Sechelt Community Archives

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Other Sunshine Coast History Sites

Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives

Shishalh Nation Tems Swiya Museum

Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society

Egmont Heritage Centre


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Coast Reporter (1945-1995)

Peninsula Times (1963-1979)


About the Sechelt Community Archives

Hours of operation: Thursdays, 10am-5pm (by appointment Thursdays, 9-10am)

School and group tours can be arranged.

Location: 206-5760 Teredo Street, Sechelt, B.C. (above the Royal Bank in Trail Bay Mall)

Contact: Ann Watson, Archivist, 604-989-0571

The Sechelt Community Archives, an institutional member of the Archives Association of British Columbia, is housed in the Sechelt Public Library and opened to the public in 1997.

Facinating photographs and documents of historical Sechelt and district, and the Sunshine Coast in general, are to be found in the Sechelt Community Archives.

Geneologists, history researchers, college and school students will find a wealth of information:

  • Biographical data
  • First Nations history
  • Pioneer family histories
  • Photographs
  • Local newspapers (clippings)
  • Neighbourhood histories

The archives started because the late Helen Dawe (1914-1983), who had been a librarian in Victoria and Vancouver, left her estate, including her collection of records, to her sister Mrs. Wilhemina Steele who donated the collection, with a sum of money to maintain it, to the District of Sechelt.

Helen Dawe had spent much of her childhood in Sechelt and moved there permanently in 1969. She devoted the next fourteen years to collecting documents, maps, newspapers, photographs, artifacts and other items of historical significance to Sechelt and District and the Sunshine Coast and to writing about the history of the area.

Provisions for an archives room were included in the plans for a new library built in 1996 and located in downtown Sechelt. An archivist was hired, the collection reviewed, placed in acid-free files, envelopes and boxes and Finding Aids prepared according to Rules for Archival Description.

The Helen Dawe Collection consists of thirty meters of textual records and approximately one hundred and twenty artifacts. Over seventy individuals and local organizations have donated an additional twenty meters of records since the archives first opened and previous and current issues of the local newspapers are also kept in the archives.

The foresight of Helen Dawe to preserve Sechelt's history and to provide the nucleus for building a comprehensive record of the history of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast is commendable. The Sechelt Community Archives continues her legacy and makes its historic records assessible to the public.

The Sechelt Community Archives acknowledges the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia and the District of Sechelt for providing funds to digitize approximately 5,000 historic photographs from the Helen Dawe Collection, individuals and organizations and the Peninsula Times Newspapers Collection. This project provides better preservation of the historic records of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast and provides researchers and interested individuals easier access to valuable information.

About the photos on this website

Permission to scan the photographs has been received in writing or verbally from their donors.




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