Nanaimo Free Press
Gabriola Editions 1874 - 1894
There never was a Gabriola edition of the Nanaimo Free Press, so far as we know. We have collected articles about Gabriola and its people from microfilm of the old Free Press and put them together in our own "Gabriola Editions" - a mixture of shipping news and farm news, births, marriages and deaths, celebrations and disasters, courtships and court cases - to give the flavour of the times.
Nine Gabriola editions have been created so far.
- May, 1874 - Gabriola described.
- Jan-July, 1879 - Politics, school report, a sharp salesman, and shipping news.
- Oct-Dec, 1881 - Taxes, farming tips, shipwrecks, and entertainment.
- Jan-Feb, 1883 - Disobedient children, school report, and the telegraph.
- July-Aug, 1885 - Brush fires, biology, and another teacher married.
- January, 1886 - Death in the mines, building roads, and a silver wedding anniversary.
- October, 1888 - Farm news, county court, and several perilous journeys.
- June, 1889 - Elections, looking for coal, and kicked by a horse.
- July-Sep, 1891 - Wealth on Texada, two inquests, and a Gabriola pic-nic.
Other Excerpts from the Nanaimo Free Press
Newspapers on Microfilm
- BC Archives, letter G lists the Gabriola Sounder and Flying Shingle, both incomplete
- BC Archives, letter N under Nanaimo lists various newspapers and flyers some of which would most likely make reference to Gabriola Island.