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General News · 1st February 2022
Bruce Ellingsen
Further to Centennial Project Defaced:

Looking for old photo of the Centennial cairn with TWO brass plaques!

In 1971, when the stone cairn was first erected, there were TWO brass plaques - the one remaining plus a second one below it commemorating the whaling station that operated in the bay in 1869 -70 and which led to the name of Whaletown for the bay and the settlement area.

Some time, during the 1970’s or ’80’s, the lower brass plaque disappeared, presumably into the hands of a “collector”.

Lynne Jordan, former President of our Cortes Museum, is currently compiling a lengthy history of the Whaletown area and would love to include a photo of the original cairn with both plaques or, better yet, a blown-up, or copy, of just the missing plaque to include in her book.

If anyone has one to contribute or knows of someone who might have one, please contact Bruce Ellingsen, Email: or phone 250 935 6797. I’ll pass it on to Lynne.

Thank you.