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27 March 2015 – “BCHF Historical Writing Shortlist Announced”

The judging committee of the British Columbia Historical Federation has determined that the book “The History of Leechtown – Part 1″ will appear among the finalists for the Historical Writing Awards 2015. The winners of the various awards will be announced in mid-April.

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14 January 2015 – Book presentation The History of Leechtown – Part I” at the Rotary Club of Sooke at 12 noon.

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23 November 2014 – “A history of Leechtown like no other”

(click here) Book review in the Times Colonist by editor-in-chief Dave Obee.

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25 September 2014 – Book presentation The History of Leechtown – Part I” at the Victoria Historical Society at 7pm.

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24 September 2014 – “Time to catch up some reading”

(click here) Book review in the Sooke News Mirror by Pirjo Raits.

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14 September 2014 – Book presentation “The History of Leechtown – Part I” at the BC Maritime Museum in Victoria at 1pm.

 

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23 July 2014 – Leechtown remembered / Leechtown 150 yr commemoration

Laura van den Berk presents the Honourable Judith Guichon with a copy of  The History of Leechtown - Part I. Photo by Britt Santowski.

Laura van den Berk presents the Honourable Judith Guichon with a copy of The History of Leechtown – Part I. Photo by Britt Santowski.

On 18 July 2014 it was exactly 150 years ago that the Leech River was named and payable gold was discovered by members of the Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition (VIEE), which led to a gold rush and the establishment of Leechtown.

On 19 July 2014 a new monument at Leechtown containing a memorial plaque was unveiled by Bruce Chaytor of the Vancouver Island Placer Miners Association and the Honourable Judith Guichon Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

(click here) News article from the Sooke News Mirror by Britt Santowski.

(click here) The full story and pictures on page 1, 3, B7, 15.

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12 July 2014 – Peter Leech made his mark on gold rush town

(click here) News article from the Times Colonist by Richard Watts.

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8 July 2014 – Book release – The History of Leechtown – Part I

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2 April 2014 – Shifting the lens on Sooke’s gold rush: Part II

(click here) News article from the Sooke News Mirror by Britt Santowski.

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26 March 2014 – Shifting the lens on Sooke’s gold rush: Part I

(click here) News article from the Sooke News Mirror by Britt Santowski.

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From the book: The Countries of the World, by R. Brown

From the book: The Countries of the World, by R. Brown