Nestled a ferry ride north of the city of Vancouver on the Strait of
Georgia, the village of Sechelt has a long and proud history in British
featured digital collections include:
The photographs in the Sechelt Community Archives chronicle the life
of the community from its early days as a home to First Nations and
pioneer families, as a popular stop on the Union Steamship line, and
as the vibrant and thriving community it is today.
The cornerstone of the archives' historical photographs, the Helen Dawe
Collection is comprised of more than 5,000 images that capture moments
in the life of the Sunshine Coast from the 1870s to 1983. This collection
was the work of Helen Isabel Dawe (1914-1983).
and brought up in Vancouver with summer holidays spent at
home in Sechelt, Helen Dawe was the daughter of Captain
Sam Dawe and
his wife Ada who had come to Sechelt as an infant in 1894 with her
parents, Thomas John and Sarah Cook.
since childhood, Helen Dawe and Betty Youngson continued to correspond
with one another in their later years. Their letters, both touching
and humorous, capture delightful details, not only of their lives,
but of moments in Sechelt's past.
Archive's digital oral history collection includes the recollections
of many Sechelt citizens as well as the reminiscences of Isabel Sweeny
(Bell-Irving) who recounts a childhood holiday spent in Sechelt circa
The Sechelt Community
Archives gratefully acknowledges the support of the many members of the community
who have generously shared their photographs and memories for this project,
as well as UBC's Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, The District of Sechelt and
the Sunshine Coast Regional District who helped make this digital collection
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