Parks Family

Parks Family

Parks Family Share: Who put the Parks in Parksville? Nelson Parks! Born in Ohio in 1824, he travelled west with wife Elizabeth and sons George, James and Frank. Nelson and each of the sons registered their land claim and each received 160 acres. In 1886, the...
Hirst Family

Hirst Family

Hirst Family Share: Receiving the dubious distinction as the first white settler to step onto these shores, John Hirst Junior arrived by canoe and purchased 160 acres for $160. In 1895, John and his wife Ann (Harris of Nanaimo) started building the Rod and Gun Hotel....
Gough

Gough

Gough Share: For over a hundred years, regularly on November 27th at 11am,  the Gough family descendents of Parksville and Nanaimo attended a ceremony commemorating the arrival of the Princess Royal (in 1853, seventy-five people travelled on this ship from Tillbury,...
Rath

Rath

Rath Share: William Rath, travelling with his brother George, arrived from Ireland looking for gold in California but ended up in Barkerville. On hiatus from the gold searching, they landed a canoe east of the Englishman estuary in 1858. William and his wife Elizabeth...
Nash

Nash

Nash Share: 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...
Abernethy

Abernethy

Abernethy Share: 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...