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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Native Plant Garden
1939 —
Ada (Pemberton) Beaven gift to the municipality
.Native Plant Garden.
In 1939, Ada Beaven donated 1.4 acres of Arden for a native plant garden at Beach Drive and Margate Avenue. This garden park now features a small pond, rustic pathways and trees for shade. A picnic table and benches offer a relaxing spot for visitors.
In 2004, the Friends of the Oak Bay Native Plant Garden received the Hallmark Society "Award of Merit."
see Arden

Neil Street
see Street/Place Names section

Newall's Confectionery
2284 Cadboro Bay Road (1946 phone book)

Former location of Morley's Confectionery
Subsequent location of Goring's Confectionery
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Avenue
see Street/Place Names section

Newport Confectionery Store
891 Newport Avenue
(1912 city directory)

Mrs Joan Jeffrey established this business in 1912, operating from her home at the corner of Newport Avenue and Saratoga Avenue (Windsor Road). Her husband, John F Jeffrey was a carpenter working for Woodworkers Ltd.
A year later he was running the family business as John F Jeffrey grocer
see John F Jeffrey grocer
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Grocery
2661 Saratoga Avenue
(...1918... phone book)
2661 Windsor Road
(19221967 city directories / phone books)

Windsor Road was called Saratoga Avenue before 1921.
see John F Jeffrey grocer
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Meat Market
1193 Newport Avenue
(1915 city directory)
1161 Newport Avenue
(1949–1970... phone books)
QUALITY MEATS & POULTRY
FRESH FISH DAILY
FREE DELIVERY
1161 Newport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-2933
ad in 1957 phone book

Former location of Clarke's Meat Market
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Novelties
1179 Newport Avenue
(19461947 city directories)
1171 Newport Avenue
(19461950 city directories)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Novelty Nook
1171 Newport Avenue
(...1949–1956 phone books)
MRS M M TEMPEST
Gifts – Novelties – Imported China
LUNCHES AND TEAS
1171 Newport . . . . . . . . .G arden-7909
ad in 1949 phone book
see Mrs M M Tempest gift shop
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Pharmacy
1220 Newport Avenue
(...1934–1943 city directories / phone books)
1210 Newport Avenue (1944–1970... phone books)
Clyde Savage
FREE DELIVERY
ELIZABETH ARDEN COSMETICS
1210 Newport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-5122
ad in 1957 phone book

Pharmacist/owner Clyde Savage also ran Clyde Savage Drugs at 1327 Douglas Street in the city. (...1957... phone book)
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Tailors & Cleaners
1163 Newport Avenue
(19501951 phone books)

Former location of George Lovitt shoe repair
Subsequent location of Central Television Specialists
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Newport Taxi
1171 Newport Avenue
(19281930 city directories / phone books)
2675 Windsor Road (1950–1959... phone books)
a classy, owner-chauffeured enterprise that offered services unique to Oak Bay during the 1950s — 1970s
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Attwell and Craig.
Serving Oak Bay, Uplands & Ten Mile Point
Harold Attwell & Gordon Craig
2675 Windsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2771
ad in 1957 phone book
Newport Taxi originally operated out of 1171 Newport Avenue in 1930, but seems to have folded during the Depression.
Newport Taxi re-appeared in 1950 with co-owners Harold Attwell and Gordon Craig operating out of the Oak Bay Garage property at 2675 Windsor Road. The operation subsequently relocated to the Autohaus site at 1220 Newport Avenue (former site of Totem Super Service and current site of O'Keeffe's) where their two Mercedes-Benz vehicles could be maintained.
The unique, high-end service of Newport Taxi lasted into the 1970s.
Click on MEMORABILIA to view or contribute recollections, photographs and artifacts

Newton Street
see Street/Place Names section

The Nook tea room
1171 Newport Avenue
(1957 – 1958)
"Victoria's only sidewalk table service"
"Delicious home baked and carefully served meals. Home made meat pies a specialty, devonshire cream teas. Victoria's only sidewalk table service, facing Windsor Park's picturesque Rose Garden. 1171 Newport Avenue., Phone 4-7909"
— 1958 brochure ad, Today in Victoria

Former location of Newport Taxi and Newport Novelty Nook
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Norfolk Road
see Street/Place Names section

Norris, Fred E
reeve of Oak Bay (1954–1958)
Fred.Norris
Biographical material welcomed

Northern Films
1935–c1936
2280-2284-2288 Cadboro Bay Road (1935 city directory)
1930s film production company with studio in Oak Bay
Kenneth Bishop's film company that produced Secrets of Chinatown in 1935 out of his film studio in Oak Bay. Northern Films also rented out the Industrial Building on the Willows Fairgrounds as a fully-equipped movie soundstage.
see Kenneth Bishop, Commonwealth Films, Central Films

Former location of Old English Beverage Company
Subsequent location of Central Films
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Norton Engineering Works
2040 Cadboro Bay Road
(19471949 phone books)
see next listing

Norton Service Station
2040 Cadboro Bay Road
(19471949 phone books)
see next listing

Norton Service & Engineering Works
2040 Cadboro Bay Road
(19501955 phone books)

Subsequent location of Saunders and Hitchman service station.
Photos, artifacts and recollections welcomed

Nottingham Road
see Street/Place Names section

Nottingham Woods
see Street/Place Names section



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