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© Michael Kluckner
A little sketch from 2003 of the Martindale Flats, looking along Martindale Road in Central Saanich eastward toward the Strait of Georgia. During all my years of going back and forth along the Pat Bay highway, I've watched the ugliness slowly creep north from suburban Victoria and south from Sidney, so that today there is only a small piece of the peninsula, between Martindale and Island View roads, that still offers a really rural panorama. There is a fine old farmhouse from c. 1910 in the trees on the right, address 2735 Martindale Road, that I know nothing about.
Note from Ada: I grew up in that area in 1960. The house used to be used for boys between ages of 14-16, that used to get in trouble with the law, and their families could not keep them under control. The family that took those kids in, their name I am not too sure of, whether it was Mitchems or Machens. I went to Mt.Newton Junior High with them and eventually married one of them. Marriage did not last, though.Note from "Rodways": I wrote to you about 3 to 4 years ago about the house that used to take in foster children in the sixties. I have been in that house many times and married one of the boys that used to live there. It was a home for boys that the parent couldn't look after their kids and where to send them.
Note from Anny Scoones, councillor, North Saanich, 2010: We recently rezoned some public land on Bazan Bay as Park! It's full of view points, native plants, little trails and has a lovely beach. It is also the site of the historic Bazan Bay Brickworks, as you know.
One of my tasks as a Councillor is to assist in writing our District's newsletter. I would like to write a brief piece on our new park and tell a little, say in three or four sentences, a bit of its history specifically about the bricks! Remnants are still very much present there, but no bricks, only eroded pieces, but funnily enough, I found a stack of BBB bricks under our cottage on Mayne Island! I would be most grateful for three or four interesting historical facts about the history of our new park.