Jessica Pyett

Jessica Pyett

History on display at Buttertubs Marsh

Vancouver Island University students and Friends of Buttertubs have teamed to produce a pictorial timeline of Buttertubs Marsh's history.

Vancouver Island University students and the Friends of Buttertubs have teamed to produce a pictorial timeline of Buttertubs Marsh’s history.

The work put in by Haley Robinson and Jessica Pyett, VIU geography students, and the non-profit volunteer group has yielded an illustrated display of the wetland from 1890 to the present at an information kiosk at Miner’s Cottage, near Jingle Pot Road and Third Street.

“We were doing work on the history of Buttertubs Marsh, so I did the site history … and talked about the different land uses that had happened on this property in the past and I went down to the [Nanaimo Community Archives] and found some interesting images.

“You can see Mount Benson on the back of some of them and some of the trees that still exist here, you can see them,” said Robinson.

She said she learned some new facts, including that Buttertubs was the site of military camps for Nanaimo.

Bill Merilees, Friends of Buttertubs’ chairman, said his group became involved when Pyett and Robinson’s professor, Michael Tripp, asked members to give students a tour of the wetland – members took part in student presentations and were impressed with the work.

“The graphic that Haley produced, which is now here on the shelter at the miner’s cottage, was really incredibly first class and really had a lot of public meaning and value and so we asked her if we could have access to the work she had done and she graciously allowed us to do that,” he said.

According to Merilees, Buttertubs has a unique history as there was coal mining in the area and it was the first site where vegetables were grown for the earliest community of Nanaimo.

“It has a tremendous connection to Nanaimo’s earliest history … so this project has brought that forward into the public eye and particularly so in the public eye when we have the sign here because we have about 75,000 people walk Buttertubs a year.

“That’s almost about two-thirds of the population of the City of Nanaimo today and it gives them a touch of their heritage and a history of this wonderful city,” Merilees said.

The city assisted with putting up the display, he said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo city council voted unanimously Monday to pass a bylaw establishing the foundation for a new downtown business improvement association. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
City of Nanaimo adopts bylaw to create new downtown business improvement association

Chamber of commerce says next steps will be a board of directors and five-year strategic plan

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district teachers’ union, and its counterparts from Mount Arrowsmith district, seek stricter COVID-19 rules. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith teachers’ union asks health authority for stricter COVID-19 measures

Teachers ask for vaccine, more online learning, mask mandate for primary students

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Chakalaka Bar & Grill remains open in defiance of orders from Island Health to close. (Cole Schisler photo)
Island Health seeks injunction against restaurant defying COVID-19 orders

VIHA says Chakalaka Bar and Grill also violating water and sewer regulations with RV hook-ups

Nanaimo Fire Rescue investigator Mark Jonah probes the scene of a blaze that destroyed two apartments on Sunday, April 18. The cause of the blaze has not been determined. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
UPDATE: RCMP say Wakesiah Avenue fire was arson, suspect has been arrested

35-year-old man arrested for allegedly starting fire lived in the complex

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

The City of Nanaimo will further investigate an initiative to set up two 12-cabin sites to create transitional emergency housing for people experiencing homelessness. (Black Press file photo)
City of Nanaimo will ask for expressions of interest to operate tiny cabin sites

Staff expresses concern about workload, councillor says sheltering people must take priority

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Police executed a search warrant at the Devils Army Clubhouse on Petersen road in Campbell River on August 10, 2017.
Murder trial into 2016 Campbell River killing underway in Victoria

Ricky Alexander is charged with the first-degree murder of John Dillon Brown

Most Read