Category: History

The story of Shakesides

Hamilton Mack Laing, a respected Canadian naturalist and writer, moved to Comox in 1922. When he died in 1982, he left property and cash to the Town of Comox. His home, Shakesides, built in 1949, was in fine condition, fully-furnished…

Mack Laing lives on in Brian Scott paintings

Hamilton Mack Laing (1883-1982) indeed continues to haunt the Canadian imagination, as does the memory of his eastern contemporary, Tom Thompson (1887-1917),  if only in the memory of contemporary artists.  Pictures of these two eminent Canadian painter/naturalists even sometimes bear…

Richard Mackie blasts loss of CV heritage

With regret I have cancelled the generous offer by Evelyn Gillespie to participate in the “Authors for Independent Bookstores” day at the Laughing Oyster Bookstore on Saturday 2 May 2015. Anyone familiar with my four Comox Valley books will appreciate…

Mack Laing Saga Timeline

1922:  Famous Canadian author, artist and ornithologist, collector for the National Museum of Canada and The Smithsonian, lands in Comox June 1922.  Builds his first home “Baybrook” and marries his life-long love Ethel Hart. 1945:  Ethel Hart dies of cancer. …

Why is Comox so keen to demolish?

I was surprised to read in “Society slams Comox for failing to preserve historic Laing homes,” (The Echo,6 March) Mayor Ives’ claim that “interpretive panels had been erected to highlight the historic significance of Laing’s work.”   As only one small…