Let's get together.

Let's get together.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Oral History Videos

If you were not at all of our meetings here are two of the videoed talks you might have missed.  One by Audrey Coutts (MacDonald) and the other by Bob Pederson and both very interesting. I hope you will watch them and perhaps leave a comment. Here are the direct links to You Tube. As usual the links to these and all our videos are also on our blog site.
Our blog      http://royaloakschoolyard.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The Minter family

If you lived near Elk Lake in the late 1940's or 1950's the name Minter is likely familiar to you.  Our speaker in March was Joan (Minter) Smirl and I have just posted the resulting video to our blog site. It contains a great deal of interesting material about the family and the area.
The direct link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Vg5dNQDDQ   and as you know you can find it and all the oral history videos on the oral history page of the blog.  Happy May.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Two new videos.

Two new videos have just been added to our blog.

The first is...."Royal Oak Memories"  Part 2  

This is an audio/video introduction and preview to our oral history project.It continues from where Royal Oak Memories Part 1 left off. It is a collection of short entertaining clips from our Oral Histories from June 2014 to June 2016.

The second is.....Saanich Remembers WW 1

This video is of a talk given on January 25, 2017 at the Saanich
Municipal hall about the Saanich Archives' "Saanich Remembers
WW 1 project. This project is to commemorate WW 1 and in particular
Saanich residents who fought in that war. The story takes some interesting

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

#1 for 2017.

2017.....It is hard to believe that we are starting this group's 5th year and still having fun.

The talk by John Whittaker in January is now a video that you may watch at this link    https://youtu.be/ySWHtNcCyDw     or by going to the link on the oral history page.

This informative and entertaining talk will be particularly interesting to those who lived or spent time in Cordova Bay in the '40's and '50's.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Ending 2016 on a High Note.

In November Enid Bull and Heather Smith went to the home of George Lohr to record some of his memories after living almost 90 years at Prospect Lake. Mr. Lohr's son Steve Lohr was also present and he added much to the story from the "next generation" point of view.

The direct link to the video is    https://youtu.be/_7a3cBkJCjM_    and as always available on the Oral History page.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Good news & bad news.

Bad news first.........

I am very sorry to tell you that another classmate from the 1953 Graduating class has passed away. Yateve (Swift) Herman's obituary can be read at

Also, you may not have been able to locate John Green's obituary. It has been re-posted at the same link. My apologies.

The good news is........ Barbara Handysides' fun and informative talk from October is now available for you to view on You tube at

Links to all the Oral History videos can be found at

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

In Sympathy

I regret to inform you that I have added the names of Valerie (Bate) Abramson and Donald Douglas to the obituary page.

Our most sincere sympathy to their families.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

See what's new.

I have just added Dave Tribe’s September oral history video about his days growing up in Royal Oak to our website. This is another great addition to our archive of personal recollections about all the mostly good times spent in Royal Oak and the people and places in the area. The direct link is https://youtu.be/v-UBzS6DSCo      You will also find the link on the blogsite’s oral history page.

Dave’s humorous and personal talk joins those given by Morgan (Scott) Ostler, Grant Sheldrake, Peter Goddard, Lisle (Layritz) Jakeman, Gary Cunningham, Peter Thomas, Katherine Whitworth, Ron Burnham, Elsie (Dudman) Laird, Jack Mather, Fred Green, Norma (Carmichael) Sealy, Phyllis (Rodgers) Fatt, Lewis Burden, Paul Taylor, Susan Doyle-Lawrence, Daryl Foster, Carol (Bleathman) Wright, Vicky Sanders, John Lucas, Richard Pearce, Marguerite Gayfer, Ray Travers, Grace (Sinclair) Nickels, Bruce McMorran, Arnold Goyatte, Lorraine (Hilton) McCloy, Grant MacDonald, Doug Rose, Don Fish, Norm Pimlott with Colleen Pimlott-Marsel, Shirley (Waters) Hunt, Doug Gait, the ladies of the Colquitz Telephone Exchange, Dorothy (Ochs) Varley, Joann (Wootten) Halsall, Jack Burdge, Cairine (Ash) Green, Pat (Lock) Coates, Barry Hall, Bud French, Gertie (Campbell) Wilson and Enid (Cuthbert) Bull. 

And by the way, if you are looking for some new recipes go to  http://royaloakschoolyard.blogspot.ca/p/publications-books-and-links-etc-etc.html       and have a look at a Royal Oak Elementary School cookbook from 1965 that was a gift to Barbara Handysides from her brother when he was in Grade 5.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Three cheers for...

Three cheers for our President Enid Bull.  Not only did she start this wonderful group and I think is the main reason it is still together and going strong she has now also found the time to do an oral history talk. I had the pleasure of making it into a video that you may see at   https://youtu.be/bxBNTJ6paTM     Wonderful stories of a young lady growing up on a farm in rural Saanich.

Remember you can find links to all the oral histories on our Oral History page.

More new Royal Oak School class photos have been added particularly from the 1920's, 30's and 40's. As usual many students are unidentified from these photos as well as all the others. I hope you will have a look at the photos from your years in school and see if you can fill in any blanks.

Hope to see you at the next meeting on Thursday October 13 at  St. Michael and all Angels Church hall. Doors open at 1:00 pm.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Mrs. Gertrude (Campbell) Wilson

Our most recent Oral History video is a bit of a departure.

In April a very nice lady by the name of Beverley Earl gave me some class photos from Royal Oak and Mt. View High School along with video clips of the photo's owner, Mrs. Gertrude (Campbell) Wilson naming some of the students in the photos. Most of these photos were new to us and from a period that was so far, poorly documented.

Wishing to learn more Beverley kindly arranged for a second visit to Mrs. Wilson at her home to see if we might learn about the Campbell family and perhaps identify a few more of the students in the photos. Our hard working secretary Heather Smith took the cameras and videoed the interview.

At 92 years of age Mrs. Wilson's memory is impressive. I think that you will enjoy hearing her talk about growing up with her twin sister Gladys and six older siblings at the caretakers house by the Beaver Lake reservoir.

You may see the video via this link    https://youtu.be/qVePAAaucWo
which as usual is also on the Oral History page.