The Oak Bay EncyclopediaTM
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A listing of noteworthy
people, places and things from
Oak Bay's early years

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Haida killer whale
famous Oak Bay attraction from 1969–1982
Record Album Cover
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Hall Road
see Street/Place Names section

Hallowe'en Bonfire
an annual tradition since 1938
The first public Hallowe'en Bonfire was staged by the Oak Bay firefighters in 1938 on the land adjoining the firehall.

"For me Halloween brings back memories of fantastic fireworks in the local Chinese stores, the bonfire at the firehall with Fred Usher's band entertaining and, when I was quite young, going "trick or treating." Tricks were played on those who persisted in handing out apples, and on the dentist who handed out toothbrushes instead of candy.
A few readers will smile when I mention that occasionally during the evening very loud explosions would be heard indicating a homemade devise had been set off.
The usual pranks of window soaping and reducing the Bowker Creek bridge to a few planks continued year after year.
On one memorable occasion around noon the Sunday morning following Halloween, a rather forlorn person dressed as a robot and looking very out of place was seen wandering down Hampshire Road after having been arrested for causing a disturbance by being drunk the previous evening. This robot went on to become a respected member of the investment community in Victoria.
Richard Goodall, OBHS class of 1960
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hamiota Street
see Street/Place Names section

Hampshire Hall
see Hampshire Road Methodist Church

Hampshire House women's clothing
2247 Oak Bay Avenue (...1934–1970... city directories / phone books)

Former location of Oak Bay Library and Book Shop
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hampshire House condos
1159 Beach Drive
Hampshire House
Hampshire House was build in the 1960s on property adjacent to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Originally offering just rental apartments, the building was subsequently converted to 36 condominium units.
The front profile, off Beach Drive, shows three levels, but the complex is built down to the beach front, allowing for six levels on the waterfront.
"This apartment building was constructed as a rental building in the 1960s. I recall meeting a Paul Hansen, who had been CFO of Taco Bell down in the States. He came here to retire — and the first thing he did was sub-divide Hampshire House into condominiums.
The concrete and steel building was renovated inside and outside during the period 2004–7 at the same time the new Oak Bay Beach Hotel was constructed.
The building has a website at www.1159beach.com "
Bill Smith, Hampshire House resident / photographer

1 Hampshire House sits on the former 7-acre waterfront property, Bongate, of Oak Bay's first reeve, William E Oliver. Also sitting on Oliver's former property are the Harrogate Apartments and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
see Bongate

Hampshire Meat Market
2215 Oak Bay Avenue
(1935 phone book)

Previous location of Harrison Grocery
Subsequent location of Cross Markets, meat
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hampshire Road
see Street/Place Names section

Hampshire Road Methodist Church
1913–1925
1792 North Hampshire Road
Methodists and Presbyterians amalgamate to form the Oak Bay United Church
The Hampshire Road Methodist Church1 was built in 1913 at 1792 Hampshire Road (at Cranmore Road).
A year later the St. Columba Presbyterian Church moved from 1602 Hulton (now Redfern) into Oak Bay to its new building at Granite and Mitchell Streets.
On June 10, 1925, the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches across Canada amalgamated to become the United Church of Canada. Consequently, that same month, the Hampshire Road Methodist Church became the Hampshire Road United Church, and the St. Columba Presbyterian Church became St. Columba United Church.
A year later these two congregations merged to become the Oak Bay United Church, with services held at the Granite and Mitchell Streets church.
The Hampshire Road building was now referred to as Hampshire Hall and used for the Sunday school classes of Oak Bay United Church up to 1947.
In 1948, the building was sold to the Glad Times Tabernacle and called Oak Bay Tabernacle.
Over the years the hall was used by various sport groups and other organizations before being demolished in 1967 to make way for a medical/dental clinic. Neighbourhood protests stopped the building of the clinic and a house was subsequently moved onto the property.

1 The church was originally referred to as Willows Church when the congregation held services in the waiting room of the Patrick Arena while the church was being constructed.
see Oak Bay Tabernacle
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hampshire Terrace
see Street/Place Names section

Handi-Spot Cleaners
2246 Oak Bay Avenue
(19501954 phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Handy Fruit Store
2001 Oak Bay Avenue
(1940 city directory)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Handy Shop
2271 Bowker Avenue
(1942 city directory)

In 1943, Handy Shop relocated to 2201 Chambers in the city
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Handy Store
947 Monterey Avenue
(1925 city directory)

Previous location of Mrs Annie Rippingale, confectioner
Subsequent location of Monterey Store
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hansford's Grocery
947 Monterey Avenue
(1948 phone book)

Previous location of Donehy's Grocery
Subsequent location of Laing's Grocery
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Harley Taylor Television Specialist
2053 Cadboro Bay Road
(1962... phone book)
2047 Oak Bay Avenue
(...1964–1966 phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Harling Point
see Street/Place Names section

Harlow Drive
see Street/Place Names section

Harper Method Beauty Salon
2548 Windsor Road
(19391942 city directories)
2541 Estevan Avenue (1956–1957... phone books)
2448 Dunlevy Street (1959 phone book)
2541 Estevan Avenue (
1960–1970... phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Harris Bicycle Store
2246 Oak Bay Avenue
(1935 city directory)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Harris Island
see Street/Place Names section

Harrison Cash Grocery
2215 Oak Bay Avenue
(...1917–1923 city directories)

Previous location of W A Hill, grocer
Subsequent location of Chas Harrison, groceries and meats
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Harrison, Chas groceries and meats
2215 Oak Bay Avenue
(19241930 city directories)

Previous location of Harrison Cash Grocery
Subsequent location of Harrison Grocery
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Harrison Grocery
2215 Oak Bay Avenue
(19311934 city directories / phone books)
2224 Oak Bay Avenue (19361946 city directories / phone books)

Previous location of Chas Harrison
Subsequent location of Hampshire Meat Market
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Harry Edwards baker
2205 Oak Bay Avenue
(1920 city directory)

Previous location of Ashton & Farrow, plumbers
Subsequent location of Alfred White, confectioner
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hart's Hardware
2509 Estevan Avenue (19601961 phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hart's Hardware & Records
2530 Estevan Avenue
(1957-1958 phone books)
2509 Estevan Avenue
(1959 phone book)
. . . Congratulations . . .
to the students and parents of the class of '58
for a job well done — by everyone!
. For all types of music, check HART'S FIRST
. HART'S HARDWARE AND RECORDS
2530 Estevan Ave
. . . . . . Phone 2-5491
.It's always the right time for music.
text from ad in 1958 OBHS The Oak Leaf yearbook
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hastings, Chas cleaning and pressing
1195 Newport Avenue
(...1930–1934... phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Haultain Street
see Street/Place Names section

"Haunted House"
2120 Penzance Road
one of two houses in Oak Bay with a "reputation"
Oak Bay's "haunted house"
"Haunted House"
This derelict, unpainted old house once stood at the edge of the Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point and tested the "daring do" of many a young lad in the late 1950s.
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Haynes Park
see Street/Place Names section

Haynes Point
see Street/Place Names section

Hayward, E C
reeve of Oak Bay (1928–1932)
E C Hayward
Biographical material welcomed

Hazel Street
see Street/Place Names section

Henderson, William
1837–1931
second reeve of Oak Bay (1909–1911) / Senior Architect with the Dominion Department of Public Works / Superintendent of Telegraphs for the province / signatory on 1906 petition to incorporate Oak Bay as a municipality
W Henderson
William Henderson was born in Scotland in 1837 and worked as a stone mason before turning his talents to architecture. He emigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 1872 and found work with the Department of Public Works. He was subsequently transferred West to oversee national building projects.
He arrived in Victoria in 1898 and lived atop Hampshire Hill while serving on the Oak Bay Councils of 1906 and 1907. In 1908 he began the first of three consecutive terms serving as reeve of Oak Bay. In 1910 he moved into Inverallochy, the home he built at 2150 Oak Bay Avenue.
Henderson was deeply religious and greatly enriched the community with his charitable work. He was also very involved in Freemasonry, becoming a Grand Master for British Columbia. One biographer of Henderson wrote:
He is highly respected and admired and his record in public life, as well as his efforts in behalf of all movements tending towards the moral uplift of the community, places him in the foremost rank of Victoria's estimable citizens.1
William Henderson is remembered by Henderson Road, and Henderson Lodge, which meets in Henderson Hall, the former parish hall of St. Mary's Church.

1 British Columbia Biographical, Volume III, 1914, page 932

Henderson Hall
see William Henderson

Henderson Road
see William Henderson

Henderson's Corner Store
2000 Oak Bay Avenue
(19381945 city directories / phone books)

Previous location of Robins' Corner Shop
Subsequent location of Frost's Corner Store
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Henderson's Oak Bay Food Centre
2253 Oak Bay Avenue
(1962–1970... phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Henderson's Oak Bay Grocery
2252 Oak Bay Avenue
(1957... phone book)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Previous location of McBratney's Fine Foods

Henderson's Oak Bay Low Cost Grocery
2252 Oak Bay Avenue
(...1959 phone book)
2253 Oak Bay Avenue (19601961 phone books)
. . HENDERSON'S OAK BAY . .
LOW COST GROCERY
.2252 Oak Bay Avenue
.Quality Food at.
Reasonable Prices

text from ad in 1959 OBJHS OBEJAY yearbook.
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Henry Bros groceries & provisions
2003 Oak Bay Avenue
(19141925 city directories)
2007 Oak Bay Avenue (19261930 city directories / phone books)
see next listing

Henry, S J groceries
2007 Oak Bay Avenue
(19311940 city directories / phone books)
see previous listing

Henry Oliver women's clothing
2248 Oak Bay Avenue
(19431948 city directories)

Previous location of Mabel Ellis, linens and novelties
Subsequent location of Bryson Home Craft
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Henry Shoe Repair
2296 Cadboro Bay Road
(1937... city directory)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Henry Usher confectioner
2205 Oak Bay Avenue
(19231925 city directories)

Previous location of Alfred White, confectioner
Subsequent location of Avenue Confectionery
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Henry's Grocery
2007 Oak Bay Avenue
(19411961 phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Heron Street
see Street/Place Names section

Hewlett, H F
reeve of Oak Bay (1923–1924)
H F Hewlett
Biographical material welcomed

Hewlett Place
see Street/Place Names section

Highland Glen Bakery
1210 Newport Avenue
(...1934 phone book)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hilda Beauty Shop / Hairdressing Salon
2548 Windsor Road
(...1934–1938 city directories / phone books)
1165 Newport Avenue
(19391955 city directories / phone books)
2548 Windsor Road
(1956–1970... phone books)
see following listing
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hilda Hairdressing Parlor
1189 Newport Avenue
(19301932 city directories)
see preceding listing
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hill, W A grocer
2215 Oak Bay Avenue (1914–1915... city directories)
This was the first business at this address.

Subsequent location of Harrison Cash Grocery
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hill-Tout Studios
1650 Hampshire Road
(1947 phone book)
2186 Oak Bay Avenue
(1948 phone book)
2186 Oak Bay Avenue was the home of several photography studios before its conversion to a night club — the Club Tango — in 1954.
see Gibson Studios, Roye Photography
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hindson Upholstery & Draperies
2509 Estevan Avenue
(...1956–1957... phone books)
2284 Cadboro Bay Road
(...1959–1960 phone books)
CUSTOM UPHOLSTERING
SLIP COVERS & DRAPERIES
"New Furniture Made to Order"
RECOVERING & REPAIRING
2509 Estevan . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3798
ad in 1957 phone book
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hodge's Grocery
2509 Estevan Avenue
(19511953 phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hofflin, Dr C C veterinary surgeon
2004 Oak Bay Avenue
(1944 phone book)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Holly Farm
Holly Farm
Click on image to view 1954 aerial photo
For many years there was a holly farm in south Oak Bay bounded by McNeill Avenue, Falkland Road and Runnymede Place.
"I think we had at least 10 forts in the farm and surrounding bush. Even a tree fort and 2 underground forts. I often think of the danger we put ourselves in from falling or caveins."
Ian Else, OBHS class of 1960
* * *
"I remember getting Christmas holly at the farm which was right behind my great uncle's property."
Richard Goodall, OBHS class of 1960
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hood Lane
see Street/Place Names section

Hope, H P
first principal of Oak Bay High School (1915–1923)
H P Hope
Biographical material welcomed

Hope-Jones, Mrs Cecil bookseller
1175 Newport Avenue (1921 city directory)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hope's Bakery
2030 Oak Bay Avenue
(...1959–1966... phone books)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

House of Television
2067 Cadboro Bay Road
(1970... phone book)

Concurrent address of Taplin TV and Radio Service

House of TV & Appliances
2002 Oak Bay Avenue
(19551956 phone books)

ad in 1956 phone book
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concurrent address of Economy Plan Appliances
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Housez Studios photography
1171 Newport Avenue
(1959... phone book)
CHILD SPECIALISTS
1171 Newport . . . . . . . . . . . EV 4-2512
ad in 1959 phone book
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hudson, Chas druggist
see Chas Hudson

Hudson's Drug Store
2008 Oak Bay Avenue
(1926 city directory)
2012 Oak Bay Avenue (1927 city directory)
see Chas Hudson
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hudson's
2248 Oak Bay Avenue
(1957... phone book)

Previous location of Hudson's Leathercraft
Subsequent location of Jones TV
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Hudson's Leathercraft
2248 Oak Bay Avenue
(1956 phone book)

Previous location of B C Craft House
Subsequent location of Hudson's
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Humber Road
see Street/Place Names section



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