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Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre

Cliffe, Samuel Jackson

  • Person
  • 1840-1908

Samuel Jackson Cliffe was born in Brewood, Staffordshire, England. He was twenty-two when he began the adventurous sea voyage that took him around Cape Horn and north to his future home in British Columbia. His diary gives a firsthand look at the trip aboard the 1,212-ton “White Star” clipper Silistria, which departed on July 11, 1862, from Liverpool bound for “Vancouver’s island.” Sam, after being involved in the Cariboo gold rush and coal mining in the Nanaimo area, went to the Comox Valley with partners in 1869 and staked out a coal-mining claim as part of the Union Coal Co. (later bought out by Robert Dunsmuir). Samuel married Florence Harmston in 1872 and the family went on to become long time proprietors of Comox’s Lorne Hotel.

Kerton, Frederick William

  • Person
  • 1882-1965

Frederick William Kerton was born in Yorkshire, England on January 13, 1882. He came to Canada in 1904 and to Courtenay in 1908. Mr. Kerton was a carpenter by trade. He served as an alderman for the City of Courtenay 1915-1916 and 1920-1923. Mr. Kerton was also a school trustee, a member of the Hiram Masonic Lodge and a supporter of St. George’s United Church, Courtenay.

Cape Lazo Wireless Station

  • Corporate body
  • 1908-1962

The Cape Lazo Wireless Station operated at its original site from 1908 to 1962. It provided marine communication with weather up-dates and urgent personal messages. Between 1962 and 1993, staff were relocated to the civilian airport at CFB Comox and acted as marine and air communications. In 1993 a new building was completed at the former Cape Lazo site for the Comox Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre. The centre closed in 2016.