Digital files of sound recordings made for the Nanaimo Historical Society between 1976 and 2011.

Recent Submissions

  • Nanaimo heritage 

    Sholberg, Chris; Fuller, Gord (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2008-09-11)
    Audio recording of Chris Sholberg's presentation in 2008 to the Nanaimo Historical Society in which he talks about the City of Nanaimo's Heritage Conservation Program and about the Nanaimo Neighbourhood Network. Sholberg, ...
  • Malaspina University-College: Past, present, and future 

    Ross, Patrick (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2007-10-11)
    Audio recording of Dr. Patrick Ross' October 2007 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about Malaspina University-College. Ross, Malaspina University-College's Vice-President, Student Services, outlines a history ...
  • Nanaimo's Italian community 

    Bowen, Lynne (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2006-09-14)
    Audio recording of Lynne Bowen's presentation in 2006 to the Nanaimo Historical Society about Italian immigration to Nanaimo and other parts of British Columbia. Bowen, an author and historian, outlines how after Italy's ...
  • Making of a coal town: Nanaimo, 1852-1858 

    Mackie, Richard S. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2005-05-19)
    Audio recording of Dr. Richard Mackie's May 2005 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the early history of Nanaimo. Mackie's talk focuses on the period of 1852 to 1858, during which the Hudson's Bay Company ...
  • Coal mine underground maps 

    Lindsay, Shari (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2005-04-14)
    Audio recording of Shari Lindsay's April 2005 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the atlas she's created featuring the underground workings of coal mines in the Nanaimo area, from Cassidy to Lantzville. ...
  • Honouring air crash sites 

    Rankin, Paul (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2004-11-04)
    Audio recording of Paul Rankin's November 2004 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about military air crashes on Vancouver Island during the Second World War. Rankin describes a project he has been working on ...
  • Nanaimo school board spending, 1880-1890 

    Brown, Helen H. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2002-11-14)
    Audio recording of Dr. Helen Brown's November 2002 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about school board consumption in Nanaimo at the end of the 19th century. Brown, a history professor at Malaspina ...
  • Pacific home children 

    Baker, Sydney (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2002-05-09)
    Audio recording of Syd Baker's presentation in 2002 to the Nanaimo Historical Society in which he talks about British Home Children. Baker outlines his own experience as a child growing up in Dr. Barnardo's Homes, where ...
  • Letters from the war 

    Davies, Stephen (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2002-02-14)
    Audio recording of Dr. Stephen Davies' February 2002 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the Canadian Letters and Images Project. Davies, a history professor and director of the project at Malaspina ...
  • Nanaimo mining history 

    Paterson, Thomas William (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2001-10-11)
    Audio recording of T.W. Paterson's presentation in 2001 to the Nanaimo Historical Society in which he talks about the current state of coal mines in the Nanaimo area. Having explored former mining sites all over Vancouver ...
  • Treasures in Nanaimo's attics and basements 

    Bowen, Lynne (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2000-09-14)
    Audio recording of Lynne Bowen's presentation in 2000 to the Nanaimo Historical Society in which she talks about the value of historical documents, letters, and other papers that have a tendency to be overlooked or even ...
  • Nanaimo school records 

    Brown, Helen H. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2000-04-13)
    Audio recording of Dr. Helen Brown's April 2000 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the importance and value of Nanaimo's early school records. Between 1890 and 1900, Nanaimo experienced rapid population ...
  • Social history, personal history: Vancouver's Chinatown project 

    Lim, Imogene (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1999-11-04)
    Audio recording of Dr. Imogene Lim's November 1999 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about a Vancouver Chinatown excavation project, which was the first urban historical archaeology ever conducted in the city. ...
  • Cowichan Lake 

    Bowen, Lynne (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1996-11-14)
    Audio recording of Lynne Bowen's November 1996 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about her 1995 book, "Those Lake People: Stories of Cowichan Lake." Bowen reads several excerpts from her book to illustrate ...
  • The story of Protection Island 

    Williams, Parker (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1996-10-10)
    Audio recording of Parker Williams' presentation about the history of Protection Island to the Nanaimo Historical Society in 1996. Williams, a longtime Protection Island resident, begins his talk with an explanation of how ...
  • A walk around downtown Nanaimo 

    Berry, Gerald G. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1996-09-12)
    Audio recording of Jerry Berry's presentation in 1996 to the Nanaimo Historical Society in which he describes a walk through Nanaimo's downtown as he remembers it from earlier days. Born in 1929, many of Berry's memories ...
  • Nanaimo 1900: The Boer War captures our citizens' imagination 

    Royle, Anne (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1993-03-11)
    Audio recording of Anne Royle's presentation in 1993 to the Nanaimo Historical Society in which she reads excerpts from the city's newspaper, The Nanaimo Free Press, from the year 1900. The Boer War in South Africa is ...
  • The Fairbridge Farm scheme 

    Dunae, Patrick A. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1992-03-12)
    Audio recording of Dr. Patrick Dunae's March 1992 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School in Cowichan Station, near Duncan, where between 1935 and 1951, almost 450 ...
  • Nanaimo 1875 

    Royle, Anne (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1992-01-09)
    Audio recording of Anne Royle's presentation in 1992 to the Nanaimo Historical Society in which she reads excerpts from the city's newspaper, The Nanaimo Free Press, from the year 1875. Royle highlights several frequently ...
  • Old time miner 

    Mills, Harry (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1991-09-12)
    Audio recording of Harry Mills' presentation about coal mining to the Nanaimo Historical Society in 1991. Mills, a longtime South End resident and the son of a miner, speaks about his experiences working in Nanaimo's mines ...