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  • Box 263, Mill Bay, BC, V0R 2P0 - Charitable Registration No. BN 1221 2827

Activities

White Cross Placements this year on October 31 – 2015

WHITE CROSS PLACEMENTS REVIEW

Beginning in 1926, local volunteers have followed a Cowichan Valley tradition of placing small, white wooden crosses, decorated with a lapel poppy and a sprig of cedar, on the graves of veterans for remembrance through the month of November. Introduced by the Royal Canadian Legion before today's November 11 cenotaph services were first organized, in some communities the practice of placing crosses has continued because it remembers all veterans, while the cenotaph memorial emphasizes the sacrifice of those who fell overseas.

Starting in 2011, the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society has organized white cross placements at all South Cowichan cemeteries except St. John's Cobble Hill, while Mike Bieling of the Old Cemeteries Society maintains the records of veteran graves. Members of Canadian Legion Malahat Branch and Air, Sea, and Army Cadet corps assist on the placement days. This collaborative effort has re-energized the local remembrance cross tradition.

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, white cross placements to mark the graves of all armed services veterans will take place starting at 1:00pm at Shawnigan Cemetery with 31 crosses and continue in Mill Bay with 12 crosses at the heritage church (former Methodist/United) at the end of Church Way.

Then at 2:00pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Cemetery, bagpipes will provide the background for placement of 48 crosses, with socializing and refreshments to follow in the pastoral centre.

The Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society coordinates these placements and is grateful for the cooperation of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 134, Cowichan Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, Malahat Lions, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and the Old Cemeteries Society.

2014

TheGoodOldDaze

The Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society’s Good Old ‘Daze’ Scarecrow Festival Fundraiser for New Museum

Monday July 11 - Thursday July 21
9:30am - 5:30pm
Mill Bay Centre Mall and Surrounding Area

Vote for your favorite figures and drop your ballots at any of the 11 voting stations listed on the map. All the ballots and scavenger hunts are entered in draws for dozens of prizes, so vote often.
You could be a winner. The odds are better than buying a lotto ticket!
Your votes also decide the winners of this competition because the 5 figures with the most votes receive The Good Old ‘Daze’ Best Figure Award prizes.

Find out who the winners are at our Awards celebration BBQ, Thursday, July 21, 4:30 - 6:30pm One of the winners could be you.

This year the proceeds and any donations made at Island Savings Credit Union will be going towards the new South Cowichan Museum that we are establishing along with the Bamberton and the Cobble Hill Historical Societies in the little white church at the intersection of the highway and the Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd.

Tell your family ... Tell your friends ... Tell everyone!

For More Information: www.millbaymalahathistory.com 250 743 9196

2016 Participants

Acacia Ty Mawr Care Home
Bamberton Historical Society
Bare Essentials Ltd
Bru-Go’s Coffee
Casey's Coffee House
CIBC Mill Bay
Cobble Hill Farmers Institute
Cobble Hill Historical Society
Cowichan Intercultural Society
European Cleaning Company
Eye Design Optometry
Garden House Foundation
Girl Guides
Hand in Hand Thrift Shop
High Performance Climbing Walls
Island Curves
Island Savings Credit Union
Island Water Store
Joe Ros Art & Photography
Lucky Paws Pet Supply
Malahat Chalet/Moonwater Lodge
Malahat Freemasons' Lodge
Merridale Cidery
Mill Bay Centre
Mill Bay Community League
Mill Bay Dental Health
Mill Bay Farms
Mill Bay / Malahat Historical Society
Mill Bay Marine Group
Mill Bay Paint & Hardware
Patryka Designs
Pemberton Holmes Cobble Hill
Pharmasave Mill Bay
RE/MAX Mill Bay
Ronalee’s Hair Design
Royal Bank Of Canada Mill Bay
Rusticana Coffee
South Cowichan Community Policing
South Cowichan Healthcare Auxiliary
St. Francis Xavier Historical Society
Subway Mill Bay
The Rosenthal Solution
The Third Addition
Thrifty Foods
Tina Nails & Spa Ltd.
Vancouver Island Regional Library
Wear Its At

2013 – 2016

MYSTERY HISTORY TOURS

MBMHS organizes tours to local and regional sites of historical interest.

Participants must be MBMHS members as required by our insurance.

Past tours:

1 - Shawnigan School Museum - March 12, 2010
2 - Malahat Park (Shapleys’) - May 15, 2010
3 - St. Francis Xavier Church - Sept. 18, 2010
4 - St. John’s Cobble Hill cemetery - Oct. 30, 2010
5 - Former Mill Stream Grocery - Jan. 8, 2011
6 - Mill Bay Fire Hall #1 - Feb. 19, 2011
7 - Former Scollard House - Mar. 19, 2011
8 - Retirement of M.V. Mill Bay - May 1, 2011
9 - Bamberton Museum & Townsite - June 12, 2011
10 - Former Methodist/United Church cemetery - Sept. 17, 2011
11 - Shawnigan Lake Historical Society Museum - Nov. 27, 2011
12 - Malahat Masonic Lodge - March 11, 2012
13 - Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre - April 15, 2012
14 - Former Sylvania School - October 21, 2012
15 - Former Home of Dr. Cyril Wace - June 22, 2013
16 - Salmon Enhancement Facility - Oct. 19, 2013
17 - Old Mill Bay School - June 16, 2014
18 - Ross Bay Cemetery - August 16, 2014 (pictures)
19 - James Dougan Memorial Cemetery - April 26, 2015 - Thanks to Dougan Family historian Doris Benjamin for wonderful story-telling about her colourful ancestors and to Nancy Bennett for the gift of "My Daughter's Request," a book of autobiographical sketches written by her father C.A. Dougan, which will be available to members along with other history books in our lending library at the museum.

20 - MYSTERY HISTORY TOUR #20: Former Chip Meredith home featured in "One Man's Dream." Sunday, July 19, carpooling from Pioneer Square Mall lower lot at 1:15 p.m. You've seen Roger Carr in the movie acting as Major MacFarlane in front of a heritage house which was actually the long-time home of Charles "Chip" Meredith and his wife Molly. Chip was a well-known and well-loved elder, honoured by the Mill Bay Community League with life membership. It was the gifting of artifacts from the Meredith estate that spurred the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society into starting our museum, where you can see the portrait of Molly in the bedroom exhibit. Present owners Heather and Fred Gallagher have invited a long-time neighbour and some Meredith family members to join us in hopes of adding more depth to the stories about the Merediths and their home. We'll see enlarged photos of early life there and a variety of artifacts that went with the property, including seven beautiful whiskey jugs that would have delighted Major MacFarlane. You won't want to miss this tour, and you'll need to buy a $5 MBMHS membership at the start if you haven't done so already in 2015. For more information call 250-743-2686 or 743-0144.

2015 James Dougan Memorial Cemetery

SIGNS OF PLACES PAST

Ever pass by a building and wonder what was there before? This MBMHS project will help you find out. MBMHS places signs and banners with historical photographs and information around the community in collaboration with local businesses, institutions, and individuals. You can find them at Pioneer Square Mall, Kerry Park Recreation Centre, Mill Bay Community Hall, South Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Centre, Mill Bay Medical Centre lobby, Rusticana Coffee, Mill Bay Shell, and Malahat Bungalows Motel.

“We have had so many positive comments from residents and tourists as well as business operators who have enjoyed seeing what the area used to look like," says Maureen Alexander, MBMHS President.
"We are pleased that those who proudly display the Signs of Places Past demonstrate an appreciation for the places and people who have made the Mill Bay and Malahat areas the community it is today," says Jim Wisnia, who heads this project. He has plans to install more signs in the coming year.

At 2 pm on Sunday, October 16, behind the Mill Bay Tim Horton's, a sign commemorating Bayview School will be dedicated by the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society and the Cowichan Valley Schools Heritage Society.

Former Bayview School students and teachers, and the general public, are invited to attend this event.

Please bring your stories, photos, and other memorabilia from the school with you so more of the school's history can be documented by society members in attendance.

The society is on the lookout for historical photos of the area that could be scanned for use in the sign and banner project or in exhibits at the MBMHS Museum in Pioneer Square Mall. If you have any photos you think we might be able to use, please call us at 250-743-0144.

2014

ONE MAN’S DREAM – THE HISTORY OF THE MALAHAT HWY

SOLD OUT PREMIERE OF ONE MAN’S DREAM A SMASH SUCCESS THE MILL BAY/MALAHAT HISTORICAL SOCIETY WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED OUR PREMIERE OF ONE MAN’S DREAM; THE HISTORY OF THE MALAHAT HIGHWAY. LIMITED NUMBER OF COPIES OF THE DVD ARE AVAILABLE BY CONTACTING DALEXANDER2@SHAW.CA OR 250 743 9196. THE NEXT SHOWING OF THIS MOVIE WILL BE JUNE 3 AT THE ISLAND SAVINGS CENTRE THEATRE IN DUNCAN.

Box 263, Mill Bay, BC, V0R 2P0  -  250-743-0144 - Charitable Registration No. BN 1221 2827