2019 - site created by Coombs History Project


We are pleased you have chosen to visit our site. In March of 2019 a committee was formed by the Arrowsmith Agricultural Association (Coombs Fair) to create a history of the Coombs area. This website is the first step. In the future the material may be become a book that can be purchased in print or downloaded to your computer. We are currently researching Coombs pioneer families, community organizations and events and posting this information on the site. If you have anything to contribute to the project or have comments about what has been posted, please contact Richard de Candole or Sharon Cox-Gustavson at coombshistory@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest.

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The Role-Call of Coombs

In 1938, Jim Christer, a retired Newspaper man, presented the "Roll Call of Coombs at the annual Coombs Christmas Party.  Mr. Christer lived on Grafton Avenue and wrote under the pen name of Novocastrian..

The poem mentioned families in the Coombs area in 1938..  To view the poem please click "The Role Call of Coombs"


William Booth S.A. founder& Thomas Coomb

Coombs History - In the Beginning...

Around 1905  James Dunsmuir, son of Vancouver Island Coal Baron, Robert Dunsmuir, sold the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railroad ( E & N)   to the Canadian Pacific Railway (C P R), who extended the line to Parksville, Alberni Valley (by 1911),  Qualicum ( by 1914),  Courtenay and  also out to Lake Cowichan.....

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Charles William "Will" Parker

Charles William Parker, "Will" to his family, was born June 15, 1896 in Scalby, Yorkshire, to John William Parker and Sarah Ann Estill, the second eldest of seven children.

The Salvation Army helped families with no future in England to immigrate to places throughout Canada and other countries. Will Parker, ...

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