Friday, 10 April 2009

Slumach Web site wins award!

This just in:
Dear Fred Braches:
As chair of the BCHF website prize committee, I am pleased to let you know that the committee has chosen Slumach as the 2008 winner of the federation's website prize.
The committee was very impressed with the site's careful design and impressive research. Well done.
The prize will be presented at the upcoming federation convention in Nelson in May. An officer of the federation will contact you about the details of the prize and when it will be presented.
Duff Sutherland
Chair, BCHF Website Prize Committee

This award is sponsored yearly "to recognize web sites that contribute to the understanding and appreciation of British Columbia's past" by The British Columbia Historical Federation and David Mattison, creator of The British Columbia History Internet/Web Site, and its succesor the British Columbia History Portal .

Monday, 6 April 2009

Judge Montague William Tyrwhitt Drake

Just noticed that in 1879, Judge Tyrwhitt Drake was one of the owners of the Moodyville Sawmill Company. Aside from being a barrister and judge of the Supreme Court of B.C. Montague William Tyrwhitt Drake was also a mayor of the City of Victoria (1876-1877)

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Is THIS Slumach's mine?

Don Waite recently confided to me that on a hunch as a result of his 1974 interview with Aunt Mandy Charnley, he and his two sons had checked out a bench-shaped outcropping just above the hot springs at Second Canyon gorge on the Upper Pitt River. Sure enough, the site had quartz that was extremely rich in gold. It took the three a couple of days to hack out chunks of the gold-bearing rock, including the specimen he shows here. The trio managed to sell everything through a dealer in Vancouver just after Christmas of last year.