Local History

The Unity Vancouver Island building in East Wellington near Nanaimo was heavily damaged in an overnight fire. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Historical church building in Nanaimo heavily damaged by fire

Unity Vancouver Island building in East Wellington dates back to late 1800s

 

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

100-year-old bylaws coming off the books in the City of Nanaimo

Council retains bylaw prohibiting nuclear weapons, but repeals bylaw preventing drunken singing

 

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.

Choir boy and belly dancer settle in B.C. after roller coaster love story

Christine and Christopher met as teens in the United Kingdom

 

Jordan Johns, Nanaimo Museum exhibit technician, checks over a display of a 1950s-era wedding gown originally sold by the Jean Burns clothing store that was formerly located at the corner of Commercial Street and Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Museum opens vault to reveal some of city’s lesser-known history

Artifacts in new exhibit tell rarely told stories from Nanaimo’s past with fresh perspectives

Jordan Johns, Nanaimo Museum exhibit technician, checks over a display of a 1950s-era wedding gown originally sold by the Jean Burns clothing store that was formerly located at the corner of Commercial Street and Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Jordan Johns, Nanaimo Museum exhibit technician, checks over a display of a 1950s-era wedding gown originally sold by the Jean Burns clothing store that was formerly located at the corner of Commercial Street and Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Museum opens vault to reveal some of city’s lesser-known history

Artifacts in new exhibit tell rarely told stories from Nanaimo’s past with fresh perspectives

Jordan Johns, Nanaimo Museum exhibit technician, checks over a display of a 1950s-era wedding gown originally sold by the Jean Burns clothing store that was formerly located at the corner of Commercial Street and Terminal Avenue in downtown Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

Woodside sold: Sooke couple buys Western Canada’s oldest working farm

South Island’s Woodside Farm is the oldest continuously operated farm west of the Great Lakes

The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Restoration work on the historic Morden Mine head frame and tipple, south of Nanaimo, is nearing completion. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Restoration work stabilizes Morden Mine tipple south of Nanaimo

Concrete poured, scaffolding coming down at Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park

Restoration work on the historic Morden Mine head frame and tipple, south of Nanaimo, is nearing completion. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A newspaper cutting from 1917 showing family members of a family researcher in Birmingham, U.K. (Image submitted)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Family history researcher in U.K. looks for Nanaimo connections

Lockdown in United Kingdom gives letter writer time to look into family tree

  • Sep 5, 2020
A newspaper cutting from 1917 showing family members of a family researcher in Birmingham, U.K. (Image submitted)
Nanaimo Museum and Nanaimo Community Archives have started a joint project to record how COVID-19 has affected Nanaimo’s families businesses and organizations. The public will be asked to share their experiences online through the museum’s website. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Museum and archives want to document COVID-19 history as it happens in Nanaimo

Public invited to help record history of how coronavirus is impacting their lives

Nanaimo Museum and Nanaimo Community Archives have started a joint project to record how COVID-19 has affected Nanaimo’s families businesses and organizations. The public will be asked to share their experiences online through the museum’s website. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)
Some youth are choosing to draw their thoughts on their pandemic postcards. People who don’t want to download a postcard can also e-mail their thoughts to Literacy Alberni and they will be printed on a card for the project. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Some youth are choosing to draw their thoughts on their pandemic postcards. People who don’t want to download a postcard can also e-mail their thoughts to Literacy Alberni and they will be printed on a card for the project. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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