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Barker family

  • AR0012
  • Family

James Barker (1851-1943) and Amelia Crumbach (1854-1925) married in 1875 and arrived in Victoria in 1887. Amelia (Crumbach) was an experienced midwife and often assisted in the births of neighbours children. They had 7 children including: Amelia (1881-1957), William James and David (twins, b. 1877), James Henry (b. 1885). In 1894, they purchased 20 acres on Wellington Road (now Hastings Street) in Strawberry Vale, naming it Hollyhedge Farm. The farmhouse (current address 1335 Roy Road) was moved to Hollyhedge from the site of the old Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria.
Daughter Amelia Barker lived at the farm house until her death. William James Barker married Christina Scafe in 1899 and had 5 children, settling near the family farm on Holland Avenue. William worked as a blacksmith as well as a farmer and later started a prosperous dairy farm. He also purchased 35 acres on old West Saanich Road in 1911. James Henry Barker went to England and met Edith Anne (nee Mann) whom he married in 1913. They moved to Strawberry Vale. Later, they moved to Saanich and farmed the Mathew farm. In 1919, they bought the Scafe property, and James Henry helped John Scafe make a trail to the Highland Elementary School on Millstream Road. James Henry and Edith had two children, Kathleen and Richard. Richard married Martha in 1941.

Barker, Brian

  • AR0019
  • Person

Brian Barker is a descendant of the Barker family.

Baur, Louise

  • AR0001
  • Person
  • -present

Louise Baur (nee Chandler) was born to parents Roy and Marguerite Chandler. Louise married Joe Baur in 1950 at St. Columba's Church in Strawberry Vale. Louise and Joe were both teachers and volunteered actively. They moved to View Royal Avenue in the late 1950s and had 5 children.
After a career as a teacher, including 23 years at Camosun College teaching English as a second language, Louise settled into retirement with plans of travel and gardening. She also filled her extra time with volunteering. For three years, Louise volunteered with the breakfast program at L’École Shoreline Community middle school, serving toast and jam to students. From there she went on to volunteer with a reading program at View Royal elementary. The “Reading Grandmas” worked with Grade 4 students to encourage literacy and the joys of reading. Louise became interested in history while volunteering with the Canadiana Costume Museum, which has since closed.
Louise was one of the founding members of the View Royal Archives, where she continues to volunteer today. In 2012 Louise was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her substantial volunteer work in the community, particularly her work with the View Royal Archives.

Bishop, Sharon

  • AR0011
  • Person
  • -present

Sharon Bishop (nee Wilmshurst) is a longtime resident of View Royal. She and her family have made significant donations to the View Royal Archives, where she also generously volunteers her time and knowledge. She and her husband, Pete, were owners and operators at Pete's Tent and Awning Ltd on Island Hwy.

Bowes, Susan

  • AR0023
  • Person

Susan Bowes is the daughter of Merlin Thomas Earle (nicknamed "Fat") and Peggy Atkinson. Their family lived at 286 Island Hwy. M.T.E. Atkinson developed the Glenairlie neighborhood in View Royal, and named the streets after Susan (Suzanne Place), and her two brothers, Glen (Glenairlie Drive) and Brian (Brian Place).

Bryant, John

  • AR0005
  • Person
  • 1922-2008

John Hugh Bryant retired to View Royal with his wife Joan in 1975. He was a WWII veteran, having served with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. In View Royal, John participated in several community organizations, including the View Royal Garden Club.

Chandler family

  • AR0027
  • Family

John Forsythe (d. 1905) and Lizzie (nee Denham, d. 1912) Chandler moved to Victoria in 1878 and settled in the Colquitz neighbourhood of Saanich on Wellington Road (now Hastings Street) near Interurban Road and North Road. John was an accountant for the Hudson's Bay Company and Lizzie was a teacher at Cedar Hill and Central Schools. They had three children, Earle (1883-), Roy Dunsterville (1885-1980) who married Marguarite Winnifred Brooke Bennett (1898-1975), and Rena (1889-) who married George Bryson Patenaude in 1912. Before the war, Roy and Earle had a successful real estate business.
During World War I, Roy served in the Army overseas for 5 years. After the war, Roy and Marguerite had 3 children: Peter (b. 1924), Louise (b. 1927), and Daisy (b. 1932). The familiy initially lived on Wilkinson Road, Victoria in the home built by Roy's parents in 1890. Roy worked as a foreman at Layritz nursery for a time, but due to the traumas he experienced during the war, Roy suffered from PTSD. This prompted the family to move to a farm in the Comox Valley to escape the stresses of city life. By the end of 1941 the family moved to View Royal, settling at 19 Eaton Avenue.

Crowe, Rossie

  • AR0002
  • Person
  • 1913-2002

Rosselia (Rossie) Olive Crowe moved to View Royal in 1948. Rossie served overseas during WWII as a Nursing Sister. After the war while living in View Royal, she became a member of the Nursing Sisters Association. She was also an executive member of several community organizations including All Saints Anglican Church and The Ladies Guild. Rossie was married to Bertram and had 2 daughters.

Darby, Julia A.

  • AR0007
  • Person
  • 1922-2015

Julia Darby was a doll collector who lived on View Royal Avenue. Her house was called "Doll House" because of her collection.

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