This Library includes special reference material – including letters, articles, press, historical documents, reference material, etc.



In 1973, Hamilton Mack Laing deeded his property (now the Mack Laing Park) and house (Shakesides) to the Town of Comox with strict stipulations about public use and access. In his Will in 1982, he left the Town $45,000 to create a “natural history museum” in Shakesides. The Town accepted the “gift” but rented out Shakesides to a succession of tenants, thereby preventing it from being used by the public, or creating a museum. The following document package outlines the history of the Trust and the decisions made by the Town of Comox.

Town of Comox Report (released March 16, 2016 – pdf): Town of Comox Mack Laing Trust Report March 16 2016

Report from Moeller& Associates, Chartered Accountant, regards what should be the value of the Mack Laing Trust (pdf): MoellerHMLTrustFundCalculations





Mack Laing’s Writings

Selections from Outing magazine, 1915 (derived from the Victoria Museum Archives and Google Digital scans).





Correspondence with Town of Comox

Letter to MLHS from Town of Comox, including final Staff Report on MLHS proposal (March 10, 2015): ToCletter March 10, 2015


Legal Documents

Legal Opinion, William Pearce QC, June 20, 2015: William Pearce QC Independent Legal Opinion

Notarized letter, dated September 26, 2014,  from Alice Bullen, who was appointed by Comox Council “to look after” the interests of Mack Laing in his later years, after he had gifted the Town with the property known as Mack Laing Park: AliceBullenLetter

Memorandum of Agreement between Hamilton Mack Laing and the Town of Comox, September 19, 1973: HML MOA

Last Will and Testament of Hamilton Mack Laing – May 6, 1981: HML Will 1981

Last Will and Testament of Hamilton Mack Laing – March 1, 1982: HML Will 1982



November 1988 issue of Picoides, the newsletter of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, with an obituary and article about Mack Laing: Picoides2_2_1988



Letters of Support

National Trust of Canada letter, July 31, 2015: National Trust Letter, Baybrook House

Heritage BC letter, June 23, 2015: HeritageBCLetter June 23 2015

Comox Valley Nature, President’s message, Summer 2015: CVNPresidents Message Summer 2015

Letter from B.C Nature, March 26, 2015: BCN Letter Comox March 2015

Comox Valley Conservation Strategy letter, October 17, 2014: CVCSMackLaingProject letter

Letter from the Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry regarding the Baybrook Nature House proposal, dated September 2, 2014: UI Women of NA letter





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