Community Records

Private Records

The following collections were generously donated to Oak Bay Archives by individuals, families, businesses, and organizations in our community.

Records can normally be viewed at Oak Bay Archives by appointment in advance. Cataloguing is ongoing; more information about the collections can be requested from the Archivist. Many of the photographs have been digitized and are available to search online.

Oak Bay Archives welcomes donations of records of persons, families, businesses and organizations that help to document the history of Oak Bay. We collect mainly textual and photographic records, as we do not have specialist storage or conservation facilities for most types of objects. The Archives concentrates its accession policy on original records rather than copied or published material.

PR-116 W.E. Oliver fonds

1902-2007 | 5 cm of textual records

Papers relating to William Edgar Oliver, first Reeve of Oak Bay, including: an architectural drawing by Francis Rattenbury of "Bongate", the Oliver family home at 1159 Beach Drive; mortgage documents; household accounts ledger, 1917-1920; 1906 petition for incorporation (photocopy); an album of family history; correspondence from Dr Andrew Gillespie. (Accession 2006-004)


PR-118 Monterey School fonds

1914-2005 | 2.2 metres of textual records, photographs, news clippings and trophies

Records of Monterey Elementary School from 1914 to 2005, including class photographs, school activities, examples of students’ work, scrapbooks documenting the history of the school, news clippings of Monterey School students who served in the Second World War, publications and artifacts. Includes the records of the Monterey Parent Association, 1939-2005. (Accessions 1994-018 and 2005-014). Please note that there is restricted access to records 100 years old or less containing personal information.


PR-119 Joe Easingwood fonds

1950-2013 | textual records, photographs, multimedia

The fonds consists of correspondence, news cuttings, photographs and other material relating to the life and career of broadcaster Joe Easingwood and of his wife Dawn Shipton Easingwood. (Accession 2016-021) A detailed description of this fonds is available on MemoryBC.


PR-123 Tod House collection

1976-1999 | 50 cm of textual records, plans, photographs and artifacts

The collection consists of reports, research files, plans, photographs, wallpaper samples and archaeological material relating to Tod House, Oak Bay as compiled by the BC Heritage Branch, 1976-1999. Tod House was built by HBC officer John Tod in 1850 and is one of the oldest buildings in Greater Victoria and the longest continuously occupied residence in western Canada. (Accession 2004-003)

For more information about Tod House visit Canada's Historic Places.


 PR-124 Sealand of the Pacific collection

1968-1975 | 64 photographs and 1 album (copy)

The collection consists of photographs, slides and news clippings relating to Sealand of the Pacific. The collection includes photographs showing the construction of the aquarium facility at the Oak Bay Marina, transportation of whales to captivity, and marine mammal displays. The records were donated to Oak Bay Archives by Stu Ruff in 2016. (Accessions 2016-018 and 2017-010)


PR-133 Lorna Elder album - Oak Bay Recreation

1957-1980 | 1 album

The album consists of news clippings, correspondence, and ephemera documenting the development of recreational facilities in Oak Bay. Lorna Elder, a long-time Oak Bay resident, helped to establish playground and recreational facilities in Oak Bay in the 1960s and 1970s. She was a member of the Association of Women Electors of Greater Victoria.  (Accession 2017-008) View album A description of this item is available on MemoryBC.


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Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G2

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