granny jives we are here we are no, it's not that.

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That would be one of the old CPR.

Speaker 3 57:56
Princess ones Yeah. Oh, Patricia. In the back.

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Speaker 3 58:09
the inequality? Oh, yes. So he may have been? Gosh, I haven't looked to see that. Thank you very much. Yes. I'll hunt up stories for that too, I suppose to be read from the history of harbor house and that's definitely part of it, as well as the mural of course.

Speaker 3 58:41
Mr. B, Hamilton actually, I've got what Alfred says fell down a common grandma. She was not a grandma at the time, using a broom to chase away a cougar that was threatening her baby in the cradle. And I asked him Did you also do a little rhyme for that? And he said, Oh, yes for everything. Indicators laughter on the tip. Mrs. Edmonds Cougar. When Mrs. England's first child was born, she put him up one day in his carriage to sleep in the fresh air as usual while she did the housework, with one eye on baby Joe as she worked, he suddenly saw him crying out mother sister broom and dashed out to drive away a large Cougar sniffing hungrily around the baby carriage as she ran it him the wild cat crouched his long tail switching angrily, but the screaming mother frantically waving her broom was too much for him. If this was civilization, the Cougar wanted none of it. He turned into sprang into the bushes while Martha rushed her firstborn son indoors. That baby was the well known Joseph Aikman Jr, the first white child to see the light of day and something. So pretty much examples be Hamilton's historical writing style. And the poem is indecipherable. That picture is sadly out of focus, because Marshall sharp was taking a photograph actually took about three or four photographs on it, but it's faded off to the right hand side. So I still live in hopes of either somebody else having taken a photograph of it, just this that somebody else did of the of the mountain with these cool button. Or otherwise, someone remembering someone who went to harbor house Lake Louise believes told me she went to harbor house not to drink and smoke like everybody else, that to go and learn from a true master the art of painting. She studied them every evening, I was chatting with these friends. Okay, so that's the last one of the new rules that we have of the photographs as murals that we have. If we still have time, I have two other there's a mystery. There are two other paintings that Alfred Mount Temple remembered. One of them I have the description of it, which is really rather a nice description. Do we have time for me to read that one? And we also have Bob confirming that yes, there was a painting on one of the walls of how people used to do their locking up on the the wooden boards Springboard accept, and what Alfred remembered, and so did Luis Luis remembers canoes pulled up on the beach. And Alfred said, may have done that. Yes, you didn't remember everything he painted in his life. He painted so much that the canoes pulled up on the beach Luis remembered as being Indian canoes. So he had recorded history before the pioneers as well as the history of the pioneers. And the next one that Louise remembered and so that Alfred was of the arrival of the black community and be Hamilton has a wonderful fanciful description of that. And this will be my last bit of reading indicate the arrival of the Negro community. The beauty of the Gulf Islands has impressed travelers from the first discovery to the present day, to the Negro people. The whole trip was like a dream. And by the time they had landed on shore, with their belongings dumped at their feet. They were all but speechless, overcome with awe and wonder. reverently, they touched the land they were assumed to call their own tall trees, Todd overhead, green bushes crowded to the water's edge. It was an overpowering setting for their future efforts. The new people turned to look at the rest of sea stretching for miles across to Vancouver Island. They saw salmon rising lazily to surface while hundreds of marine birds swam and fed in groups, all promising provisions for this up the table. They knew then that the long trail had it last ended. wordlessly they watch the ship when and sail away around the point, they realized this could be the last contact with the outside world for days, if not for months. It was a solid moment when they turned to the new responsibilities. Shoulder in their packs, they entered the woods to be immediately swallowed by the pain centered wilderness that was to be their home for many a year. The first night on Saltspring Island cannot be pushed aside as a mere happening. This was the beginning of the civilization of the island, and the dark skinned colony gathered around a fire to cook a Commodore supper and plan their movements for the next few days. It was a night to remember, the evening closed in with a myriad of strange sounds that will scantling feet, grunts and snorts and the kicking insects. I shot in the dark and high overhead but sat in the trees and through questions into the night. Who who are who indeed, these people were many a generation away from the African jungle. Yet an atavistic instinctually stirred within them as the night sounds with Pacific Coast jungle, differing only in degree from the night symphony of nature in the equatorial African jungle through the tribal party together defensively. Stars had never seen so bright also lively. This was the month of shooting stars August 1857. And those it was 1859 we have in our recorded history, but George laundry has got suspicions and possible proof that their 1857 was earlier than that, but would certainly not have been the black community needed 37 They certainly didn't come until 1858. They came to Victoria, and they settled on Saltspring no in 1859. But oral history sometimes is truer than written, boring facts. About all the sounds came about all the sounds came with fear somehow of the wolf in the hills as he hunted, and the eatery screamed the wild Cougar as it proud near the camp. Sleep was far from the colored folks eyes, and they hastened to pile more wood on the fire, glancing nervously over their shoulders, the darkness around them, that there was one among them higher winds, about 23 years old, who, with all confidence and defiance of use, lifted this face to the sky and said, We are free people. This is our island, and he broke into one of their beloved melodies, how to share joy in his newfound sense of liberty, and independence. That was all that was needed to break the spell of strangeness of the night had cast upon them, the others joined in and gave back to the wildlife as good as they received and better, with a deep feeling and pathos of their songs that told them the tribulations of days of slavery, their voices throbbing into the night, they're changing it to ecstasy, they sound the ultimate joy of freedom in this new land, and of their hopes for happiness and reunion with loved ones. And with the singing their spirits rose to dominate the unfamiliar. And to make this their land is big. Thank you.

Speaker 1 1:06:58
Thank you very much. Roberta. Do you have any recollections of any of this as your house? Yes. Now they disappeared from sight, I seem to remember some of them being a three dimensional sort of on shield type things. And those were taken down and so all of it was either painted over or taken down and disappeared. And I don't think we know where they ended up at.

Unknown Speaker 1:07:32
advocate in the actual restaurant, yes.

Speaker 1 1:07:38
Now these are pictures of our alpha, but this is not harbor host pictures. These are the blackforest restaurant I believe in Vancouver. No, in invermere Okay, and they're in color. And they're quite,

Speaker 3 1:07:52
this was in the harbor house, but a different shaped cupola. And that's something Sue Newman remembers playing in the band on Saturday nights. She absolutely loved Alfred's sky of stars overhead, and then all around all of the constellations of the of the what's it called?

Speaker 1 1:08:16
Love you look at these, you get the idea of the color, and I was too bad that they weren't done in color. We don't we don't know what's happened to him. But these were this was a restaurant which he? He did. Yeah, I remember we used to go up there and work on a piece of

Speaker 3 1:08:29
gear on Duncan's home. That one, no one's here

Unknown Speaker 1:08:33
can tell his story now.

Speaker 2 1:08:35
In 1971, my parents commissioned an offer to do some decorating in the house. And these are the murals out of our bathroom. And it was a merman and mermaid and two children. And they were painted right around the light switches just like that. And Musa allow strawberry tees and such to be held in the yard and some woman would go into the house and they use the washroom and come out giggling and then pretty soon the whole lot was in there watching these rather risque pictures on the wall. And when we moved here 19 Are 2001 We were worried about keeping them and my wife was able to get them all off the wall. They were on. wallpapers. So she just took a ruler which they all sheets, and we saved them and then we were wondering what to do with them. So I said well phone, Alfred, and we'll find out. So he came in about 10 minutes and spent a delightful afternoon with us talking about the murals. And one funny story. He said, Well, that was my memory period. He said are there ducks on the ceiling? He said to us in for these underwater scenes. He used to pay sort of the bottom half of a duck and two feet all over the ceiling. So we when he left we rode up to the old house but we didn't have any ducks. And it's those pictures are now remelted in our current bathroom in the old house.

Speaker 3 1:09:54
So this is the restaurant that infirmier blackforest ins and Alfred pink Did for many of them there seemed to be all over BC. And so the owners would know this and they get him to paint them. This was his last work. And I know how heartbroken he would be this is unfinished. And Alfred didn't even want me to look at these photographs of them. He would take photographs or get someone to take photographs so that at the end of the day or the end of the session, he could go home, look at them, look at the photographs, being ready to go back was exactly what he needed to continue painting. And he didn't want me to take copies of his photographs or show anybody the photographs because they were not examples. So these work. They were examples of how he worked. I tried to argue. And this the long big viewer you see that is exactly as he described it to me of all the trees being painted in that the people are all just white sumo silhouettes. And I find that absolutely wonderful just as it is the post for him is it sad that he was not able to finish that which is his last work, or his last big professional work. And he was up there on the top of the ladder at an ancient age when I was watching him in his kitchen with sticks ricocheting from one side to the other to get me a cup of tea, and a gentleman refusing to allow me to get a cup of tea.

Speaker 1 1:11:29
We'll just wrap up but they also had Alfred Campbell paint my front room. Unfortunately, he did all one color. And that's how he used to make his money. And it Ruth is here, Tom vulgaris and her husband was also part of that painting crew that used to work together Campbell and Overson were well known local pages on on Saltspring Island. Any other comments or questions? Yep. As who written is live streaming and it is working to get prisoner of war during World War Two. Any other comments or questions? I think anybody who knew Alfred was really impressed with the gentleman he was he was a wonderful citizen and a great community person and is being missed in our community today. So thank you very much for coming today. We have tea and coffee after and give me a chance to talk with you a bit more about Arthur Alfred Kemp Tamil and his murals. Thank you very much.

Unknown Speaker 1:12:47