Created: Dec. 3, 2000
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
by Documents that Work
The Gabriola Historical and Museum Society publishes SHALE, which is edited by Nick Doe.
This webpage contains an index of contributing authors, with links to the summaries of their articles.
- the homepage for information about contributing to or obtaining SHALE.
- the back-issues page for summaries of the major articles and lists of the other contents in all back issues.
- the topics page for a list of all topics covered to date, with links to summaries of the major articles.
Index of authors
People whose articles, reviews, and research notes have appeared in SHALE are:
Amanda Adams, Dr. Jean Barman, Carol Ann Borden, Dr. Brian Chisholm, Beryl Cryer, Nick Doe, Dr. Stephen Earle, Phyllis Fafard, Anne Gartshore, Jenni Gehlbach, June Harrison, Andrew Hebda, Barrie Humphrey, Gwyneth Jones, J.P. (Hamish) Kimmins, Erik Krogh, Anna Leather, Dr. Loraine Littlefield, Doris Lundy, Dr. Donald D. Martin, Lynda Poulton, Janice Power, Phyllis Reeve, Paul Smith, Kit Szanto, E. Joyce White, B. Parker Williams, Norman Windecker, and Fred Withey. Brief bios follow, with the titles of their contributions to SHALE.
Amanda came to Gabriola in the summer of 2002 to study the island's petroglyphs when she was collecting data for her thesis for her Master's degree in archaeology at UBC. She lives in San Francisco, is a former fashion model, was featured in Levi's 2005 national print campaign as an archaeologist, and in 2006 Greystone Books released her first book A Mermaid's Tale: a personal search for love and lore.
Visions cast on stone-- a stylistic analysis of Gabriola's petroglyphs (Issue No.17)
Barman, Dr. Jean
Jean is a well-known BC historian who teaches at
UBC. She specializes in hitherto unacknowledged contributions of
the "ordinary" people of BC to British Columbian society. She is
the author of the books The West Beyond the West-- a History of British
Columbia and Growing Up in British Columbia-- Boys in Private
School, and is the co-author of Vancouver Past: Essays in Social
History and of Indian Education in Canada.
Island Sanctuaries-- early mixed-race settlement on Gabriola and nearby coastal
islands (Issue No.2)
Borden, Carol Ann
Carol Ann is a Senior Instructor (emeritus) in the Department of Botany at UBC. Her son's family lives on Gabriola Island.
Chisholm, Dr. Brian
Brian teaches in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at UBC and is also involved in archaeological research.
Aboriginal burials on Gabriola Island (Issue No. 5, research note)
Beryl Cryer was an amateur anthropologist who collected
stories from First Nations people in the 1930s. She published them under
the title "Indian Legends of Vancouver Island" in the Victoria paper of
that time, The Daily Colonist.
Last fight of the Cly-Altw (Issue No.4)
Nick is a Gabriolan who stares at rocks a lot and writes (usually) non-controversial papers on tides, obscure 18th century
navigational techniques, and anything else that fascinates him. He is a retired engineer and the editor of SHALE.
An ammonite for SHALE (Issue No.6, research note)
A bigger, better ammonite for SHALE (Issue No.12, research note)
Boat building at Silva Bay (Joseph Silva) (Issue No.22, research note)
Charts from the Malaspina expedition (Issue No.25, research note)
Controversy and polarized opinions (Issue No.23, editorial)
Crop circles and petroglyphs (Issue 24, research note)
Dendrochronology (Issue No.8, research note)
Drought of the 1930s (Issue No.25, research note)
Fish and babbling brooks (Issue 24, research note)
Gabriola's greenhouse gases (Issue No. 5, research note)
Gabriola's nose and tail (Issue No.22)
Greenhouse gas emissions from Gabriola (Issue 24, research note)
Groundwater notes (Issue No.11, with Norman Windecker)
The Haida myth (Issue No. 2, Tall tales)
Heteromorph ammonite (Issue 24, research note)
Holes in sandstone at great heights (Issue No.22, research note)
Hul'qumi'num-- Gabriola's first language (Issue No.3)
Ice-age Gabriola (Issue 28, research note)
Just tell them it's Tafoni (Issue No.2, research notes)
Malcolm Lowry's stars (Issue No.22)
Minimizing greenhouse gas: bridge v. ferry (Issue 24, research note)
More Gabriola ammonite fossils (Issue No.22, research note)
More pre-emption notes (Issue 24, research note)
Mussel invasion at False Narrows (Issue 24, research note)
Old dogs (Issue No.3, research note)
Old growth? (Issue No.3, research note)
One-way tides (Issue 24, research note)
Petroglyphs-- discovery and demise (editorial, Issue No.13)
Petroglyph at the garden party—DgRw 253 (Issue 28, research note)
Review of books about the role of disease, particularly smallpox, in the history of the
BC coast (Issue No.2)
Review of books about treaty talks in BC and aboriginal self-government (Issue No.3)
The smoking economy (Gabriola tobacco exports) (Issue No.22, research note)
So is this where the dinosaurs went? (Issue No.7, research note)
Summer tides (Issue No.5, research note)
Tatshenshini-Alsek petroglyph (Issue No.22, research note)
Ticks (Issue 24, research note)
Time for a beer (Issue No.25, research note)
Trace elements (Issue No.18, research note)
Varnish clams (Issue 24, research note)
Why does a mirror reverse left-to-right but not up-to-down?—depicting asterisms (Issue No. 18, research note)
Why does water in the sink drain away counter-clockwise-- and why should we care? (Issue No.5, research note)
Windy New Mexico(Issue No.22, research note)
Winter tides (Issue No.10, research note)
Earle, Dr. Steven
Steve lives in Nanaimo and is Chair of the Department of Geology at Vancouver Island University. He maintains a general-interest earth science website with a Vancouver Island flavour.
He also leads field trips which non-students are usually able to arrange to attend.
Phyllis is a creative and knowledgeable gardener and an expert on Gabriola's wild flora, both indigenous and imported.
Anne lives on De Courcy Island.
The wild gardens of Ruxton Island (Issue No.5)
Jenni is a writer and editor who lives on Gabriola.
Book review: "Passage to Juneau-- A Sea and its Meanings" by Jonathan Raban (Issue No.4)
Research notes: clarifying some mysteries remaining in Gabriola brickyard's history as published in Shale 15. (Issue No.18)
June is a long-time resident of Gabriola, who served for many years as a trustee
of the District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) School Board. She is a local historian, book
author, journalist, and retired publisher of Gabriola's community newspaper The Flying Shingle.
Andrew is with the Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax, NS.
Barrie has been an active member of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society for many years and was chair of the History Committee.
Come and gone; Come and gone (again); Come and gone again-- this time for good? Come and gone yet again. Four research notes on Robert Dombrain(e) (Issues Nos. 2, 5, 6, & 8)
Gabriola's caveman (Issue No. 16)
Gabriola's demographics in 1901 (Issue No. 24, research note)
Shopping in Nanaimo in 1857-- a look at the records of purchases in the Hudson's Bay Company store (Issue No.
12, research note)
Gwyneth is with the Department of Biology, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS.
Kimmins, J.P. (Hamish)
Hamish Kimmins lives on Denman Island and is Professor of Forest Ecology at UBC. He has written extensively on the response of forest ecosysytems to "natural" disturbance, forest management, the nature of sustainability in ever-changing forests, and the ecological effects of clearcuting.
Erik lives in Nanaimo and is a Professor of Chemistry at Vancouver Island University.
Although Anna has lived on Gabriola since the early 1970s and considers it her home, she has travelled extensively. She has two children, works at The Haven, enjoys reading authors like Noam Chomsky, and recently has become a social activist.
Gabriola arrival (Issue No.16)
Littlefield, Dr. Loraine
Loraine is an anthropology graduate of UBC who lives in Nanaimo and Vancouver. For several years, she worked in the Snunéymuxw
First Nation Treaty Office.
Doris is best known for her 1974 Simon Fraser University MA thesis "The Rock Art of the Northwest Coast". She recently retired from the Archeological Branch in Victoria.
Martin, Dr. Donald D.
Don is a retired physician who lives in California. He is the grandson of a Gabriola pioneer.
For many years Lynda was an active member of the board of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society and took care of the museum's
archives. She also served as its president. She is now pursuing her interest in genealogy.
Gabriola's coal-mining connections (Issue No.16)
Land pre-emption on Gabriola (Issue No. 24, research note)
Janice is a retired elementary school counsellor for School District 68. She came to Gabriola in 2001 from rural Saskatchewan where she had been a WI member. She has a private counselling business on Gabriola.
Until her retirement in 2007, Phyllis and her husband Ted ran Page's Resort and Marina and Sandstone Studio. Her family still owns the resort and marina. Phyllis is an active member of Gabriola's cultural community and a longtime contributor
to BC History.
The net shed at Page's (Issue No.2, research notes)
Review of books about petroglyphs (Issue No.1)
Review of a book about Emily Carr (Issue No.3)
Review of a children's book about Brother XII (Issue No.4)
Review of a book about First Nations and dogs (Issue No.8)
Paul lives on Gabriola and has known the island since he was a child. He has a biology degree from UBC and works on forestry
Kit lives on Gabriola Island and is a member of the Museum History Committee.
White, E. Joyce
Joyce is a writer who lives on Gabriola Island; she is also a member of the Museum History Committee.
Gabriola after the lights went on (Issue No.16, a research note)
Williams, B. Parker
Parker is an engineer and former BC ferry employee who now lives in Nanaimo, where he was born the son of a Welsh coal
Norman (now deceased) was a long-time resident of Gabriola who made his living drilling wells on the island. His son David now runs
Fred ran Withey's Water Treatment on Gabriola for several years before selling his business and retiring. He had also lived on Gabriola as a child and teenager when his father Les Withey ran Withey's Shipyard at Silva Bay.
Ferry memories (Issue 24, a research note)
Bev Wolsey is the neice of Aula and Peter Bell; she was born and spent much of her childhood on Gabriola .
Gabriola childhood (Issue 25, short story)