Charles Nash knew a good thing when he saw it; when he heard 38 acres with 450 feet of waterfront could be purchased for $800, he bought it. “Seabright’ as it was then and is now known became a showplace. Huge chestnut trees shaded expansive lawns and colorful flowerbeds. Charles married Parksville’s Helen Hickey in 1935. More on p.77 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler

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Imagine being born in Vancouver in 1902, growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii and settling in Qualicum Beach in 1919. Such was the life of George Abernethy. His company, Abernethy Timber Company Ltd. Was the first company to begin operations in the Robert Dollar claim,...


Albion ‘George’ Tranfield was born in Nanaimo’s East Wellington in 1891. His grandfather was the first white settler and sheep farmer on Lasqueti Island. His father, Alex Tranfield, was a pioneer, trapper and scout. In 1891, he was responsible for surveying the...


George and Elizabeth Plummer came west in July 1886 on the newly completed railroad link to Canada’s west coast. In February 1887, they travelled by sea to their home in Parksville landing at Arbutus (now Madrona) Point. After a temporary stay in a one room shack with...


Lured by the prospect of farming on Vancouver Island, Henry Lee, his wife and their two sons emigrated from Ireland in 1886 and chose French Creek as their new home. Each family member claimed 160 acres of which 40 were oceanfront. The Lee cabin became known as...

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A successful jockey in Ireland until he broke both wrists falling off horses, Ned Despard, took up a homestead on Errington Road naming it “Woodsgift” and later opened up his home as a hobby craft exhibit. Page 62 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler details...

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